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Broadcast News Writing Stylebook,9780205335435

Broadcast News Writing Stylebook

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780205335435

ISBN10:
0205335438
Format:
Spiral Bound
Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

The first and most widely used handbook in broadcast news, this book clearly and concisely outlines the rules of broadcast news writing, grammar, style, and usage. Similar in format to the AP Stylebook, the Broadcast News Writing Stylebook is a useful 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, government, health, the environment, weather, and sports, the Broadcast News Writing Stylebook lays out the particular demands of composition, form, style, and usage in all the diverse areas of broadcast news. Completely updated, with expanded explanations of the writing process, more examples of both problems and solutions, and greatly expanded discussion and explanation of putting together stories and the use of bites and sounds, the book is a complete reference text for both aspiring and experienced journalists.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(2)
Readability
3(10)
The Computerized Newsroom
3(3)
Working with the Wire
4(1)
Assigning Stories
4(1)
Producing Newscasts
5(1)
Archiving Information
5(1)
Limitations
5(1)
Rules of Readability
6(7)
The Printed Word
6(1)
The Slug
6(1)
Hyphenation
7(1)
Abbreviation
7(1)
Symbols
7(1)
Initials and Acronyms
8(1)
Names
8(1)
Numbers
9(1)
Ages
10(1)
Emphasis
11(1)
Pronouncers
11(1)
Spelling
12(1)
Words
13(18)
Keep it Simple
14(1)
Keep it Conversational
14(1)
Informal Words
14(1)
Contractions
14(1)
Formal Terminology
15(1)
People...Not Persons
15(1)
Keep it Clear
15(3)
Common Usage
15(2)
Technical Terms
17(1)
Definite and Indefinite Articles
18(1)
Keep it Tight
18(1)
Make it Powerful
19(1)
Use Strong Nouns and Verbs
19(1)
Avoid Weak Qualifiers
19(1)
Get it Right
20(1)
Says
20(1)
Saying Too Much
21(1)
Think
21(1)
Common Problems
21(10)
Phrases and Phrasing
31(18)
How to Say it
31(8)
Voice
31(1)
Tense
32(1)
Clarity
33(1)
Conciseness
34(1)
Clauses and Phrases
35(1)
Positive Phrasing
35(1)
Pronouns
36(1)
That
37(1)
Time and Space problems
38(1)
What to Say
39(5)
Title and Identifiers
39(1)
Attribution
39(3)
Quotations
42(1)
Numbers
43(1)
Race
43(1)
What You Didn't Mean to Say
44(4)
Dates
44(1)
Unintended Meanings
44(1)
Editorials
45(1)
Cliches
46(1)
Sexism
46(1)
Personalization
47(1)
Last Note
48(1)
Sentences
49(8)
Keep it Short
49(4)
One Important Idea
50(1)
Put People First
50(1)
Keep it Simple: Subject-Verb-Object
51(1)
Use Some Variety for Interest
52(1)
Split Up Complex Sentences
52(1)
Make it Clean, Clear and Concise
53(3)
Make Every Sentence Count
54(1)
Avoid Repetition
54(1)
Stay Positive
55(1)
Make Sense
55(1)
End Strong
56(1)
Last Note
56(1)
Leads and Endings
57(17)
Types of Leads
58(4)
Main Point Leads
58(3)
Other Leads
61(1)
Figuring out the Lead
62(9)
What's the Story About?
62(1)
Say Something Meaningful
63(1)
Keep it Simple
63(1)
Start with New News
64(1)
Focus on People
65(1)
Focus on Local
66(2)
Be Direct and to the Point
68(1)
Save the Name for Later
69(1)
Save the Day and Date for Later
70(1)
Update Leads
70(1)
Responsibility
71(1)
Types of Endings
71(3)
Future Ramification Close
71(1)
Summary Point Close
72(1)
Information Close
72(1)
Opposition Point of View Close
73(1)
Punch Line
73(1)
Stories
74(19)
Plan Your Writing
74(6)
Why Run the Story?
74(1)
Do You Understand?
75(2)
What's the Story About?
77(1)
What's the Lead?
78(1)
In What Order Do You Tell the Story?
78(2)
Story Logic
80(4)
Handling the Basics
80(1)
Will it Stand on its Own?
81(2)
Answer the Logical Questions
83(1)
Story Structure
84(1)
Make the Writing Structure Interesting
84(1)
Transitions
85(4)
Within Stories
85(2)
Between Stories
87(2)
Before You're Done
89(4)
Does the Story Support the Lead?
89(1)
Will the Audience Understand?
89(2)
Use Humor Sparingly
91(1)
Read the Story Aloud
91(2)
Working with and Gathering Bites, Actualities and Natural Sound
93(18)
Collecting Sound
94(2)
Good Bites and Bad Bites: Technical
94(1)
Good Bites and Bad Bites: Content
95(1)
An Alternative to Traditional Bites
96(1)
Working with Bites, Actualities and Natural Sound
96(4)
Don't Stop the Story
96(1)
Don't Repeat
97(1)
Watch Out for Partial Lead-Ins
97(1)
Making the Story Flow
98(1)
Finding the Lead-In
98(1)
Television Lead-Ins
99(1)
Writing out of Bites
99(1)
Packages
100(3)
Writing into Packages
100(1)
Introducing a Package That Starts with Bite
101(1)
Understand Where the Story Begins
101(1)
Package Tags
102(1)
Interviewing
103(6)
Plan
104(1)
Listen
105(1)
Technical Concerns
105(1)
Make the Interviewee Comfortable
105(1)
Ask Questions That Deliver What You After
106(1)
Use Silence
107(1)
Maintain Strong Eye Contact
107(1)
Learn to Respond Inaudibly
108(1)
Follow up and Clarify
108(1)
Maintain Control
108(1)
Ask for More...Twice
109(1)
Make No Afterward
109(1)
Beyond the Interview
109(2)
Being Human
109(1)
A Closing Thought
110(1)
TV: Story Forms
111(12)
Story Forms
111(4)
Readers
112(1)
Voiceovers
113(1)
VO/SOT
113(1)
Packages
114(1)
Stand-Ups
114(1)
Putting the Story Together
115(1)
Pacing
115(1)
Don't Outdate Packages
116(1)
Live Reporting
116(6)
Planning
121(1)
Crosstalk
121(1)
Golden Rules
122(1)
TV: Working with Pictures
123(10)
The Power of the Visual Image
123(3)
Working with Strong Pictures
123(1)
Working without Strong Pictures
124(2)
The TV Balancing Act
126(6)
Use Pictures and Words for What They Do Best
126(2)
Use Natural Sound and SOT
128(1)
Write TV Loosely
128(1)
Coordinate Words and Pictures
129(2)
Visualizing the Story
131(1)
Picture Cautions
132(1)
Use Meaningful Pictures
132(1)
Today's Pictures
132(1)
Watch Your Supers
132(1)
Radio: Story Forms and Working with Sound
133(6)
Radio Story Forms
133(1)
Drawing Radio Pictures
134(5)
The Words
134(1)
Using Nat Sound
134(1)
Listen to the Sound Quality
135(1)
Putting it All Together
135(4)
Caring and Connecting
139(14)
Everyday Problems
139(2)
Good Reporting Starts with Caring
141(1)
Think Creatively
142(1)
Plan and Focus
143(2)
Strong Stories Have Central Characters and a Plot
145(1)
Prove Your Story
146(2)
The Element of Surprise
148(1)
Connecting with Truths
149(2)
Epilogue
151(2)
Teases and Promos
153(5)
Tease...Don't Tell
154(1)
Make Them Care
155(2)
Going Too Far
157(1)
Business, Taxes and the Economy
158(15)
Reporting on Money
158(1)
Defining Terms
159(14)
Calendar
173(5)
Solar and Lunar
173(1)
Calendar Holidays
173(5)
Muslim Holidays
177(1)
Crime and Legal
178(11)
Attribution
179(3)
When to Use Attribution
179(1)
Alleged
179(1)
Misplaced Attribution
180(1)
Cautions
180(1)
Get the Terms Right
181(1)
Defining Terms
182(7)
U.S. Geography
189(4)
Where Are We?
189(1)
Defining Terms
189(4)
World Geography
193(13)
Defining Terms
193(4)
Pronunciation Guide and Locator
197(9)
Government
206(9)
How the System Works
206(1)
Defining Terms
207(8)
Health and Medicine
215(8)
Reporting on Health and Medicine
215(1)
Hospital Conditions
215(1)
Defining Terms
216(7)
Space and Aviation
223(17)
Defining Terms
223(17)
Sports
240(11)
Reporting Sports
240(2)
Reporting Scores
240(1)
Common Mistakes
241(1)
Sports and Teams
242(9)
Auto Racing
242(1)
Baseball-Major Leagues
242(1)
Basketball-National Basketball Association
243(1)
Basketball-Women's National Basketball Association
244(1)
Boxing
244(1)
Football-National Football League
244(1)
Football-Canadian Football League
245(1)
Golf
245(1)
Hockey-National Hockey League
245(1)
Soccer-Major League Soccer
246(1)
College Sports-Football and Basketball
246(5)
Weather and Natural Phenomena
251(9)
Reporting Weather
251(1)
Severe Weather
252(1)
Defining Terms
252(8)
TV Script Form and Supers
260(12)
Abbreviations
260(1)
Script Form
261(3)
Standard Anchor Read
261(1)
Standard 2-Shot
261(1)
Standard Anchor Read with gfx
262(1)
Anchor with Voiceover
262(1)
Anchor with VO/SOT
262(1)
Anchor VO/SOT with Package Intro
263(1)
Supers
264(8)
Names
264(5)
Location, Date and Miscellaneous
269(3)
Glossary of Broadcast Terms 272(6)
The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct 278(4)
Index 282


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