When absorbing the News, especially as a Communications and Media student, it is important to understand that what we see or hear as an audience is not transparent, but a result of a series of selections; a product of journalistic routines and standardised procedures (Khorana 2014). Choices are made by the News organisation, which often reflects the bias of the owners, producers, broadcasters and journalists, rather than applying objective standards (Khorana 2014).
An important News Value is the fact that it is a narrativisation of events (Khorana 2014). News items are referred to as news stories- and they are; right down to the packaging of the three-act structure, often with a victim, or hero, and a villain. It is believed that news stories are presented this way because Western audiences are able to easily digest this narrative framework (Lee-Wright 2012).
Another interesting point that was presented in this topic was, not only how the News is presented, but what actually makes the News. Lee-Wright’s article encourages audiences to consider what the reporting of news articles tells us about the news makers, their values and objectives (Lee-Wright 2014).
When looking at online news sources, such as The Daily Mail, online edition, it is obvious that particular types of stories ‘earn’ the most converted spots. In the case of the Daily Mail, the types of stories that are considered hard-hitting journalism are stories how The Simpsons predicted the Ebola epidemic and the naming of celebrities’ children.
It takes definite sifting to find articles that could even be considered real ‘news’. The story that made the headline today was an article on the Brisbane murder of a transgender woman by her husband. The victim was only described as “transsexual”, and her murderer was described as “the blue-eyed boy” and “a karate-loving kid”.
Endearing terms used to described a murderer who horrifically killed his wife. It isn’t until half-way down the page that stories involving new MH17 facts, the Ebola epidemic and ‘harder’ news articles surface. On behalf of the Daily Mail, I would recommend that you DON’T MISS the ‘news’ of celebrities, their children and fashion and interviews concerning The Bachelor.
Lee-Wright references Simon McGregor-Wood’s observation, “that it is not in the nature of news – nor increasingly within its budget – to stay on a story beyond its audience’s attention.” It saddens me that this is what captures Australians’ attention.
This topic of Global Media and News Values will lead me into my next post in which I will discuss Dr Tanja Dreher’s presentation of the topic of Global Crisis and Global News. Stay tuned.
Daily Mail Australia, 2014, Daily Mail Australia, Daily Mail, viewed 10th October 2014, <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html>.
Khorana, S 2014, BCM111 Who Counts in Global Media? News Values: 2014 lecture notes 24th September 2014, University of Wollongong, Semester 2, 2014.
Lee-Wright, P (2012) ‘News Values: An Assessment of News Priorities Through a Comparative Analysis of Arab Spring Anniversary Coverage’ JOMEC Journal: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, <http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jomec/jomecjournal/1-june2012/leewright_newsvalues.pdf>.