Saturday, January 30, 2010

How To Be A Broadcast Journalist (Or, Why People Quit Watching Broadcast News).


IS IT REALLY that easy to be a broadcast journalist? Do you see the formula in broadcast news (or the formula in newspapers, magazines or radio, for that matter)? Is this guy spot on or way off base?

Thoughts?

8 comments:

Jess Lopez said...

I couldn't help but laugh at how true this video is. It never really occurred to me just how formulated broadcast news stories have become. I think this lends to why I find myself tuning out the night time news. It's different stories, same old formula. It wouldn't be fair to only charge broadcast news with this crime. Newspapers and magazines sometimes also fall into using the same old formulas. The intro catching the readers attention, a body full of facts, and a nice conclusion to wrap it all up. I think this definitely poses an interesting challenge to new journalists to stop using the same old story set ups, and start thinking outside the box.

Angelique said...

This satirical news report does have some truth to it. Although it might not be completely true, much of it is and most of what we see on the news is almost exactly set up like this.

Pseudo said...

This was actually pretty funny and I will have to look out for this formula while I'm doing my newsworthiness assignment.

Yes, he is on to something.
I don't think it is EASY to be a broadcast journalist, but I do think there is a certain formula to it.

Lorraine S. Patterson said...

This is the most hilarious accurate depiction of broadcast journalism ever scripted. (Dowdy kitchen man) All this is to say: why can't journalists get more creative in their formatting? That goes to writers/broadcasters/videographers etc. There are ways to honor the tenets of journalism and still present things differently to the public. Formulas are hard to veer from.

Berryman, A said...

At first this made me laugh, but than I thought about it, certain news actually focuses on trivial things. I do like the fact that this was brought up, but this video makes Broadcast Journalism looked at as an easy job and it is not.

Gillian Francella said...

On the outside it looks easy. All journalists write, which is not just walking around streets and filming random people. Even if every report looks the same, it certainly isn't and there is a lot of research and work that goes into it. This was very funny! I have to say, I agree about with the one girl about public interviews- I would much rather hear what is going on than what someone shopping at 11 in the morning thinks about what is happening.

Joe said...

Yeah it is formulaic. But the same goes for newspapers and magazines... that's why something like "The Onion" is so hilarious.

Sam Kelly said...

Very true. I personally have not seen much that has broken this mold.

Time to break the mold! Could be a new era.