Posted by Justin Mitchell
on Feb 16, 2012 in Audios
| Comments Off on Listening Assignment: Morning Edition, 1010 WINS, BBC Newshour, WCBS
1. Morning Edition, NPR, http://www.npr.org/programs/morning-edition/ Morning Edition takes on a very conversational tone in the way they present the news. The pace seems much slower and more deliberate. However, at the same time, Morning Edition is also formal–commercial radio seems eager to engage and grab you, while Morning Edition assumes you have a longer attention span. They seem pretty focused on giving as comprehensive a summary of the world’s news as possible, usually involving correspondents who are present in the places news is happening, such as Athens, Greece. Morning Edition focuses on major world and national events. While the WNYC version has some local news, it doesn’t do many crime stories, which 1010 WINS seems to favor. 2. BBC Newshour, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsnk/episodes/player BBC Newshour is global in its focus…the February 15th episode opened with a story on the earthquake in Honduras, and mentioned the Greek crisis as well. BBC feels more minimalist and no frills. The sounds are usually simple and straightforward. Unlike Morning Edition, 1010 WINS, or WCBS, there is no musical accompaniment–the focus is completely on information. BBC seems to focus more on interviews–this episode had a lengthy interview on its top story, the Honduran prison fire. The stories feel more in depth. Morning Edition wants to summarize the news, while the Newshour wants to dig deeply into just a few. It’s like a news magazine for current events. 3. 1010 WINS, http://newyork.cbslocal.com/station/1010-wins/ 1010 WINS makes no attempt to comprehensively examine the news. They are just seeking to give listeners a quick summary. While they say “We’ll give you the world,” the reality is that WINS focuses on local New York City news. For instance, on the day I listened the first three stories involved the performance of Jeremy Lin, the death of an elderly immigrant, and a disagreement between Scott Stringer and Michael Bloomberg. It’s major national story involved Kelloggs buying the Pringles brand. The Greek bailout came last in its summary of the news. WINS wants to give the impression that all their news is breaking–that it is all happening as you hear it. The teletype machine in the background helps give this impression. WINS is the polar opposite of Morning Edition. 4. WCBS, http://newyork.cbslocal.com/station/wcbs-880/ WCBS works as something of a middle ground between 1010 WINS and Morning Edition. It’s not quite as frantic or fast paced as WINS, but it does try to sound a bit more punchy than Morning Edition. WCBS goes into a bit more detail than WINS, though, and seems to feature more actualities. It also features commentary and features, such as the Osgood Files, which doesn’t seem like WINS’ thing. The day I listened, the Osgood Files did a story on banking in America that was pretty comprehensive, something I wouldn’t ever expect to hear on WINS. Here is my news spot: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/15/146912998/warm-canadian-winter-thaws-outdoor-fun. It’s from the February 15th Morning Edition. I liked this piece because it was a quirky, unusual topic, and also one that resonated with me because I am from Alaska…I can remember winters with a lack of snow, and the problems they caused the myriad events out on in my hometown!...