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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show



My Assignment:

Find a recent event in that topic or field that was covered in the news — could be newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, substantive blogs, whatever — and compare two of the stories/broadcasts/etc. about that event. How did they approach the story? Did they see the same facts the same way? What did they emphasize and what did they miss?

My Results:

A big subject in the fashion industry this past week was/were the run through(s) of the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The final edited show will air on December 10th. The two articles that I found on the show(s) were accessed through the Internet.

The first article, “Angels in Action: A Photographer’s Perspective on the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” by Kevin Tachmanon was found on Vogue Daily. This article focused on actual photos taken by the author, Kevin Tachmanon. A gallery of 32 pictures showcases the backstage atmosphere and runway looks seen in this year’s show. The article attached to the gallery of photos focuses on the models partaking in the show. Some Victoria’s Secret veterans like Doutzen Kroes, Candace Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, and Cara Delevigne, as well as some new angels like Ming Xi, Jacquelyn Jablonski, and Josephine Skriver were all included in the short commentary.

The second article was found on and is titled, “Behind the Scenes at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show”. This article includes a video of the behind the scenes action, along with interviews, and some key looks included in the fashion show. This article goes into much more detail about dates, what the show consists of, filming information, the different lines being showcased, and interviews with the Victoria’s Secret models. This article also includes images spaced throughout the piece to show backstage and onstage views.

Both articles focus on the behind the scenes view point of the show, but include some commentary of the actual catwalk performance. The USA Today story included more photos of the actual catwalk rather than backstage. The Vogue Daily article was more about the atmosphere of the Victoria’s Secret show but was pretty short in length. The article painted a picture of the interactions going on backstage and focused more on the photography than anything else. The USA Today article consists of more commentary about how the models prepare for the show; the models were asked about their diets and workout plans a lot. Surprisingly enough, most of the girls interviewed seemed to be taking a healthier approach to their diets than in prior years. The article linked a quote of Adriana Lima saying she was only drinking protein shakes for almost two weeks before the 2011 show. This year she was quoted saying, “I’m eating whatever I want, just watching portions.” This article had a more personal feel than the one featured on Vogue Daily due to its interviews and content. Both articles spent time focusing on how the angels were feeling before the show, which is nervous! The article on Vogue Daily accounted for the “incredible mood” the models were in while lining up to strut their stuff on the catwalk.  But then, made a note that some of the models were nervous about walking after the Snow Angels section of the show because “The slick conditions that developed on the runway during the Snow Angels sequence—confetti snow was falling from the rafters seemingly causing Joan Smalls, Izabel Goulart, and Cara to make some unsteady exits from the runway.” The video that was included in the USA Today article had some of the models such as Constance Jablonski, talking about their nerves before the show. This article includes more commentary about the angel’s nerves. Jourdan Dunn commented on this subject saying, “I hope I don’t show my nipple. I hope I don’t fall. I hope I’m an angel gliding on the runway.”

In my opinion the USA Today article was more informative when addressing the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. They used many different sources of media to show the full coverage of the show. The video was great because the audience actually got to see first hand what the models were experiencing. The article included a lot of facts and interviews, along with the links to the original information, which shows that it is credible. The pictures shown also allowed the audience to see some of the key pieces in the show.


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Daily Media Consumption

My task for the day was to do the following:

“For one full day, keep track of your own media consumption.  I don’t care if it’s reading a newspaper (in print or online), TV or radio program (broadcast or online), Facebook, YouTube, blogs, Twitter or anything else. Take notes. Then, do a blog post on your own impressions of how you get information and entertainment. For example, what are your main sources of news? Why do you trust them (if you do), and which do you trust more than others? Do you go to news organizations’ home pages or do you mostly read articles via links from other places, such as Facebook? A key question: What do you think you might be missing? Do you care? In general, I want you to explore your own use of media as a consumer.”

These are my results:

12:00pm Finally awoke around 12:00pm (it was my day off) and checked the group message text that constantly wakes me up during the night.
12:15pm Watched E News while eating my breakfast. The program included a recap of Kim Kardashian’s style transformation over the last couple of years. As well as viewer’s opinions on who should not be the character of Christian in the upcoming ’50 Shades of Grey’ movie.
1:00pm – 2:30pm Watched Season 3 Episode 4 of Revenge online. Then listened to multiple playlists on while organizing my room.
Playlists:Gold– ssarahknighttAnd it Starts to Spread– brothelAnd They Were Turning Into Butterflies– intodust
3:00pm 3:00pm rolls around and I have to go to the hardware store to buy a new lock for my door. Listened to multiple radio stations in my car on the way there and back (The only one I am certain of is channel 95.5).
4:15pm Looked up how to install a new lock on my door on It was actually quite easy and only took me about 20-30 minutes.
4:40 – 6:00pm Checked my Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Yahoo email accounts interchangeably. Found that ASU is one of the top 100 schools that companies find students are most employable from. (GO ASU!) Read about events going on around campus like the Juicy J concert ticket location. Started looking at NYLON Japan magazine online. When logging onto my email account I saw that iHeart Radio hosted Katy Perry’s album release party in Los Angeles. Then I shopped online a little bit, looking for Halloween costumes and clothes from ASOS.
6:00pm – 7:40pm Worked on homework and some blogging at Hayden Library while listening to more 8Tracks playlists.Playlists:Garage Random Beast 1– getakliu
Golden– foshizzleElectric Sessions:Best Of– tommyvice
11:30pm Checked my Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr account again. Watched Pirate Radio until I fell asleep.

I feel my media consumption varies from day to day. When I don’t have a lot of things going on, I often use more media than I would on a day like yesterday. I had a lot of errands and other things going on which limited the amount of media I could obtain. That being said, I still spent a large part of my day using different media sources. I see from the information that my computer is the main source of my media consumption. Whether I am listening to music, blogging, going on social media sites, or watching movies I am doing it on the computer.

I am a little embarrassed about the amount of news I see on a day-to-day basis that doesn’t have to deal with clothing or the entertainment industry. My main sources of news come from and from watching television. I think some of the news on Facebook is accurate, definitely not all of it. I find myself following links posted on and as long as the story has a reputable source I usually trust it. I never quite know what to think about news I hear on the television, it really depends on what it involves and who is reporting information about the situation. I think I need to start looking into other subjects that are more important than performers and fashion trends coming out. I am going to make a conscious effort to explore different media sources for news and important events going on.

After viewing the way I use media and my daily media consumption, I am going to be more media literate and try to watch my media usage. I do not know if I will consume less media per say, just because my job revolves around promoting through social media sites. But, I do want to use my time and resources to look into other areas of interest that I think are a little more important than what I’ve been looking into recently. Our society is moving in a more technological way and because of this, majority of the information our society sees is found in different forms of media. I think as a society the amount of media consumption that occurs is just going to grow in years to come.