Writing for Electronic Media
Copyright Year: 2017
Publisher: Rebus Community
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For anyone who is unfamiliar with the news field or needs a refresher, this is a good Open Educational Resource to use. It is simple but detailed. read more
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the news field or needs a refresher, this is a good Open Educational Resource to use. It is simple but detailed.
The content is accurate, but there was an issue. In the producing chapter written by another author, the number of blocks utilized in a newscast is a good breakdown. Include an example of the rundown to show how three blocks would work. The visual element will eliminate any confusion. However, when both weather and sports are included in a show, clarify that not every market only has three blocks. In a 30-35 minute newscast with three blocks and two breaks, anchors could be potentially on-air for 15 to 20 minutes straight. This is good for ratings, but it may not be the best practice when keeping viewers in mind.
Very relevant and up-to-date with incorporating various social media platforms and using backpacks for live shots.
One element to keep reminding readers is every newsroom is different in how they operate. For example, in the section on Ethics in Chapter 15, instructors need to refer to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. However, make it clear every market is different.
The information in this book is very unified.
Very easy to incorporate into a classroom setting.
The organization flows very well together.
In the section on PKGs, video examples did not play, and the links were broken. This chapter had several interface issues.
No grammatical issues.
No offensive language or visuals were used.
This book gives an excellent overview of the news field. As someone with 10 years of professional news experience, this text hits all of the boxes. It would be a great source for someone new to teaching news and who has never worked in the field. It would even provide a nice refresher, reinforcing what I already teach my students.
COMPREHESIVENESS: This textbook is a thorough overview of a television broadcast newsroom and daily operations with a section on radio included. The first-hand accounts that worked for the broadcast journalist author throughout the book are a... read more
This textbook is a thorough overview of a television broadcast newsroom and daily operations with a section on radio included. The first-hand accounts that worked for the broadcast journalist author throughout the book are a bonus and provides great insight into the topics. The guest authors also provided relevant information to the industry.
The textbook was a very accurate look inside the newsroom and the position descriptions, duties, expectations and challenges of each.
The book covers the day to day operations of the newsroom. The main author explains that news gathering technology will constantly be changing and realizes updates will need to be made as time moves on, with changes in social media being one of those.
The topics and chapters are easy to understand and comprehensive. The author shares production tips that have worked in the past for him and could save newsroom newcomers from possible obstacles in the future.
Industry terms and references are accurate and consistent. Small market TV stations often have reporters doing many of these duties each day all in one shift and the author recognizes that different market sizes will have an impact on duties and specialty skills performed.
The chapters are understandable, readable and not too detailed. The 16 chapters cover the major items inside a newsroom and especially chapter 12 Working with Photographers as a team is spot on. The final chapter on the job market and how to enter or get started is information that is very accurate. At least at smaller newsroom operations, the internship allows the student to see what they may like to pursue in the future while at the same time showcasing their own talents. Gaining experience is important and an internship opportunity does just that.
The textbook does a good job outlining the chapters and positions behind the scenes that others outside the industry might not know about. Good flow to the information in the textbook and reviews important industry topics.
The textbook images and video examples all looked good and showed no distortions. The video examples were an added bonus and additional video and audio segments would have been welcomed and could enhance the textbook even more and provide even greater insight to the topics being addressed.
The textbook contains no grammatical errors. The author and editors did a fine job with that.
Culture: Overall the text was very inclusive. A couple reporter references in chapter 10 live shots could have been more gender neutral in the live shot and IFB sections.
The textbook would be a very good tool to use for a broadcast journalism class. While it does have only one chapter about radio it is very accurate as well. Market size plays a large part in these newsroom positions and the smaller the station and market the more you will be doing each of these duties every day inside a newsroom and on social media. The first-person accounts and real-life stories by the author add an additional element that a starting journalist could and would appreciate. The ethics section is very important topic of course. I was glad to see the author reference the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics in this textbook. The video examples were a bonus but if the textbook had additional videos or radio/audio/podcast examples it would enhance even more this accurate look into television and radio newsroom operations.
The text covers a full range of topics on writing for television, but spends only one chapter on radio and does not address the use of cross-over mediums such as podcasts or websites. The authors are all working in the industry, and provide... read more
The text covers a full range of topics on writing for television, but spends only one chapter on radio and does not address the use of cross-over mediums such as podcasts or websites. The authors are all working in the industry, and provide behind the scene terminology and anecdotes, which students will find both useful and entertaining. A glossary is provided and key terms are defined as necessary in each chapter.
The main author continues to work in the industry and is a trusted and reliable source of information. Contributors are also industry workers and provide detail and perspective in specific chapters.
The author spends considerable time providing information for a "typical" news broadcast, but provides only a few paragraphs detailing breaking news and how to write or load breaking news into the stack. There is also little information concerning the cross connection between social media and mainstream platforms, a rapidly growing aspect for a news-seeking audience.
As a person who has worked his way up in the industry, the author is able to clearly provide information, explain jargon, and show the process behind creating and producing news content. At times, the writing is a bit too simplistic for a college text, and the book reads much like a narrative story combined with a technical manual rather than a higher education text.
The book makes use of industry jargon and uses each term and phrase appropriately throughout the text. Once or twice, industry terms were introduced without explanation, and were covered in subsequent chapters.
Most chapters are able to stand alone when reading, and each chapter builds upon the previous. There are a few times when an industry term is mentioned, but not fully explained until later, which could confuse students in an introductory course. Most chapters are short and well divided, although multiple examples of the same issue was sometimes slightly tedious.
The text, with few exceptions, builds upon information provided previously. There is a logical flow to the information provided, from an overview at the start, to chronologically organized chapters about building a news story. Side remarks may be slightly distracting to some readers, as the book is conversational and prone to feel more like storytelling.
Images and videos help to exemplify the information being provided. They are timely and work within the text itself, rather than having to follow a link to an outside source. This was extremely helpful and allowed for contiguous reading of each chapter.
No grammatical errors were found in the text.
The text is inclusive, and although refers to photographers as male, this is an industry reality addressed by the text.
The text would be useful for an introduction to television journalism course. While it is very narrative at times, and unlike a typical higher education textbook, it provides insight about the television news industry. I would have liked to have seen more concrete information about news writing, and while news writing structure and tips are discussed, a bit more focus on this topic would have been helpful. The text provides no exercises or study questions to supplement chapters.
Table of Contents
- 1. The Newsroom
- 2. Leads
- 3. Common Mistakes
- 4. Interviewing
- 5. VOs
- 6. VOSOTs
- 7. PKGs
- 8. Producing
- 9. Teases and Promos
- 10. Live Shots
- 11. Social Media
- 12. Working With Photographers
- 13. Radio
- 14. Sports
- 15. Motivation and Ethics
- 16. The Job Market
About the Book
Welcome to Writing for Electronic Media, an OER textbook. OER stands for Open Educational Resource, which means it’s free for all who access. Since it is electronic, I will do what I can to keep it updated with the changing media. People’s viewing habits are changing as they migrate to mobile sources, social media, and kitten videos.Television News is still a dominant #1 source, and radio is still the safest way to stay informed in your car. Hopefully, you already have some journalism background. This book does not teach the who, what, when, where, why, and how of reporting; its goal is to teach how to present the journalism you already know via electronic media, primarily television.
About the Contributors
Brian Champagne,Utah State University, he started his career 1988 at KGET (NBC) in Bakersfield, California. He then worked at KEYT (ABC) in the Santa Barbara station’s Santa Maria Bureau. After building up a photographer’s resume under renowned photographer Herb Tuyay, he went on to KTXL (Fox) in Sacramento. He worked with some great reporters there, and started his on-camera work reporting on the Automotive Beat. He also promoted to Chief Photographer, supervising a staff of nine. After ten years in Sacramento he was hired to staff the KUTV (CBS) Utah County Bureau in the Salt Lake City market. He took some time out from news to work on a college sports show and do corporate video and commercials before going back to KUTV and resuming his Automotive reporting once a week. Now full-time at USU, he does fill-in shifts at Salt Lake City affiliates, shoots news video for affiliates and networks, and produces a weekly automotive news segment for KSTU (Fox).