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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.

Surviving the Newsroom
Surviving the newsroom

By now, you've probably figured out that producers spend most of their time inside the newsroom. On some occasions, producers will go into the field to help with special on-location programs, but the day-to-day responsibilities of a newscast require the producer to work at the station. This is obviously the best way for producers to perform their assignments, communicate with other personnel, and make adjustments to the rundown.

But staying in the newsroom also has its disadvantages. Even though a producer works in a constantly changing environment, working in the same location day after day can get tedious. Newsrooms are open spaces, usually with desks instead of offices, and this kind of close confinement with coworkers can result in personality conflict. ...

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