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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Every Word Counts

When it comes to the writing of your show, you can never have enough copy editors!

We've all seen it happen -- an anchor is reading a story on-air and he can't help but stumble over the words of an awkwardly phrased sentence. "Who wrote that?" is what everyone automatically thinks to themselves. 

Unlike other stations, at ATVN we have a wide variety of MJs, reporters and producers contributing to the writing of our show. It is up to the video producer to make sure that every story has an assigned writer and that as stories start coming in, the copy gets written. 

Just because a story has been written in iNews, however, doesn't mean it's cleared for air. Typos happen! Grammatical errors happen! And sometimes, even factual mistakes can happen too. As part of team Monday, I try my best to get as much help as I can when it comes to copy editing.

If an MJ doesn't have an assignment at the moment, I ask them for their help going through each story in the rundown, and making sure the text is not only factual, but something conversational that can be easily read by our anchors when they go live on the air.

A quality show has writing that is not only accurate, but is also clear, concise and conversational. As I get further into my semester producing for ATVN, I hope I can get more team members to become involved and contribute to the writing of our show by copy editing. 

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