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Here’s the News: A Radio News Manual

Here’s the News: A Radio News Manual

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Published by George Lessard
News is broadcasting’s most important product. So it follows that the radio journalist must be professional, and a committed practitioner. The purpose of this manual is to help you in your specialized work of producing news for radio.
The manual gives practical advice and instruction on modern techniques of radio journalism. It is organized in nine units. After dealing with a number of news directives, such as the organization of the newsroom and a discussion of the question 'what is news?', the manual moves on to the basic principles of writing for radio news, reporting, interviewing, bulletin editing and presentation of news. Unit 7 focuses on specific style problems, such as how (not) to use figures, names and titles and cliches.
Unit 8 is a discussion of the problems involved with translation, which are particularly relevant to the multi-lingual societies of Asia -and the Pacific.
Finally, Unit 9 provides the basic information on equipment used in modern radio news production. This unit has been written by Kris Heyrman, a broadcast engineer formerly with Belgian Radio and Television (B.R.T.) and now an associate-expert of UNESCO, based at the Asia-Pacific Institute Institute for Broadcasting Development.
We would hope that this manual will be used as a set of guidelines, not rules. If there has to be one rule, then let it be this one: you should use your own imagination and creativity in adapting some of the guidelines to your own situation. Radio should be a creative medium!
News is broadcasting’s most important product. So it follows that the radio journalist must be professional, and a committed practitioner. The purpose of this manual is to help you in your specialized work of producing news for radio.
The manual gives practical advice and instruction on modern techniques of radio journalism. It is organized in nine units. After dealing with a number of news directives, such as the organization of the newsroom and a discussion of the question 'what is news?', the manual moves on to the basic principles of writing for radio news, reporting, interviewing, bulletin editing and presentation of news. Unit 7 focuses on specific style problems, such as how (not) to use figures, names and titles and cliches.
Unit 8 is a discussion of the problems involved with translation, which are particularly relevant to the multi-lingual societies of Asia -and the Pacific.
Finally, Unit 9 provides the basic information on equipment used in modern radio news production. This unit has been written by Kris Heyrman, a broadcast engineer formerly with Belgian Radio and Television (B.R.T.) and now an associate-expert of UNESCO, based at the Asia-Pacific Institute Institute for Broadcasting Development.
We would hope that this manual will be used as a set of guidelines, not rules. If there has to be one rule, then let it be this one: you should use your own imagination and creativity in adapting some of the guidelines to your own situation. Radio should be a creative medium!

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Compiled and Edited byPaul De Maeseneer UnescoAssociate — Expert
With the compliments of United States Information Service (USIS)Embassy of the United StatesP. 0. Box N-8197.Nassau, BahamasTelephone: (809) 322-4268/9
 Here’s the News : ARadio News Manua
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Original PaginationNew PaginationIntroduction
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Unit 1: News Directives
1.1 Organization of the Newsroom 101.1 11.2 What is news 201.2 11.3 Who is the audience 251.3 11.4 News Sources 271.4 11.5 News Formats 281.6 11.6 National constraints and legal aspects 301.7 11.7 The A. B.C.: Accuracy Balance Clarity 341.7 1
Unit 2: Writing for Radio NewsOriginal PaginationNew Pagination
2.1 Writing for the ear: five principles 382.1 12.2 How to make your copy sound lively 442.2 12.3 How to shape a sentence 472,3 12.4 How to structure a newsitem 492.4 12.5 How to grab the attention of the listener 522.5 12.6 How to retain the interest of the listener 562.6 12.7 Help the newsreader 592.7 1
Unit 3: ReportingOriginal PaginationNew Pagination
3.1 The Basics of Reporting 683.1 13.2 Quoting the Source 713.2 13.3 Tools for Newsgathering 743.3 13.4 Handouts, News Releases 773.4 13.5 Covering Speeches 813.5 13.6 Covering Seminars, Conferences 833.6 13.7 Covering Disasters, Obituaries 843.7 13.8 Crime and Court reporting 863.8 1
Unit 4: Interviewing for Radio NewsOriginal PaginationNew Pagination
4.1 Types of Interviews 944.1 14.2 Planning and Preparation of the Interview 974.2 14.3 The Question Line during theBroadcast Interview 1004.3 14.4 Recording the Interview 1034.4 14.5 Editing the Recorded Interview 1054.5 1
 Here’s the News : ARadio News Manua
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