Listening Journal # 2: NPR vs International

October 11, 2009 at 1:33 am (Listening Journals) (, , , , , , , )

Criteria for reviewing:

1- Title of Newscast or feature.
2- Who produced the newscast or feature? (One or more persons, if info is available)
3- Length of the news or feature
4- Describe the newscast or feature.
5- Was the newscast or feature interesting?
6- Quality of the sound? Use of nat sound.
7- Quality of the announcer’s voice?
8- Was the newscast or feature too long? Too short?
9- Other observations/suggestions (for example, ease of use of the website; also use examples to help illustrate your point(s))

NPR (National Public Radio) is a privately and publicly funded non-profit media organization that serves as a national syndicator to more than 797 public radio stations in the Unisted States.

NPR (National Public Radio) is a privately and publicly funded non-profit media organization that serves as a national syndicator to more than 797 public radio stations in the Unisted States.

NPR Newscast October 9th, 2009 at 10 pm

1- Title of the newscast: NPR Hourly Newscast
2- Producer(s): a number of reporter besides the presenter Lackshmie Sain.
3- Length of the newscast: 3:47 mints
4- Description of the newscast:
The newscast had 7 items lined up on the show. Their types varied. Some of them were readers, some were voicers and some were story with sound. Here is a quick review of the line-up of the NPR showcase:

1- US President Obama says Noble peace Prize should be a push for everyone to work towards achieving peace, why he got it and a one of his critics response to it. (Story w/sound).
2- Hillary Clinton trip to Europe to attend signing a protocol between rivals Turkey and Armenia in Switzerland. (Voicer).
3- a suspected Car bomber launched an attack in Pakistan, deadliest in 6 months (Reader).
4- Down Jones industrial average on Wall street is up to 44 points
5- US trade deficit has narrowed the commerce department imports as deficit dropped 3.5%. (Reader).
6- A high jacker who took over a chart of jet at high point in Jamaica and demanded to be flown to Cuba is sentenced to 20 years in prison. (Voicer).
7- Nuclear physicist suspected of having ties with Al Qaeda arrested in France. (Reader).

5- The variety of the story types made the newscast interesting to me. I didn’t have to be listening to the presenter all the time. Getting sound clippings of news-makers made it even more interesting.
6- The sound quality was good, very good in fact compared to the BBC’s. There was no noise around, and it was so clear.
7- The announcer as well as the reporters’ voice quality was not irritating me, which says that it was listen-able. It didn’t happen to me that I had to lower the sound down because I couldn’t bear the announcer or any of the reporter’s voice.
8- The newscast length was OK to be broadcast on radio. Not too short, not too long. It was just to the point.
9- One suggestion I would make is for the announcer to slow down a little bit. There was one one piece of news, item number 5 on the list, that I had to repeat and replay for many times to get what she was actually saying. It is the basic rule for radio; speak at a normal speed because if the listener missed, he missed it; can do nothing about it. Then he is lost; he is on some other channel. Surely not wanted.

BBC (British Broadcast Corporation) is the oldest and largest broadcaster that is independent from any government intervention. Thereby, it is funded by an annual television licence fees that is charged to all UK households using or having television.

BBC (British Broadcast Corporation) is the oldest and largest broadcaster that is independent from any government intervention. Thereby, it is funded by an annual television licence fees that is charged to all UK households using or having television.

BBC Newscast at 11 October 9th

1- The title of the newscast is BBC Radio News.
2- Producer(s): the reporters on the stories presented in addition to the presenter, Marian Marshal.
3- The length of the newscast: 5 minutes.
4- Description of it:
It had a couple of news items lined up differently from NPR. They were having the same lead story though. Here is a brief account of what was there:

1- Obama winning the Noble peace prize and his reaction to it. However, BBC didn’t address what his critics think of that. (Reader).
2- The car bombing in Pakistan and blaming Taliban group for it. (Voicer).
3- French authorities have arrested a physicist suspected of having ties with Al Qaeda. (Voicer).
4- A Brazilian crime show presenter and politician who was accused of ordering killings to raise the ratings of his show has turned himself in to the police. (Reader).
5- Israeli police have lifted restrictions on Palestinians after they bared them from entering the Al Aqsa mosque. (Reader).
6- Troubled car maker General Motors has made an agreement to sell its Hummer brand to a Chinese firm. (Voicer).
7- American space agency NASA express satisfaction with the deliberate crash of 2 un-manned spacecrafts to detect water. (Reader).
8- Italian PM Berlusconi has described himself as the most persecuted person in the history after being granted immunity while in office by Italy’s highest court and then mistakenly saying that he’s spent millions of Euros on “judges” then correcting it to “lawyers”. (Reader).

5- The newscast was interesting, indeed. The line-up was different from NPR’s, but that was no problem. I liked the kicker story that the newscast ended with, the one on Berlusconi. I was not surprised, but it was light and nice.
6- The quality of the sound was OK, though not as good as NPR’s. The use of NAT sound was not there, unfortunately, though there was more than once chance to do so.
7- The quality of the announcer was good, but some of the reporters had bad quality recording their story. There was one reporter, the one on the GM story, had noise around. I mean acoustically speaking. So, it could have been better.
8- The newscast’s length was fair and reasonable for radio. It was not too short nor was it too long.
9- My suggestion would go to, again, slowing down a bit reading the copy. In addition, the stories are crying out loud for having NAT sound accompanied with them. It is a much better idea to add that to the newscast to make it a little bit lively.

44-year-old Esperanza, a maid at a hotel in Pheonix, sings to unintentionally entertain the hotel's guests.

44-year-old Esperanza, a maid at a hotel in Pheonix, sings to unintentionally entertain the hotel's guests.

World Vision Feature
http://www.worldvisionreport.org/Stories/Week-of-September-26-2009/Esperanza-Sings#
Player:
http://www.worldvisionreport.org/player.php?storyfile=media/audio/2009/1003/esperanza-sings.mp3

1- Title of the feature: Esperanza sings
2- Producer(s): Reporter Todd Melby
3- Length of the feature is almost 4 minutes (3:57 mints)
4- Description of the feature: It is about a beautiful voice of a Spanish, as it is obvious from the accent, maid named Esperanza whom the reporter comes to accidentally hear her sing in the room next door while doing the room service. So, he interviews her to know that she is a single mother for 2 adult children.
5- The feature was very very interesting to me. I was hooked up all the four minutes wanting to know more. It was rich and live.
6- There is no better example than “Esperanza sings” report to demonstrate how the quality of the sound could be at its best. The use of NAT sound was awesome and well-used. It, indeed, played such a big role in keeping me listening.
7- The quality of both the announcer and the reporter was really good and clear with no noise whatsoever.
8- I have to say that this feature was a bit too short for me. I was so interested that I wanted to know more, but it just ended. It could have been a little bit longer to get the audience closer to the woman with the pretty sweet voice who sings while housekeeping.
9- This feature did not wrong with any element of an audio feature. The quality of the sound is great, the use of the NAT sound is so perfect it made me wonder how the reporter managed to get it as natural and clear as it was. Above all that, the copy was amazingly well-written. The website is user-friendly; had no problem with that. My only suggestion would have been making it a bit longer.

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