The Video Reporting Of The Boulie Tacks Protest Ride

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RESEARCH QUESTION An empirical content analysis of the video reporting of the Boulie tacks protest ride: with respect to Hall, Ericson, Schlesinger and Bourdieu to what extent do the differences and similarities in the range of sources used in the video stories explore a number of the varying aspects of the diverging theoretical discussions on the source-journalist relationship? PROGRESS My final essay will relate to topic #1 on the unit guide, that being “an analysis of a piece of professional practice by yourself or some other person working in journalism”. As per the aforementioned research question, my essay will be an empirical content analysis of two video stories on the No Boulie Tacks protest ride. One of those pieces being a…show more content…
The two stories involved in my case study revolve around the protest ride against the ‘tacking bandit’ who for the past 22 months has been tacking the well-loved cycling route, the Kew Boulevard. The sources chosen by both the Channel 7 report and my own are central to the story in that they entirely encapsulate the issue, that is, the sources themselves shape the story – i.e. the injured/tacked cyclists form the ‘story’. They shift the focus slightly to their affects/injuries from the tacks – so they have shown what significant “event” this is but also how we as an audience should understand this to be i.e. bad man/woman throwing tacks is a disgrace look how many people are injured then contrast that with people in powerful positions also being irate, calling for this should stop. Clearly here the Channel 7 story clearly explicates Hall’s notions of the use of Primary defines by new media by the use of the Premier. According to Hall, primary definers are authoritative sources on an issue that can be seen to frame the discussions surrounding this is within the news (1978, p. 58) and all subsequent interpretations following the ‘primary definer’ are then always compared back to the initial primary interpretation (Hall et al. 1978, p. 58). He suggests “broadcasters
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