By Pete Wall, Joanna Barker
A2 Media reviews: the basic Revision consultant for AQA is the must-have, self-help source for college students getting ready for AQA A2 Media reports tests. person sections conceal the next key examination subject matters: texts and contexts within the media (MED4) the creation and manufacture of stories representations style media audiences comparative serious research (MED6) texts making connections wider contexts theoretical views. Written via skilled academics and examiners, A2 Media reviews: the fundamental Revision advisor for AQA offers valuable suggestion and aid, and contains actions, examination questions, labored examples, revision counsel and recommended assets. With one of these source, A-level scholars of media stories can't get it wrong.
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So get used to looking at individual texts and, better still, pairs of texts to see what theoretical perspective you think might be applied. Getting your head round contexts for MED6 is much more demanding. There is clearly going to be some element of luck in the texts that turn up in the exam. You may or may not know something of the background to the texts that you are looking at. However, detailed historical knowledge about the background is not part of the mark scheme. What you have to learn to do is to read into the wider contexts via the texts themselves.
You might like to think about such basic points as: ■ The nature of the medium ■ The nature of the audiences ■ Speed of delivery This list should at least get you started thinking about some of the key issues that impinge on news selection and coverage. One interesting dimension that we have not touched upon is to consider the way in which the increase in potential news outlets has made available to audiences niche channels that deliver news from an overtly biased perspective, although some would argue that this is also true of much mainstream output.
Often popular newspapers will be involved in a ‘feeding frenzy’ in terms of an ongoing news story. Moral panics 51 52 TEXTS AND CONTEXTS (MED4) for example or a particular celebrity who has fallen foul of the media are such possibilities. Such stories may be wholly ignored by radio and television news. The importance of prevailing issues and the individual ideological agendas of the popular press cannot be underestimated in the coverage of news stories and the consequent agenda setting. You need to give a brief run down of potential sources for news stories at some point.