Scriptwriting for News - A Creative Approach

The course aims to improve the standard of writing for broadcast, by encouraging an understanding of how it differs from writing for print, and how to use this difference to best effect. Properly written scripts are not only easier for the broadcaster to read, but also for the listener to understand.

At the end of the training, course participants will have an increased knowledge of how to write excellent news scripts for radio, a heightened awareness of the potential barriers to the listener

Course Content

The course begins with an examination of how writing for the ear and writing for the eye differ - with an emphasis on word complexity, sentence length, sentence structure, speed of speech, listener versus reader interpretation etc.
We then focus on tighter writing, with several phrases being offered for re-writing by the candidates

Target Trainee Profile

News and sport journalists, at any level or experience.