Making News

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
Comments
01What's The Story?20130402

What is news? From sensation to public service, bulletins to the culture of rolling news.

Journalist and broadcaster Steve Richards presents a new, three part series examining the News.

From bulletins to rolling news and citizen journalism, from sensation to public service: what was News, what is it now and what will it become. Why is something 'news' and something else not, and what's the real thinking behind its production? Is the news a public service, a self-fulfilling cycle, an entertainment with its roots in sensation, a constant narrative of 'breaking' events, or a form of national communion and shared belonging?

Once a daily fix, now a 24/7 multimedia blitz, the news is ubiquitous, constant, insistent, updated every moment, multi-channelled and delivered in ever widening and more intimate formats. Perhaps one of the reasons we watch the news, beyond wanting actual information, is a need to feel incorporated into the world, a sense that we have internalised or are included in events on some level. Or is the picture a little darker - a deeper psychological appetite for images of disaster, reports of violence and intense distress that have no decipherable pattern or obvious national significance.

The series talks to reporters, journalists, editors, news producers, historians and experts - including Jon Snow, Sarah Sands, Alistair Campbell, Will Self, Adam Boulton, Ceri Thomas, Paul Staines (aka Guido Fawkes), Ed Stourton, Debora Turness, Kevin Williams, Roger Alton, John Birt, Andrew Pierce and psychotherapist Adam Phillips.

Producer: Simon Hollis

A Brook Lapping production for BBC Radio 4.

02The Endless Cycle20130409

Steve Richards explores the speed and voracity of the modern 24-hour rolling news cycle.

Journalist and broadcaster Steve Richards presents a new, three-part series examining the News: from bulletins to rolling news and citizen journalism, what News was, what it is now and what it will become.

What makes something News and something else not? Is the News a public service, a cycle, an entertainment built on sensation, a constant rush of 'breaking' news or a form of national communion and shared belonging?

Driven by changes in technology and in news culture itself, and as the news cycle becomes ever faster, the question of what News is is also about how we consume it, and who 'we' are becoming as a result.

The series talks to reporters, journalists, editors, news producers and experts, including Jon Snow, Alistair Campbell, Adam Boulton, editors Sarah Sands and Ceri Thomas, Paul Staines (aka Guido Fawkes), Ed Stourton and psychotherapist Adam Phillips.

Produced by Simon Hollis

A Brook Lapping production for BBC Radio 4.

03 LASTBrave New Worlds20130416

Steve Richards looks beyond the official news cycle to explore what news might become.

Journalist and broadcaster Steve Richards presents a three part series examining the News. From bulletins to rolling news and citizen journalism - what News was, what it is now and what it will become.

What makes something News and something else not? Is the News a public service, a cycle, an entertainment built on sensation, a constant rush of 'breaking' news or a form of national communion and shared belonging? Driven by changes in technology and in news culture itself, and as the news cycle becomes ever faster, the question of what News is also concerns how we consume it and who 'we' are becoming as a result.

The series talks to reporters, journalists, editors, news producers and experts including Jon Snow, Alistair Campbell, Adam Boulton, editors Sarah Sands and Ceri Thomas, Paul Staines (aka Guido Fawkes), Ed Stourton and psychotherapist Adam Phillips.

Episode 3 (of 3): Brave New Worlds

Steve Richards looks beyond the official news cycle to explore what news might become as informal outlets continue to multiply, digitally and online, and as revolutions in technology underwrite the very content of news: the rise of the citizen journalist, the phenomenon of pre-emptive news and the relatively new psychic disorder of news 'addiction'.

Produced by Simon Hollis

A Brook Lapping production for BBC Radio 4.