Sound Reporting

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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Perhaps you've always wondered how public radio gets that smooth, well-crafted sound. Maybe you're thinking about starting a podcast, and want some tips from the pros. Or maybe storytelling has always been a passion of yours, and you want to learn to do it more effectively. Whatever the casewhether you're an avid NPR listener or you aspire to create your own audio, or bothSound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Productionwill give you a rare tour of the world of a professional broadcaster. Jonathan Kern, who has trained NPR's on-air staff for years, is a gifted guide, able to narrate a day in the life of a host and lay out the nuts and bolts of production with equal wit and warmth. Along the way, he explains the importance of writing the way you speak, reveals how NPR books guests ranging from world leaders to neighborhood newsmakers, and gives sage advice on everything from proposing stories to editors to maintaining balance and objectivity. Best of allbecause NPR wouldn't be NPR without its array of distinctive voiceslively examples from popular shows and colorful anecdotes from favorite personalities animate each chapter. As public radio's audience of millions can attest, NPR's unique guiding principles and technical expertise combine to connect with listeners like no other medium can. With today's technologies allowing more people to turn their home computers into broadcast studios,Sound Reportingcouldn't have arrived at a better moment to reveal the secrets behind the story of NPR's success.

Author Biography

Jonathan Kern is the executive producer for training at NPR. He has worked in almost every position in radio news, including executive producer of All Things Considered.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Sound and Storiesp. 1
Fairnessp. 8
Fair, Accurate, Complete, and Honestp. 9
The Echo Chamberp. 10
Verifying Assertionsp. 16
Getting Both Sidesp. 21
Avoiding Loaded Languagep. 23
Writing for Broadcastp. 25
Write the Way You Speakp. 27
How to Sound Like a Real Personp. 29
Other Newswriting Tipsp. 33
Reportingp. 39
The Reporter's Personality and Skillsp. 40
Developing News Sourcesp. 42
Other Sources of Original Storiesp. 45
Getting People on Tapep. 48
Getting Great Actualitiesp. 51
Working on Tight Deadlinesp. 56
Beyond Acts and Tracksp. 60
A Storytelling Samplerp. 64
Field Producingp. 73
Getting Startedp. 74
In the Fieldp. 77
Finding Sound and Scenesp. 80
Putting the Story Togetherp. 83
Filing from the Fieldp. 86
Taking Responsibilityp. 90
Story Editingp. 92
The Editor's Rolep. 92
The Ingredients of a Storyp. 93
Structuring the Storyp. 97
Editing by Earp. 99
The Introp. 102
The First Trackp. 105
Copyeditingp. 108
The Endingp. 112
When to Stop Editingp. 113
Finding New Approaches to Old Storiesp. 115
The Reporter-Host Two-Wayp. 120
The Problem with Scripted Two-Waysp. 121
Going Scriptlessp. 126
Two-Way Tipsp. 129
Reading on the Airp. 132
Sounding Conversationalp. 133
Marking Up a Scriptp. 135
Getting Physicalp. 137
The Need for Feedbackp. 138
Hostingp. 141
The Host's Dayp. 142
The Host Interviewp. 146
Reading Scripts Other People Writep. 161
Hosting Live Programmingp. 163
Newscastingp. 171
What Is News?p. 171
Public Radio Newscast Values and Principlesp. 174
Composing the 'Castp. 176
Newscast Writingp. 179
The NPR News Spotp. 184
The Reporter Q&Ap. 189
On the Airp. 192
Bookingp. 195
Booking Well-Known Peoplep. 196
Booking Everyday Peoplep. 200
The Booker as Detectivep. 202
The Pre-interviewp. 204
Final Stepsp. 207
Producingp. 210
Finding and Pitching Storiesp. 211
Producing Interviewsp. 216
Editing Interviewsp. 219
Mixing Reporter Piecesp. 223
Producing Music Piecesp. 228
Production Ethicsp. 232
The Unkindest Cutsp. 233
Other Production Issuesp. 240
Program Producingp. 248
The Art of the News Programp. 249
Creating the Lineupp. 252
Producing Live Programsp. 258
Program Editingp. 266
Setting the News Agendap. 267
Error Checkingp. 270
Massaging the Scriptp. 273
Sitting In on Interviewsp. 281
The Editor as Managerp. 284
Commentariesp. 287
Finding Commentatorsp. 288
Topical Commentariesp. 290
Personal Commentariesp. 292
Editing Commentariesp. 293
Coaching Commentatorsp. 295
Commentary Introsp. 297
To Comment or Not to Comment?p. 298
Studio Directingp. 300
The Director as Number Cruncherp. 301
The Director as Conductorp. 302
Directing Live Eventsp. 309
The Joy of Directingp. 311
Beyond Radiop. 313
The Web-Radio Relationshipp. 314
The Manifold Media of the Webp. 318
Podcastingp. 324
Editorial Issues Onlinep. 328
The Futurep. 331
Glossaryp. 335
Pronouncersp. 355
Indexp. 359
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