Most common Acronyms used in BROADCAST MEDIA
Beeper: Live comments from source/ experts/ subject by an anchor in a talk show of discussion programme.
Close caption: (sub-title) OR CCI (Closed captioning information): Closed captioning information is the process of displaying text on a television, video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information to individuals who wish to access it. Closed captions typically show a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs (either verbatim or in edited form), sometimes including non-speech elements.)
Cross scripting: (TV Acronym) When screen is showing one thing (video clip) and word are telling something else.
Colour bars: Standard test signal containing samples of primary and secondary colour, used as reference in aligning colour video equipment. Generated electronically by a "colour bar
Dateline: Refers to the city from which a news story originates. It usually comes right at the start of the story.
DTH: Direct –to –Home broadcast. A digital signal transmitted direct from satellite, received through small dish at home or subscriber’s end. Transmission on Ku band.(Very high frequency)
Embargo: Hold the news or report at particular date and time.
ENG: ENG is a broadcasting (usually television) industry acronym which stands for electronic news gathering. It can mean anything from a lone reporter taking a single camcorder out to get a story, to an entire television crew taking a satellite truck on location to do a live report for a newscast. .
Feed: The transfer of information from a source to recipient, whether raw information from reporter to studio or finished reports fed to a transmitter or another station for broadcast.
Filler: A short news item or advertisement, usually timeless, used to fill small spaces in a newspaper or bulletin. Also called fill-in; a short piece of music to fill a gap between program elements.
Hybrid system: Signal received from satellite and retransmitted by the cable operators to subscriber terrestrially.
IQ: "in cue" -- the first words recorded on a cut
Jingle: Short piece of music played on radio to identify a regular feature, program or product being advertised.
Lead: first sentence of a news story, which should concisely reveal the story's basic events and provide an introduction to the details given in the rest of the story
Libel: Written form of offence.
MOS: Motion omit sound (shooting without recording). A shoot on subject without recording, indirectly (film)
News cut.: portion of hard exposure.
Over-write: A condensed version of news story which does not introduce any new material.
Tagline: (1) Contact information for an article’s author, published to enable readers to provide feedback. (2) Also called a signature line, information about the author appended to the bottom of an email or blog. (3) In advertising, a word or phrase invented by marketers to help identify a specific brand, e.g. the tagline for the movie Jaws was ‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water’.
Tip-Off: Report from freelance journalist or listener
Timeline: A chronology of key events. Date and time-wise progress of any news story
Voicer: Recorded report containing only the journalist's voice.
Location Release is a letter of confirmation agreed between the production company and the owner of the property or even the exact parcel of land where the crew is going to shoot.
Normally the production department would have the contract signed however it’s always good to remind people when you are going to be on the location and what you are going to be doing.
Split page format –Content with half-side (LHS) with instructions and other half(RHS) with contents/ dialogue/ news caster’s material/ stories.
TV script format is used transcribe the picture and dialogue as they relate to each other (shot by shot & word by word)