In his Centre for Journalism masterclass yesterday, BBCÂ World AffairsÂ correspondent Allan LittleÂ explained how 'version' had become a verbÂ for news reporters - as in, "Can you version that TV report forÂ radio?" I thought an example would be in order, so here are two versions of Jeremy Bowen's reports from the Middle East yesterday.
Below is his piece for Radio 4'sÂ Today programmeÂ on the Hamas/Fatah divisions.
Contrast this with his News At Ten package for television the same day.
Note in particular the different lengths of the two pieces, andÂ the variations in sentence structure. It's worth paying special attention to theÂ way he approaches the description ofÂ the two boys doing the school run at the beginning of each piece for the two media.