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Writing and Producing Television News

From Newsroom to Air

Alan Schroeder

Publication Date - August 2008

ISBN: 9780195311938

288 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

This unique textbook/workbook offers students the opportunity to experience firsthand the work of a television journalist.


Drawing on the insights and experiences of reporters, anchors, producers, assignment editors, web journalists, graphic artists, and newsroom executives from across the country, Writing and Producing Television News: From Newsroom to Air is not merely a production manual, but rather a guide to newsroom writing and producing. The book immerses students in the everyday challenges that face journalists in professional television newsrooms, largely through the device of a fictional town called Lakedale, where many of the examples and exercises are set.

From the very beginning of the book students are thrust into the roles of decision makers, learning about the many factors that will enable them to function as producers and reporters. Functioning as both a text- and a workbook, it integrates dozens of original examples, exercises, and assignments covering a broad spectrum of material, from breaking news to features. The book also introduces a wide range of story formats, from simple anchor readers and voiceovers to such complex structures as sound-bite stories and news packages. In addition to scriptwriting, the exercises and assignments cover such ancillary areas as graphics, headlines, teases, newscast organization, live reporting, web-based journalism, and anchoring, as well as news judgments and ethical decision making.
Writing and Producing Television News is an ideal text for undergraduate courses in broadcast journalism.

Table of Contents

    Preface: Using This Textbook
    1. The Newsroom
    2. The Language of Television News
    3. Writing Studio-Based News Stories
    4. Writing News Packages
    5. The On-Camera Journalist
    6. News Judgments
    7. Newscast Producing
    8. News Teases
    9. Graphics, Titles, and Supers
    10. Television News on the Web
    Glossary of TV News Terms
    Information about the City of Lakedale
    Appendix A. RTNDA Code of Ethics
    Appendix B. Ten Questions for Ethical Decision-Making

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