|November 16, 2003|
What should a news program cover?
The news! I am tired of irrelevant feature.
Because television is financed on the premise that "Time Is Money" in depth coverage of International, National, State and Local news is impossible in this imperfect world. Because news watchers differ wildly in sophistication, background information and levels of curiosity, trying to please all will please no one. Personally, I get my news from newspapers and magazines.
Relevant timely information about local, national and world affairs with a conscious attempt to make clear the bias from which it comes. News programs of late dedicate far too much time to on fluffy entertainment type info.
News. In a balanced and fair way.
More global news and information, and a whole lot less about things that in the big picutre don't really matter, like entertainment gossip or even sports.
Ha, I'm proofreading a book about that right now. In my opinion, though, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is the ultimate news show. It covers the major national things that people should know about, but it's good and funny.
If I ran a
news program I would make sure there was always a segment at the beginning
and at the end of the newscast galled "the good news". This
would focus on good people doing good
The facts. Without commentary, spin, gossip, or asides. If people are given all the facts, they're capable of figuring things out without help from the newsmen.
As the former editor of a weekly newspaper, I have very definite ideas about what makes up a "news program." Small town TV news is very different from the big shows. The most important factor is to have fair, unbiased reporting with much less of an emphasis on pop culture and flash-in-the-pan icons. The alphabet news programs are married too closely with entertainment and news has a very non-news feel to it anymore.
cover weather, traffic, news, health, finance, sports. It should inform
and should try to
a news program
should cover news from all over in all kinds of situations that are important
for the general public to know. their shouldnt be any news overlooked
because of what the media
News. Not the same thing rehashed every night until you cannot stand to listen or watch the news.
Both the good and the bad.