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Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing, 6th Edition by Frank Barnas

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CHAPTER 5

Beats, Spot News, and Reporting Assignments

CONTENTS

Introduction

Beats

Spot News

Summary

KEY WORDS

Beats

Business

Crime

Education

Entertainment

Environment

Health

Local Government

Military

Science and Technology

Sports

Spot News

Weather

INTRODUCTION

Reporters spend most of their careers covering spot news, which dominates the contents of all radio and TV newscasts. Spot news includes fires, accidents, holdups, and other incidents that occur every day, with varying frequency, in every city and town in the nation.

Chapter 1 discussed how stories are located for newscasts. Regardless of whether stories are planned, spontaneous, or enterprised, the newsroom must also decide who will cover a given assignment. In some situations, this ...

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