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


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.