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*HA04, Broadcast News Writing Stylebook, Robert A. Papper(Ball State University), H4693-1, 272 pp., 6 x 9, 0- 205-14693-7, paperbound, 1995, $18.00nk, November*/ This is the only systematic reference handbook for writers of broadcast news. With 23 chapters covering all broadcast story types, this book lays out the particular demands of composition, form, style, and usage in all the diverse areas of broadcast news guiding the student toward crafting polished, hard-hitting news copy.
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A guide to broadcast news writing, for students and professionals. Reviews newsroom computer systems and the basic rules of broadcast style, and covers phrasing, leads and endings, working with actualities and packages, tv and radio story forms, working with images and sound, and tv script forms and supers. Includes sections on specific terms and tips for reporting on areas such as crime and legal issues, government, health, aviation, business, weather, and sports, with numerous examples. Wire spiral-bound. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205146932
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Readability.
The Computerized Newsroom.
Rules of Readability.

2. Words.
Keep It Simple.
Keep It Conversational.
Keep It Clear.
Keep It Tight.
Make It Powerful.
Get It Right.
Common Problems.

3. Phrases & Phrasing.
How to Say It.
What to Say.
What You Didn't Mean to Say.

4. Sentences.
Keep It Short.
Make It Clean, Clear, and Concise.

5. Leads & Endings.
Types of Leads.
Figuring out the Lead.
Types of Endings.

6. Stories.
Plan Your Writing.
Story Logic.
Before You Are Done.

7. Working with and Gathering Bites, Actualities & Natural Sound.
Collecting Sound.
Working with Bites and Actualities.

8. TV: Story Forms.
Story Forms.

9. TV: Working with Pictures.
The Power of the Visual Image.
The TV Balancing Act.
Picture Cautions.

10. Radio: Story Forms & Working with Sound.
Radio Story Forms.
Drawing Radio Pictures.

11. Caring and Connecting.
Everyday Problems.
Good Reporting Starts with Caring.
Think Creatively.
Plan and Focus.
Strong Stories Have Central Characters and a Plot.
Prove Your Story.
The Element of Surprise.
Connecting with Truths.

12. Teases & Promos.

13. Business, Economy & Taxes.
Reporting on Money.

14. Calendar.
Solar and Lunar.
Calendar Holidays.

15. Crime & Legal.

16. Geography -U.S.
Where Are We?

17. Geography - World.
Pronunciation Guide and Locator.

18. Government.
How the System Works.

19. Health & Medicine.
Reporting on Health and Medicine.

20. Space & Aviation.
Defining Terms.

21. Sports.
Reporting Sports.
Sports and Teams.

22. Weather & Natural Phenomena.
Reporting Weather.

23. TV Script Form & Supers.
Script Form.

Glossary of Broadcast Terms and the RTNDA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Course Codes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    A fantastic overview

    Was in Mr. Papper's class in college, and this book covers everything you need to know about writing broadcast copy. His teaching is tremendous, and this book shows how much goes into the business. If you are looking for a guide to teaching a broadcasting class, even in High School, grab these. You can pick chapters to study, and get a solid explanation for everything. Only downside is it's a little dull, could be spiced up a little, but, hey, it needs to be handy and easy to read. I use it all the time.

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