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Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing, 4th Edition by Ted White

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13  Reporting Live

Chapter 10 mentioned some of the differences between broadcast reporting and newspaper reporting. This chapter discusses one of the most profound differences—the ability of broadcast reporters to deliver live reports. This chapter offers some suggestions for handling the special pressures and responsibilities that reporting live places on broadcast journalists.

Reporting live from a mobile unit has always been routine for a radio reporter. Immediacy has been radio’s big advantage. Since the early days of radio, Americans have been accustomed to getting the first news of an important story from that medium. Often, the news has come from a radio reporter at the scene.

Radio has lost some of its advantage as new technology has ...

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