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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: 9780205335435
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/2/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 Readability 3
The Computerized Newsroom 3
Rules of Readability 6
2 Words 13
Keep It Simple 14
Keep It Conversational 14
Keep It Clear 15
Keep It Tight 18
Make It Powerful 19
Get It Right 20
Common Problems 21
3 Phrases and Phrasing 31
How to Say It 31
What to Say 39
What You Didn't Mean to Say 44
Last Note 48
4 Sentences 49
Keep It Short 49
Make It Clean, Clear and Concise 53
Last Note 56
5 Leads and Endings 57
Types of Leads 58
Figuring out the Lead 62
Types of Endings 71
6 Stories 74
Plan Your Writing 74
Story Logic 80
Story Structure 84
Transitions 85
Before You're Done 89
7 Working with and Gathering Bites, Actualities and Natural Sound 93
Collecting Sound 94
Working with Bites, Actualities and Natural Sound 96
Packages 100
Interviewing 103
Beyond the Interview 109
8 TV: Story Forms 111
Story Forms 111
Putting the Story Together 115
Live Reporting 116
Golden Rules 122
9 TV: Working with Pictures 123
The Power of the Visual Image 123
The TV Balancing Act 126
Picture Cautions 132
10 Radio: Story Forms and Working with Sound 133
Radio Story Forms 133
Drawing Radio Pictures 134
11 Caring and Connecting 139
Everyday Problems 139
Good Reporting Starts with Caring 141
Think Creatively 142
Plan and Focus 143
Strong Stories Have Central Characters and a Plot 145
Prove Your Story 146
The Element of Surprise 148
Connecting with Truths 149
Epilogue 151
12 Teases and Promos 153
Tease ... Don't Tell 154
Make Them Care 155
Going Too Far 157
13 Business, Taxes and the Economy 158
Reporting on Money 158
Defining Terms 159
14 Calendar 173
Solar and Lunar 173
Calendar Holidays 173
15 Crime and Legal 178
Attribution 179
Defining Terms 182
16 U.S. Geography 189
Where Are We? 189
Defining Terms 189
17 World Geography 193
Defining Terms 193
Pronunciation Guide and Locator 197
18 Government 206
How the System Works 206
Defining Terms 207
19 Health and Medicine 215
Reporting on Health and Medicine 215
Defining Terms 216
20 Space and Aviation 223
Defining Terms 223
21 Sports 240
Reporting Sports 240
Sports and Teams 242
22 Weather and Natural Phenomena 251
Reporting Weather 251
Defining Terms 252
23 TV Script Form and Supers 260
Abbreviations 260
Script Form 261
Supers 264
Glossary of Broadcast Terms 272
The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct 278
Index 282
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