Writing for Broadcast Journalists (Media Skills) by Rick Thompson

By Rick Thompson

Writing for Broadcast reporters is the basic advisor to writing information for tv and radio, guiding readers during the major modifications among writing textual content to be learn, and writing spoken English that may be heard. This publication is helping broadcast reporters at each level in their careers to prevent newspaper-style ‘journalese’, clich?s, jargon, and faulty grammar or pronunciation, whereas shooting the immediacy of the spoken note in inventive broadcast information scripts. It additionally provides suggestion on offering concise on-line fabric for broadcasters’ web pages. Sections comprise: • Practical recommendation on easy methods to write effectively yet conversationally• How to deal with a dynamic English language, with new expressions and phrases altering their meanings• Writing scripts that fit the television images, and use genuine sound on radio• Detailed counsel on right terminology and the necessity for delicate language • An appendix of ‘dangerous’ phrases and words to be shunned in scripts. Written in a full of life and available sort through a former BBC information editor, Writing for Broadcast newshounds is a useful consultant to the ideas of writing information for tv, radio and on-line audiences.

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Spokesman for Severn Trent Water John Williams denied . ’ 32 The language of broadcast news This is not how people speak. ‘The spokesman for Severn Trent . ’ takes a fraction of a second longer to say, but it is fluent and natural. Let’s get technical about this for a moment. One of the reasons why dropping the definite article sounds awkward is the effect it has on the grammar of the sentence. ‘The England captain, David Beckham . ’ has as the grammatical subject of the sentence, The England captain with captain as the primary noun.

As ever, a sharp focus on the audience of a particular programme or channel should help the writer decide how much explanation is required. A short financial slot in a breakfast television programme or in a local radio drive-time sequence should tell the stories in plain English, with plenty of explanation. 26 The language of broadcast news In general terms, I believe that broadcast correspondents who specialise in financial news overestimate how much most listeners will know about their particular subject area.

He ordered the armoured vehicles to block the way. The great advance was stopped in its tracks. But Kabul lay temptingly close below us now. ’ Of course on air it was not as staccato as it looks on paper. Simpson’s delivery included pauses for the natural sound, and the pictures provided a flowing continuum of the military advance. Here he prepares to spend the night with a Belgrade family in their air-raid shelter: ‘This is a city Tito built. New Belgrade. A dormitory suburb for the postcommunist middle class.

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