Week 6 (19/3): Media structures and ownership – who owns what?

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Start of the Murdoch empire

Who owns what

Concentration of media ownership

Guidelines on media control

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Week 1 (10/2): Introduction to Writing

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BY MARK GATELY

Welcome to Writing

Writing is a simple word that encompasses many meanings, even when restricted to the world of journalism, and, when it’s done right, is both a craft AND an art.

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Week 6 (8/9): Recap week

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BY DEB BAUER

Last week we practised writing for the ears. We learnt about the structure of writing for radio and television concentrating on the narrative elements for audio stories. Today we will continue to apply what we have learnt.

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Week 5 (2/9): Writing for broadcast news

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Al Jazeera English newsroom. Photo: Paul Keller/CC/flickr

BY MARK GATELY

Class discussion: How do you interact with TV and Radio news?

Elements used in TV news:

    • A script written by the reporter
    • On-location footage featuring the reporter and interviewees
    • Video footage supplied by a cameraman
    • Audio recorded by the reporter (narration and interviews with sources/witnesses)
    • Still images and graphic images (tables/charts/cartoons etc)
    • A news anchor/presenter

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Week 5 (1/9): Narrative elements for audio stories

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BY DEB BAUER

Last week we looked at the structure of hard news stories in News Writing Fundamentals.  Today we will study the structure of writing for radio and television concentrating on the narrative elements for audio stories. Principally it is essential to keep in mind we are writing predominantly for the ears.

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