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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 for Television
Producing for television

We've already discussed several television news producing strategies, including stacking, blocking, and putting together a completed rundown (see chapter 3). These strategies are quite common for the 30-minute (Table 5.1) or 60-minute television newscast format that has become standard at most stations around the country.

Table 5.1 Standard 30-Minute Television Newscast Format
ElementTime
Open:30
First news block6:00
(Break)2:00
Second news block5:00
(Break)2:00
Weather3:00
Health or news story2:00
(Break)2:00
Sports3:00
(Break)2:00
Kicker2:00
Close:30
Note: Stations will, obviously, tailor the news format to fit their particular circumstances, but most stations use some variant of this rundown. For a longer 1-hour show, stations often extend the length of the news blocks, add additional news blocks, or extend the time given to weather and sports. A 1-hour show might also include special segments on consumer news, politics, community interest, ...
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