• Radio Report | Writing for Audio | The News Story

    When you are writing for audio, with it is a news story or an introduction to someone else, the writing
    • must be clear
    • must be for the ear (to be heard, not read)
      • short words
      • short sentences, one idea or fact per sentence
      • simple sentence structure
      • SUBJECT > VERB > PREDICATE > PERIOD
      • pronounceable words
      • use of contractions
      • casual but not informal
      • efficient – make every word count active voice
    • must be written to time – how long does it take to say it
    • must be written to be spoken
    Learning to speak/record audio journalism (yourself) Part of audio journalism means you have to learn to do it – that is, to speak it.
    • using proper English
    • speaking in complete sentences, complete thoughts•
    • clarity (enunciation)
    • logical (coherence)
    • pace – speaking slowly enough to be understood, fast enough to be interesting
    • practice, practice, practice (seriously)
    • speaking with confidence, eliminating uhs, y’knows and that other word
    Clarity, clarity, clarity Above all else, you must learn to speak in a way that people hear what you’re saying and understand it. Learn not to speak so slowly that you are boring or so quickly that listeners don’t hear the words and syllables. Personality And after you get some practice and confidence, learn to insert some personality into your recordings by varying the tone and inflexions.

    Radio Report | Writing for Audio | The News Story