The first thing to get used to in writing effective radio, is that there are no rules, and no restrictions on the places the listener can be transported to, and nowhere that is out of bounds. The only barriers are the restrictions in the writer’s imagination. Radio has always been able to create the fantastic worlds, unbelievable situations, and outlandish characters, the visual medium with newly developing computer graphics, has only recently been able to achieve. The Theatre of the Mind. A well used and often overused phrase within the radio industry is that ‘Radio is the Theatre of the Mind.’ This phrase is an attempt to demonstrate the power of the medium in that radio uses chiefly the listener’s imagination to create the pictures, characters and backdrop for the all the writer’s intent. There are those who insist therefore that the ‘pictures’ on radio are better and more effective…

The process all news and current affairs radio broadcasts follow to get on-air can be divided into four sections. News staff in most news organisations will usually have learned all the necessary skills to implement all four steps and oversee and sometimes complete the total broadcast from planning to on-air without any assistance. Radio News can sometimes, depending on the size and coverage of the radio station, be an individual task where one person does all the work to get the story to air. All tasks including: Sourcing the Story Investigating and Examining the credibility of the facts Interviewing the people involved Writing the script Editing the audio material Introducing the story, and presenting and broadcasting the bulletin on-air The Idea Behind the News There are two main qualities professional news staffs need to learn. Firstly a working knowledge and the necessary skills to complete digital recording and editing, and…

Whatever else the radio listener may hear, the main source of connection from presenter to listener on radio is first and foremost, a voice. It’s no coincidence then that of all the communication mediums, radio is as close as you can get to mass communication, by ‘word of mouth.’ In its simplest form it’s really just one human being talking to another. The Voice as an Instrument. One of the first areas of tuition at drama school is often voice classes, and a good voice coach can be any aspiring actor’s best friend. Many silent movie actors’ careers finished with the invention of ‘The Talkies,’ especially when their voice didn’t match their on-screen presence. A ‘good voice with effective delivery,’ is a huge bonus for any actor to have in their armoury. Take away the on-screen image, and the voice becomes the main instrument. Voice Exercises and Tricks. Although there…

Are there basic ground rules to follow in an interview, or is just a free for all where anything goes? Media Relations at Concordia University in Montreal, produced a helpful and useful guide to what they called “Interview Rights and Responsibilities.” It provides a framework for any interview where the rights of both parties in any interview are balanced by concurrent responsibilities. Before agreeing to an interview they suggest, both parties should, in that well known expression, ‘Know Your Rights.’ This applies to both the interviewer and the interviewee as people and persons to be respected. If both parties agree to or are aware of these rights, however informally, a better and more balanced interview will result.

So you’re here to write a killer police report story but have failed on the first hurdle on how to do it? Then you are in the right place – we are going to cover the key steps needed to write that perfect police news story that is going to get your name as a journalist ringing out of the pages. Key Steps To Write A Killer Police News Report Be The First To Hear The News The key to success is finding a story that no other journalist has got their fingers on – how to do this? By finding the best police scanner to lock into police radio and listen to their radio’s live. This will give you the perfect opportunity to pickup news from the comfort of your own home! You can pickup key frequencies over at RadioShack