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Making News

Synopsis
Concerns media coverage of the 1982 health workers’ dispute. Reveals how a stereotyped image of health workers was conveyed by television and the newspapers. The story is told by three groups of health workers: London ambulance drivers, staff at Oldham General Hospital and the Sterile Supplies Unit at St Thomas’s Hospital, London.

"MAKING NEW was the cross-over tape between the changing of Vida into Triple Vision. It was a direct assault on news values and the act of journalism. Used for many years by the BBC to train journalists in understanding ‘news bias’, Making News was originally commissioned by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom to expose unsound journalistic practices. In this work the members of Vida and Triple Vision examine three broadcast news reports to try to understand the way that news and broadcast values function in society. So successful was the work that on completion, both the NUJ and ACTT threatened the makers with having their membership of these organisations taken away if cuts were not made (by vested interests within the organisations). Naturally Vida/Triple Vision ignored the warnings and went ahead in releasing the tape uncut." - Terry Flaxton
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1982-4
Uses
Undergraduates.*
Subjects
Media studies; Politics & government
Keywords
health services; industrial disputes; interview techniques; journalism; media reporting; news reporting; trades unions; political issues

Online availability

URI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhAqYwzyJ-k
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Terry Flaxton

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£120.00 (Lux)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
37 minutes
Year
2012

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£120.00 (Lux)
Availability
Hire
Duration/Size
37 minutes
Year
2012

Production Company

Name

Triple Vision

Sponsor

Name

Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom

Phone
020 7278 4430
Fax
020 7837 8868
Address
London
N1 9JF

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.
Name

Lux

Email
info@lux.org.uk
Web
https://lux.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 31412960
Address
Waterlow Park Centre
Dartmouth Park Hill
London
N19 5JF
Notes
The premier UK source for arts-based moving image materials including experimental film, video art, installation art, performance art, personal documentary, essay films and animation. Incorporates collections previously held by the London Film-makers’ Co-op and London Video Arts. The 4000+ works are available for non-theatric exhibition, some may be purchased on DVD through the online shop, and a selection are streamed for free online viewing.
Name

YouTube

Web
http://www.youtube.com External site opens in new window

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