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Mock Television Newscast or Editorial Assignment

Purpose of assignment: In this assignment, you and a partner will identify a current social issue and develop a three- to five-minute mock television newscast or editorial presentation about it using various satiric techniques. You can model your television script on a segment of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update," The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, or The Colbert Report.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and the "Weekend Update" segment of Saturday Night Live base their satire upon recent events, generally news stories from the week prior to the original broadcast. All three programs originate in New York City, so consulting the Web version of a paper like The New York Times or a national news magazine, such as Time, Newsweek, or U.S. News and World Report, with a publication date close to the date of the original broadcast may help you to understand the issues underlying the satiric portrayals. Your goal is to imitate the form of the mock newscast, which occurs at the beginning of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. "Weekend Update" occurs 30 minutes into the broadcast of Saturday Night Live.

Audience: The audience for this assignment is your teacher and your classmates.


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