The Broadcast Journalism Handbook: A Television News Survival Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

The Broadcast Journalism Handbook has everything you ever wanted to know about working in the television news business but were afraid to ask! College courses teach the theory of how a television newsroom works; here, working journalists show the reality of the business. Learn the ropes—and how to head off amateur errors—from the authors' vast experiences and dozens of interviews with news professionals. The economic recession and new advances in technology are making this exciting career more competitive than ever, and this book will give budding journalists a head start with an insider's view of the job—necessary in today's environment. Complete with a news glossary, job-searching tips, helpful web sites, and real-life scenarios that put the student in the shoes of today's journalists, The Broadcast Journalism Handbook covers many newsroom positions, from assignment editors to producers, reporters, and anchors. It gives you newsroom experience before you get the job.

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Editorial Reviews

Dan Keever
I will be using the book as a text in my spring semester Electronic News Gathering and Production class . . . I really like the 'real' language of the authors. I believe it will be an appropriate take-along text for my students who, after my course, will be one course away from emerging in the professional world.
Teresa Ponte
The Broadcast Journalism Handbook is truly more than a newsroom survival guide—it's a survival guide for the profession of broadcast journalism. In plain language and with plenty of common sense, it leads the student through the steps of getting that first job and keeping it, what counts in the newsroom, how to put stories together, and how to do it all responsibly and ethically.
Patricia Hastings
This book has an insider's view on the workings of the newsroom and shows the specific demands of television news, featuring many anecdotes compiled by working journalists. If you want to be a broadcast news journalist, you should read this to erase any doubt about entering the field.
Lee Hood
This is a very accessible, practical guide for beginning TV news professionals. I found myself saying 'yes' or nodding in agreement as I read! It presents many realities of TV news in frank, straightforward terms—you can tell it's written by people who have been there. This book would be great to have in a senior-level class, when some people are getting ready for TV careers and others are still wondering if that's the job for them.
Jim Benemann
Whew! If I'd read this book 25 years ago I may have ended up taking that insurance job! The Broadcast Journalism Handbook does an outstanding job letting news business 'newbies' know what to expect when they get that coveted first job. If this includes you, read this book and get a running start into a wild and wonderful career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742525061
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Thompson is an award-winning reporter/anchor with fifteen years of on-air experience. Cindy Malone is an Emmy awardDwinning news producer, co-owner of the production company Malone Media Group, and a former television news reporter and anchor.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 TV News: The Myth and the Reality 1
2 You've Got the Job, What Do You Do Now? 9
3 Your First Day 17
4 Putting It All Together: Cast and Crew 29
5 Newsroom Survival Guide 43
6 The Business of News 59
7 Crossing the Line 71
8 One-Man Bands 79
9 The Story 85
10 Where to Go, What to Do, Who to Call? 99
11 Making Deadlines 113
12 Writing Tips 119
13 Into Practice 135
14 News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of History, Recent Events, and People 143
15 Worst-Case Scenarios 147
16 Amateur Errors 153
17 Getting the Job 161
18 Wrap-Up 165
App. A Going Online 171
App. B About the Journalists Interviewed 175
News Glossary 179
Index 187
About the Authors 191
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