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Intro to Television News Stories
Transcript of Intro to Television News Stories
Television News Stories Selecting Stories and
Starting to Write Television is a visual medium,
so pictures (and the audio
that goes with them)
are worth thousands of words You must always answer
the five Ws: who, what, when,
where, why. When possible,
answer the one H: how
and the S: so what? The Page F Test P - Are the words precise?
A - Is the story accurate?
G - Is every element germane?
E - Are all actors treated equitably?
F - Does the story flow? Always decide
what the story is about
BEFORE you start
writing it If you're not excited about your story,
your viewers will be bored too! Grab the viewer's or listener's attention right away
by capturing the essence of the story
Don't make the lead hard to digest by loading it down
with too many facts
When appropriate, use creative techniques to make
the copy sparkle... EXAMPLES Writing Great Leads ...but don't overdo! Basic Television
News Story Forms reader ("tell" story) Any story the anchor reads that also incorporates video, a full-screen graphic, or some other visual voice-over (VO) A story in which the news anchor reads copy while video plays, and then a short soundbite plays while the anchor stops reading, and then the anchor reads the end of the story voice-over/sound on tape (VO/SOTs) A story that involves no video or other visual over the face of the anchor VOICE-OVER VO/SOT A news package is usually the longest type of storytelling found on television newscasts. They are also found in long-form news programming, such as the CBS News program 60 Minutes.
A package is a self-contained taped news report. Usually, the news anchor will read an introduction live, then the pre-recorded story will be shown.
A common part of a news package is the appearance of a reporter talking into the camera. This is called a "standup" because the reporter is often seen standing in front of the camera on the scene of the story. NEWS PACKAGE