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

In-House Reporting Resources...

Reporters: 1 reporter
2 writer/anchors
2 assistants
Specific beats: All generalists
Telephone interviews: Yes, in studio
Do you duplicate coverage of the wires? Often
Police info: From wire, but verify
Bureaus: No
Stringers, freelancers? No
Versions of voicers: Depends
Tape library: Yes
Long distance budget: Yes, “almost open-ended”
Influenced by competitors? “No”

Outside Sources...

Subscription services: AP: Metro Br, Natl Br
Alternatives: None
Audio services: Mutual
PR, politicians: Depending
Daybooks: Yes
Newspapers: Any time
Traffic/transit: Off wire


Open reels: 2 Ampex
Cart machines: Multiple
Timers: Event clock
Phone: In studio
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
Sound bite limits: General :45
Story line limits: No
Grammar: Informal “like real people”
Use of 'straight wire copy': Rarely. 'Not if it can be helped”

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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.