Monday, September 21, 2009

TV News Writing Course Available

With Wendy Gillette

Learn how to write newscasts and find work in television news

WHEN 4 weeks, October 5 - November 9 Chats Mondays, 9-10 pm ET WHERE Online.

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PRICE$350 ($325 for )more info

Course Details

There's a lot more to television news than an attractive anchor and eye-catching video. A great TV news story can only come together with effective writing, video, research, and a solid script.

Even if you have prior writing experience, writing for television news is a different animal, meant to be understood by the ear, not the eye. Competition for TV news jobs is high, but there is a constant demand for TV news writers, producers, reporters, and anchors. All of these jobs require you to be a solid writer using broadcast style.

This class will give you the inside scoop on how to write effective and attention-getting TV news copy. You'll learn why a conversational tone is key, and why -- when it comes to broadcast news -- everything your grammar teacher taught you can pretty much be thrown out the window.

Whether you're just breaking in or already have some experience writing news copy, this class will help you sharpen your TV news writing skills.

In this class, you will learn:

The differences between a reader, anchor intro, voiceover, and package -- and how to write all of them.

How to write for the ear.

The differences between writing for print and television.

What should be included in stories and what should be left out.

How to write to video.

How to devise a compelling first line that will get viewers to pay attention.

Which jobs in the industry you are best suited for.

How to get a job interview and ace a TV news writing test.

By the end of the course you will have:At least eight samples of your television news writing (including a reader, several voiceovers, and numerous packages that follow the format for TV news stories)

Admission Requirements:Please submit a letter of interest (including a brief work history).

The online classroom has several interactive components:

Instructors post lectures once a week. You can read them online, print them, or download them at your convenience.

Students post completed assignments for feedback and discussion by the instructor and class.

Weekly chats allow your class to get together via instant message.

Transcripts are available for review if you can't attend.

Technical support is available from mediabistro staff.

Course Syllabus

TV News Writing (PDF) View a sample syllabus for this class here.

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Wendy Gillette is a television reporter, producer and anchor with more than 12 years experience. She currently produces and reports for CBS NewsPath, providing reports for all the CBS affiliates in the country. She previously worked as a reporter and anchor in five local markets including New York's WCBS. She received her bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and her master's degree from Boston University.

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