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ERIC Number: ED313750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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TV 101: Good Broadcast Journalism for the Classroom?
Haney, James M.
A study was conducted to assess the arguments that have been made in favor of and opposed to the electronic curricular supplements, Channel One and CNN Newsroom. Four types of information were analyzed: (1) corporate news releases and research results were reviewed; (2) Channel One and CNN Newsroom programs were studied for format, style, and content; (3) press accounts on the programs appearing in the "New York Times" and the "Wall Street Journal" and numerous general interest and educational periodicals were analyzed in order to gauge public reaction to the services; and (4) detailed personal interviews with producers/spokespersons for both services were conducted so that production goals and future plans could be ascertained. Channel One provides 10 minutes of news and 2 minutes of commercials daily to junior and senior high school students. CNN Newsroom provides a daily 15-minute, commercial-free news program for the same audience. Other differences between the two programs are: Newsroom does not provide any equipment to the schools, while Channel One provides a $50,000 package of electronic hardware. The overall look and content of the news programs is different--CNN's news is delivered by its regular reporters and is less flashy than Channel One. The issue of using commercials has caused the biggest controversy for the news programs. Commercialization of the classroom is a worthy topic for educators and parents to discuss. What seems to be missing from this debate is an acknowledgment of television's overall limitations. Educated Americans must do more than watch the evening news to be informed. (Fifty-two footnotes are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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