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Writing for Broadcast Journalists

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Overview

This book guides readers through the significant differences between the written and spoken versions of journalistic language. It will help broadcast journalists at every stage of their careers to avoid such pitfalls as the use of newspaper-English and Americanised phrases, to get to grips with pronunciation and terms of address, and to capture the immediacy of the spoken word in their scripts.
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'This is a superb book which combines the rare mixture of high quality information with humour. The style of writing engages the reader from the introduction and the experience and insight of the author occasionally makes it difficult to put down, a rare feature of a textbook. I would unreservedly recommend this book not only to those studying journalism but to students of language and all who use the spoken and written word as the ‘materials’ of their work.' Barry Turner, Nottingham Trent University

'Rick Thompson's guidance manual is packed with advice to would-be writers for this medium. He's someone with years of experience at the top level of the national and international profession, and he's smack up to date with his reference. The book is aimed at journalists, but anyone with a serious interest in developing their literacy will learn a lot about professional writing skills from what he has to say.' Roy Johnson, www.mantex.co.uk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415317979
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Media Skills Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Thompson has held senior editorial positions with BBC News at the regional, national and international levels in television and radio. He now trains journalists in central and eastern Europe, and is the Visiting Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Good spoken English 4
3 The language of broadcast news 18
4 Writing broadcast news scripts 39
5 Different techniques for radio, television and online news 118
App Dangerous words : an alphabetical checklist 154
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