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Chapter 2 of Seib's book brought up the idea that live coverage tends to be more attractive because the public views it as being timely. Speediness in news is often recognized in high regard. One thing that we discussed in class about live news is that it often covers a story that has been covered previously. On television newscasters will sometimes run the same story several times in one day with no new developements. The same thing can happen with online stories as well. One thing that I found out about television journalism is that live coverage is very much so centered on the idea of getting high ratings for the station.

The book also brings up the idea of "Live for the sake of being live" which means that it is done for effect. Things like car chases like the one with OJ Simpson are really not informative in any respect other than that they are showing you the action as it is happening. I can say that we didn't learn much from watching OJ's white Bronco speeding down the road. He didn't hit anyone and wasn't doing too much crazy driving so I still don't get that one. Having a police scanner in your home is very much like watching news happening live except for the fact that it is not visual.

Often times newscasters and their camera crews can manipulate coverage for the sake of "getting the shot" they need to present the news a certain way. This can sometimes mean that the actual news cast is a mix of on the ground and aerial reporting. Though the shots can show us the same thing, but they portray it in a different way.

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