Broadcast News in the Digital Age
A Guide to Reporting, Producing and Anchoring Online and on TV
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.
Table of Contents
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
NO NO NO WORDS
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.