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Television News, 4th Edition by Ray Alexander, Ivor Yorke

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Reporting techniques

Although electronic and digital news-gathering has long superseded film as the main means of originating news material, most of the reporting techniques have remained unchanged.

Pieces to camera

Of all the skills needed for television news reporting, the piece to camera is among the most frequently used and as such is probably the most susceptible to changes in fashion. For reasons it is hard to fathom some programmes would rather have the viewer looking at a succession of building exteriors than a reporter’s face, and experienced journalists are known to consider they have failed if they have to resort to one, but there is no doubt that the ‘standupper’ – to give its alternative name – remains a sure and straightforward ...

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