TV News: Can It Be Trusted?

TV News: Can It Be Trusted?

by Ray Spangenburg, Kit Moser

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Children's Literature
This book offers relevance in view of the ever-changing happenings on a local, state, regional, and world basis. A prologue focusing on September 11, 2001 gets right to the point of how news is doled out. People are continually in contact with news programs on TV. Programs offer to bring viewers up-to-the-minute reports. However, what knowledge is necessary to determine whether the news is true or not? Basically viewers must rely on the networks and programs to show what is true. This book covers ways to do this. For example, a working definition of "news" gives the reader a basis for understanding what to expect when viewing the news. Readers discover that a news story must be based on ten tests of newsworthiness. News should also answer who, what, where, when, why an item is newsworthy and how it happened. Five chapters cover topics ranging from what the news is, to how to think critically about it. Along the way these chapters present specific facts about objective reporting, news anchor people, other correspondents, and those putting the news together. A sixth chapter explains how to decipher the news in order to understand if it is true or not. The book culminates with an excellent epilogue, plus a glossary, index, and further resources about the news. This book is part of the "Issues in Focus" series. It is readable, comprehendible, and will fit well in junior high setting on up. 2003, Enslow Publishers, Ages 14 to Adult.
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-This book does a good job of exploring the forces that have gradually compromised the quality of television journalism: the importance of ratings and the bottom line, increased pressure from sponsors, and the subsequent shift from informative to entertaining and lurid content. In simple, clear prose, the authors present watershed moments in the medium and outline ways to recognize bias and discern which pieces in a telecast are newsworthy as opposed to which are merely sensational or entertaining. The volume has a few shortcomings. The scant black-and-white illustrations have little meaning or appeal; key terms such as "sound bites" are absent from both the glossary and index, and are only covered obliquely; and the text largely ignores the role of standard technological tools of the trade in shaping the product. Still, this title is a sound starting point for reports.-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Issues in Focus Series
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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