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

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Newswriting Mechanics

CONTENTS

Introduction

Slugs

The Split Page

Avoiding Split Words and Sentences

Punctuation

Rewriting Wire Copy

Conversational Style

Reading Your Copy Aloud

Avoiding Information Overload

Looking Ahead

Timing Stories

 KEY WORDS  

Conversational Style

Split Page

Timing

Slugs

Teleprompter

Wire Copy

The mechanics of crafting a broadcast news story are unlike the parameters of most other writing formats. Here, brevity is cherished, holding the audience’s attention is vital, and accuracy is absolutely paramount. Many stories last no more than 30 seconds, while some bumps and teases are a quick 5 seconds. Even more daunting for broadcasters is they have but one opportunity to unveil the story; ...

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