Wednesday, November 21, 2007

BROADCAST NEWS WRITING BASICS

"Writing is hard work- its only easy for those who haven't learned to write."

Writing broadcast news can be divided into two story types. Both types are based on the time it takes to present the information to your targeted audience.

News Features are stories between 3 and 7 minutes long about things that have happened in the past. The ideas and pictures for feature news stories are usually planned out on a storyboard. Writing news feature storyboards envolves explaining how the audio (sounds) and the shots, (visual details) will present the researched background facts and information.

Breaking news and daily announcements are stories that are happening today or in the near future. Breaking news and daily announcements are usually written into a teleprompter to be read on-air by announcers. Writing breaking news and daily announcements involves presenting information in short stories between 15 seconds and 1 minute long. Sources of information may be limited. The information can be incomplete or possiblely inaccurate. Usually, you have a very short time to contact sources to confirm or correct information. A rule-of-thumb that advertising writers use to estimate a story's time is that at a normal speaking pace, 65 words equal 30 seconds.

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