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Excerpted from a radio news documentary by Martin Hardee, Fall, 1978.  

In-House Reporting Resources...

Reporters: 2 full-time outside
3 desk
Specific beats: All generalists
Telephone interviews: Yes, if necessary
Do you duplicate coverage of the wires? Depends
Police info: Check police wire, then call
Bureaus: No
Stringers, freelancers? No
Versions of voicers: Depends
Usually 1 plus an actuality
Tape library: No more “but we try to save some good material”
Long distance budget: Yes, “restrained”
Influenced by competitors? “No”

Outside Sources...

Subscription services: AP
UPI: Metro, Greater NY
Alternatives: None
Audio services: ABC Network
PR, politicians: Rarely
Daybooks: Yes “our eyes & ears”
Do you lift stories from newspapers? Not usually
Traffic/transit sources: Traffic desk
Transit phone
Any notable items on WOR & WCBS


Open reels: 2 Ampex
Cart machines: 2
Timers: Circular clock
Phone: 1 in newsroom
Cassette portables: Sony TC-110s
Cassette decks: No
On-street mikes: EV 635a
Equalizers: Yes
Broadcast lines to bureaus: n/a
Cart machines at each desk? Nearby
Separate news studio? Yes

Writing Style...

Stylebook? No, use memos
Sound bite limits: Informal
30 seconds
Story line limits: General
5 lines
Grammar: “No jargon”
Use of 'straight wire copy': Occasionally

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This research documentary is Copyright 1979, 2002  Martin Hardee - All Rights Reserved. (read more...) Material may be quoted or excerpted for non-profit research purposes without additional special permission. For additional information email martin @ hardee.net.