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'This is a superb book which combines the rare mixture of high quality
information with humour. The style of writing engages the reader from the
introduction and the experience and insight of the author occasionally makes it
difficult to put down, a rare feature of a textbook. I would unreservedly
recommend this book not only to those studying journalism but to students of
language and all who use the spoken and written word as the ‘materials’ of
their work.' Barry Turner, Nottingham Trent University
'Rick Thompson's guidance manual is packed with advice to would-be writers
for this medium. He's someone with years of experience at the top level of the
national and international profession, and he's smack up to date with his
references. The book is aimed at journalists, but anyone with a serious
interest in developing their literacy will learn a lot about professional
writing skills from what he has to say.' Roy Johnson, www.mantex.co.uk
Writing for Broadcast Journalists guides readers through the significant
differences between the written and the spoken versions of journalistic
English. It will help broadcast journalists at every stage of their careers to
avoid such pitfalls as the use of newspaper-English, common linguistic errors,
and Americanised phrases, and gives practical advice on accurate terminology
and pronunciation, while encouraging writers to capture the immediacy of the
spoken word in their scripts.
Writing for Broadcast Journalists includes:
practical tips on how to avoid ‘journalese’, clichés and jargon guidance on
tailoring your writing style to suit a particular audience advice on converting
agency copy into spoken English writing to television pictures examples of
scripts from some of the best in the business an appendix of ‘dangerous’ words
and phrases to be avoided in scripts.