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

In-House Reporting Resources...

Reporters: 6 reporter/writers
2 editors
Specific beats: All generalists
Telephone interviews: “Very few”
Must be recorded by engineer
Do you duplicate coverage of the wires? Yes, depends
Police info: Check police wire, then call
Bureaus: No
Stringers, freelancers? No
Versions of voicers: Depends, sometimes will do different versions
Tape library: Yes, very limited
Long distance budget: “Not much”
Influenced by competitors? “No”

Outside Sources...

Subscription services: AP: National Br, Metro Br
UPI: Greater NY
Access to weather
Access to NBC network
Alternatives: None
Audio services: NBC Network
PR, politicians: No pre-edited material
Daybooks: Yes
Newspapers: Yes, but with attribution
Traffic/transit: Traffic desk
Transit phone
“Not above taking items from WOR & WCBS”


Open reels: 12
Cart machines: 4
Timers: Circular clock
Circular event timer
Phone: To nearby recorders
Cassette portables: Sony TC-142,
Cassette decks: No
On-street mikes: EV 635a
Equalizers: Yes
Broadcast lines to bureaus: n/a
Cart machines at each desk? “there used to be”
Separate news studio? No

Writing Style...

Stylebook? Basic book, seldom used
Sound bite limits: Generally...
Actuality: :20
Voicer: :30
Wrap: :40
Story line limits: General
Grammar: “No gum-chewing image”
Use of 'straight wire copy': Sometimes

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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.