This exciting and comprehensive text takes students, trainees and professionals into the world of the modern-day newsroom, covering both key techniques and theory in detail. The second edition has been revised and updated to include all the technical, regulatory and theoretical advances in recent broadcast custom and practice and is influenced by newsrooms around the country.

Main features:

  • Complete coverage of all the key skills: news gathering, interviewing, writing and story-telling, live/location-reporting, online, editing, graphics and presentation.
  • Expert advice and contributions from leading broadcast journalists from the BBC, ITV and Sky News.
  • The Essential Guide, a section on how to get a job, the law and an up-to-date glossary of broadcasting terms.
  • Workshops and Exercises, which provides the opportunity to practise key skills.
  • Case Study, A Closer Look and Thinkpiece boxes help put the theory into context.
  • Remember and Tip boxes summarise key concepts and offer guidance.
  • A DVD demonstrating filming techniques and editing ideas.

New for the second edition:

  • Greater emphasis on online elements of broadcast journalism and the role of social media in news gathering.
  • A focus on the interactive nature of the contemporary news process - how to find user-generated content, empower audiences and engage listeners and viewers.
  • The key skills required for students taking the new NCTJ Broadcast Journalism exams.

Ideal for students on journalism courses at all levels, this text is also useful for professionals and trainees working in broadcast, print and other media, and those looking at broadcast journalism in the wider context of media studies.

part One|1 pages

The Job

chapter Chapter One|16 pages


chapter Chapter Two|29 pages

What’s The Story?

chapter Chapter Three|31 pages

Finding The News

chapter Chapter Four|36 pages

The Interview

chapter Chapter Five|34 pages

News Writing

chapter Chapter Six|22 pages

Location Reporting And Production

chapter Chapter Seven|31 pages

Location Video and Sound

chapter Chapter Eight|15 pages

Sports Reporting and Commentary

chapter Chapter Nine|23 pages

Foreign Reporting

chapter Chapter Ten|16 pages

Going Live

chapter Chapter Eleven|25 pages

The Package

chapter Chapter Twelve|16 pages


chapter Chapter Thirteen|13 pages


chapter Chapter Fourteen|24 pages


chapter Chapter Fifteen|32 pages

The Programme

part Two|1 pages

The Essential Guide

chapter Chapter Sixteen|7 pages

Getting a Job

chapter Chapter Seventeen|8 pages

The Law and Broadcast Journalists

chapter Chapter Eighteen|2 pages

Broadcast Journalism Courses

part Three|7 pages

Workshops and Exercises