Quotes and punctuation

protesting the murder of george floyd
Protesting the murder of George Floyd. Photo: Ted Eytan/CC/Flickr

BY DEB BAUER

Last week we practised our news writing skills. Each story we write ultimately improves our technique. There are many theories to master in the art of writing. Your job is to practice, practise, practice.

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Week 7 Newsroom (14/9): News vs feature writing

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Photo: “newspaper” by dweinberger is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

BY RUTH BERAN

We’re going to delve a bit deeper today into news writing vs feature writing style.

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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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