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Directing and Producing for Television, 4th Edition by Ivan Cury

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chapter nine

News

To understand the basics of directing and producing news programs, it’s important to be familiar with what is known in television production as the “wraparound” format. In the wraparound format, someone leads in to and out of story packages. On a news broadcast, the story packages contain the news. Reporters and newscasters lead in to and out of the stories; their comments give them added dimension. Often their taste and judgment are accepted as representing the station’s point of view to the community. On other wraparound programs, such as 20/20, 60 Minutes, or most of the musical portions of MTV, the hosts, narrators, commentators, or even salespersons may have similar program functions, but their messages are not as timely, ...

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