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.