Of the areas studied this term I chose to combine the techniques of Journalism and Radio. Both have the capability of reaching a wide ranging audience using entertaining yet informative methods. For the purposes of this paper I will examine the differences and convergences between these two media when reporting the current affairs event in the sports world: Crystal Palace Football Club being placed in Administration in January 2010.
The club, a founding member of the premier league, was placed into administration by their major creditors Agilo after amassing debts of almost 30 million pounds. This means that the football club no longer owns any of its assets, instead belonging to an administrator with the power to sell whatever they desire in order to raise funds to pay off the club’s debts. As one of the original members of the football association Crystal Palace is one of the country’s most historic football clubs and as such this story attracts a large amount of public interest. The politico-economic context of the story means it touches on a wide range of issues affecting football not just that of one club.
Proposal 1: Print Journalism
Journalism is the factual reporting of an event both contemporary and contextual. A central concept to the production of journalism is the idea of what is ‘news’. Hegemony dictates that we as an audience and culture understand one set of ideologies to be the dominant without calling into question their validity. This status quo also dictates what 'news' is: if the balance of this status quo is upset and hegemonic ideology dictated. In reporting on the event, journalists re-establish a status quo in much the same way as Barthean myth. After the event the new hegemonic ideology is established. An example of this is the MMR causes Autism story based on a research paper and press release suggesting that the measles mumps and rubella vaccine triggered autism. Dr Andrew Wakefield, 1998. This story upset the status quo in which MMR was a purely beneficial vaccine, therefore making it ‘newsworthy’. A new status quo of hegemonic ideology, now seeing MMR as potentially dangerous, was established and continues to this day in the face of copious evidence against the alleged risk. Once a new status quo was established it was impossible to return to a former state without undermining the concept of what is news.
What is important in journalism is the adherence to the ‘five w’ concept: who, what, when, where, why. In addressing these three questions journalists produce an article that both provides a factual documentation and a platform to re-establish the status quo. I also ensures reporting is accurate and its content is in the public interest. A libellous story undermines confidence in journalistic integrity and therefore journalism’s position in re-establishing status quos.
Entertainment is a relatively recent concept in terms of journalism. In a modern media world audiences have a...