Drawing on the work of international contributors Media Organization and Production examines a wide range of global-local media organizations and the production of different mediums and genres. Following the editor's introduction which sets out the principal differences of approach and defining debates, chapters address: transnational and national, commercial and public service corporations; international film and TV co-productions; children's television news production, the historical development of ‘liveness’ on radio, and music journalism; the politics and organizational forms of alternative media production including radical newspapers, video and the internet; and the changing ߢproduction ecology’ of natural history television. These topics are examined through a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks that help to illuminate how cultural production often involves a complex articulation of differing influences and constraints, both material and discursive, intended and unintended, structurally determined and culturally mediated. Together the chapters in this book help to recover this complexity and thereby help us to better understand the nature and output of today's media.
Chapter 8: Cultures of Production: Making Children's News
Cultures of Production: Making Children's News
Jon Snow, a respected UK journalist and news presenter, has argued that children ‘have a watershed to protect them but no mechanism to inform them’ (Snow 1994). Observing that there is a disproportionate amount of news and current affairs programmes for adults in comparison to those for children, he concludes that broadcasters are failing to inform this important constituency of society. This general argument usefully focuses attention on the quantity of news information available for children. However, it fails to discuss the child audience's regular diet of news through specialised children's news programmes on both terrestrial and non-terrestrial television channels – whether BBC1, Channel 4 or Nickelodeon. Likewise, the media communication research literature has ...