TV Archive

Six Great Writing Tips

Posted December 18, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Here’s a stocking stuffer of simple yet important writing tips for TV, Radio & the web.

These tips come from Poynter and the wonderful Al Tompkins

  • Focus your story by summarizing in three words. Use one theme per story, one thought per sentence. Select, don’t compress,
  •  More  

Too Soon? Not Soon Enough? This Week’s Tip.

Posted April 24, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

 

I hear and see it a lot.  A reporter telling me a town may soon see a new business.  Citizens may soon see higher garbage rates. The state may soon be home to… you get my point.     Perhaps telling your audience something may be coming soon works good enough.   More  

The Importance Of Being Focused

Posted April 16, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Minneapolis TV Reporter Boyd Huppert emphasized that importance of knowing the focus of your story, when speaking to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association over the weekend.

It motivated me to focus on FOCUS in future Tips of the Week.

Huppert’s working definition of focus is “Character,  More  

Newswriting: The Dreaded Passive Voice

Posted November 13, 2018 by Bill Wheelhouse

Thanks to Ken Keller.  A good chunk of this article came from an INBA Tune In back in the 1990’s (based on the original article mentioning Governor Jim Edgar.)

With Mr. Keller writing about passive voice 20 years ago, we know this is a perennial problem in broadcast and now web writing.   More