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Fascination by Nancy Graham Holm

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8 Words Vs. Pictures

Writing the Current Affairs Story

Writing for TV journalism is not restricted to language. Writing refers primarily to structure and the writer’s different tools. Words are only one tool. Pictures, NATURAL SOUND, editing tempo and the use of interviews are the other tools. Thus, we can say that TV journalists fall into two categories: word writers and audio-video writers. The best TV journalists are both.

Silence can also be a tool. Good writers know that many of our vocabularies are wordless and silent. A person in an interview might sound calm and relaxed but a utaway to his hands will show fidgeting fingers and white knuckles. ...

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