9 News reporting

THE RADIO REPORTER

The traditional image of the reporter is of a scruffy figure in a trenchcoat, foot in the door, notebook in hand, demanding ‘What have you got to hide?’ or ‘The public has a right to know.’ If such reporters exist, there is no place for them in radio. Radio reporters do not threaten or browbeat; they do not resort to deceit or bribes. They also look smart as they never know where they might be sent. The Prime Minister will not want to be interviewed by a scruffbag!

The job of the reporter is to get the information or audio, get it right and get it on the radio – fast. Radio reporters know where to go to get the information, and who to talk to. They have an instinctive ‘nose for news’, ask lots of questions, ...

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