Writing News for Broadcast / Edition 3

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Overview

Writing News for Broadcast is the Strunk and White of broadcast newswriting books. Long considered the gold standard of broadcast journalism textbooks, this guide for the student and the professional has inspired generations of newscasters through its eloquent examples and emphasis on the writer's responsibility, commitment, and integrity. It is written in a conversational style reflecting years of professional and teaching experience in radio and television newswriting.

This new edition is fully revised with examples throughout, drawn from fine writing by journalists at networks and local stations. It includes updated chapters covering use of the wire services and special formats that have become popular in recent years such as the newsmagazine. But the third edition retains the inspirational quality that has for years made this text so widely respected. In this process of providing clear, succinct instruction in the basics of the trade, it conveys to students and practicing newswriters a sense of the extraordinary tradition within which they work. The authors' emphasis on skill and creativity, responsibility to the listener, and appreciation of the profession's finest hours and finest writers make this book unique.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

David Bartlett
Writing News for Broadcast is more than a book about writing. It is a book about what it means to be a writer.
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This updated edition of a classic text shows budding journalists how to write for the broadcast medium. The text teaches by example, providing brilliant samples of writing with notations for images and/or sounds accompanying them. The samples have been updated . . . and a new chapter added on special formats (sports and magazine reporting. Guidelines for writing lead-ins, conclusions, and voice-overs, and for producing television documentaries, are included along with a final set of tips.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231079730
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/1994
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 161
  • Sales rank: 1,139,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES L. HOYT is professor of broadcast journalism at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Wisconsin, Madison. EDWARD BLISS, JR. is the editor of In Search of Light: The Broadcasts of Edward R. Murrow, 1938-1961.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 A New Way of Reporting 1
2 Basic Work Rules 15
3 Names and Pronunciation 24
4 Tell Your Story 31
5 Watch That Word! 40
6 Some Grammatical Goblins 57
7 Keeping It Short 60
8 The Time Element 73
9 The Lead 79
10 The Lead-in 89
11 The Spoken Word 98
12 Voice-over: Image and the Word 102
13 Those Special Formats 115
14 Your Electronic Link to the World: The News Services 138
15 What Else? 149
Bibliography 154
Index 159
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