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

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CHAPTER 12
image TV: Story Forms

STORY FORMS

A television newscast is made up of a mix and match of five basic TV story forms.

 

The reader,in which the anchor appears on the screen reading the story, with or without graphics.

The voiceover (VO,pronounced V-O or VOH), which typically starts with the anchor on camera reading the first line or two of a story and then continues with the anchor reading live over video, with natural sound under.

The VO/SOT (sometimes spoken as letters, V-O-S-O-T, and sometimes pronounced as VOH-soht), which typically starts, as with the VO, with the anchor on camera reading the first line or two of a story ...

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