MEST 3 Example questions & Exemplar answers

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Pay particular attention to the A2 Case Studies & Exemplars section which has loads of exam stuff, including example questions and exemplar (love that word) answers.

Please be testing yourself and looking at the way the answers are structured in the exemplars.  PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.

Newspaper headlines: Air crash horror and ‘free speech’ fury – BBC News

Understandably, most front pages cover the EgyptAir plane crash, but there are some interesting things that you could discuss in an analysis.

Credit to @1stbarnard for discovering this.

The Metro‘s coverage is arguably the most diplomatic, but note the emphasis on the fact that a British citizen is among the victims. The suggestion that a terrorist attack was the cause is in the subhead.

The Times, (The Sun in a suit), chooses to illustrate the tragic event.

The Daily Mail chooses to focus on it’s usual anti-immigration rhetoric. Shocker.

Other notable covers, include the horrible linguistic codes used by The Daily Star to explain the crash and The Sun‘s crude coverage of a celebrity gagging order.

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What do you make of this?

Source: Newspaper headlines: Air crash horror and ‘free speech’ fury – BBC News

Twitter erupts as BBC struggle to keep Tory Election Fraud under wraps until after May elections

Twitter erupts as BBC struggle to keep Tory Election Fraud under wraps until after May elections

With over 30,000 tweets today, the hashtag #ToryElectionFraud has been trending on Twitter at number 3, and is currently (at the time of writing) the sixth most tweeted about issue.

However, with such a big political news story currently unfurling, you would have expected the media to be all over it like a rash – just as they were with the Ken Livingstone anti-Semitism saga last week.

Despite the furore that Channel 4’s investigation has created, there has been virtually no other coverage from the mainstream media of this deeply undemocratic scandal. And Twitter was rightly outraged at the lack of coverage…

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Media Theory in essays & exams – how & why?

Time and time again I tell my classes “Use theories, examiners love that!”, and whilst this may be true (and probably quite obvious), it is no use just showing that you know media theories for the sake of it.

The whole point of inserting theories into essays & exams is to demonstrate understanding, but the common misconception here is that just by dropping in names of theories such as The Hypodermic Syringe, Hyperreality or Uses & Gratifications, you may think you are demonstrating understanding, but what you really are doing is demonstrating knowledge, which is something else entirely.

So, what’s the difference?  Continue reading “Media Theory in essays & exams – how & why?”