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Better Broadcast Writing, Better Broadcast News by Greg Dobbs

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Part   IV

Finding Out What to Write

12

News Hunters and News Gatherers

What You’ll Learn_________________________

This chapter isn’t specifically about how to write for broadcast news. But without this chapter and what it teaches you, you may have nothing to write about. The best broadcast writer in America is powerless if she doesn’t know how to hunt down and gather the news.

It’s not rocket science; it’s really just a matter of using your natural human curiosity, and your capacity for persistence. Many people confronted with a news story wouldn’t know where to start. A plane crashes, a murder is discovered, a legislative bill is defeated, a baseball player is injured. Where do you go for information to write your story? How do you research ...

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