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

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CHAPTER 20
image Reporting: Specialized Coverage

THE GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORTER

Most reporters in radio and television are general assignment reporters. That just means that there’s no telling what a reporter might be covering from one day to the next. Today, it’s a house fire and traffic tie-ups; tomorrow, it’s a city council meeting and pollution control.

Some larger stations still have at least some specialized reporters. The most likely by subject area are education, politics, crime and consumer. Some stations that cover a large territory might also have reporters who specialize in a specific geographic area of the market. They’re still ...

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