Monday, 29 June 2009

[creative-radio] Basics of writing for radio news broadcasts

Basics of writing for radio news broadcasts
Posted on: 26/06/2009 Broadcast journalism

Even though commercial radio broadcasting has been around for less than a
century, radio listeners have come to expect their newscasts to be written
in a particular way. Learning about broadcast sentence-structure is one of
the foundations for developing effective skills at radio newswriting.

For more information, go to

Newswriting for Radio

Welcome to, the Newswriting for Radio website. The
Newswriting for Radio website is an online tutorial on the craft of radio
journalism, with particular attention to the writing of news scripts.
Since 1996, has been providing creative suggestions and
ideas to radio news reporters, writers and anchors, as well as to
broadcast journalism students around the world.


This website is intended for those who are early in their radio careers,
whether in a first or second job or still in college or an internship. The
pages assume some experience in radio, but visitors unfamiliar with some
of the terminology may consult a small glossary. Although the Newswriting
for Radio website has been extensively used in college journalism courses,
the website is not meant to replace a broadcast newswriting textbook. The
Newswriting for Radio website is a supplement to coursework, and
especially to on-the-job experience.

The site is organized into four major sections. In The Basics, you learn
fundamental lessons and characteristics of broadcast newswriting. Three
different newscast formats are examined in The Styles. You'll examine some
of the questions surrounding what deserves coverage in the section on News
Judgment. Finally, The Newsroom teaches you about creating an organized
environment that allows you to be better prepared for stories. There's
also a collection of links to other radio journalism websites.

Listen to this script! On several of the pages, sample news scripts are
accompanied on the right side of the page by the speaker symbol (shown on
the right side of this paragraph). The appearance of the symbol next to a
script indicates that you can listen to a sound file (in the WAV format)
containing the words of the script. Listening to these files will allow
you to hear and practice the patterns of voice modulation regularly used
in radio newscasts. Just click on the symbol to hear the script.

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