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

In-House Reporting Resources...

Reporters: 1 writer/anchor
Staff announcers
Specific beats: n/a
Telephone interviews: Almost no tape
Do you duplicate coverage of the wires? n/a
Police info: Wire
Bureaus: No
Stringers, freelancers? No
Versions of voicers: n/a
Tape library: n/a
Long distance budget: n/a
Influenced by competitors? “No”

Outside Sources...

Subscription services: AP: Natl Br, Metro Br
New York Times wire
Alternatives: None
Audio services: No
PR, politicians: No
Daybooks: Yes
Will you lift stories from newspapers? Yes
Traffic/transit: Sometimes the wire and “secret sources”


Open reels: n/a
Cart machines: n/a
Timers: Circular clock
Phone: Studio
Cassette portables: n/a
Cassette decks: n/a
On-street mikes: n/a
Equalizers: n/a
Broadcast lines to bureaus: n/a
Cart machines at each desk? n/a
Separate news studio? Yes

Writing Style...

Stylebook? No
Sound bite limits: Don't use, but a wire story would be limited to 1:15 – 1:30
Story line limits: Wire
Grammar: Formal. “We don't let the bars down”
Use of 'straight wire copy': A lot

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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.