Listen to a short news broadcast, such as the NPR Hourly News Summary.
These stories will typically include audio clips from newsmakers, and
perhaps the noise of crowds or nature. But we’re
just focusing on the sound of the radio journalist’s voice.
try to sound like “an announcer.” Forget the barking style of voice
that radio announcers always seem to have in movies when they
this program with a special bulletin.”
Note this slight boost of energy in the third sentence, which is important because the tone can’t keep dropping forever.
Although I wouldn’t do it when delivering a hard news story, I’m about to hang my voice, indicating I’ve got plenty more to say.
speech is formal but conversational, with both high and low pitches
within each sentence, though the general trend has been downward.
can always tell the final sentence in a radio journalist’s story; it
slows down just a bit, and its pitches are the lowest of the whole
For the New Media Journalism program at Seton Hill University, I’m Dennis Jerz.