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Broadcast Journalism, 5th Edition by Andrew Boyd

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RADIO NEWS COVERAGE

19     Story treatment

Crouching in the dust at the side of the road in Kosovo, radio journalist Huw Williams was up against a deadline. He had to finish his report about the Serb withdrawal in time for the evening edition of Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme. He had interviews to edit, sound effects to mix in and he still hadn’t recorded most of his script. Over Huw’s shoulder, a small group of Kosovar children watched curiously as he seemed to move coloured blocks around the [computer] screen. He was using software called Cool Edit Pro. This allowed him to trim audio material and arrange it in the order he wanted to produce a report from a psychiatric hospital. ‘There were babies tied into their cots and even one patient armed ...

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