Meet The Royal Baby

The Media and Current Events

By Emily Seibert

I choose the current event of the new royal baby being born.  I choose this event because I think it is interesting how much the royal family is favored in the public eye.  This family, including the birth of the new baby, is a world-wide sensation.  I wanted to see how social media portrays the new birth of this baby.  Due to the fact that almost everyone is interested in the new birth, I think that most social media will present the event in a positive way.  In this way, social media can be biased on how and what they report to the public.

The Internet

Author

The BuzzFeed staff were the authors of this source.  I do not know anything about this author.  The author's point of view was from a bystander, providing us with facts of the royal baby's birth.

Place and Time

The source was produced on the BuzzFeed website, from New York City.  The source was produced on May 2, 2015.  Since this source was posted after the birth of the royal baby, it was able to provide more information about the facts.  The source was able to take some time to collect it's information so it could be up-to-date with the most recent facts about the baby's birth.

Prior Knowledge

My prior knowledge was that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton was expecting a baby girl to be the new royal baby.  Because of this, I was able to better understand why almost every social media source was covering the topic.  I already new that the royal family was closely watched from people all over the world.  Therefore, I was able to recognize why they source reported on such things as the baby's name, Middleton's attire, and behaviors.

Audience

I believe the source was mostly likely created for the adult population.  I feel that adults, mostly women, are more interested in the royal baby than any other age group.  Therefore, the source more closely appeals to things that women would notice at such times.

Reason

This source was created at the time it was produced because the birth of the new royal baby was a trending topic during this past weekend.  Therefore, every social media source wanted to be able to provide the public with coverage of the event.  This source was created only a couple hours after the actual baby was born.

The Main Idea

The source is trying to convey that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her first daughter.  The source's main idea was to provide as many reliable facts to the public about the baby's birth.  The source was also tying to provide updates on the birth and the family to keep everyone as informed as possible.  Many people were searching for information of the birth, due to the fact that the royal family tries to keep as much information as the can from the public eye.

Significance

This source is important because it gives those who are interested in the royal family an inside look at the new birth.  This source is trying to appeal to those who desperately want the inside scoop on the royal baby.  Even though many people may not care about the specific details of the baby, there are still many people that are digging for the details.  A lot of people want to be the first to know all the information as soon as possible.

The Tv

Author

There is no exact author for this source, however I believe the directors and producers of NBC Nightly News mostly likely created it.  I do not know anything about the authors.  The author's point of view was from an interested public person, detailing the reasons behind the name of the new baby and the family.

Place and Time

This source was produced at the NBC News studio for the Nightly News.  This source was produced on May 4, 2015.  This source was produced after the actual birth of the royal baby.  Because of this, the source was able to find out exactly why the baby was named how she was.  They were also able to focus more on the history of the family, and connect it all together.

Prior Knowledge

Before watching this, I knew that the royal family was going to have their first baby girl.  However, I had no idea what they were going to name their daughter.  Since I was unaware of this information, this source was able to directly answer my question.  This source also went beyond just giving us the name, but telling us why the name was chosen and how the family of the new baby is reacting to it.

Audience

This source was created for anyone who watched the Nightly News on NBC.  This is because they broadcasted this information on their show, probably due to the fact that they believed many people were interested in finding out the name of the new royal baby.  They were also most likely trying to appeal to adults, due to the fact that most kids are probably not interested in the royal  baby.

Reason

This source was created at this time because the new royal baby was the talk of the weekend.  This source was created a little bit after the actual birth because the name of the baby was not yet released.  This source most likely wanted to be one of the first to let its viewers in on the name of the baby, while also providing them with background information on the meaning of the name.

The Main Idea

This sources's main idea was focused on the name of the royal baby.  Even those this sources went over the basics of the birth, it was more focused on describing the meaning behind the name, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.  I think this source was trying to focus more on the main points of the birth, instead of giving its viewers pointless information that was not important to know.  This source also was more focuses on the family of the baby and also the extended family of the baby, such as the grandparents.

Significance

This source is important because it goes in-depth to explain why the royal baby was named the way she was.  I can conclude that this information was probably the most important information that the public wanted to know about the baby.  For this reason, I feel that the source focused all their news on this certain topic.  Because this question was on the minds of most people, this sources wanted to be one of the firsts to provide them with an answer, and a reason.

The Newspaper

Author

The author of this source is Victoria Arbiter.  Before reading this article, I did not know anything about his article nor had I ever hear of her.  The author's point of view is from a very factual stand point.  She is very informed on the background of the royal family, and also other royals, relating to the baby's name.

Place and Time

This source was produced on May 6, 2015, at the CNN networks.  This affects the meaning of the article because it was written after the baby was born.  It was also written after the name of the baby was made public.  This is important because then, the author was able to gather very much information on the background of the choosing of the name.  This gives the article more credibility.

Prior Knowledge

Before reading this article, I knew the name of the new baby was going to be Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.  However, what I did not know was why such names were chosen.  I was able to recognize the historical royal figures that are represented in this article, due to their names.  I was able to further understand why the name of the baby had become such an important aspect in the birth of the royal baby.

Audience

I feel as though this article was created specifically for women.  After reading it, I feel that all of the information and word chose is specifically geared toward the female gender.  The information in the article seems like it would appeal more to a woman viewer.  This may affect the reliability because it may create a sense that is more exaggerated and elaborate, than a normal news article would be.

Reason

This article was written at this time because the royal baby has become such an important current event all over the world.  More recently, the name of the baby has become an even more important event.  This article was written because the author had a lot of detailed information that was not provided on most other sites of the same topic, and that she wanted to share with her audience.

The Main Idea

The main idea of this article is to explain how the name of the royal baby honors both of her parents' families.  The point that is being conveyed is how wonderful of a name it is that they chose.  This article is very up-beat and praising of the royal family, specifically Prince William and his wife, Catherine.  The main point of this article is made clear by the way the author talks so highly of the past royal family, and further generations.  The author also does a good job at providing specific details about the name of the baby.

Significance

This article is important because it provides viewers with information that may not be available anywhere else.  It gives us specific highlights of the bigger event of the royal baby.  I can infer that many people were wondering about the specific background of the baby's name, due to the detail that the author goes into.  I can also infer that the royal family was very well liked, due to the language used in this article.

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