IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – NPR public editor

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Text: Kelly McBride. “What makes people question journalists?” NPR Public Editor. https://www.npr.org/sections/publiceditor/2022/05/20/1100373689/what-makes-people-question-journalists

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • NPR is the U.S. public broadcast similar to CBC in Canada, BBC in the UK, or NHK in Japan.
  • FYI an explanation of what NPR’s Public Editor is: “The Public Editor stands as a source of independent accountability. Created by NPR’s board of directors, the Public Editor serves as a bridge between the newsroom and the audience. The Public Editor strives to both listen to the audience’s concerns and explain the newsroom’s work and ambitions.” https://www.npr.org/sections/publiceditor/2016/12/14/505405614/about-the-public-editor
  • The writing shows a considerable degree of openness that might not be found in many other news organizations. Presumably, the fact that NPR is a public broadcaster has a lot to do with this.
  • The writer uses the second person to directly address a reader’s concerns (“You’re right.”)
  • The piece gives a considerable degree of insight into the news writing process and is willing to admit mistakes: “NPR seems mostly consistent, but the use of the term without attribution or quotations in this piece was a misstep.”

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