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Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing, 7th Edition by Frank Barnas

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CHAPTER 5Beats, Spot News, and Reporting Assignments

 

 

 

CONTENTS

Introduction

Beats

Spot News

Summary

Test Your Knowledge

Exercises

Key Words

Beats

Business/Consumer

Crime

Education

Entertainment

Environment

Health

Local Government

Military

Science/Technology

Sports

Spot News

Weather

INTRODUCTION

Reporters spend much 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 2 discussed how stories are located for newscasts. Regardless of whether stories are planned, spontaneous, or enterprised, the newsroom must also decide who will cover ...

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