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Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook,9780205449743

Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook

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4th
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9780205449743

ISBN10:
0205449743
Format:
Spiral Bound
Pub. Date:
1/1/2010
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

TheBroadcast News and Writing Stylebookis the everyday resource for both beginning and advanced writers of broadcast news. With chapter-by-chapter coverage of story types, from business stories to crime and legal reporting, education, government, health, the environment, weather, and sports, theBroadcast News and Writing Stylebooklays out the particular demands of composition, form, style, and usage in all the diverse areas of broadcast news.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
News
1(4)
What Is News?
1(2)
Balancing News Values
3(1)
Broadcast News Writing
3(1)
Organization
4(1)
Readability
5(9)
The Computerized Newsroom
5(2)
Working with the Wire
6(1)
Assigning Stories
6(1)
Producing Newscasts
7(1)
Archiving Information
7(1)
Limitations
7(1)
Rules of Readability
7(7)
The Printed Word
8(1)
The Slug
8(1)
Hyphenation
9(1)
Abbreviation
9(1)
Symbols
9(1)
Initials and Acronyms
10(1)
Names
10(1)
Numbers
11(1)
Ages
12(1)
Emphasis
12(1)
Pronouncers
13(1)
Spelling
13(1)
Words
14(15)
Keep It Simple
15(1)
Keep It Conversational
15(1)
Informal Words
15(1)
Contractions
15(1)
Formal Terminology
16(1)
People . . . Not Persons
16(1)
Keep It Clear
16(3)
Common Usage
16(2)
Technical Terms
18(1)
Definite and Indefinite Articles
18(1)
Keep It Tight
19(1)
Make It Powerful
19(1)
Use Strong Nouns and Verbs
19(1)
Avoid Weak Qualifiers
20(1)
Get It Right
20(1)
Says
20(1)
Saying Too Much
21(1)
Think
21(1)
Common Problems
21(8)
Phrases and Phrasing
29(16)
How to Say It
29(7)
Voice
29(1)
Tense
30(1)
Clarity
31(1)
Conciseness
32(1)
Clauses and Phrases
32(1)
Positive Phrasing
33(1)
Pronouns
33(1)
That
34(1)
Time and Space Problems
35(1)
What to Say
36(5)
Title and Identifiers
36(1)
Attribution
36(3)
Quotations
39(1)
Numbers
39(1)
Race
40(1)
What You Didn't Mean to Say
41(3)
Dates
41(1)
Unintended Meanings
41(1)
Editorials
42(1)
Cliches
42(1)
Sexism
42(1)
Personalization
43(1)
Last Note
44(1)
Sentences
45(8)
Keep It Short
45(3)
One Important Idea
46(1)
Put People First
46(1)
Keep It Simple: Subject-Verb-Object
47(1)
Use Some Variety for Interest
48(1)
Split Up Complex Sentences
48(1)
Make It Clean, Clear and Concise
48(4)
Make Every Sentence Count
49(1)
Avoid Repetition
49(1)
Stay Positive
50(1)
Make Sense
50(1)
End Strong
51(1)
Last Note
52(1)
Leads and Endings
53(16)
Types of Leads
54(4)
Main Point Leads
54(3)
Other Leads
57(1)
Figuring out the Lead
58(8)
What's the Story About?
58(1)
Say Something Meaningful
58(1)
Keep It Simple
59(1)
Start with New News
60(1)
Focus on People
61(1)
Focus on Local
62(1)
Put Location in the Lead
62(1)
Be Direct and to the Point
63(1)
Save the Name for Later
64(1)
Save the Day and Date for Later
65(1)
Update Leads
65(1)
Responsibility
66(1)
Types of Endings
66(3)
Future Ramification Close
66(1)
Summary Point Close
67(1)
Information Close
67(1)
Opposition Point of View Close
67(1)
Punch Line
68(1)
Stories
69(17)
Plan Your Writing
69(6)
Why Run the Story?
69(1)
Do You Understand?
70(2)
What's the Story About?
72(1)
What's the Lead?
73(1)
In What Order Do You Tell the Story?
73(2)
Story Logic
75(3)
Handling the Basics
75(1)
Will It Stand on Its Own?
76(1)
Answer the Logical Questions
77(1)
Story Structure
78(1)
Make the Writing Structure Interesting
78(1)
Transitions
79(4)
Within Stories
79(2)
Between Stories
81(2)
Before You're Done
83(3)
Does the Story Support the Lead?
83(1)
Will the Audience Understand?
83(1)
Use Humor Sparingly
84(1)
Read the Story Aloud
85(1)
Working with and Gathering Bites, Actualities and Natural Sound
86(10)
Collecting Sound
87(2)
Good Bites and Bad Bites: Technical
87(1)
Good Bites and Bad Bites: Content
88(1)
An Alternative to Traditional Bites
89(1)
Working with Bites, Actualities and Natural Sound
89(4)
Don't Stop the Story
90(1)
Don't Repeat
90(1)
Watch out for Partial Lead-Ins
90(1)
Making the Story Flow
91(1)
Finding the Lead-In
91(1)
Television Lead-Ins
92(1)
Writing out of Bites
92(1)
Packages
93(3)
Writing into Packages
93(1)
Introducing a Package That Starts with a Bite
94(1)
Understand Where the Story Begins
95(1)
Package Tags
95(1)
Interviewing
96(7)
Plan and Listen
96(6)
Technical Concerns
98(1)
Make the Interviewee Comfortable
98(1)
Ask Questions That Deliver What You're After
99(1)
Use Silence
99(1)
Maintain Strong Eye Contact
100(1)
Learn to Respond Inaudibly
100(1)
Follow up and Clarify
100(1)
Maintain Control
101(1)
Ask for More . . . Twice
101(1)
Make Notes Afterward
101(1)
Beyond the Interview
102(1)
Being Human
102(1)
A Closing Thought
102(1)
Radio: Story Forms and Working with Sound
103(5)
Radio Story Forms
103(1)
Drawing Radio Pictures
104(4)
The Words
104(1)
Using Nat Sound
104(1)
Listen to the Sound Quality
105(1)
Putting It All Together
105(3)
TV: Story Forms
108(11)
Story Forms
108(4)
Readers
109(1)
Voiceovers
109(1)
VO/SOT
110(1)
Packages
111(1)
Putting Packages Together
112(1)
Pacing
112(1)
Don't Outdate Packages
113(1)
Live Reporting
113(5)
Planning
117(1)
Crosstalk
117(1)
Live Look
118(1)
Golden Rules
118(1)
TV: Working with Pictures
119(9)
The Power of the Visual Image
119(2)
Working with Strong Pictures
119(1)
Working without Strong Pictures
120(1)
The TV Balancing Act
121(5)
Use Pictures and Words for What They Do Best
121(2)
Use Natural Sound and SOT
123(1)
Write TV Loosely
123(1)
Coordinate Words and Pictures
124(2)
Visualizing the Story
126(1)
Picture Cautions
126(2)
Use Meaningful Pictures
126(1)
Today's Pictures
126(1)
Watch Your Supers
127(1)
Caring and Connecting
128(10)
Everyday Problems
129(1)
Good Reporting Starts with Caring
130(1)
Think Creatively
131(1)
Plan and Focus
132(1)
Bites and Natural Sound
132(1)
Strong Stories Have Central Characters and a Plot
133(1)
Prove Your Story
134(1)
The Element of Surprise
135(1)
Connecting with Truths
136(1)
Epilogue
136(2)
Story Ideas and the Assignment Desk
138(7)
Stories
139(1)
Breaking News
139(1)
Planned Event Reporting
139(1)
Enterprise Reporting
139(1)
Investigative Reporting
140(1)
Special Segment Reporting
140(1)
Features
140(1)
Where Story Ideas Come From
140(2)
The Morning (and Afternoon) Meeting
142(1)
The Assignment Desk
143(1)
Covering What You Want
143(2)
Producing News on TV
145(10)
Overview
145(1)
Audience
146(1)
Audience Flow
147(1)
Newscast Structure
147(3)
News, Weather and Sports
148(1)
Special Segments, Franchises and Features
149(1)
Building a Local Newscast
150(5)
Teases and Promos
155(5)
Promotion
155(1)
Tease . . . Don't Tell
156(1)
Make Them Care
157(1)
Going Too Far
158(2)
Convergence and Online News
160(12)
Some Basic Terms
160(1)
Research and the Web
161(1)
Convergence
162(2)
The Information Web Site
164(7)
Web Design
165(1)
News on the Web
165(2)
Constructing Web News
167(3)
Online Writing Rules
170(1)
Other Issues
170(1)
The Future
171(1)
Ethics and the RTNDA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
172(6)
Ethics
172(2)
The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
174(4)
Business, Taxes and the Economy
178(9)
Reporting on Money
178(1)
Defining Terms
179(8)
Calendar
187(9)
Solar and Lunar and the World's Major Religions
187(1)
Calendar Holidays
187(5)
Buddhist Holidays
191(1)
Hindu Holidays
192(1)
Muslim Holidays
192(1)
State Holidays
192(4)
Crime and Legal
196(9)
Crime Reporting
196(1)
Attribution
197(8)
When to Use Attribution
197(1)
Alleged
197(1)
Misplaced Attribution
198(1)
Cautions
198(1)
Get the Terms Right
199(1)
Defining Terms
199(6)
Education
205(7)
Education Reporting
205(2)
Defining Terms
207(5)
Geography
212(7)
Where Are We?
212(1)
Defining Terms: United States
212(2)
Voice of America Pronunciation Guide
214(1)
Defining Terms: World
215(4)
Government
219(6)
How the System Works
219(1)
Defining Terms
220(5)
Health and Medicine
225(8)
Reporting on Health and Medicine
225(2)
HIPAA
225(1)
Hospital Conditions
226(1)
Defining Terms
227(6)
Space and Aviation
233(11)
Defining Terms
233(11)
Sports
244(6)
Reporting Sports
244(2)
Reporting Scores
244(1)
Common Mistakes
245(1)
Sports and Teams
246(4)
Auto Racing
246(1)
Baseball---Major Leagues
246(1)
Basketball---National Basketball Association
247(1)
Basketball---Women's National Basketball Association
247(1)
Boxing
247(1)
Football---National Football League
247(1)
Football---Arena Football League
248(1)
Football---Canadian Football League
248(1)
Golf
249(1)
Hockey---National Hockey League
249(1)
Soccer---Major League Soccer
249(1)
Weather and Natural Phenomena
250(8)
Reporting Weather
250(1)
Severe Weather
251(1)
Defining Terms
251(7)
TV Script Form and Supers
258(13)
Abbreviations
258(1)
Script Form
259(3)
Standard Anchor Read
259(1)
Standard 2-Shot
259(1)
Standard Anchor Read with gfx
260(1)
Anchor with Voiceover
260(1)
Anchor with VO/SOT
260(1)
Anchor VO/SOT with Package Intro
261(1)
Supers
262(9)
Names
262(5)
Location, Date and Miscellaneous
267(4)
Glossary of Broadcast Terms 271(6)
Index 277


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