Television Broadcasting Tutorial 2

HOW TO PRODUCE A TV NEWS REPORT

So, where to start…

Firstly, let me explain the elements that come together to make up a TV news report. They are the following:

—  Piece to camera by reporter

—  Voiceover by reporter, with a script written to pictures

—  Interviews (2 or more)

—  B-roll footage to illustrate the interview

—  Natural sound

—  News angle

You’ve all seen TV news reports on a regular basis, so I’m sure this will make absolute sense to you. A reporter drives the narrative of the news story with a voiceover script and carefully selected soundbites from two or more interviews he/she has filmed. The reporter then uses an in-vision Piece to Camera (PTC) to make a key point about the story.

The best TV news stories combine sequences of powerful images with a voiceover script that complements what is being seen on screen. The core news values that drive all journalism are still at the centre of all you do in broadcast journalism. The news angle is the first thing you have to think about. What’s the story and why is it important to your audience? And that means answering the ‘five Ws’, of course. What happened, when and where it happened, who it happened to and why? Perhaps throw in a ‘how’ there too.

But then how you tell your story takes a different path to a print journalist…

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Television Broadcasting Tutorial 1

Teaching television broadcast skills to ensure journalism and media students are future proof in a multi-skilled media industry

Television broadcasting is the most wonderful, dynamic, vibrant, frustrating, demanding, rewarding and all-consuming of industries. For me, there is simply no better feeling than delivering a finished programme for transmission. Be it a 60-second news item or a 60-minute documentary, the feeling is always the same; one of accomplishment, excitement and sheer relief, in equal measure.

Now, if you’re reading this, chances are that you may also want to sample that feeling and enter TV broadcasting. So can I take this chance to say good choice… and good luck! This blog will offer you a few tips to get you started on the path to your chosen career, drawing on content from lessons I have given at Harlow College to degree and NCTJ students.

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