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Writing Broadcast News Shorter, Sharper, Stronger: A Professional Handbook Hardcover – November 30, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 321 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press College (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608714179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608714179
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dear Mr. Block, after graduation from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in political science in 1988, I decided to pursue television journalism. You were my teacher. Of course, you didn't know it because we've never talked or exchanged e-mails. Your book, Writing Broadcast News, taught me how to write and, more important, re-write. I still have a copy at my desk and have recommended it to dozens of people. I tell you this now, because I'm leaving for New York to accept a duPont Award, and I owe you a much overdue thank-you. (Jan. 20, 2009) --Doug Smith, investigative reporter, WTVT-TV, Tampa

Mervin Block is an old pro at television newswriting from whom anyone could learn a lot. I know I have. His clinic, criticism, and instruction offer the writer of news a wonderful opportunity for improvement. --Charles Kuralt, CBS News

In this age of text, tweet and 24-hour news channels, good writing is vanishing. That's what makes this book more important now than when first published in 1987. It's a classic. --Robert Mulholland, former president and CEO, NBC

About the Author

Mervin Block is a broadcast writing coach and author. He has written news at three television networks: as a staff writer for the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" and the "ABC Evening News with Frank Reynolds," and as a freelancer at NBC News. He has written news for Ed Bradley, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Douglas Edwards, Charles Kuralt, Roger Mudd, Edwin Newman, Charles Osgood, Dan Rather, Harry Reasoner, Frank Reynolds, Diane Sawyer, Bob Schieffer, Robert Trout and Mike Wallace. Block teaches newswriting workshops at TV and radio newsrooms around the country. In 2004, the Chicago Press Veterans Association chose him as Press Veteran of the Year.

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This book is excellent, it is well written, and fun.
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This is a great book for anyone looking to write news or brush up on their skills.
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Tells you how to keep it brief and punchy, and does it with a sense of humor.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rosiland jordan on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ten years ago, I had the privilege of taking introductory radio writing from Mr. Block while earning my master's degree in journalism at Columbia University. If memory serves, Mr. Block also revisited my spring semester radio news course as a guest editor and instructor. He was a tough and fair instructor -- one of the many highlights of my year at 116th and Broadway.
Mr. Block's book has been indispensible to me ever since. Every so often, I reread a chapter to keep my writing fresh, and to jolt me out of the workaday rut so many reporters and anchors inhabit. Television news works on two levels, the words and the pictures, and it is a challenge and an art to make the two levels work together!
Whether you're a journalism 101 student or a seasoned professional, it never hurts to have this book on your desk (and occasionally at home!). Your viewers, producers, photographers, and managers will thank you!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
To paraphrase Mr. Block, "if newswriting is easy, then you're doing something wrong." This book is for the lover of action verbs and simple words. You're taught to think and to see the beauty of simple writing. And if you want to be GOOD, you must learn to TELL a story. After you read this book, the news will likely not sound the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book should be required for every broadcast writing class. I have learned so much from just the first chapter alone, that it has even changed the way I write personal notes. Thanks Mr. Block for inspiring those of us who want to be great writers instead of celebrity newswriters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rocchio on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the bible of broadcast news writing. Well organized. I'm a 25 year veteran of broadcast news and I still find information in this book that improves my writing and reporting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Better than Block's first edition. I like what he had done with this and I found it useful and even enjoyed reading it. Get it for your reference desk.
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