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An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of television and newspaper production when covering the Suffolk prostitute murders

This study will analyse the skills involved in making a news production. In this case, the study will focus on a non-fiction, hard-news broadcast production for a mainstream news channel during the search for the killer of five prostitutes in Ipswich, Suffolk, during December 2006.

This study will focus on a programme made on the day the bodies of missing prostitutes Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls were found in woods outside Ipswich on December 12. This study will first analyse the content of a production at 6pm on December 12, after the bodies had been found. It will cover how it could have been produced, as well as how it could alternatively have been produced for a middle market national newspaper (such as The Daily Mail or The Daily Express) printed early the following morning. This study will assess the advantages of communication using both formats, as they are two I personally have most knowledge of, by using the same story told in a number of different ways and what I have learned from studying them.

Through looking at different types of media I have found that graphics are one of the most important parts of a production and the visuals of storytelling are extremely important. Although the graphics in the TV production are important, a lot of the TV film speaks for itself. That it why I have found that the designing of newspaper pages is crucial as it focuses around pictures and graphics. The pages I have designed (also in the Appendix) all focus on pictures. The first page, the more 'newsy' of the two, shows pictures of the dead prostitutes, along with an "action" picture of the investigation. If an "action" picture could not be found I would use the graphic instead. The second looks at the back story of the first victim, with the text around a cut-out of Gemma Adams. I think this is very important to visual storytelling as it means that the reader is drawn to a picture of her all the time they are reading. This means that they are really involved in the story.

The most important thing I have learned throughout this course is that the visual part storytelling is crucial. Depending on the way the film is shot or the page is laid out, this makes a big difference to the way it is viewed by the audience, and turns the story from just facts to an actual story that creates interest.

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