Reflection 3: ANZAC news coverage

Today’s reflection highlights the news coverage of the dawn service at ANZAC Cove in Turkey. I will be using three news articles from the NZ Herald, Radio NZ and Stuff.

NZ Herald takes a holistic coverage about the commemorative event. It includes photographs of mostly New Zealanders and Australians commemorating the centenary year of the Gallipoli landings.

Linking back to my photojournalism post, NZ Herald showcased the important role of photos in storytelling ,and the photos they captured were effective in a way they depicted the emotions people felt.

Contrastingly, Radio NZ focuses on the speech given by the Turkish President, Recep Ayyip Erdogan; he iterated the “shared pains”, which all soldiers felt during and after the doomed landings. There is an emphasis on the dignitaries who attended the commemorative event, namely, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Tony Abbott and John Key. They also described the events in chronological order.

Radio NZ has more objectivity as it includes the conflict from all sides.

Lastly, Stuff took a poetic approach, which I thought reflected the emotional events at the site. They retold the accounts that took place and focused more on John Key’s speech. They also included a short story of a  New Zealand WWI veteran, Vincent Chegwidden, who survived the landings and lived until the age of 86.

Overall, I thought Stuff was the most effective one among the three articles.  According to Rich (2015), this is called the news impact. News which generate impact mean they have excellent coverage because they tell the actual events as well as affect their targeted audiences.

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To view the articles. click on the links below:

RADIO NZ: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/272072/anzac-cove-100-years-on

NZ HERALD: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/anzac2015-ww1-gallipoli-battle/news/image.cfm?c_id=1503793&gal_cid=1503793&gallery_id=149639#19244707

STUFF: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/last-post-first-light/68052370/anzac-cove-service-an-eerie-emotional-occasion

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Rich, C. (2015). Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method. Understanding Media Issues. Cengage Learning.

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