Behind the scenes : WXYZ, channel 7, Detroit, MI
Shulkin, David M.
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This thesis describes the process, style, and content of a documentary video focused on the operations of a news organization. The accompanying documentary examines a 14-hour period of news operations at WXYZ, Channel 7, in Detroit, Michigan. Behind the Scenes utilizes a cinema verite approach that involves interviews and a direct cinema footage in its presentation. Exploring the relationship between the news staff and the television medium, the video portrays the challenges a news organization has in balancing coverage, bias, technology, and external influences. The narrative structure is constructed through the daily news schedule of WXYZ. Within this time structure, the documentary follows key personnel through a typical day of producing news product for the daily newscasts.