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

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CHAPTER 17
image Producing News on TV

Producing is what brings order out of chaos. A television news program is, at its core, simply a collection of news stories along with specialized segments. A well-produced show brings some measure of order and logic to what are otherwise unconnected bits of information.

Viewers frequently remark that one station’s news looks much like another. Given a reasonably consistent definition of news, the more hard, breaking events on any given day, the more likely that competing stations will look alike.

Most days, however, there are relatively few “must run” stories. So “slow” news days tend to highlight the ...

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