Course Brief

This is an introductory course on broadcast news reporting. The focus is on giving students an insight into the differences between broadcast and print news, while teaching them to write for the broadcast media. Since this is a short course, a lot will be covered during each session to ensure that you are equipped for the field of broadcast journalism.

Students are encouraged to read additional material and participate in class discussions.

  • This course is offered in 18 contact hours.
  • Session 1
    Review Syllabus
    Introduction to course
    Discuss objectives, requirements and group work
    Review differences between broadcast and print writing styles
  • Session 2
    Introduction to the broadcast news writing style (attribution, numbers, abbreviations, etc.)
  • Session 3
    How to select stories for broadcast
    Introduction to Radio news stories
  • Session 4
    What’s your lead? and how to “write conversationally”
    Introduction to news formats: the VO
  • Session 5
    Introduction to VO-SOT’s
    The importance of sound bites
  • Session 6
    Introduction to Packages…how to package a news story
  • Session 7
    Legal and ethical considerations of broadcast news
    Voicing (ct’d)
  • Session 8
    Projects due
    Review of selected topics
    Wrap up
LocationStart DateEnd DateDaysTimeModeCost
Trincity13-Apr-201925-May-2019Sat09:00AM – 12:00PMSAT$2250.00


  • Broadcasting and Journalism Short Courses

    Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or video content or other messages to a dispersed audience via any electronic mass communications medium, but typically one using the radio. Often paired, Journalism is the work and distribution of reports on the interaction of events, facts, ideas, and people that are the "news of the day" and that informs society.

    Our short courses in this area, are designed for persons who wish to enhance or develop their broadcasting and or journalistic skills.

    See the Course tab below for more details on our offerings.