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Excerpted from a radio news documentary by Martin Hardee, Fall, 1978.  

In-House Reporting Resources...

Reporters: 4 full-time writer/reporters
1 part-time
Specific beats: All generalists
Telephone interviews: Some, if necessary
Do you duplicate coverage of the wires? Depends
Police info: Pull off the wire
Bureaus: No
Stringers, freelancers? Rely on suburban stations
Versions of voicers: 2
Tape library: Yes, “highlights”
Long distance budget: WATS
Influenced by competitors? “Very little”

Outside Sources...

Subscription services: AP: Br, Natl, Metro Br
Alternatives: None
Audio services: AP Radio
PR, politicians: No
Daybooks: “Yes, they're wonderful”
Newspapers: Yes, but with attribution
Traffic/transit: WOR & WCBS


Open reels: 2 Revox
1 Ampex 440
Cart machines: 1 ITC
Timers: Digital event with jock
Digital event for news cart
Phone: 2 to nearby recorders
Cassette portables: Sony TC-110s
Cassette decks: Yes, but not used much
On-street mikes: EV 635a
Equalizers: Yes
Broadcast lines to bureaus: n/a
Cart machines at each desk? Nearby
Separate news studio? Yes

Writing Style...

Stylebook? No
Sound bite limits: General, :30
Story line limits: “not really”
Grammar: Informal. Some non-grammatical usage accepted for effect
Use of 'straight wire copy': Not a lot

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This research documentary is Copyright 1979, 2002  Martin Hardee - All Rights Reserved. (read more...) Material may be quoted or excerpted for non-profit research purposes without additional special permission. For additional information email martin @ hardee.net.