Basic Radio Journalism is a working manual and practical guide to the tools and techniques necessary to succeed in radio journalism. It will be useful both to students starting a broadcasting career as well as experienced journalists wishing to develop and expand their skills. Based on the popular Local Radio Journalism, this book covers the core skills of news gathering, writing, interviewing, reporting and reading with extensive hints and tips. It outlines working practices in both BBC and commercial radio. There are revamped legal and technical sections as well as a new chapter on the journalist as programme producer. For the student, there is extensive advice about getting a job, marketing yourself and dealing with job interviews. The Foreword is by Lord Ryder of Wensum, vice chairman of the BBC.

Key Features

* A manual and handbook for working journalists and an ideal starter textbook for radio journalism and media students * Written by two experienced journalists and trainers * Includes the latest digital production techniques as well as scores of practical hints and tips covering the core skills of radio journalism


Undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students taking broadcasting and radio courses.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; The structure of UK radio; Working in radio; News gathering; News writing; News bulletins; News presentation; Technicalities; Interviewing; News reporting; Newsdesk management; Legalities; Newsroom management; Small newsrooms; Programme production; Specialized programming; Glossary


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© 2003
Focal Press
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"Even if you are a complete beginner in radio, this is a guide that will give you a thorough understanding of everything from production techniques to creative skills." Writers' News "This book will ensure that no reader will feel out of place when they get that highly sought opportunity of work experience at a professional station... You'll be well prepared if you're left in the hot seat!" ON AIR