TELEVISION NEWS STORY FORMATS CHAPTER 9: WRITING FOR BROADCAST PG 217-218 Television also has several formats for story presentation. Here are the most common: • Reader or copy story. This format is a story read by an anchor without visual or audio aid. It may have an over-the-shoulder slide or graphic. • Voiceover (VO). A videotape of an event is shown while an anchor speaks about the story. Many times the video will have natural sound (nats), but that natural sound will play only at 10 to 20 percent of the volume of the anchor speaking. It is possible to have the nats play at full volume for a second or two before cueing the anchor to speak. Sometimes stations will string several VOs back to back, often with a visual effect, such as a wipe, between stories. One also can do a VO and have the anchor speak while a full-page graphic is shown. • Voiceover to sound bite (VO/SOT). This type of story looks like a VO, but instead of ending after the event video, the newscast director rolls a second tape. This tape has a sound bite at full volume from a person in the news. It's possible to string
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