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Better Broadcast Writing, Better Broadcast News by Greg Dobbs

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Letting It All Hang Out

 

What You’ll Learn_________________________

Whenever someone says, “Picture this,” I want you to picture this: a news story told with nothing but pictures. No words, no interviews, just video. Video good enough, illustrative enough, to tell the story without a script. Video that needs no explanation. Or, for radio, the same thing but with sound—sound from the scene of the story that requires no elaboration.

Such opportunities are few and far between. Video of people sunning themselves can easily enough communicate to viewers that today was a beautiful day as video of people under umbrellas conveys a different story. But even excellent video of a fire, or a political demonstration, or a plane crash, which might seem ...

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