ERIC Number: ED055454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Broadcast Journalism; An Introduction to News Writing.
Hall, Mark W.
The important features of writing news for radio and television are covered in this book. Ways to write colorful, accurate, and timely stories are explained with the emphasis on the differences between broadcast and newspaper stories. Other subjects treated are sources of news (including explanations of how the Associated Press copy works and how to conduct telephone interviews), arrest and trial procedures, and the issues of libel, slander and good taste. Press coverage of civil disturbances is also discussed. Rounding out the book are details on putting together a five-minute newscast. The emphasis throughout is on using real-life "hot" stories, on riots, drug raids, etc., rather than "safe" events like beauty contests and city council meetings. Appendixes provide a style guide, list of common writing errors, and transcriptions of United Press International's coverage of the Paris Peace Talks and the Apollo 11 space flight. (JK)
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Broadcast Television, Journalism, Legal Responsibility, Mass Media, News Media, News Writing, Radio, Television, Writing (Composition)
Hastings House, Publishers, Inc., 10 East 40th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016 ($6.95)
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Note: Communications Arts Series