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Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing, 5th Edition by Ted White, Frank Barnas

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Beats, Spot News, and Reporting Assignments

CONTENTS

Introduction

Beats

Spot News

 KEY WORDS  

Beats

Environment

Science and Technology

Business

Health

Sports

Crime

Local Government

Spot News

Education

Military

Weather

Entertainment

Reporters spend most of their careers covering spot news, which dominates the contents of all radio and TV newscasts. Spot news includes fires, accidents, holdups, and other incidents that occur every day, with varying frequency, in every city and town in the nation.

Chapter 1 discussed how stories are located for newscasts. Regardless of whether stories are planned, spontaneous, or enterprised, the newsroom must also decide who will cover a given assignment. In some ...

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