1st Edition

Broadcast News in the Digital Age A Guide to Reporting, Producing and Anchoring Online and on TV

By Faith Sidlow, Kim Stephens Copyright 2022
    374 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    374 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Written by two award-winning broadcast journalists, this book offers a practical, hands-on guide to the modern digital TV newsroom.

    Pulling from extensive industry experience, the authors provide a comprehensive look at the key journalistic skills needed to excel in broadcast news today, including storytelling, writing, story pitching, video production, interviewing and managing social media. The textbook is organized into five sections: building a foundation, storytelling and writing, producing, live performance, and ethics and career progression. The authors also provide step-by-step instructions on how to efficiently multitask while staying true to journalist ethics. Each chapter includes clear learning objectives, review questions and practical assignments, making it ideal for classroom use. QR codes integrated in the text allow students to easily see and hear examples of the stories they are learning to write.

    Broadcast News in the Digital Age is an engaging, student-friendly guide for those seeking to become successful writers, producers, anchors and journalists in today’s newsrooms, both on-air and online.

    Part 1 – Building Your Foundation

    Chapter One: Meet the Newsroom Team

    Chapter Two: Finding and Pitching Good Stories

    Chapter Three: Broadcast News Writing Fundamentals

    Chapter Four: Tips and Tricks to Good Writing

    Chapter Five: Real World Lessons

    Chapter Six: Interviewing

    Part 2 – Telling the Story

    Chapter Seven: The VO

    Chapter Eight: The VOSOT

    Chapter Nine: The Package (PKG)

    Chapter Ten: Shooting and Editing Video

    Part 3 – Producing for Broadcast and Digital

    Chapter Eleven: Producing the Broadcast Newscast

    Chapter Twelve: Producing for Digital and Social Media

    Part 4 – The Art of Live and Recorded Performance

    Chapter Thirteen: Storytelling—Taking it to the Next Level

    Chapter Fourteen: Live Reporting

    Chapter Fifteen: Newscast, Sports and Weather Anchors

    Part 5 - Local Journalists and Journalistic Practices

    Chapter Sixteen: Ethics, Law, and Deciphering Fake from Fact

    Chapter Seventeen: Getting That Job

    Key Terms


    Works Cited




    Faith Sidlow is an award-winning broadcast journalist with three decades of experience in television and radio news. She is an associate professor of broadcast journalism at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches broadcast and multimedia journalism. Faith worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for the Fresno NBC affiliate for 28 years. Her early broadcast career included radio reporter and board operator at KPBS-FM; San Diego reporter for KNX News Radio, Los Angeles; and research intern for CBS News in London. 


    Kim Stephens is an Edward R. Murrow and Emmy® award-winning journalist and college professor. She’s worked as a news anchor, producer, reporter, weather anchor, telethon host, and community event emcee at KERO, WBIR, HGTV, WVLT, KNTV, KMPH. Kim is also an adjunct professor teaching broadcast news writing, on-air performance and broadcast reporting and production at California State University, Fresno.