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Communication Studies
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Amanda Bishop

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Lecture 6:
News analysis:
Apply framework on pp. 264-280
1. Who and what make things happen? News analysis:
Explain whether events are driven by natural, social, political, economic, or
psychological factors
Identify the main actors/subjects
Popular narratives privilege personal and physiological cause of events, reflects
ideology of individualism
Describe how your news stories explain events, g. crime, terrorism, natural
disaster, human error
Are acts of violence triggered by physiological or social forces
Eg. Kachkar case
Driver of stolen snowplow killed officer held “not criminally responsible”.
Actions of individual vs. social problem of mental health
Are terrorists and dictators evil individuals? Or are terrorism and totalitarian
regimes caused by political conflict and/or economic instability?
Syryian conflict
Alasaad and al qaeda in Syria civil war: democratic revolution against dictator
leads to rise of religious fundamentalism; individual actions vs. political
2. Whose point of view do we share, what is the order of events?
How do we see the order of events: chronological/ immediate or flashback/
How does the story address the viewer to construct a point of view?
P.O.V established by first person narration, interviews, close – ups, long shots
Is there single or multiple P.O.V?
Is the news reported on the spot or at a distance from events?
Does the reporter or journalist address the viewer/reader with direct gaze and first
person accounts of events or through dialogue and interviews
Eg. Idie no more and first nations issues
Aboriginal peoples first person account is not common
How do your news stories create immediacy with live footage, dramatic photos
or eyewitness interviews?
Describe close ups and long shots of location and subjects
In interviews, who does the reader/viewer identify with, are there multiple
3. What structural roles do people have in the narrative?
Who are the heroes and villians?
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