Watchdogs or Entertainers?
November 11, 2008
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The most up-to-date news anchor definition describes the duties of a news anchors as to present confidence and stability in “uncertain” situations whilst local and foreign reports overwhelm the news room.
When it comes to news anchoring many books and people differ in opinion, but one fact is certain among most disagreements: news anchors should convince the audience of the
station’s credibility and the news story’s
Unless you’ve taken a course in communication studies it may become blurry at times to understand these peoples’ realities, jobs and obligations with their audience.
From the beginning a news anchor’s priority was to present what lay behind him/ her. The reporter gathered information and sent it in to the newsroom, which was immediately
formatted into a script and made ready for the news anchor to read off the teleprompter.
But today many news anchors, such as those of CNN, have started to take on a different role alongside presenting — that of an
analyst. Some of today’s news anchors
do not only present the story but also
analyze it, in some cases along with the
opinions of different sources.
Following this new format, the news stories,
especially the most important, will have
an impact on its people not through a
reporter’s opinion and a “freshly brought
impression” from the field, but through
our own opinions extracted from what
was presented before us.
The future promises to echo our voices. It has already started in the forums so who
knows, maybe in a near future, regular
folks will have the opportunity to carry
on an interactive discussion on CNN
itself, hosted by a moderator.
But really, the quality of a news story
doesn’t rely on the question of this article.
Clearly most news anchors will act as
long as it’s required of him or her to
play the role of a presenter. Otherwise
he/ she would be a reporter out into the
field gathering information.
The news anchor is a doll that’s lovely to hear and look at. But reporters are essential to the news stories. Their impartiality and strength to make the audience relive an event as it happened should be the subject at question.
Most journalists as they gather and interview, try to be impartial, but it doesn’t always work. We all remember how as children when we got in trouble at school. Arriving home our parents got to hear our part of the story and not the teacher’s! This
childish fact is well and alive in today’s
For example many Third World countries are shown as being extremely poor. It is clear that our media have failed on numerous occasions when it comes to the representation of European, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Let’s not forget that this perspective is our media’s and not the world’s. Now that’s something to worry about.
But not all is dark and mysterious. The media’s future is bright because today’s news anchors are expanding their horizons. The television stations require a higher level of aptitudes and multitasking each day. Any respectable news program will have a capable analytical oriented news anchor ready to take on and criticize almost any subject. This is what makes a journalist, the capability to adapt to any situation and subject, diversity.
In reality we all are actors, and we act each
day of our lives according to each one
of our situation. So who are we to judge
our beloved CBS, NBC, KTLA5, CNN
and FOX 11 news anchors? But we
have the right to judge their stories…As
my father’s logo would say: nothing is
wrong, everything is true.