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Writing for Broadcast Journalists : Media Skills - Rick Thompson

Writing for Broadcast Journalists

Media Skills

Hardcover

Published: 20th July 2010
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Writing for Broadcast Journalists guides readers through the significant differences between the written and the spoken versions of journalistic English. It will help broadcast journalists at every stage of their careers to avoid such pitfalls as the use of newspaper-English, common linguistic errors, and Americanised phrases, and gives practical advice on accurate terminology and pronunciation, while encouraging writers to capture the immediacy of the spoken word in their scripts.

Written in a lively and accessible style by an experienced BBC TV and radio editor, Writing for Broadcast Journalists is the authoritative guide to the techniques of writing for radio and television, and this new edition has a special section about writing Online News.

Writing for Broadcast Journalists includes:

  • Practical tips on how to avoid a journalesea (TM), clichA(c)s and jargon

  • Guidance on tailoring your writing style to suit a particular audience

  • Advice on converting agency copy into spoken English

  • Writing to television pictures

  • Examples of scripts from some of the best in the business

  • An appendix of a dangerousa (TM) words and phrases to be avoided in scripts

'This is a superb book which combines the rare mixture of high quality information with humour. The style of writing engages the reader from the introduction and the experience and insight of the author occasionally makes it difficult to put down, a rare feature of a textbook. I would unreservedly recommend this book not only to those studying journalism but to students of language and all who use the spoken and written word as the `materials' of their work.' Barry Turner, Nottingham Trent University

'Rick Thompson's guidance manual is packed with advice to would-be writers for this medium. He's someone with years of experience at the top level of the national and international profession, and he's smack up to date with his reference. The book is aimed at journalists, but anyone with a serious interest in developing their literacy will learn a lot about professional writing skills from what he has to say.' Roy Johnson, www.mantex.co.uk

Selected Contents: Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Good Spoken English 3. The Language of Broadcast News 4. Writing Broadcast News Scripts 5. Different Techniques for Radio and Television 6. Writing Online News 7. And Finally! Appendix: Dangerous Words: An Alphabetical Checklist Further Reading Index

ISBN: 9780415581677
ISBN-10: 0415581672
Series: Media Skills
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 20th July 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition