Task Two – Specialism

I have chosen the specialism of Entertainment, which covers anything from celebrities, film and television, and music. I am going to analyse the way in which five different news outlets write about entertainment stories.

The BBC have a entertainment category when you first open the BBC homepage. There is a scrolling board at the top and there are many little subcategories, one of which is entertainment. The story itself accompanies either a picture or video, or sometimes both. Depending on the story, it goes into the history of the subject of the story, and tells you the most important facts – what you need to know and why you need to know. The stories are formally written for an audience of any age, although it may be too formal for young children, unless it is a story for young children, in which it would be basic and would use many pictures.

The entertainment stories in the Daily Mail are usually TV and Showbiz, which has its own category at the top. These stories are written like gossip and informal, for example one story starts with the line “he’s not having a very good day is he?”. These stories are too accompanied by pictures and video, but usually there are as many pictures as can fit on the webpage. The story itself has many interviews with people, some of them often vox pops, and the stories are sometimes make use of puns to set a jokey feeling, adding to the gossip.

The entertainment category in the Guardian includes just TV. It also has its own category at the top, but these stories are very formal and descriptive, often written similar to a review but with interviews. Reading these stories, I feel a little odd reading them because they seem to be for people who read a lot of entertainment news – mostly women travelling or when they have some time at home to read a magazine. I feel that this uses the audience in a wrong way.

The entertainment stories on the Sky News website are very hard hitting and use words such as “emotional”. These stories tend to make the reader feel sorry for the subject of the story but using sad pictures, if it is a sad story, or interviews about what has happened. There are often video, but it is short and snappy, and plays on the audience’s feelings by showing the sad side of the story, not the good side, if there is one.

The ITV news entertainment stories are strange, completely different to the other four websites I have analysed. The stories consist of mostly pictures and video, with hardly any text. The text that is there mainly consists of interviews or the most important facts. This could be because rather than getting the audience bored from reading much text, they have chosen to use video and images to keep the audience focused on the story and interested.

My Guardian news story
Who to reveal name?
A trailer for Saturday’s Doctor Who episode, titled “The Name of The Doctor”, suggests that writer Steven Moffat has created a plot to announce the Doctor’s actual name.
Many Who fans have called out at this as a failure and have argued that Moffat cannot reveal the Doctor’s real name because it would make the title of the show meaningless.
Fan Dave Burrows said, “the Doctor has always been known as the Doctor, same as the Master. Giving them names would make them seem more human.”
Moffat himself has said, “it will change the course of Who forever.”
Watch Saturday’s Doctor Who on BBC One, Saturday Night.

I have wrote a short news story for the Guardian. I have tried to keep it informal, with very little text to make room for any images. I have chosen to create one for the Guardian because it was out of my comfort zone, and I have tried to imitate the story style used by the Guardian.


Hyperfruit Article

Government cuts are affecting many major services such as Social Services, but the latest in the drastic turn of events are the museums and the archaeology service, one of which affected is the famous British Museum.

Archaeologist for the British Museum Peter Mackie told me, “our bosses have cut most of our professional field agents and are replacing them with less experienced agents as they cannot afford to pay the professionals.”

Mr Mackie is one of many archaeologists who have been made redundant because the government funded museums cannot afford to pay the high wage that the archaeologists are earning per year. Mr Mackie has been reduced to writing field reports for digs he has not taken part in, all for a much lower wage. “I have to sit here and examine flint, then do a 2000 word report while less experienced people are doing my job.”

Other archaeologists argue that the less experienced workers may make fatal mistakes during digs that may change the way we look at our heritage. “Archaeology has to be done right,” amateur archaeologist Simon Marsh says, “we only know about our history because of what archaeologists have found out during their digs. If someone says they’ve found something, say a roman villa, and it isn’t what they think, we’re going to be looking at history all wrong.”

Museums all around Britain are feeling the pressure of the cuts too. Some museums are shortening their opening hours because they cannot afford to pay the staff, and some are considering raising their entrance fee.

Tourist John Smith said, “museums have always been known as being free of charge, or having a low entrance fee. You raise the fee and you lose tourism. It’s a known fact.”