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LESSON 35
DISCUSSION
Discussion is a format in which people of different opinions on a particular issue sit together with a purpose
to reach at a logical or specific conclusion. The discussion is conducted by an anchorperson, or a compere.
Types of discussion In Terms of Policy
a) Free Discussion
Free discussion is a kind of discussion in which the conclusion is not set and the participants are free to
reach at pragmatic and logical conclusion. Sometimes the conclusion is not drawn but left to the listeners.
b) Controlled Discussion
It is a kind of discussion in which the anchorperson and the participants are briefed prior to the discussion
about the conclusion of the discussion. The conversation grows and develops to reach at pre-settled
conclusion. In simple words in such a discussion the conclusion is defined.
Types of discussion In Terms of Nature
a) Live Discussion
Liver discussion goes on air direct and without any editing or censor. Such discussions are put on air on
special occasions like matches and Election Transmission.
b) Recorded Discussion
This kind of discussion is first recorded in the studios and then is put on air.
Types of discussion In Terms Of Content
a) Social
In such discussions social issues are brought under discussion. Some of the social issues are: Vanni ­ Karo
Kari ­ Child Labour ­ New trends in Fashion etc.
b) Political
In such discussions political issues are discussed. Some of the political topics are: Government's Policies ­
Projects ­ Controversial Issues e.g. Kala bagh Dam etc.
c) Scientific
Scientific topics, especially controversial ones, are discussed. Such as Big Bang Theory, Theory of
Evolution, etc.
d) Religious
Sectarianism, Interpretation of Islamic Law, etc. kind of topics which are based upon religious teachings and
thought are made the points of discussion in religious discussions.
e) Art & literature
New trends in art and literature, imports from foreign literature, experiments in prose and poetry; realism,
symbolism, abstracts, conservative movement, progressive movement are some kinds of topics to be made
a point of this type of discussions.
f) Business and commerce
Topics related to business, commerce and trade, such as inflation; budget; poverty; tax system etc. are the
hot topics of this kind of discussions.
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g) Current affairs
The most important and widely listened discussions are on current affairs. Topics like War on terror, Middle
East, Kashmir, Pakistan's relations with other countries, etc. are some examples which the discussion can go
round.
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Table of Contents:
  1. WHAT RADIO IS:HISTORY OF RADIO, MARCONI –THE INVENTOR
  2. HISTORY OF RADIO:B.B.C. – 1922, Radio in Sub-Continent, PBC SERVICES
  3. OBJECTIVES OF BROADCASTING IN PAKISTAN:Information, Islamic ideology
  4. NEWS VALUES I:CONFLICT, PROGRESS, VICTORY AND DEFEAT
  5. NEWS VALUES II:TIMELINESS, PROXIMITY, NOVELTY, HUMAN INTEREST
  6. NEWS VALUES AND ELEMENTS OF NEWS:MISCELLANEOUS NEWS VALUES
  7. MEASURING THE IMPORTANCE OF NEWS:Intensity of an Event, NEWS STORY TYPES
  8. TYPES OF NEWS STORIES II:SIMPLE TYPES, ILLNESS, DEATH
  9. TYPES OF NEWS STORIES III:Conspiracy, Drug Trafficking, Lunar Months
  10. TYPES OF NEWS STORIES IV:COMPLEX NEWS, Forms of Government, Monarchy
  11. TYPES OF NEWS STORIES V:Education, Research, Religion
  12. TYPES OF NEWS STORIES VI:Lifestyles, Receptions, Entertainment
  13. SOURCES OF NEWS I:Network of Reporters, QUALITIES OF A REPORTER
  14. SOURCES OF NEWS II:MONITORING, NEWS/ PRESS RELEASE
  15. SOURCES OF NEWS III:National News Agencies, HARD NEWS, SOFT NEWS
  16. REPORTING:ORDER OF REPORTING, REPORTER’S QUALITIES, Well informed
  17. A SUCCESSFUL RADIO REPORTER:Briefing, Reporter’s Ammunition, Meeting Deadline
  18. INTERPRETATIVE REPORTING I:Growth of Interpretative Reporting
  19. INTERPRETATIVE REPORTING II:Factual Background, SPEECH STORY
  20. INTERPRETATIVE REPORTING III:FIRES & ACCIDENTS, CRIME STORIES
  21. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING I:Thalidomide Scandal, Watergate Scandal
  22. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING II:Identification of the problem, INTERVIEW
  23. TYPES OF INTERVIEW:Hard News Interview, Informational Interview
  24. ESSENTIALS OF A GOOD INTERVIEW I:Comments and Opinion, Topic must be specific
  25. ESSENTIALS OF A GOOD INTERVIEW II:Preparation of the Interview, Language
  26. RADIO NEWS GLOSSARY:Actuality, Cut, Voicer, Wrap, Hourly, Lead
  27. FUNDAMENTALS OF NEWS WRITING:Inverted Pyramided Style, Telling the Story
  28. FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING NEWS FOR RADIO I:Language
  29. FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING NEWS FOR RADIO II:Complex numbers
  30. ESSENTIALS OF A NEWSCASTER:Authority, Credibility, Language, Pronunciation
  31. PRODUCTION AND PLANNING:Principals of Planning a Program
  32. PRODUCER & BUDGETING:Strengths of a Radio Program, Budgeting a Program
  33. JARGONS OF PRODUCTION (Continued):Frequency spectrum, Dead studio
  34. TYPES OF TALK:Qualification of a Talker, Essentials of a talk, Vetting a talk
  35. DISCUSSION:Controlled Discussion, Live Discussion, Current affairs
  36. DISCUSSION:Selection of the TopicKnowledge of the Topic, Narrowing down the topic
  37. RADIO FEATURE:Sound Effects, Narration, Dramatic Feature, Religion, Personalities
  38. RADIO DOCUMENTARY:Commentary, History, Persons, Things, Phenomena
  39. DRAMA:Solo plays, Series, Serial, Soap, Components of Drama
  40. SPECIAL AUDIENCE PROGRAM:Children’s Programs, Women’s programs
  41. SPORTS PROGRAM:Live Programs, Recorded Programs, Preparation of OB
  42. THE MUSIC I:Folk Music, Classical Music, Light Music, Pop Music
  43. THE MUSIC II:Classification of Raga In Terms Of Notes, Aado, Khaado
  44. ETHICS & LIMITATIONS OF MEDIA:Domain of Freedom of Media, Defamation
  45. RECAP:What Radio Is, Timeliness, Elements of news, Types of Reporting, Production