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Better Broadcast Writing, Better Broadcast News by Greg Dobbs

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4

The Right Way to Write It

What You’ll Learn_________________

Now we’re getting away from the mechanics of writing a broadcast news story and into the idiosyncrasies. What does it mean when you’re told that someone is in “fair condition” at the hospital, as opposed to “serious condition”? When do you attribute facts to someone else and when do you simply present them without attribution? How can you possibly count all the people participating in a huge public demonstration?

This chapter is sort of a “catch-all” for lessons that didn’t logically fit into the chapters before it. It’s about the kinds of things that can jeopardize your credibility, not to mention your respect, if you get them wrong. Unlike simple rules such as “don’t abbreviate” ...

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