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You may find it difficult to surrender the wire copy and rely only on memory, but that is the only way to be certain that you rewrite what is basically newspaper-style wire copy into conversational broadcast copy. The wire 11 12 Chapter 2 Broadcast News Writing Style Figure 2-1 Rogers) Newsroom at WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge. (Photo by Christopher J. services do offer a broadcast wire written in a conversational style, but we are not concerned with that wire. This book prepares you to do what the broadcast news service writer does with the service’s newspaper wire copy.

Whereas newspaper readers would immediately know that which refers to Tehran Times because the words are next to each other, a broadcast audience might have to stop and think about what which refers to. When this copy was rewritten for broadcast, the relative pronoun which was removed and the sentence was cut in two. The noun newspaper was used again instead of the pronoun: The State Department spokesman made the comments after a report appeared in the English-language newspaper The Tehran Times.

Responsibility and Accuracy The two most important words in your vocabulary, starting right now, are responsibility and accuracy—the cornerstones of ethical journalism. To be a xxxiv Introduction successful journalist, you need to learn to be responsible and accurate in everything you write or report. ” The responsibility and accuracy of the news media became serious problems during the murder trial of O. J. Simpson. Many news organizations were guilty of a variety of inaccuracies during the trial and in the months before the case came to trial.

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