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Better Broadcast Writing, Better Broadcast News by Greg Dobbs

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Even More Ways for Radio

 

What You’ll Learn_________________________

Radio is a pure medium. What this means is, you have to capture the listener with only one tool: sound. That probably sounds limiting but it isn’t. Sound is sound, but how you edit, package, and present it can make every piece different. Sometimes it might seem that the reporter’s voice is the most effective way to convey the facts. Sometimes the words of the newsmaker do it best. Sometimes it’s the sounds recorded at the scene of the story itself—the bulldozer knocking down a house, the water rushing under the bridge, the woman screaming on the balcony.

Within those categories of sound, you have a variety of options. If you choose just the reporter’s voice, do you want ...

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