Grading Criteria

P2 – Describe the constraints on radio news production with reference to legal and regulatory issues, ethics and news values

M2 – Explain the constraints on radio news production with detailed reference to legal and regulatory issues, ethics and news values and with reference to detailed illustrative examples

D2 – Critically evaluate the constraints on radio news production with comprehensive reference to legal and regulatory issues, ethics and news values, with supporting arguments and elucidated examples

Brief

It’s Not What You Say, It’s the Way that You Say It

Analysis of current news stories involving legal, ethical or moral issues eg: celebrity privacy, political bias, tragic circumstances.

You will:

Analyse a number of given stories

Write a report covering

News values of the stories

Legal and regulatory/ethical issues involved

Submission

Research notes

300 -500 word Written report or 5 min podcast on Blog

Relevant Information

Legal and regulatory constraints: handling of stories involving minors; contempt of court; libel and

defamation; coverage of elections; Official Secrets Act; Ofcom; BBC editorial guidelines

Ethics: serious and sensational stories; invasion of privacy; public interest

News values: story priority (national and local, domestic and foreign); immediacy; follow-up angles;

availability of audio; newsroom policy; human interest; public interest agenda

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