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Writing for Broadcast Journalists

By Rick Thompson

© 2005 – Routledge

184 pages

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pub: 2004-11-25
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About the Book

Writing for Broadcast Journalists is the essential guide to writing news for television and radio, guiding readers through the significant differences between writing text to be read, and writing spoken English that will be heard. This book helps broadcast journalists at every stage of their careers to avoid newspaper-style ‘journalese’, clichés, jargon, and inaccurate grammar or pronunciation, while capturing the immediacy of the spoken word in creative broadcast news scripts. It also gives advice on providing concise online material for broadcasters’ websites.

Sections include:

• Practical advice on how to write accurately but conversationally

• How to cope with a dynamic English language, with new expressions and words changing their meanings

• Writing scripts that match the TV pictures, and use real sound on radio

• Detailed guidance on correct terminology and the need for sensitive language

• An appendix of ‘dangerous’ words and phrases to be avoided in scripts.

Written in a lively and accessible style by a former BBC news editor, Writing for Broadcast Journalists is an invaluable guide to the techniques of writing news for television, radio and online audiences.

About the Series

Media Skills

The Media Skills series provides concise and thorough introductions to a rapidly changing media landscape. Each book is written by media and journalism lecturers or experienced professionals and is a key resource for a particular industry. Offering helpful advice and information and using practical examples from print, broadcast and digital media, as well as discussing ethical and regulatory issues, Media Skills books are essential guides for students and media professionals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies