Broadcast News Producing is one of the first comprehensive texts in its field. While until now most broadcast journalism textbooks have been geared toward students who want careers on-camera, Broadcast News Producing goes behind the camera to teach students the hows and whys of putting together compelling news programs for television, radio, and the Internet. This text lays the groundwork for good producing, giving the reader an insider's perspective on newsroom structure and the producer's role. It takes students step-by-step through the producing process, providing a guide to putting together a successful newscast.

Producing Today's News
Producing today's news

There are certainly basic skills involved in producing, and those will be discussed in later chapters. Such skills can usually be learned quickly and with a little practice. But good producers have more than just the basic skills of putting together a show. They also understand the “big picture” of producing: how to create an effective newscast given the realities of today's broadcast news environment. Understanding the current broadcast environment is important because it has evolved drastically over the years and continues to undergo major changes.

The Evolution of News Production

If you have ever looked at a tape of a news show from the 1950s, you know that television news has changed dramatically over the past several decades. Even going back ...

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