Summarise the key points of this chapter 11 of Media Writing text (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith).
Key point if chapter 11 of media writing
There are lot of key points such as
- Try to get the audience attention using background sound.
- Cover the essential story within the time limit.
- Applied the inverted pyramid structures writing style.
- A written script must be provided for the broadcast.
- A broadcast copy must flow the rhythm of the story.
- Broadcast writing must be written conversationally, like talking to a friend.
- Careful of using words that are hard to pronounce and try to avoid words that end in S or TH because they have a hissing sound when on air.
- Writing must be clear for the broadcast.
- Use strong active words, subject-verb-subject sentences.
- Use the active voice. Like (thinks are happening now)
- Make the newscast interesting for the audiences.
- Try to avoid the numbers or figures in the beginning because audiences won’t remember them so they will have to be repeated later.
- Starting the sentence with the person or subject that did the action.
What are the key differences between writing for broadcast and print-based media?
There are lots of different in writing in journalism. Journalism began as a print media and remained as such until the invention of the radio and television in the 20th century.
Writing that provides information over radio, television and now, the Internet is known as broadcast journalism.
A broadcast writer must tell a story in short time. Most of the broadcast story need to finish within 30 seconds. The story must be tight and instructive. Newspaper writer more detail in the story.
The television writer writes visually, showing rather than telling, where appropriate. Newspaper writer provides information using 5W and H method.
Broadcast writing must be written conversationally; like you are talking to a friend. It is written for the ear, not for the eye (Whitaker, et al., 2012, p. 229).
Whitaker, WR, Ramsey, JE & Smith, RE, 2012, Media writing: print, broadcast, and public relations, pp. 229-246, Routledge, New York.
Practical: Broadcast audio visual script
Using the script example from The Process of Writing News, I am trying to convert my existing interview with my family to a broadcast script.
Meraj’s brother(Mesbha) and Sister-in-law (Afrose) share the most important thinks in their life are their kids.
[Mesbha, THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO Mesbha]
“Most important thinks in my life are my kids. I feel complete and happy when I see their happy faces.”
Like most of the people in the world kids are the most important in their life. Like all other parent they are doing every thinks they could for their kids.
[AFROSE, THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO AFROSE]
“I am willing to do anything to make them happy and it is the best time when I am with them.”
FOLLOWING ARE SOME REASON WHY THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT.
MESBHA AND AFROSE SOT
[MESBHA AND AFROSE, THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO MESBHA AND AFROSE “WHY”]
“You will understand when you will have kids. There are no words to describe the feeling when I see the happy. Only people will understand when they have kids”.
Technical: Complete “Quiz 7 – Words” and reflect on this briefly
The topic of chapter nine of English for Journalists is “Words”. I read it carefully and I got 9 correct in the 1st attempt. I think the quiz was easy only need to read very carefully.