Writing for the Broadcast Media

Course Information
TitleWriting for the Broadcast Media / Writing for the Broadcast Media
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolJournalism and Mass Communications
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMarina Tzoannopoulou
Course ID140000031

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Copy/Script writing of readers/liners, voice-overs and lead-ins Converting print to broadcast style Anchoring Presentation of a news-in-brief radio/television programme
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Lectures, analyses and classroom activities/tasks are based on authentic data from local, network and satellite American and British radio stations and TV channels and focus on the following: News values/criteria; characteristics of broadcast news and feature story writing Story structure(s) Tense, aspect, voice and lexical selections and their relation to the characteristics of immediacy, timeliness, directness and personalisation; the role of cohesion and coherence Journalistic guidelines, conventions and techniques related to copy writing style Elements of phonology useful to anchoring
broadcast journalism, news values, writing and anchoring broadcast news
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of PowePoint for the delivery of the lectures. Students have access to the e-learning platform.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment50
Written assigments15
Student Assessment
Participation & Assignments – 40% Students are required to attend classes, study the suggested readings and do the assignments. Final-term examination – 60% The final examination is based on both theory and practice.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Cremer, C. F., P. O. Keirstead & Richard D. Y. (1996). ENG Television News, New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Dominick, J.R. (2010). The Dynamics of Mass Communications: Media in the Digital Age. NJ: Mac-Graw Hill Education. Hicks, W. (1998), 2nd edition. English for Journalists, London & New York: Routledge. Itule, B. D. and D. A. Anderson (1994), 3rd edition. News Writing and Reporting for Today’s Media, New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc. Mencher, M. (1994), 6th edition. News Reporting and Writing. NJ: Brown Publishers. Metzler, K. (1997). Creative Interviewing. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Stovall, J. G. (2002), 5th edition. Writing for the Mass Media, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Walters, Roger L. (1994). Broadcast Writing, 2nd edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, International Editions. White, Ray (1990). TV News. Building a Career in Broadcast Journalism. NY: Focal Press.
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