Higher Education

Writing for Television, Radio, and New Media, 11th Edition

  • Robert L. Hilliard Emerson College, Emeritus
  • ISBN-10: 1285465075  |  ISBN-13: 9781285465074
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2004
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $173.25



WRITING FOR TELEVISION, RADIO, AND NEW MEDIA has been the leading work in its field for more than fifty years. Its frequently updated revisions, including the eleventh edition, combine the best principles and examples of the past with those of contemporary practice. Its thorough coverage of concepts, approaches, and techniques concentrates on the key media formats of commercials; news and sports; documentaries; reality programs; talk shows; interviews; music programs; corporate, educational, and children's formats; and drama and sitcoms. The text also presents basic information that writers need to know about production techniques, demographics, copyrights, and career opportunities. New material on social media allows today's students to understand the continued importance of clear writing and shows them how their digital skills can transfer to career opportunities.

Features and Benefits

  • Examples are oriented to the college-age reader and include contemporary news events, music script/log examples with current top performers and hits, and references to Internet social sites.
  • Material on writing for the Internet includes commentary from writers and directors with examples of their work, an examination of the convergence of the Internet with other distribution technologies, and expert analysis of how new technologies are applicable to the Internet.
  • Thorough coverage of core topics includes an overview of mass media and basic elements of production, an overview of format and style, and writing techniques for a variety of traditional and new media formats. The text addresses all key format subject areas that students and other readers are most likely to encounter.
  • The text presents an outline of the basic principles of production so that students have an understanding of the medium for which they are writing.
  • Professional opportunities in commercials, copywriting, news, corporate media, playwriting, and other writing fields are discussed.
  • Chapter 10, “The Play,” presents thorough and insightful coverage on writing screenplays, including video drama and audio drama.

Table of Contents

1. The Mass Media.
2. Basic Elements of Production.
3. Format and Style.
4. Commercials and Announcements.
5. News and Sports.
6. Features, Documentaries, and Reality Programs.
7. Interviews and Talk Programs.
8. Music, Variety, and Comedy.
9. Corporate, Educational, and Children's Programs.
10. The Play.
11. Professional Opportunities.

What's New

  • The eleventh edition includes new and updated material on writing for the Internet, particularly as related to social media. Guidance pertaining to writing on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter keep the book current and ensure that students understand the relevance of what they are studying.
  • Chapter 4, “Commercials and Announcements,” has been updated to include material on writing effective commercials for social media.
  • Chapter 11, “Professional Opportunities,” has been revised to reflect the use of LinkedIn and other social media, and includes additional tips on seeking and handling interviews in the rapidly evolving communications job market.
  • New examples of scripts include political spots reflecting the 2012 national elections.

Efficacy and Outcomes


“It covers a great deal of information and a variety of formats so it appeals to a variety of faculty for different classes.”

— Cara Cotellese, Kutztown University

“The real-world examples are excellent.”

— Charles Cogar, Metropolitan Community College


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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285764323 | ISBN-13: 9781285764320)

The design of the Instructor's Manual is based on Problem Based Learning (PBL) criteria and is the binding element for curriculum structure, the writing examples, and expectations as related to student presentations in a classroom learning context. Writing students make materials for presentation and must experience the presentation of their materials in order to complete their own developmental journey for their work. This Instructor's Manual is designed to help the teacher and student connect the writing and presentation experience to the text. It includes chapter outlines, lecture suggestions, and test questions.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert L. Hilliard

Robert L. Hilliard has been Dean of Graduate Studies and Dean of Continuing Education and taught, in addition to media writing, courses such as Media Programming, The Media and the Holocaust, Hate.com, Communication Law, and Pictures of Protest. He has served as Chief of the Public Broadcasting Branch of the Federal Communications Commission and Chair of the Federal Interagency Media Committee for the White House. A frequent lecturer on media and education on all continents, Dr. Hilliard is the author or co-author of more than thirty books, including several leading media texts. Among his recent books are HOLLYWOOD SPEAKS OUT: PICTURES THAT DARED TO PROTEST REAL WORLD ISSUES and, with co-author Michael Keith, THE BROADCAST CENTURY AND BEYOND: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN RADIO AND TELEVISION, DIRTY DISCOURSE: SEX AND INDECENCY IN BROADCASTING, and THE QUIETED VOICE: THE RISE AND DEMISE OF LOCALISM IN AMERICAN BROADCASTING. He is also a published novelist and produced playwright.