Computers in Broadcast and Cable Newsrooms: Using Technology in Television News Production takes readers through the use of computers and software in the broadcast/cable newsroom environment. Author Phillip O. Keirstead began writing about television news technology decades ago in an effort to help television news managers cope with technological change. In this text, he demonstrates the myriad ways in which today's journalism is tied to technology, and he shows how television news journalists rely on varied and complex technologies to produce timely, interesting, and informative broadcasts. Using a hands-on, practical approach to cover the role computers play in various parts of the newsroom, the volume will be of great practical value to undergraduate and graduate students in advanced broadcast/news television courses.
"From the growing body of books focused on television newscast producing Keirstead’s fills a void with its unique technological orientation. Using computers as the starting point, he explains their commanding role in each aspect of the news production process from the assignments desk through "live" on-air in the control room. Rich in detail with easy to understand real life examples, this is a must read for anyone interested in TV news. A valuable resource tool for students and professionals this books helps them harness the power and see the future potential of automation in the news production process."
—B. William Silcock
Arizona State University
Contents: Preface. What Does a TV Producer Do? The Heart of the Newsroom--What People Use to Produce the News and How They Do It. The Producer's Desk: Where It All Comes Together. Gathering Up the Bits and Pieces. The Production Team. The Assignment Desk. Computers in the Control Room. Computer-Assisted Reporting. Managing a Computerized Newsroom. Bells and Whistles.
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