What are some big recent news stories What makes them newsworthy
Elements of news (Examples of stories that have these elements)
Timeliness Proximity significance conflict prominence .. human interest.
Visual aspect what sort of stories have good visual appeal
How could you make a story about inflation (Say high gas prices) visual See p. 81.
Leads (p. 83)
Summary leads alert viewers to what story is about and indicate why they should be interested (Detroit may be without fire protection by six o clock tomorrow morning.)
Hard-news lead contains essential facts of the story.
Soft-news lead . Used on feature stories. More literary relaxed style of writing.
Freshening the story
How can you write stories so that they sound fresh up to date
Delay reference to past events (see example p. 86)
Updating your stories
Important to rewrite stories from newscast to newscast
As new information develops where does it go in the story (p. 87)
How can you localize national or international stories
Broadcast news writing is conversational use contractions. Sound like your TALKING to (or with) viewers/listeners not READING to them.
Writing must relate to the listener/viewer what does this mean Answer the fundamental question What does this have to do with me
Avoid overusing the pronoun you.
Good (creative) writing requires writer to re-write extensively.
Writing has to make sense viewer/listener must UNDERSTAND the story. Focus on essential details who what when where why how.
Of the above which are the most impotant
Writing must be technically correct announcers must be able to read it without stumbling.
Writing must be accurate.
One of the best ways to test your copy is to READ IT OUT LOUD.
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