Basic Radio Journalism is a working manual and practical guide to the tools and techniques necessary to succeed in radio journalism. It will be useful both to students starting a broadcasting career as well as experienced journalists wishing to develop and expand their skills.

Based on the popular Local Radio Journalism, this book covers the core skills of news gathering, writing, interviewing, reporting and reading with extensive hints and tips. It outlines working practices in both BBC and commercial radio. There are revamped legal and technical sections as well as a new chapter on the journalist as programme producer. For the student, there is extensive advice about getting a job, marketing yourself and dealing with job interviews.

The Foreword is by Lord Ryder of Wensum, vice chairman of the BBC.

chapter 1|8 pages

The structure of UK radio

chapter 2|16 pages

Working in radio

chapter 3|25 pages

News gathering

chapter 4|21 pages

News writing

chapter 5|11 pages

News bulletins

chapter 6|21 pages

News presentation

chapter 7|22 pages


chapter 8|15 pages


chapter 9|10 pages

News reporting

chapter 10|21 pages

Newsdesk management

chapter 11|20 pages

Legalities 172


chapter 13|7 pages

Small newsrooms

chapter 14|9 pages

Programme production

chapter 15|26 pages

Specialized programming