Sunday, February 14, 2010

Write your own TV news report

Howard Kurtz highlighted this brilliant and bitingly accurate satire by British journalist and comic, Charlie Brooker, revealing the cookie-cutter recipe that TV reporters use to assemble a news report.
So much truth there!

I especially like the ridiculing of asking a few randomly suggested people to provide the "vox pop" to make the point that the reporter really wanted to make.

I know I'll think of this every time I see one of these by-the-numbers reports on the news. What will the reporters do now that their not-so secret techniques have been so wonderfully satirized?