The reporter also prepares back stage. The production member of staff in the foreground is preparing a traditional edit suite. The TV company was not using the modern technology now commonly associated with news gathering: the high powered laptop on which the report is constructed and then transmitted.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
In addition to the fixed locations teams of reporters went amongst the crowd to search out interesting stories from the pilgrims.
The large screens which kept the audience informed were provided by Italian TV from a studio with an anchor person linking the presentation together. This had all the typical conventions of such broadcasts.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
This was the kind of shot which was typically broadcast. Note the large screen on the left which gave the queue and other spectators a representation of the Pope laid out ceremonially for the pilgrims to pass by. It helps create audience expectation by anticipation both of what (Pope lying in state) is to come and allowing a diversity of viewpoints for participants in this major event.
Looking at the Media
Closer views revealed the diversity of the organisations who were were recording the events leading up to the Papal burial on Friday. These were early days of the coverage but you can see Canal+ (the French TV channel) and Reuters, the News Agency. Also the beginnings of the scaffolding holding the camera equipment, tv crews and presenters. This was early in the day on Tuesday. The platforms were more crowded later in the day. And it was possible to witness some animated discussions about pitches!!