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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mervin Block  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

The author was a newsreporter and editor in Chicago and a former new producer at WBBM Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mervin Block is a broadcast writing coach and author. He has written news at three television networks: as a staff writer for the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" and the "ABC Evening News with Frank Reynolds" and as a freelance at NBC News.He has written news for Ed Bradley, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Douglas Edwards, Charles Kuralt, Roger Mudd, Edwin Newman, Charles Osgood, Dan Rather, Harry Reasoner, Frank Reynolds, Diane Sawyer, Bob Schieffer, Robert Trout and Mike Wallace.Block teaches newswriting workshops at TV and radio newsrooms around the country.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Broadcast newswriting :
ISBN: 156625017X. OCLC Number: 30892918

Radio-Television News Directors Association and Bonus Books,. .

Broadcast newswriting :
ISBN: 1608714160. OCLC Number: 654315971

CQ Press,. .

Rewriting network news :
ISBN: 9781608714223. OCLC Number: 502304068

CQ Press,. .

Rewriting network news :
ISBN: 0929387155. OCLC Number: 21577595

Bonus Books,. .

Weighing anchors :
ISBN: 1936863405. OCLC Number: 815389513

Marion Street Press,. .

Longtime network newswriter Mervin Block doesn't just watch and hear evening newscasts; he listens. Block, who wrote for Walter Cronkite and other anchors at ABC, CBS and NBC, examines today's network anchors, their scripts and their journalism. Instead of writing about anchors' delivery, wardrobe or favorite desserts, he points out distortions, deceptions, discrepancies and abuses of broadcast writing style. Block shows how newscasters: fudge facts, tinker with time, label stories exclusive that aren't, utter grammatical grotesquer.

Weighing anchors :
ISBN: 1936863391. OCLC Number: 783156373

Marion Street Press,. .

Writing broadcast news :
ISBN: 1608714179. OCLC Number: 654315968

CQ Press,. .

"Mervin Block offers timeless advice, guiding both new and seasoned professionals thorough the essentials of writing for the ear. Initially written for working newspeople, this book is now widely accepted as the professional handbook for broadcast newswriters, editors, producers, anchors and news directors. Interns, too."--[book cover].

Writing news for tv and radio :
ISBN: 1608714217. OCLC Number: 501404264

CQ Press,. .