Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Digital TV and Radio Journalism

Main Topics of Study

News and News Values

  • The broadcast industries – history and development
  • Broadcast news – radio
  • Broadcast news TV
  • Differences between print and text news
  • The changing media landscape – broadcasting to narrow casting
  • Greater choice, smaller audiences
  • Demographics
  • Audience research

Writing for Broadcast

  • Conversational English
  • Right choice of words
  • Style guides
  • Accuracy and attribution
  • Short words and short phrases
  • Avoiding cliches, jargon and officialise
  • Officialise
  • Short forms and abbreviations
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • Hype
  • Numbers

The Interview

  • What’s the story?
  • Why the interview?
  • Research and background
  • Approaching an interviewee
  • Picking the location
  • Interview techniques
  • The two way

The Bulletin

  • The five Ws
  • The personal angle
  • Deciding priorities and item lengths
  • Ordering

The Voice and the Voicer

  • Reading the news
  • Articulation and enunciation
  • Voice care
  • Reading speeds
  • Posture and breathing

The Package

  • Finding the story
  • Research and evaluation of content
  • Longer form and extended artefacts

Pictures and Visual

  • Preparation
  • Equipment
  • Selecting the right location
  • Framing the shot and shot selection
  • Graphics
  • Astons, foot of frames
  • Photographs and still images
  • User generated content

Broadcast Sound

  • Sound recording
  • Microphones
  • Ambient sound
  • Creating a sound image or soundscape
  • Wildtracks
  • Music
  • Phone interviews
  • Down the line

Radio Technologies

  • Editing techniques
  • Editing software
  • Radio studios
  • Content management
  • Playout systems
  • Music recording and multi tracking

Television Technologies

  • Cameras
  • Recording media
  • Sound
  • Microphones
  • Video editing software systems
  • The television studio
  • Chromakey and greenscreen technology
  • Virtual studios
  • Traditional studio playout systems
  • File server based content management and playout systems
  • Studio and location prompting systems

Research

  • Internet research – beyond Google
  • Picture and film archives
  • Libraries and text
  • Building contacts, note taking and keeping record

Presenting on Radio

  • Bulletins
  • News magazines
  • Current affairs programmes
  • Music and entertainment
  • Live sequences
  • Phone-ins
  • Music scheduling, formats and branding
  • Presentation styles

Presenting on Television

  • Bulletins
  • News magazines
  • Current affairs programmes
  • Music and entertainment
  • Presenting on location
  • Pieces to camera
  • Studio presentation
  • Vocal skills and voice care

Audio Visual Material on the Web

  • Adapting and reversioning traditional broadcast material
  • Presenting audio and video material on the web – reports and features
  • Text, headlines and intros
  • Audio clips
  • Video clips
  • Headline, links and introductions
  • Online software content management systems – Dreamweaver, Flash
  • Blogging
  • Vlogging
  • Interactivity
  • Feedback

Legal and Physical Constraints

  • Reporting from hazardous environments
  • Risk assessment procedures
  • Health and safety in the studio, office and on location
  • Image rights
  • Copyright
  • Release forms
  • Online regulation
  • International law

Career Development and Employability

  • Employment opportunities for the multi skilled multi platform journalism
  • Further career development
  • Training opportunities

Recommended Reading

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The Broadcast Journalism Handbook - Hudson, Gary & Rowlands, Sarah (2006) (MacMillan)

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Interviewing for Radio -  Beaman, Jim ( 2000) – (Routledge)

Presenting on TV and Radio - Trewin, Janet (2003) – ( Focal Press)

Broadcast Journalism: Techniques of Radio and Television

News Techniques of Television News - Boyd, Andrew (Revised Edition Feb – 2008) - (Focal Press)

Radio In Context - Starkey, Guy (2004) (Palgrave Macmillan)