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Mike Rosenbloom Discovering News Professor Karl February 13, 2008 Analyze the difference between print and TV coverage of a current news story: Obama ‘08 Television and print have two very different styles when it comes to reporting the news. With each story, the viewer may get two completely different pictures in each medium. Following Barack Obama’s campaign this semester, I’ve noticed several differences between when I watch a story about him on television, or when I read about him, whether it be online or in a newspaper. Both mediums do a great job of getting across what they want to get across, yet both have problems they face as well. The first and main difference I notice between them puts print on a huge disadvantage. Barack Obama is known for his amazing speeches and the way he delivers them. It’s a lot more than just the message he is trying to get across. It is the way he says it. I went to one of his rallies in the Hartford Civic Center last week. Before I went, I had heard that he gave amazing speeches and could even move a crowd to tears, but I didn’t actually believe it. Sure I read newspapers and articles about his speeches, but I had never heard one. After being there and hearing his speech, I understood. A lady actually fainted in the audience because she was overcome with emotion. A newspaper or any online database cannot capture the energy and emotion he puts into his speeches. To able to sit back and watch his speak on television, you can at least kind of capture the energy he has.
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A newspaper couldn’t do that. At most, a newspaper could give him the front page, with a couple of pictures. Again, those pictures could not let the reader feel the emotions of his speech or the even the support he has. This is from the Hartford Courant, the day after he came to Hartford: “On the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries, Barack Obama filled a downtown Hartford arena with the curious and the committed, offering himself as a cause, not a candidate for president. Obama generated a vibe Monday night that veered from religious revival to rock concert, repeatedly pumping up a crowd of 17,000, then pausing to drink in their energy and applause.” ( 0204,0,7577163.story ) Yes, it does say that 17,000 people filled up the arena. But for anyone who has never been the Civic Center, how do they know what 17,000 looks like? To able to see 17,000 people cheering Obama on is something special. A newspaper can’t do that.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course AUCS 210 taught by Professor Karl during the Fall '08 term at Hartford.

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