Exam Revision

Now that you have finished your folios you can give yourself and each other a clap on the back.  I thought you all did a fantastic job this year and the magazines looked beautiful.

It is almost over – now you have to get busy and do revision. The best way to practise for the exam is to keep answering exam questions. Give yourself half an hour for each one and try to answer as many as you can in the double period on Monday and Tuesday.

Go through my blog entries and your blog entries as revision. There is plenty of material in them and look at:

Tabloids – Distort the truth, sensationalise and use various production values to do it. Production values including editing, lighting, sound, actors, narrative, slander. In print it would be headlines, captions, images, bias, opinion, misreporting facts, photoshopping, use of color to draw attention, libel.
Cross Media Ownership – what does it mean and how will the new recommendations affect what is in place?
Online compared to print media – how is online changing the way news is reported? Mention social media, the death of print newspapers, loss of advertising revenue, sacking of staff
Media Ethics – Journalism code of ethcis and how does Media Watch expose it’s misuse.
Media Ownership – Who owns what. You must know what Murdoch and News Corp own and what Fairfax owns.
Differnce between public owned media and private owned media. Who owns SBS and ABC?
Representations of people on shows like A Current Affair and use of stereotypes.

Here is a link to a sample exam: https://maristmedia.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/med315112-sample-paper.pdf

Exam Post-Mortem 2012

This years exam demonstrated that students had a good understanding of the shift from traditional media to new media. Most people were able to give examples of the benefits of online newspapers including hyperlinks, video and audio content, comments, updates and access to breaking new stories with Twitter and Facebook.

Students also gave some good examples of media influence and referenced the scandals involving News of the World and the bias shown in newspapers towards political parties.

Students do need to be more analytical and make the connections between media and society and how this affects what we read, hear and see. Also, students need to structure their work as essays and not insert their own opinions. Always begin with your position at the beginning of the essay and what you are going to argue and how you are going to do it. Then when you finish your arguments you conclude with a summary. Otherwise your work reads like a random selection of sentences that are confusing.

You must use examples. There is no point trying to write a media essay if you cannot refer to something you watched on television or read in the newspaper. If you are writing about media bias then you must give examples of bias. There is plenty of evidence in the papers and on television of bias.

Practice writing essays before exams and then submit to me for review. The more you practice writing them the better you will get.

Updated Exam Revision Guideline

Here is an update of the sort of questions and responses that would be expected in the 2012 mid-year exam.

1/Discuss the success or failure of print media engagement within the digital realm.
2/Discuss the findings of the recent review into regulating the media and how this affects cross media ownership
3/ Discuss the role of tabloid print journalism in relation to the media code of ethics
4/ What production values are used in producing a tabloid television show such as Today Tonight and Current Affair
5/ What is media influence and why should we worry about it?
6/ Compare a tabloid production on commmercial television to one on on the ABC or SBS