Charlie Brooker’s How to Report the News – Newswipe – BBC Four

Charlie Brooker’s How to Report the News – Newswipe – BBC Four


Before long a standard news report visual language established itself, one that’s immediately recognizable to anyone. Me has this report
It starts here with a lackluster establishing shot of a significant location. Next, a walkie talkie preamble from the auteur
pacing steadily towards the lens
punctuating every other sentence with a hand gesture and ignoring all the pricks milling around him [like] [he’s] gliding through the fucking Matrix before coming
to a halt and posing a question:
What comes next?
Often, something like this: a filler shot designed to give your eyes something to look at while my voice babbles on about facts. Sometimes
it’ll slow down to a halt, turn monochrome, and some of those facts will appear one by one on the screen.
This is followed by the obligatory shots of overweight people with their faces
subtly framed out, after which the report is padded out with the selection of lazy and pointless vox pops.
Usually get some inane chatter from people. I think they do have too much;
I think what we want to hear is actually what’s happening and not what other people [think] of it
I hate the same sound bites…they’re… I don’t want some
punter’s opinion usually…no.
Another bit of dull visual abstraction to plug another gap now before the report segues gracefully into a bit of human interest courtesy of some
Dowdy man opening letters in a kitchen and explaining how he’s been affected by the issue.
When I’m watching the news, I don’t really, you know, there’s a person talking to me telling me what’s going on,
and [I] don’t really listen to what they’re saying.
It’s just news. It’s just news
He, unfortunately ,was boring, so to wake you up, this is an animated chart,
this is a silhouette representing the average family, and this is [a] lighthouse keeper
Being beheaded by a laser beam. As we near the end of the report,
illustrative shots of pedestrians and signs and a pipe at a window, and then the final summary ending on a whimsical shot of something nearby,
accompanied by a wry sign-off: if you’re lucky, a bit of wordplay fit for a king or in other words, a regent’s treat.
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100 thoughts to “Charlie Brooker’s How to Report the News – Newswipe – BBC Four”

  1. Media created by the super stupid and presented by the even more super stupid(er) to the most naive of customers who pay for TV whether they watch it or not. How super stupid is that? KILL YOUR TV AND WAKE TF UP! When sheeple realize that the shame stream, criminal, corporate, zionnazi media is PRO-PAGAN-DUH to and through its core…maybe then they will take notice but I doubt it with all the distractions that are allegedly "newsworthy"

  2. Shame Charlie Brooker doesn't do Newswipe anymore, I know he has Weekly Wipe but that doesn't seem very good compare to what he used to do.

  3. You forgot to show the pictures of some random kid, preferably their school photo or a family picture, then red-shift it. Then for some inane reason, talk to the kid's mother, even if she just as qualified as that letter-opening guy

  4. Still getting news from TV? Straight from corporate masters' backends right into your eyes and ears, best avoid.

  5. This is a YouTube comment written as a response to this spoof/deconstruction of news reports. It's supposed to be witty in the hopes of getting lots of thumbs-ups.

  6. LOL! Hey I don't know why I am laughing… I am using this as a format now for my news reports on crafting.

  7. I need to show this to my professor. He is making us use a similar format for our reporting project due Monday. It is formulaic and makes people more attention deficient than they are now. I don't want to add to the trend. It's madness!

  8. In other news, people try to standardise their work model, so they can follow simple steps to release information quickly and effectively.

  9. A non-English speaker would be hard pressed to spot the difference since everything except the actual words is an exact replica of most news stories. Well, until the lightsaber beheading, which may raise some eyebrows.

  10. 0:51 Vox pops of members of the general public saying how much they hate vox pops of members of the general public. Pure, unfiltered, cask-strength GENIUS.

  11. <An uninteresting comment that expresses general concern from someone who is not actually willing to do something about the problem>

  12. Brilliant, most 'news' programmes are full of nonsense which is irrelevant to the general population, long live Charlie Brooker!

  13. Darn…was hoping it would be a public tutorial reminding journalists and the public what journalistic integrity is and how to present opposing viewpoints factually and within context that leaves the listener to ponder their own viewpoint…**super-disappointment-sigh…

  14. These days, don't forget someone throwing in the words "man-made global warming" into every damn report, just to scare you some more…

  15. I reckon you could put this in the news and half the people watching wouldn’t notice it was satire. My mother wouldn’t.

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