Posted by Sean Carlson
on Feb 16, 2012 in Audios
| Comments Off on News Analysis, February 15
For my news analysis, I listened to Morning Edition, Newshour, 1010Wins and a show called Think Out Loud on Oregon Public Radio on Wednesday. They all differed in a number of ways for what I guess are a number of factors. Mainly, the prospective audience of the listeners mattered most — the people tuning in to that specific station probably know what they are getting, and listen to that program for a specific reason. After the issue of audience, region seemed to be the most prominent factor differentiating each show; one was more international, one was national, one was regional and another was specific to almost one city. Aside from those overarching characteristics, the other differences between the shows were between production and style. Morning Edition: The NPR show seems to be the most deliberate. The stories were all produced beforehand with an eye for high production value; sounds clips were edited nicely, music was included and the stories were well-polished. The show itself had a wide variety of content, ranging from more lighthearted pieces to serious, policy-driven stories. They were mostly national in nature, although occasionally an international story found its way in (the story about China’s vice president). Newshour: Newshour is a blend between something like Morning Edition and 1010Wins in terms of production. It is a combination of predetermined story ideas and minor preproduction. Although the stories themselves are almost always international in nature, the format relies heavily on phoned-in interviews along with scripted segments. The stories themselves are almost all serious in nature. The polished, stylized aspect that characterizes NPR is missing, although it is clear that the show is meant to appeal to a specific, more serious-minded listener. 1010Wins: Almost entirely live news coverage, relying on a host to present most of the information. A wide range of topics is covered, from more extensive sports coverage to local shootings. This station is very locally-oriented, while at the same time presenting the widest range of news topics. Although it employs some cheesy elements (the typewriter in the background, the more pronounced announcer’s voice), 1010Wins is meant to appeal to a more “common man” listener, who wants headline news and traffic updates. It listens like a local newspaper. Think Out Loud: Being from an NPR subsidiary, this Oregon Public Radio show goes the most in depth into a topic, using half an hour to explore a topic with a variety of interviews. Although it is not a straight news show, it explores a topical issue and spends a length of time investigating it, instead of covering more topics with less time devoted to each...