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Writing for Broadcast News 1. Gathering for TV is similar to gathering for magazines: you need to see (b-roll) and you need interviews (a-roll). 2. Television is a visual medium. You need to have shots that will cover everything in your script. 3. Shooting: be comprehensive. Shoot wide, medium and close up/ detail shots. Get action and reaction. Pay attention to the details, especially for natural sounds. 4. In your interview, you need the subject to reveal the entire story. It is easier if you have one primary subject, and ancillary interviews. Have the interview subjects walk you through the entire story. 5. Avoid questions that allow the person to answer with yes or no. 6. You should log all your interviews, and make note of good natural sounds and strong visuals. 7. Crafting your script: write to your visuals. Write around your sound. 8. A 1.5-minute news story is too brief to give the entire history. So focus on the three or four most important points. 9. Develop a narrative – there should be a beginning, middle and end. The person or
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Unformatted text preview: event we meet at the beginning must change over the course of the story. 10. The tone should be conversational – lofty language only confuses readers. 11. Television urges immediacy, so write in the present tense. Use past tense for things that happened in the past … but emphasis should be on what is the newest information. 12. Attribution? Introduce the people speaking quickly, either in the narration before they speak, or in a chyron. 13. Stand-ups? Some stations like to see their reporters. It is a form of branding. Traditionally, the stand-up was a bridge between different points, especially when there was no video for what is being talked about. There should only be on stand-up in the piece. Anything more makes you look like an egomaniac. 14. Live shots – ins and outs – when you begin, and when the anchor knows you are done. 15. You need sound and images. It all begins while gathering....
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