1st Edition

Viewer Friendly TV Journalism

Authors: Nancy Holm
Print ISBN: 9780124160378
eBook ISBN: 9780123914729
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 17th January 2012
Page Count: 136


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Developed from the established traditions of print and radio journalism, television journalism has often failed to reach its potential to develop away from these other media. However, because of the synthesis of words, pictures, and sound, television journalism has the ability to shift from simply reporting the news to weaving stories. In Fascination, veteran television journalist Nancy Graham Holm incorporates years in the field and extensive teaching experience to produce an instructive and entertaining guide to all aspects of television journalism. With a dual focus on aesthetics and technique, this book instructs the reader on the best way to use visuals and sound, different reporting techniques, and appropriate behaviour for journalists. Each chapter benefits from real-world examples and helpful tips to guide the reader through each stage of television journalism. This book is an excellent guide for those wanting to start a career in television journalism as well as seasoned professionals wishing to gain a new perspective.

Key Features

  • Provides technical and practical examples of television journalism
  • Written in accessible, clear language
  • Contains a focus on television aesthetics as well as technical knowledge


Media Studies Students, Television Journalists and Producers

Table of Contents

1: An Overview

2: Sound

3: Articulate Pictures

4: Deciding the Story’s Treatment

5: Features

6: Top Down Information-Based Reports

7: Eye Level People Stories

8: Words vs. Pictures

9: Using Interviews

10: Role of the TV Journalist

11: Long Stories

12: Ethical Considerations for Eye Level Documentaries


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About the Author

Nancy Holm

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Danish School of Media and Journalism


"It is an excellent piece of work. I especially like the ‘applied’ character in which every theory is backed up by several easy-to-understand examples. It is an extremely well written, intelligent and highly useful work... applying a brilliant pedagogy to make a difficult subject easy to read and comprehend."--Herbert Zettl, Sight Sound Motion and Video Basics

"This book contributes vital insights into the reporting and storytelling processes unique to television. Readers will also discover perspectives and practices that some of the world’s leading television journalists use to make their medium more relevant, original and interesting."--Fred Shook, Television News Writing and Television Field Production and Reporting