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Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook

6th Edition

By Robert A. Papper, Robert A. Papper


318 pages

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Papper’s Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook is the go-to handbook in broadcast news, and with the updates in the 6th edition, it is sure to continue this legacy. Through clear and concise chapters, this text provides the fundamental rules of broadcast news writing. It covers various fields across the board, including crime and government, weather, education, health, and sports. Within each field, readers learn the nuances of reporting, grammar, style, and usage.

Written by a professional who has overseen major industry research for the past 23 years, this edition presents the data on news writing in a relevant and digestible manner. With the business of broadcast news changing rapidly, this text reflects the current news environment and explores where it will head in the future. With an expanded social media chapter and additional insight into the news rooms of today, Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook incorporates all the skills and knowledge reporters and journalist need to prepare for their careers.


This book will teach you how to tell a visual story well, using all the tools. The new edition of Bob Papper's classic shines a light for the digital age and will show you the way.

Bob Dotson, former NBC News National Correspondent and New York Times best selling author

Papper’s text has long earned accolades as a comprehensive and engaging guide to broadcast reporting, covering everything from interviewing to ethics, from writing for the ear to writing for the eye, from effective narrative techniques to the basics of proper usage and grammar. For those of us teaching Broadcast Journalism during these rapidly changing times in news, this new edition is a terrific addition to our teaching toolkit.

- Judy Muller, Professor, USC Annenberg School, USA

This edition has excellent tips for writing sound broadcast news copy and has now been updated with information from Papper’s outstanding surveys of the news industry, advice from professional journalists, as well as ideas on the best practices for using new technology such as drones.

-G. Stuart Smith, Professor, Hofstra University, USA

This latest edition of Papper's well-respected style manual for broadcast news comes only two years after the previous release. Papper restructured the manual to forefront fundamentals of broadcast journalism, beginning with a chapter on ethics. Modest revisions follow….The manual is strongest when it remains focused on the details of style and usage elaborated by real-world examples….While the title suggests an audience limited to students of broadcast news, the style and usage sections of the manual have value for writers of any discipline composing podcasts or other new media work.

--G. Wilsbacher, University of South Carolina

Table of Contents

  1. Ethics, Legality and the RTDNA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  2. News
  3. Collecting Information
  4. Stories
  5. Working with Bites, Actualities and Natural Sound
  6. Readability
  7. Words
  8. Phrases and Phrasing
  9. Sentences
  10. Leads and Endings
  11. TV: Story Forms
  12. TV: Working with Pictures
  13. Producing News on TV
  14. Radio/Audio: Story Forms and Working with Sounds
  15. Online News
  16. Social Media and News
  17. News, Weather & Sports
  18. Reporting: Seasonal Coverage & the Calendar
  19. Reporting: Specialized Coverage
  20. The Business of News
  21. TV Script Form and Supers…Glossary

About the Authors

Robert A. Papper is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Hofstra University. A graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, he has worked as a producer, writer, and manager at television stations in Minneapolis, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Columbus, Ohio and radio stations in Maine and Indiana. He has won both the top award in broadcast journalism (DuPont-Columbia) and the top award in education (Ed Bliss Award).

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies