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

In-House Reporting Resources...

Reporters: 3 full-time reporters,
3 reporters/anouncers
6 writers/producers
Specific beats: All generalists
Telephone interviews: Yes, “a good deal”
Recorded in the studio
Do you duplicate coverage of the wires? Yes
Police info: Check police wire, then call
Bureaus: None local, but use stringers
Stringers, freelancers? Connecticut,
Versions of voicers: 3 or 4
Tape library: Yes, but “not that good”
Long distance budget: WATS,
“win” line
Influenced by competitors? “No”

Outside Sources...

Subscription services: 2 weather wires
Police wire
UPI: A, C, Br
AP: A, C, Br New Jersey wire
Alternatives: None
Audio services: AP Radio
Line 1000
PR, politicians: “No handouts”
Daybooks: “Very important”
Newspapers: Yes. “If exclusive, we try to confirm. If we can't confirm then we attribute.
Traffic/transit: Monitor WCBS & WOR
MTA tunnel
Transit phone
Traffic desk


Open reels: 9 or 10
Different models
Cart machines: 16
Different makes
Timers: Digital clock
Phone: Recorded in studio
Cassette portables: Sony TC-110s
Cassette decks: Yes
On-street mikes: EV 635a
Equalizers: Yes
Broadcast lines to bureaus: No
Cart machines at each desk? Yes
Separate news studio? Yes

Writing Style...

Stylebook? Yes, “but needs revision”
Sound bite limits: “Short”
Usually :25, up to :52 sometimes
Story line limits: 18 lines
Grammar: “Coloquial”
Use of 'straight wire copy': “discouraged”

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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.