Comparing Media

A shooting at a small town at an Oregon college left many Americans distraught.

October 1, 2015 a gunman was shooting people from the local Oregon community college.

Like most shootings that happen around the country when lives are lost it becomes the top news story of the day.

I first briefly heard about the story on NPR (National Public Radio).

The radio hosts were just talking about what happened in Oregon and how many people were injured or killed.

NPR quoted people and played interviews of the people of Roseburg, Oreg. similar to showing the story on television.

On the radio they spend a little more time on the smaller details to get the reader to create in their mind the setting of the scene.

Television and radio had interviews in their stories.

I would say that is because they people to know what happened from someone’s perspective who was there.

On television every news channel has the story circulating in some way or another.

On CNN (Cable News Network) specifically, they had an interview with a student that was on campus at the time of the shooting.

While that interview was going they had banners of the current news situation on the screen letting viewers know what was going on at that moment.

CNN also has b-roll of photos and video images playing while the interviewee was discussing what she had seen.

The reporter asked her to “explain to our viewers” what she saw. The news wants to help people to understand what happened to create an image in viewers minds of the situation.

Online news coverage of this story I saw in a few places.

I have an app called Yahoo Digest where it takes the top ten news stories for the day and puts them all in one place for you to find.

On the Yahoo Digest I read about the shooting.

They used quotes and photos as well of students during the horrific event.

Yahoo Digest also puts statistics on their posts as well.

One of the posts said that this was the 45th school shooting this year.

There was also a graph showing mass shootings in the country and how they are rising.

The app also has on the story a link to President Obama addressing the issue of how him talking about these shootings has become “routine.”

The story on the app is fairly short.

I checked later in the evening the San Francisco Chronicle to see their online coverage of the story.

It was not the largest story on the website it was on the right side of the paper.

There was a photo as well.

This online news source was more like print compared to the Yahoo Digest app.

It is interesting to see how each form of media gets the same message across but they do it with a few slight differences.

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Comparing Media

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