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About the Unit
This is a unit of three programmes which goes behind the scenes to see how television and radio programmes are made. The programmes focus on three different areas - drama, news gathering and sports coverage. The unit has a number of cross-curricular points but is specifically intended to help teach Northern Ireland's curriculum for English.
About the Programme
Programme 2 - Sport
Broadcast: 19th January 2004 BBC 2 12.10-12.30pm
MicrophoneProgramme two brings us to the Special Olympics, which happened this summer in Dublin. Focusing on the Sports department at RTE (the host broadcaster) the programme takes a multi-media approach and allows students to examine the different ways in which the event was covered by the international media - television, radio, photography and internet.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the programme and activities students should be able to:
  • examine different approaches to sports coverage across a range of media
  • research, write and deliver their own commentary of a given event
  • work in teams to 'make' their own sports programme in the classroom
  • analyse and compare the decisions made by media professionals - for example what a programme or photograph includes and what it chooses not to show
  • write an essay, imagining the personal experience of a special Olympian

Teaching Resources
Download Teacher's Notes and worksheets by clicking on the arrows below:
Programme Title
Teacher's Notes
2: Sport
1-3: News, Sport, Show Time
Unit Programmes
Programme 1:
Programme 2:
Programme 3:
Show Time
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