Broadcast Newswriting: The RTNDA Reference Guide

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Radio-Television News Directors Association and Bonus Books, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 271 pages
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Need a quick answer to a question - or problem - that pops up while you're writing news? The answer is in this book. It's the first specific reference guide for broadcast newswriting. A tool chest for professionals, it's full of tips: tips about words - about writing, about language, about journalism.

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Contents

Write to the Point
1
Loopy Lapses and Sappy Synapses
12
Why?
17
The Writers Struggle
24
Rewriting Wire Copy
28
Righting Wrongs
32
Handle with Extreme Caution
43
Rereading Rethinking Rewriting
55
Chapter Page 24 Empty Vessels
166
Thou Shalt Not Give Orders
170
HedgeHopping
174
Accentuate the Positive
178
Can You Spot the Mistakes?
182
Perils of Polls Pollsters and Polling
189
You and
194
Transitions
201

Thou Shalt Not Bury a Verb in a Noun
59
Inglish
63
Missing Links
70
Be Your Own Editor
81
Verbless Sentences
99
TennisBall Writing
103
Writing TuneUps
107
A Second Look
123
Thou Shalt Not Scare Listeners
130
Dont Make a Long Story Too Short
137
Dial 911 for Help
144
No Headlinese Please
150
OneWord Openers
154
Looking for Trouble
158
As You Like It?
162
Remember Theyre Only HaZListening
206
News Is Not Us
210
Windy Scripts
214
Do Drop the Ball
218
A New Look at New Look
222
The Power of Short Words
228
The Worst 40
232
News Retardants
237
Sources? What Sources?
241
Exclusive
248
Whats Next?
252
About the Author
257
Index
259
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