“Describe in enough and detail what you can see,” Yossy Said.
Follow these basic guidelines for writing a community radio news script:
1. Know that radio news writing is aimed toward the listener, so the writing should be clear and simple. No words that are difficult to pronounce, nor require a dictionary to understand.
2. Write an outline. Determine the key elements of the story. These are the essential components. Ask yourself: Who? What? Why? Where? When?
3. Write a tease. This will be used with other teases to whet the appetite of the listener before the news is aired. This should not be longer than a sentence.
4. Write a lead sentence. This is used to grab the listener’s attention. Be concise and accurate with your lead.
5. Write the body. Include all necessary facts, figures, and main points. Radio news stories are typically 100 to 300 words, based on the amount of time dedicated to the story. 100 words equates to approximately 30 seconds of air time.
6. Write a story conclusion. This should be no longer than a sentence or two that sums up the key points of the story.
7. Format your script in accordance with basic radio script guidelines which may vary from radio station to radio station.
8. Fact-check the script and review your grammar. Present the script to a copy-editor that might find mistakes you overlooked.