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BBC News 24, Sky News, CNN – we live in an era where news has become almost...
BBC News 24, Sky News, CNN – we live in an era where news has become almost instantaneous. This unit will look at how news is gathered and the technology used for its dissemination. You will also be encouraged to examine how information might be manipulated by questioning its reliability.
This is what you should have achieved when you have completed your study of this unit:
- have a general knowledge of the different types of storage media for digital data;
- understand the basic concepts of electrical voltage and resistance, and the parameters used to specify batteries;
- have an overview of the historical development of ICT in video recording, newsgathering and new dissemination;
- compare the merits of different media as sources of news;
- discuss issues of trust and authenticity in information sources;
- recognise the 'formula triangle' in a range of contexts and rearrange it to get any of the three variables in terms of the other two;
- do calculations in the context of ICT systems and components, including:
- speeds, propagation times and distance;
- voltage, resistance and current;
- the running time, current and capacity of batteries.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Bringing the news on the back of a horse
- 2 From newsreels to real news
- 3 Newsgathering now
- 4 Anatomy of a digital camcorder
- 5 Signal transmission
- 6 Trust
- 7 Summary
- Next steps
This unit looks at the technologies used to acquire information about the world. A particular focus is the technology used by television businesses in gathering news reports. The unit draws upon the expertise of two individuals who have worked in senior positions in the UK television industry.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Networked living: exploring information and communication technologies (T175), which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Information and Communication Technologies course units or view the range of currently available OU Information and Communication Technologies courses.