CAPTION

Caption is used as a synonym for cutline or underline. It constitutes wording, accompanying and describing finer details of a photograph or illustration, usually beneath or beside it. A good caption can add life to a fairly mundane picture while a bad caption can spoil a good picture. The identification is permanent in a caption, time and location are not always necessary. There are do’s and don’ts about caption writing. Some of them are given below: Use the picture as intro. Complement the picture Reflect the mood Try to create interest which may not be obvious at a glance Use present tense to describe an action in the picture. Use your imagination and lead the reader through a thought process. Don’t simply describe the picture. Don’t state the obvious. Don’t assume the reader knows a face. Kinds of Captions : Formal Informal 1. Formal In formal captions the five Ws […]

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DEFINITION OF EDITORIAL

DEFINITION OF EDITORIAL An editorial is a journalistic essay which either attempts (1) to inform or explain, (2) to persuade or convince, or (3) to stimulate insight on an entertaining or humorous manner. As an essay the editorial may be having an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. In terms of various forms of composition, it may employ exposition, narration, description, or argumentation. Many of the definitions examined below have many characteristics attributed to essays. Generally speaking, an editorial is an expression of opinion based upon a selection of facts which present a truth in a new light-something that everyone knows which no one before ever thought of (William Allen White). An editorial may also be defined as a presentation of facts and opinion in concise, logical, pleasing order for the sake of entertaining, of influencing opinion, or of interpreting significant news in such a way that its importance to […]

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Techniques of Interviewing

Techniques of Interviewing: The following basic guidelines could prove helpful in almost all interview situations: a.   Introduce yourself clearly and accurately. b.    Be sure to get the person’s name and title. c.    Be friendly, sympathetic and courteous. d.    Begin the interview with light and interesting question. e.   Avoid yes-no questions. f.     Ask open questions. g.   Don’t be afraid to deviate from the list of prepared questions if you open a new and interesting line of discussion. h.   Avoid ambiguous questions. i.     Do not bury your head in your notes.                                    • j.        10 Also use a tape recorder while taking notes. k.       ! I Keep the interviewee going smoothly but don’t allow him/her to take total control of the situation or to misguide you. l.     Never agree to ask only set questions. m.  Make sure you understand what the interviews have said. n.      Don’t stop probing until complicated points are explained […]

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COLUMN, Definition, Types of Column & Writing Column

COLUMN DEFINITION & EXPLANATION What is the column? How to define column and explain?Here in the following trying to answer the above questions of Column definition in explanation of the column in details. It is the personal opinion of the column writer that would not be tolerated in any other kind of story. The columnist can pass judgments, make recommendations, talk about himself or herself and otherwise violate most of the accepted tenets of news writing. The style and approach in writing columns are neither serious nor deductive. Columns can be humorous, can report on local life and people or can deal with some specialty such as finance. Probably the most popular topic for columns is politics and government. CHARACTERISTICS OF COLUMNS The feature, the column and the editorial are sometimes hard to distinguish; qualities of each cross over and intermingle. But columns offer an opportunity for variety in content […]

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Techniques of WRITING THE FEATURE Story in Electronic Media

Techniques of WRITING THE FEATURE Story in Electronic Media  Structure A feature is seldom written in the traditional Inverted pyramid pattern. Feature may be written in a narrative fashion, much like a good joke of anecdote. The good feature requires as much organization as the straight news story, for the feature has to flow smoothly ami parts of a feature story must be kept intact if it is to succeed. In the well-planned story, every paragraph, every sentence, should add to the total effect Leads The lead much attract immediate attention and pull the reader into the story. L eads can vary in style and content. You can use description, narration, dialogue, question, unusual statement, call to action, comparison-contrast. Transition No matter how good the lead js, you need a solid transition into the body of the feature. If you think of the lead as a lure to attract the […]

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Feature Story in Electronic Media

Feature Story in Electronic Media: A feature story is any piece of writing that falls between the cut-and-dried news story on the one hand, and the w holly fictionalized story or opinionated essay 011 the other hand. It is the product ol tactual reporting and reporting to which are added story elements of imaginative writing and interpretation. The special feature article is similar to news story in that it gives the readers facts in an interesting form. But it goes beyond those facts by multiplying them with study, research, and interviews to instruct, guide and entertain the readers who know about the subject as well as those who do not know. Feature stories can be news stories. Features can be investigative. Features can be in-depth studies. Features can be for fun. The subject can be anything: places- a community, a farm, a business, topics-education, science, economy, religion, philosophy; events-parades, programmes, […]

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Kinds of Reporting

Reporting: Reporting is just a genre of writing, alongside essays and stories, and bloggers most certainly fall into that genre.”  When they talk about reporting on a show like Frontline, they mean the process a reporter goes through.  1. Interviews, research.  2. Assemble a story.  3. Fact-checking and editing.  4. Publishing.  Most bloggers aren’t doing this whole thing. Our process is different, and I’d argue no less rigorous, just more distributed, and step 2 is something everyone does for themselves.  Key point in last night’s piece — sources are part of the reporting process, and more and more, the sources are becoming bloggers.  Types of Reporting:  GENERAL REPORTING Reporting means gathering facts and presenting them objectively with ail news writing skills. It is an active, creative, long and tough process of news, gathering, ideas and opinion collection, fact finding in order to serve the general public by informing them and […]

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