Basic Radio Journalism is a working manual and practical guide to the tools and techniques necessary to succeed in radio journalism. It will be useful both to students starting a broadcasting career as well as experienced journalists wishing to develop and expand their skills.
Based on the popular Local Radio Journalism, this book covers the core skills of news gathering, writing, interviewing, reporting and reading with extensive hints and tips. It outlines working practices in both BBC and commercial radio. There are revamped legal and technical sections as well as a new chapter on the journalist as programme producer. For the student, there is extensive advice about getting a job, marketing yourself and dealing with job interviews.
The Foreword is by Lord Ryder of Wensum, vice chairman of the BBC.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; The structure of UK radio; Working in radio; News gathering; News writing; News bulletins; News presentation; Technicalities; Interviewing; News reporting; Newsdesk management; Legalities; Newsroom management; Small newsrooms; Programme production; Specialized programming; Glossary
"Even if you are a complete beginner in radio, this is a guide that will give you a thorough understanding of everything from production techniques to creative skills."
"This book will ensure that no reader will feel out of place when they get that highly sought opportunity of work experience at a professional station... You'll be well prepared if you're left in the hot seat!"
Reviews of 'Local Radio Journalism':
"As a journalist and a former student of print journalism this book made the transfer over the mediums very easy for me."
5-star reader review, Amazon.co.uk
"A good start for those wishing to begin a career on radio journalism and for journalists wishing to transfer from the written word to the spoken word."
The Broadcaster's Q Sheet
"The ideal starter for beginners to radio journalism. Useful for students on journalism courses, practising journalists wishing to extend their skills, personnel on hospital or other small radio stations."
Voice of the Listener & Viewer newsletter
"The hands on experience of the authors shows through. They understand the job's daily frustrations...Its brevity is its strength."
"The ultimate guide for how to be a radio journalist... The next best thing to doing it for real"