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Compare Robert Cottingham's Barrera-Rosa's (above) with his Don't Walk (below). Barrera-Rosa's depicts an urban street scene vibrant with multicultural imagery. Don't Walk is an accurate detail of the larger scene. Does each image convey the same meaning? Cottingham has chosen different frames of reference for the same subject.
Don't Walk
Given the constraints of the medium and program format, television news stories generally consist of brief narratives that are read to the viewer along with short video clips. In addition to a brief presentation of content, news stories influence our thinking by their omissions. Since news programs are supported by advertising revenues that depend on viewer ratings, what frame of reference is generally selected?

It is natural to believe your own eyes and ears; however, don't walk into the trap of assuming that what is presented on a televised news show is the whole story.

For an insider's perspective on television news, visit Greg Byron's web site What Local TV News Doesn't Want You to Know! Mr. Byron has a journalism degree from Wichita State University and has broad experience in local news reporting.

For a more academic approach to television news, visit Daniel Chandler's "Media and Communications Studies Site" at Aberystwyth, University of Wales. His article "Notes on the Construction of Reality in TV News Programmes" can be found in the News Media folder.

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