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

In-House Reporting Resources...

Reporters: 8 reporters
8 writers
Specific beats: All generalists
Telephone interviews: Yes, “strong use”
Done through automatic system
Do you duplicate coverage of the wires? Depends
Police info: “Not police-oriented”
Bureaus: New Jersey
Long Island
Stringers, freelancers? 2 Long Island
1 New Jersey
1 writer
Versions of voicers: 1 voicer
1 wrap
2 actuality
Tape library: Yes
Long distance budget: Unlimited (WATS)
Influenced by competitors? “No”

Outside Sources...

Subscription services: 2 weather wires
Police wire
UPI: A, C, Br, State
AP: A, C, Br, State
Alternatives: None
Audio services: RKO
AP Radio
ABC Information
Line 1000
PR, politicians: “Nothing”
Daybooks: “They're phenomenal”
Newspapers: “Depends”
Traffic/transit: WOR Helicopter
Transit phone
Tips from trucking services


Open reels: 6 MCIs
Cart machines: 8
Different makes
Timers: Digital clock
Event timer
Phone: Automatic from desk
Cassette portables: Sony TC-110s
Sony TC-150s
Cassette decks: No
On-street mikes: EV 635a
Equalizers: If necessary
Broadcast lines to bureaus: No
Cart machines at each desk? Yes
Separate news studio? Yes

Writing Style...

Stylebook? No, use memos
Sound bite limits: :20 - :25
Story line limits: Generally 10 lines on non-leads
Grammar: Conservative, but bright
Use of 'straight wire copy': Sometimes

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About this report
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.