Basic Radio Journalism is a working manual and practical guide to the tools and techniques necessary to succeed in radio journalism. It will be useful both to students starting a broadcasting career as well as experienced journalists wishing to develop and expand their skills.
Based on the popular Local Radio Journalism, this book covers the core skills of news gathering, writing, interviewing, reporting and reading with extensive hints and tips. It outlines working practices in both BBC and commercial radio. There are revamped legal and technical sections as well as a new chapter on the journalist as programme producer. For the student, there is extensive advice about getting a job, marketing yourself and dealing with job interviews.
The Foreword is by Lord Ryder of Wensum, vice chairman of the BBC.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; The structure of UK radio; Working in radio; News gathering; News writing; News bulletins; News presentation; Technicalities; Interviewing; News reporting; Newsdesk management; Legalities; Newsroom management; Small newsrooms; Programme production; Specialized programming; Glossary
Paul Chantler is a highly successful Radio Programming Consultant currently working for a number of radio groups in the UK and Europe. He has been an award-winning radio programmer and journalist for 20 years and has worked for The Wireless Group, Talksport, Vibe FM, Essex Radio Group, Galaxy 101, Chiltern Radio Group, BBC Wiltshire Sound, Southern FM and Invicta FM. He is a former UK Commercial Radio Programmer of the Year. Paul runs training courses for commercial radio staff for the industry trade body the CRCA.
Peter Stewart is a highly experienced radio journalist and was Head of News at Essex Radio Group's nine stations for many years. More recently he was morning news editor at TalkSport and currently works in the BBC's newsroom for Radio Kent and South East Today. He's presented speech and music programmes on both commercial and BBC radio and has won a New York Radio award for news presentation. He trains radio news staff throughout the UK and abroad. Peter writes a weekly column in the trade publication The Radio Magazine.
"Even if you are a complete beginner in radio, this is a guide that will give you a thorough understanding of everything from production techniques to creative skills."
"This book will ensure that no reader will feel out of place when they get that highly sought opportunity of work experience at a professional station... You'll be well prepared if you're left in the hot seat!"