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Narratives and Television News Editing
Unformatted Document Text:  Narratives and Television News Editing 24 the people that sit up and watch ten minutes of raw video that we’ll put in a whole raw tape…and to me it seems…it’s like watching paint dry.” Whereas the Internet can provide information quickly, it does not provide the same human experiences as television, which narrative editors believe are definitive of quality news. Narrative norms and routines coincide with the original perception of journalism: an organization dedicated to upholding democracy. Storytelling journalism provides viewers with the crucial narratives necessary for socialization. What television journalists must do in order to break free of the current identity crisis, it seems, is to stop competing with the other news formats and, instead, reaffirm the unique strengths of television news. Discussion Journalism and Democracy The democratic system depends greatly on the participation of its citizens and the news media are meant to function as their Fourth Estate – educators of the citizenry for the sake of democracy. Modern television news, however, is providing too much information in too short an amount of time because stations are struggling to keep up with the news volume demanded by upper management. What good is information if there is too much presented for a viewer to process? This study defends the significance of narrative structures to the civic education of television news viewers. While there is no guarantee that narratives move people to act politically more than do accounts, there is research to support that narratives are more likely to be paid attention to and remembered. Storytelling also benefits the shareholders by setting one station apart from another. All stations have the same accounts, but not the same narratives. Storytelling could be perceived as financially profitable by marketing each station as a unique product of originally produced

Authors: Henderson, Keren.
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  Narratives and Television News Editing      24
the people that sit up and watch ten minutes of raw video that we’ll put in a whole raw tape…and 
to me it seems…it’s like watching paint dry.” Whereas the Internet can provide information 
quickly, it does not provide the same human experiences as television, which narrative editors 
believe are definitive of quality news. Narrative norms and routines coincide with the original 
perception of journalism: an organization dedicated to upholding democracy. Storytelling 
journalism provides viewers with the crucial narratives necessary for socialization. What 
television journalists must do in order to break free of the current identity crisis, it seems, is to 
stop competing with the other news formats and, instead, reaffirm the unique strengths of 
television news.
Discussion
Journalism and Democracy
The democratic system depends greatly on the participation of its citizens and the news 
media are meant to function as their Fourth Estate – educators of the citizenry for the sake of 
democracy. Modern television news, however, is providing too much information in too short an 
amount of time because stations are struggling to keep up with the news volume demanded by 
upper management. What good is information if there is too much presented for a viewer to 
process? This study defends the significance of narrative structures to the civic education of 
television news viewers. While there is no guarantee that narratives move people to act 
politically more than do accounts, there is research to support that narratives are more likely to 
be paid attention to and remembered.
Storytelling also benefits the shareholders by setting one station apart from another. All 
stations have the same accounts, but not the same narratives. Storytelling could be perceived as 
financially profitable by marketing each station as a unique product of originally produced 


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