Write short news for radio
BBC senior editor Laura Barrow says you need to understand the story about the narrative, and avoid using numbers, the words that are glaring when broadcasting.
Understand the news which was given
According to Laura Barrow, there are some important factors you must consider if you want to write well. Perhaps the most important question is: do you understand what you are writing? If you don’t understand the story yourself, how does the audience understand?
Release your imagination
The short newsletter must make the audience really want to listen to the full report. Try to be creative; don’t always follow the path. You can add creativity in many ways: add a quote, use more colors, add historical context.
Use simple language
Avoid using jargon, clichés. We do not need them because the language is very rich. And be careful not to use too many adjectives, too many numbers, because these things just make the audience confused. Every word in the newsletter must have its role.
The first row of the story is very important. It’s an opportunity for you to attract audiences – drag them in, tell them stories: ‘Listen, we have this important to tell you.’ For the news about the bombing. or a murder case, the event information has already described it. But sometimes, there is not always a clear line to start a story that has touched people for so long. For example, on the day Radovan Karadzic appeared in front of the Tribunal of War in Hague – we know this is going to happen, so we find a way to make this story a little lively and here’s how:
“It’s over when you left your beard and bushy hair to hide your background and also to avoid arrest by United Nations prosecutors. On the contrary, it is now a clean, bearded Radovan Karadzic, thin, wearing a dark-black suit with tie, appearing in front of the Hague Crime Court. ”
The values of a radio news
The writing style must follow all the values of the radio news. It is objective, impartial, and accurate – these are very important characteristics to keep the independence. When you are reporting a story, do you include all the subjects involved? Regardless of which political parties or factions are fighting.
As a journalist, we must watch out for the “report”. Parties must be political and pressure groups all have their own agenda, but we must not overlook their message. For example, when we received a press release from the UK Department of Transportation, it was announced that the state was about to issue a contract to build the tram line. We believe in the direction that this is good news for Britain because many people will keep jobs and even new jobs will be created. But just a few hours later it was announced that the contract was handed to a consortium that included a Japanese company, and a British company called Bombardier in Derby was rejected.
You are responsible for your products. Your journalist’s reputation depends on whether you are doing it right or not. It is not good to collage from a short message before or from a website. Always check clearly your data.