Satire News Presentation as an Innovation to contemporary news presentation techniques

  • Sakwe Annabel Wase university of buea
  • Julius Chetita
Keywords: satire news, News presentation, straight news.

Abstract

Over the years, the presentation pattern of Radio and television news has adhered to the inverted pyramid model that suggests the prioritization of the most salient facts to the least important ones in a news story. However, with the emergence of satire news as a hybrid form of straight news, a lot of interest from researchers and audiences has shifted to this cross breed of news. From observation, satire news assumes a different presentation pattern from the mother genre, straight news. The issue of prioritization of facts in a story has been altered in the case of satire news presentation. Hence, this paper focuses on illustrating the satire news presentation pattern while highlighting its similarities and differences with the inverted pyramid model. Through a qualitative content analysis, the study that informed this paper (Satire news as a hybrid genre in the Cameroon broadcast media: innovations transformations and challenges) came up with a major finding that satire news uses a digressional and discursive approach as opposed to the orthodox inverted pyramid model which does not give room for commentary, digression or subjectivity. Thus, satire news has created its own model of news presentation.

Author Biographies

Sakwe Annabel Wase, university of buea

Department of journalism and mass communication

course instructor 

Julius Chetita

Department of Journalism and mass communication, university of Buea,

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Published
2016-08-25