How to Write Television News

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Break into the TV newswriting business with this expert guide

How to Write Television News delivers dozens of tips and principles used to train writers at CNN Headline News in a guidebook of simple formulas and clear explanations for becoming a solid television news writer. Actual network news scripts illustrate what to do and what not to do. Aspects covered include leads and style, as well as demonstrations when a dry and straightforward approach is appropriate and when a more ...

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Overview

Break into the TV newswriting business with this expert guide

How to Write Television News delivers dozens of tips and principles used to train writers at CNN Headline News in a guidebook of simple formulas and clear explanations for becoming a solid television news writer. Actual network news scripts illustrate what to do and what not to do. Aspects covered include leads and style, as well as demonstrations when a dry and straightforward approach is appropriate and when a more creative style can be used to better effect.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072937923
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Garth Kant is the six o'clock producer for KGUN-9 News and a former writer and producer for CNN Headline News and MSNBC.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Big Picture
The Cardinal Rules
What's the Story?

Chapter 2. Scripts
Types of Scripts
VO
VOSOT
Tease
Cold Open and Headlines
Package
Toss to Package
Toss to Live Shot
Toss to Interview
Chapter 3. Leads
The Lead

Headline Leads

Summary Leads
Umbrella Leads



Weak Leads
Chapter 4. Basics
Writing to Video
Active Voice
Word Economy
Brevity versus Details
Conversationalism
Adjectives
Ambiguity and Imprecision
Chapter 5. Style
Your Voice
Slang
Bad Taste
Confusion
Chapter 6. Telling the Story
Writing Breaking News
Chronological Narrative
Newspeak
Flow
Kicker
Chapter 7. Sources
Types of Sources
Conflicting Numbers
Attributions
Inaccuracy
Chapter 8. Integrity
Journalistic Integrity
Editorials
Balance
Fact versus Opinion
Hyperbole
Sensationalism
Know Your Audience
Political Correctness
Chapter 9. Report, Don't Interpret
Assumption
Presumption
Chapter 10. Artful Writing
Creativity
Drama
Irony

Chapter 11. Odds and Ends
Dependent Clauses
Time References
Punctuation Marks
Acronyms and Initials
Numbers
Pronouncers
Ending Sentences with a Preposition
When and How to Use Graphics
Chapter 12.
The Backbone of a Newscast
Sample Rundown
Explanation of Sample Rundown
Chapter 13. Writing a Script
The Life of a Script
Reading-In
Read the Rundown
Check for Flow
Budget Your Time
Read the Sources
Create an Outline
Find the Lead
Write the Lead
Write the Copy
Add Elements
Proofread the Script
Source the Script
Offer Help
Buyer Beware

Chapter 14. Formatting a Script
Left and Right
Supers
Cold Open
Tease
VO
VO with Roll-Down
Reader
Reader with Two Anchors
Reader with Box
Reader with Full Screen
VOSOT
SOTVO
VO with Nat Sound
Package
Package Toss
Live Toss
Guest Segment
Chapter 15. Exercises
A Few Tips
Reader and Tease
Reader and Tease Again
Reader with SOT
Reader with SOT Again
VO and Tease
VO and Tease Again
Package Toss
Package Toss Again
Chapter 16. Office Politics
Chapter 17. A Final Word

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