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Writing for broadcast
Writing for broadcast
Writing for broadcast
Writing for broadcast
Writing for broadcast
Writing for broadcast
Writing for broadcast
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Writing for broadcast

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  • 1. Writing for Broadcast No. It’s not the same as print.
  • 2. Write the way you speak• Remember: You are communicating with one person at a time the way you would talk to a friend or family member• Reverse engineering: Think about how you talk, then write with a similar vocabulary, syntax, grammar, and cadence.
  • 3. How to Sound Like a Real Person• Say your sentences before you write them down• Don’t use words in a recording that you wouldn’t say at other times• Don’t use syntax that does not occur naturally• Use the present progressive tense: clock is striking midnight, people are sipping coffee. Pretend you have a person on the phone to whom you’re describing exactly what’s going on.
  • 4. How to Sound Like a Real Person• Put the attribution before the quote• Simple sentences: Simple structure. One idea per sentence. Subject, verb, direct object.• Avoid generalities: many people think, studies show• Make scripts reflect colloquial speech• Easy on the titles
  • 5. How to Sound Like a Real Person• Get rid of the passive voice• Get rid of the hypothetical questions: Have you ever wondered?• Remember the audience is made up of listeners, not readers• Watch out for grammatical errors: The letter describing the four separate studies reads like a mystery novel.
  • 6. How to Sound Like a Real Person• Avoid needless repetition of words• Get rid of clichés, acronyms, superfluous names and numbers• Spell out foreign words or hard-to- pronounce so you won’t trip yourself up as you read.
  • 7. Writing for Broadcast No. It’s not the same as print.

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