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B Which factors cause the news agenda to differ from day to day? AQA January 2005 The first thing to notice is that these are two very different questions. Although there may be some overlap between them, they are asking for two very different things. So don’t think a one-size-fits-all response can be slotted into either question. You are being asked for a specific response here. The first question is about changes in news production and manufacture whereas the second is asking you about how news agendas are set.

MED6 revision poses a series of interesting challenges. Potentially MED6 is the most demanding area of assessment for the whole of the AQA Media Studies A level qualification. As you will read in the section on MED6, we are looking at more than textual analysis here. You may think that writing about an unseen text, as you did at AS, is in itself hard enough but in MED6 we are looking at two texts and we need to add some stuff about contexts and theories. So where can you start revising for that sort of exam?

However, promotions of various sorts, free DVDs, bingo games, serialisations of biographies of celebrities can all influence circulation on a short term basis. At first sight, question (b) is a much broader conceptually based question dealing, as it does, with the broad and potentially abstract concept of news. However, an abstract answer is not going to be all that appropriate here. Look carefully and you should see that the question is focused on the sources of news. Clearly if you know anything at all about the production and manufacture of news you will realise that the assertion that news is always unexpected is absurd.

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