chapter  21
Writing Television News
Pages 14

Television news writing is not radio with pictures. It has its own techniques. Apart from the skill of writing to pictures and sound, TV scripts are also laid out differently from those in radio. They have to carry more information. As well as the story, the TV script has to give details of what we see and/or what we hear and the duration of shots or sound/video events. A script written directly into a newsroom computer system will also carry vital information for an item to be automatically transmitted as well as captions and graphics.