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TYPES OF NEWS STORIES III:Conspiracy, Drug Trafficking, Lunar Months

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LESSON 09
TYPES OF NEWS STORIES III
SIMPLE NEWS
Crime Stories:
Contempt Of Court
It is a punishable act of disobeying an order made by a judge or court of law or behaving in such a way that
the usual process of the court is interrupted.
Conspiracy
Conspiracy is a secret plan made with other people to do something bad, illegal or against someone's
wishes. If the plan is illegal and the conspirators are exposed and held responsible then it becomes
cognizable crime. Cognizable crime is the one that allows police or law to come into action.
Gambling
Gambling is betting money or some other property, moveable or immoveable, on any game or action.
Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking is trading in illegal drugs and this is universally recognized crime. In some countries the
people involved in this crime are awarded even capital (death) punishment. The people caught dealing in
this illegal trade make news.
Smuggling
Illegal transportation of goods within a country or across the border is smuggling.
Disturbing Peace (Riots)
Riot is a noisy, violent, and uncontrolled public gathering. Riots are carried out normally by pressure groups
in a society to demonstrate protest against government policies or to achieve some vested interests. If the
riot turns into hooliganism, public property is put in danger and peace is attempted to be sabotaged, it
makes news.
Rape
It is a heinous crime of having sex with someone against his or her will. Rapist is the one who commits the
crime.
WEATHER NEWS
In routine weather news items, following areas are covered:
1. Temperature (highest and lowest)
2. Humidity
3. Rain or Sun
Sometimes the weather may become the lead story or one of the major stories of the day. The weather
aftereffects do not disappear with dawn or dusk, so in case the weather story is the most important or one
of the important news items in a news bulletin, its follow up story goes on and on until the repercussions of
the story get diminished.
The story about the weather will be treated as special news item if:
The weather results in disaster; floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, dust storms, thunder
and lightening, blizzards (snowstorm), or other weather oddities which cause deaths or serious
damages.
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There are sudden changes, cold waves, early snows, heavy rains or other out of the ordinary
conditions.
Previous records are broken, like, highest ever or lowest ever temperature, quantity of rainfalls
breaking the previous records.
If the schedule of any special event is disturbed owing to unexpected weather conditions, for
instance, because of continuous heavy rains there is a kind of flood situation in the city;
consequently, the school exams may be postponed.
The affect of bad weather on crops and drought is expected, it will be news.
Lunar Months
The significance of lunar months may posses any place in those countries where the Muslims are not in
majority, or it may not carry any weight for people who belong to the religions other than Islam, but for
Muslims and in Islamic countries the moon sighting of lunar months is of immense importance. All the
rituals, festivals and celebrations of Muslims are marked and estimated with the sighting of the first moon
The most important to be reported is, whether the moon is sighted or not, especially the moon of
Muharram-ul-Haraam, Rabi-ul-Awwal, Ramadhan, Shawwal, and Dhil-Hajj.
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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