How does media work

How does the media work?

In addition, the participants learned a lot at the children's university in Bamberg

A look at the news section of our newspaper: The Nürnberger Nachrichten has what is known as the “news desk”. News stands for news, desk for desk. Here, for example, editors from the politics, local, business and sports departments sit down to discuss topics for the next newspaper. Photo: Eduard Weigert

Media - this is how one calls for example the internet, television and newspapers.
Boys and girls at the children's university in Bamberg have dealt with this.


“I think I have a lot of catching up to do,” says Professor Anna-Maria Theis-Berglmair with a laugh. She has just asked the 120 children at the children's university in Bamberg about their favorite programs.
And she doesn't even know many of them: “Schloss Einstein” for example, or the cartoon series “Phineas and Ferb”. If you know these programs, you will know: They tell stories that someone has made up. But there are also programs that report real things. For example, “Die Sendung mit der Maus” and “Galileo”. Or news programs like “Logo”. They are specially made for children.


Simple language

The news anchors on these programs speak more slowly than on adult news programs. And they explain things in such a way that children can understand them well. This is also the case with the extra children's pages with Jimmy Kater. And the professor reveals another secret: “This children's news is also particularly popular with adults. It's not like adults always understand everything better, they just don't admit it! "Romy (8) agrees:" I like to look at logos, they explain everything. Sometimes my parents watch and understand the news a lot more than they do with adults! ”Next, the professor and the children investigate the following question: How can it be that so much happens in the world like in a newspaper or a newspaper Does the shipment fit?


In addition, she shows a large glass with marbles. Have the children estimate how many marbles there are in the jar. After a lot of wrong suggestions, Paula (10) estimates the number correctly: There are 200. Then the professor takes 20 marbles out of the jar, i.e. a tenth. They say: that's ten percent of the balls. It's similar with the news. A lot of them come to a newspaper or television editorial office every day. And the job of the so-called editors is to choose those that they consider to be the most important and interesting. Most of the time, only about ten percent remain.


That means: By no means everything that happens in the world will be in the newspaper or broadcast the next day. And what is in the newspaper or what is broadcast is determined by the editors. And how much you choose depends on how thick the newspaper is - or how long the program lasts.
You have probably heard the word "lie press". Terribly stupid people invented that. You accuse the editors of not bringing everything, but selecting. But it is their job, after all, not to publish every crap, but also to check whether something is right or not. It has nothing to do with lies.



And what do editors choose most often? These are, for example, surprising events, such as a volcanic eruption. Or it's about weddings or celebrity divorces. Regional proximity is particularly important for the media. A daily newspaper like the Nürnberger Nachrichten reports mainly on events that happen in and around Nuremberg.