Write news stories with audio suitable for broadcast on radio
This unit standard is intended for people studying journalism in an off-job situation.
People credited with this unit standard are able to: write news stories, write and record voice reports, and put together news stories with audio suitable for broadcast on radio.
Unit 27619, Demonstrate understanding of news writing and write news stories suitable for community newspapers, internet and radio.
Explanatory notes 1 This unit standard has been designed for learning and assessment off-job where scenarios may be used to gather evidence. This standard should not be used as part of a professional journalism course or qualification.
2 Industry text
– Tully, Jim (ed), Intro:A Beginner's Guide to Professional News Journalism (Wellington: New Zealand Journalists Training Organisation, 4th edition, 2008).
– audio bite refers to a short piece of a speech taken from a longer speech or an interview;
– news stories refer to timely and succinct accounts of unfolding events of public interest;
– news journalism style refers to the standard required in a simulated scenario for news media outlets to consider publishing or broadcasting the material. It will recognise in general terms standards described in the industry text and may include but is not limited to newsworthiness; platforms; reliability, validity and usefulness; news values; introductions (impact, succinctness); structure (appropriate for story type and platform; arranged logically); grammar; spelling; punctuation; word selection (jargon and clichés avoided); attribution (mix of direct and indirect quotes including paraphrasing); understanding (issues in context, key questions answered); balance; fairness; language used in news media publications and broadcasting;
– newsworthiness refers to events of sufficient interest or importance to the public to warrant reporting in the media;
reliability, validity and usefulness when referring to a news source mean that the bona fides of the person, organisation or reference are established as a credible, knowledgeable, accurate and authoritative source;
voice report refers to the reporter recording his/her own voice, as part of the news story;
–writing for ear refers to the conversation style used in radio news reports.
Outcomes and evidence requirements Outcome 1 Write news stories suitable for broadcast on radio.
Range evidence is required for ten news stories. Each story must include at least one interview;
evidence must be in accordance with news journalism style and the industry text.
Evidence requirements 1.1 News stories are written for the ear in a conversational style.
1.2 Relevant sources of information are used and attributed.
1.3 Intros are concise and suit story structure.
1.4 Paragraphs contain supporting information and follow logical sequence.
1.5 Common style conventions are complied with.
Range formality of language, punctuation, abbreviations, honorifics, no clichés.
1.6 Stories are fair, accurate, and balanced.
1.7 Sources are quoted to authenticate the story.
1.8 News stories are corrected and filed in accordance with training establishment practices.
Outcome 2 Write and record voice reports suitable for news stories for broadcast on radio.
Range evidence is required for two voice reports written in news journalism style.
Evidence requirements 2.1 Voice reports are written and recorded for the ear in a conversational style.
2.2 Voice reports provide additional information to develop stories further.
2.3 Summarised information contains essential points.
2.4 Voice reports are fair, accurate, balanced and in accordance with news journalism style.
Outcome 3 Put together news stories with audio suitable for broadcast on radio.
Range evidence is required for – one news story with audio (not including a voice report) that is used to enhance a story and one news story with at least one voice report from outcome 2;
evidence must be in accordance with the industry text.
Evidence requirements 3.1 Flow from written script to audio bite shows continuity and logic.
3.2 Intro material is not duplicated in the audio.
3.3 Choice of audio facilitates understanding of the story.
3.4 News story with audio is produced to required duration and deadline in accordance with news journalism style.
Planned review date
31 December 2016
Status information and last date for assessment for superseded versions
Last Date for Assessment
19 January 2012
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