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Thu Jul 4, 2013, 05:52 AM

TV 'breaking news' reports sound urgent because of coaching help

There's a reason local television newscasts tend to sound similarly breathless, say those who ponder these things.

A major California consulting firm, SmithGeiger, advises its broadcast news clients to inject urgency into news reporting with a set of proven phrases, according to broadcast writing coach Mervin Block.

The phrases, he said, include these:

We begin with breaking news tonight.
This story is rapidly changing.
You saw it here first just minutes ago.
Take a live look behind me.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/TV-breaking-news-reports-sound-urgent-because-4645091.php

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Sherman A1 Jul 2013 OP
JI7 Jul 2013 #1
Sherman A1 Jul 2013 #2
dipsydoodle Jul 2013 #3
East Coast Pirate Jul 2013 #4
Ilsa Jul 2013 #5
Fumesucker Jul 2013 #6
BadgerKid Jul 2013 #7
Sherman A1 Jul 2013 #8
pinboy3niner Jul 2013 #9

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 06:01 AM

1. sounds like CNN, they seem to have constant "breaking news"

these days.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 06:07 AM

2. Apparently they all read from the same

"breaking news, this just in" playbook...............

I guess it's hardly a surprise, "but first we must pause for this 55 minute commercial break, then we will be back with 5 minutes of pseudo news for this hour."

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 06:10 AM

3. Take a live look behind me ?

Has he/she got a tail ?

I have noticed that your news presentation differs considerably from here in the UK.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 06:10 AM

4. It's a clown show.

 

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 06:26 AM

5. I can not tell the difference between

Tv journalism and tv drama any more. And that's why I rarely watch it anymore.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 06:28 AM

6. The drama is better written n/t

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 07:01 AM

7. Reminds me...






"How did this all get started, Colin?"


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Response to BadgerKid (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 07:02 AM

8. Great!

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Response to BadgerKid (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 07:17 AM

9. LOL!

Their Mission Improbable improvs were hilarious, too (usually featuring Colin and Ryan). "The cat!"

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