Media Studies TV News: Last Minute!


The Media Studies exam is 4 hours away. Having had 4 weeks to work on your pre-release brief, you should be more than ready. However, in case your mind is a little blank after the excitement of the prom at the weekend, here are some last minute tips and reminders which could help you today.

The exam details:

  • 1.5 hours long
  • 4 questions
  • 15 marks per question (spend 20 minutes on each)

The exam questions:

We can’t guarantee what the questions will be about, or even tell you the order, but here are some possible questions:

  • A design/production task – where you will be asked to storyboard/script a segment from your show. Make sure that your storyboard is detailed and well labelled with the correct media terminology.
  • A pitching/promoting task – where you have to explain the details of your product, how you have used/subverted conventions, how you will appeal to target audience.
  • An analysis/exploration task – where you have to show detailed understanding of 3 existing news shows. This question may ask you how existing news appeals to audiences through content/style/e-media.
  • A promotion/e-media task – where you may have to explain how you will use e-media to promote your news show and engage with audiences.

Bear in mind that these are merely examples, we can’t guarantee what questions will come up.

The pre-release brief:

Here are some slides we used to get thinking about the brief:

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Top News Stories:

Visit the news channels this morning as a final reminder about style and content. Also explore the websites to see how e-media is currently used by news networks to maximise audience engagement.

BBC News

Sky News

Channel 4 News

ITV News


TV News: 2015 General Election Coverage


As promised, here are the links for the TV news coverage of the general elections:




Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe – 

Media Studies: Assignment Two

Hi Year Ten,

You should be preparing for your second assignment. Remember that there are two tasks:

1 – Analyse the promotional methods (poster and trailer) for an existing horror film.

2 – Create a storyboard and trailer for a new horror film (an original film devised by you).

To help with preparing for part 1 of the assignment, you should plan what you will include using the essay plans handed out in class. You should also prepare by annotating the poster and screen shots from the trailer for the horror film. Here is a reminder of the conventions to look out for:

Poster conventions film conventions

You should aim for a detailed, precise and analytical write up. Use the mark scheme to keep you on track, everyone should aim high so here is the criteria for top band:

This analysis is marked out of 20. A top grade would:

  • Produce convincing and effective analyses of media texts. Media terminology is used extensively and well.
  • The nature and impact of media representation is explored convincingly.
  • There is a convincing and clear understanding and appreciation of institutional aspects of media production.
  • Responses, including the explanation, are well written and well structured.

Here is an example of an essay ASSIGNMENT TWO – Essay Example – film promotion on The Other Woman

the other woman


Music Videos: Research


Today you will research music videos. Use the links below to address the following points:

  • What impact did MTV have on music video?
  • What are the most iconic or famous music videos of the past 30 years?
  • Which music videos have won awards?
  • Who are the most famous music video directors?
  • How much do music videos cost? Which are the most expensive?
  • What are the most controversial music videos?

Music video timeline:

Pioneers of music videos:

Billboard’s best music videos:

Grammy awards for best music video:

Best music video directors:

Most expensive music videos:

Most controversial music videos:

Magazines – Quick Creations

Half term seemed a lifetime ago at the start of period 4 today. Year 11 Media were straight to business preparing for the Music Press exam this summer. The lesson was simple, requiring students to work independently using their knowledge of magazine conventions to create their own front covers

In the spirit of the exam, students were instructed by a media brief displayed on the board:


Students worked for around 40 minutes (after the slow laptop warm ups). Concentration levels were high and students were able to confidently apply conventions of genre, as well as display impressive ICT skills.

Here are some of the covers. They are generally all true to convention, but perhaps too much so? Next lesson, students will be given more time to plan their front covers. They will be challenged to subvert convention and provide counter-types to representational norms in media.

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English Language students: Use the front pages to explore audience and purpose in media texts.

You could also explore the use and effects of presentational features in the texts.