TV news has a number of advantages and disadvantages over other outlets.
Advantages of TV News
- TV makes you a witness to important events in real time
- It can be a powerful tool for verification
- It gives you personal storytelling: a strong connection to people in the news
- It can create a shared national experience (Think Man on the Moon, Newtown shooting, Marathon bombing)
TV Verifies Powerfully, Seeing is believing
Here’s a painful example of how devastatingly vivid TV can be in documenting/verifying the truth. During the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary campaign, Candidate Hillary Clinton said she had superior foreign policy wisdom because, for instance, she risked being shot during a visit to Bosnia as First Lady.
CBS rewound old tape to check it out. Here’s the reality check.
That’s evidence that is hard to argue with.
TV can connect us
We started the lessons by talking about the primal human need for information that alerts, diverts and connects us.
If a newsrooms set out to educate the public about autism, one facet of that may be to forge a powerful audience connection to an individual with autism.
Here’s CBS News’ Steve Hartman demonstrating how powerfully TV can connect us to someone we’ve never met.