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Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook, 5th Edition by Robert A. Papper

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CHAPTER 9
image Working with and Gathering Bites, Actualities and Natural Sound

The most important concept to understand when writing into or out of bites, actualities and natural sound is that those elements are as much a part of the story as the script itself. Because you can’t rewrite what someone says, you must frame your writing to blend in the bites and sound so that everything flows smoothly and logically and becomes one cohesive unit.

Bites and actualities are the same thing: the actual sound of someone in the news. It might be a statement from the mayor, the argument of conflicting protestors or an interview with a young kindergartner. ...

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