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'First Edition' Archive: Children and TV News Project


This archive has been annotated, catalogued and put into a database, for use by scholars and students both in JOMEC and outside.

It consists of materials donated by Libra productions, the producers of 'First Edition' a ITN/ Channel 4 news programme for Schools, presented by Jon Snow, which has now ceased production.

The materials - which include tapes, production documents, scripts, and letters - will help to support the work of a team of scholars studying children's responses to television news, especially traumatic events such as war and disaster.

Grant Holders

Funder

  • British Academy

First Edition Collection by Subject

FE1 – Production Documentation.

Period Covered

20th January 1998 – 25th November 2002

Content

This section includes production timetables, studio scripts, transcripts of features, fax memos, astons sheets, credits and production correspondence. They are not complete for all programmes.

Description

This documentation provides the backbone of information of how First Edition was made and produced, with details of personnel involved, the format of the programme, the tie-in internet competition and how it fulfilled Channel 4 Schools educational remit. The transcripts of the news features and the studio script provide evidence of the content of programmes where there is no accompanying video footage.

Most of the documentation was produced using computers and faxes, with only occasional handwritten annotation

FE2 – Videos of First Edition

Period Covered

18th September 2001 – 26th November 2002

Content

These videos show the full First Edition broadcasts for 25 programmes in Series VIII and 10 programmes for Series IX (15–20 minutes each). There is usually more that one programme on each video tape.

Description

The videos provide visual evidence of First Edition, showing child and adult presenters, interviewees (including government ministers), as well as unscripted interviews. The footage is a mixture between ITN archive news and original First Edition footage, covering issues including child obesity, racism in football, Presidential elections in the USA, earthquakes and terrorism. First Edition was shown twice a week Tuesday and Wednesday at 11.00am, during school term time.

FE3 – Correspondence

Period Covered

12th September 2001 – 20th November 2002

Content

These facsimilie letters are written by the pupils of Hillhead Primary School, Glasgow. They are addressed to the First Edition team, giving their personal comments on the topics that were covered in the broadcasts and suggestions for future topics to be included. There is also some email correspondence from pupils at Newton Farm School, Harrow.

Description

From the second series (1995/1996) the First Edition production team had formed a relationship with a teacher at Hillhead Primary School, Glasgow. Each week as part of their lessons the pupils viewed the programme and then sat down to write a letter to First Edition. The letters demonstrate how a cross-section of children aged 11-13 respond and articulate their views about current affairs. The majority of the letters are handwritten, with some being produced on the computer. Each academic year has a set of new pupils.

FE4 – Newscuttings

Period Covered

21st September 1999 – 12th November 2002

Content

Newspaper cuttings taken from The Guardian newspaper (Guardian Education Supplement). The run is not complete, but could be supplemented with other library resources.

Description

Each week a representative from the Guardian was present at the weekly First Edition production meetings, where they decided which article would be featured in the Guardian to supplement it. First Edition had a regular piece in the Guardian Education on a Tuesday. The articles provided teachers with further reading, classroom discussion points and internet resources. Missing articles could be supplemented with other library.

FE5 – Internet Printouts

Period Covered

18th September 2001 – 14th February 2003

Content

Printed web pages taken from the Channel 4 First Edition / Citizen power web site, with articles on the features used in First Edition. With illustrations.

Description

The majority of the web pages were printed off after First Edition had ceased production, so they are mainly archived pages dealing with the last Series. The Internet had a developing tie-in role with First Edition in a period where the Internet became increasingly mainstream, with a competition to attract visitors.

FE6 – Other Resources

Period Covered

13/06/2002 – 24/06/2003

Content

Audio recordings made by the Children, Media, Literacy and Citizenship Research Group at Cardiff University, with children and their parents from Hillhead Primary School and Kelvindale Primary School, Glasgow. Also a BBC Newsnight Scotland programme that had a feature on the research of the Children, Media, Literacy and Citizenship Research Group at Cardiff University.

Description

Discussions involve their views on the news, current affairs, how children are represented in the news and on First Edition. Some of these audio tapes have been transcribed.