CHAPTER 18

Creating Powerful Radio

Multi-version News

“One theme with endless variations, like life itself.”

— Photographer Alfred Stieglitz

Multi-what?

It is a given that good newsrooms update stories as new information becomes available. The multi-version method is different.

Multiple-version or multi-version reporting is the evolution of a news or feature story over time; or the retelling of a single news story in a variety of different ways by using a different mix of writing and sound in each version. The story takes on new forms, angles, and voices each time it is presented to the audience. This replaces the former technique of simply recycling and repeating the identical story in full detail for hours at a time.

Any one version of a story ...

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