Copy story vs Voicer

University of Westminster radio studio

It has been amazing to learn how to run radio news bulletins with Deborah Vogel and Charles Carroll as lecturers. One of the first things we have learned is how and when to use copy stories and voicers.

Let’s start with the theory:

Copy story is the basic short news story without additional sounds or inserts of 20 sec long. It is written by a newsroom sub-editor using agencies and other soures of material.

Tricks: use familiar vocabulary and think about what you would say if you call your mum to explain what happened.

On the other hand, a voicer is a report written and read by the reporter or correspondent who has been following the story. It is often pre-recorded for use in several news bulletins, but can be live if there are new developments. The news presenter hands over to the reporter’s piece with a short intro known as cue which gives the name of the presenter.

We use a voicer when we want to add details to a story. It should be enough information to say.

Tricks: be very descriptive, use short simple sentences and sound natural.

Some of the voicers that I’ve done in class:

CUE: Wembley is preparing to hold tonight’s England and France friendly match. Higher profile security has already been displayed around the stadium. It follows Friday’s night terror attacks in Paris where around 130 people were killed and 352 injured. Judit Serra reports:

CUE: The Chancellor George Osborne is about to set out how he plans to make cuts of 20 billion pounds in public spending. The Public Spending Review affects most government departments and what he says will have an impact on almost everybody in the country. With a look at what the Chancellor is expected to say here is Judit Serra:

CUE: With a look at the details of the Chancellor’s speech, here is Judit Serra:

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