Abbreviations  Shortened words in a news script. Abbreviations should be avoided in news copy, as they can confuse news anchors.

Accuracy  Verifying a story’s truth by consulting multiple sources.

Active voice  Writing style that focuses on the action rather than the receiver of the action.

Actuality  Voices of people involved in a news story. Also called a sound bite.

Ad-libbing  Ability to improvise an impromptu speech without preparation.

Advancing stories  Finding new angles to update ongoing stories.

Affiliates  Radio and TV stations serviced by networks.

Ambush interview  Forcing someone to speak with you on camera against his or her will.

Anchor  Someone who reads news on the TV set.

AP  Associated Press, one of the major ...

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