When you write scripts for broadcast, it is important to keep your writing simple and easy to understand and follow. A simple setup and structure is a must. Your main elements should include a strong lead to prepare the audience for your topic, a strong body of information, and a strong end. It is also important to mix your shots and have different views throughout your piece so you do not have the same angle throughout your videos entirety. Keeping your script simple and easy and mixing your shots can create a strong video that is enjoyable for your viewers.
We are on a vacation, at a reunion, at a family event, or just hanging out with friends, and we want to remember the moment. Our memories just don’t seem enough. We know that later, we can see our photos and recapture our experience and savor it once again.
We know that taking picture is great way to create memories and remember the good times we had in past, but videos are also a great way to do so. Videos contains more dialogue, facial expressions, and consequently more emotional resonance. The most important thing is that videos are truer. Until recently the only problem with video was that it was to hard to do it well- or rather, it was to easy to do it terribly. Taking a good photo was easier then taking a good video, so when you wanted to act fast.
When writing for broadcast, it is important to keep the KISS method and to have a simple structure. You should have a lead that prepares the reader for the story, a body of information, and a close. The writing should be simple and easy for everyone to understand. As a videographer mixing your shots is important. Gettting different vantage points makes the video look better. You can get different shots up close and far away so the video flows.
Using video to capture a moment instead of snapping a photograph can speak measures. Sometimes, photographs just aren’t able to tell the whole story. Maybe you can’t get the right angle or the right shot– maybe the photo just isn’t what you envisioned to begin with. You wanted a captivating photo, not a boring one.
Briggs explains that the impact of video has been felt far and wide. Middle school and high school students are being trained early on in their education to use video. Video is versatile, and now that video is easier for everyone to produce and to view online, any kind of journalist can participate.
Although photographs may be easier to shoot, a video can show more– more background to the story, more information, more emotion, and more content. Video gives a full scene with details and it’s also a way to tell stories with moving pictures and not just with words on paper. If you hook the audience in the first 20 seconds and focus on one central idea, you will build a bond in the same way that an author creates a relationship with their readers.
Writing for broadcast is actually a lot different than writing for print or radio. The lead is the same, however. It is supposed to grab the audience’s attention, but people today are more distracted while watching tv than they have been in the past. The lead is important because it needs to make the audience aware of the thing they are about to watch.
A broadcast story happens in more of a circle than a print story. The story should come full circle at the end. Soundbites are a large part of writing for broadcast stories. They provide natural sound and an inside opinion or look at the story being covered. It is important to write sentences leading into and out of them in a way that introduces the bites but doesn’t sound redundant.
Digital video is important because it shows the audience exactly what is happening. With radio and print, the audience has to visualize what they are hearing. Video allows the audience to hear AND see the story. Storyboarding is an important aspect of digital video. Laying out the exact shots and scripts in order gives the writer a better idea of how the story is going to turn out. Using a variety of shots also helps to make the story more interesting. KISS (keep it simple, stupid) is a good rule of thumb. having too much information or footage can be just as harmful as not having enough.
Journalism in the traditional sense refers to written media such as newspapers. But in today’s world there are so many mediums to use including audio journalism. “radio” has been reinvented as a powerful, nimble and increasingly indispensable medium. Audio platforms are evolving, but the immediacy and intimacy of storytelling with sound make digital audio a dynamic vehicle for the best in journalism. Audio is written more simply and conversationally, while journalism written for paper is much more expansive in how it is written. The best part of audio journalism is that audio is flexible enough to work in all settings. If you hear noises in the background of your interview, it could portray an aura or vibe. The background can sometimes be a selling point for audio journalism. You’re able to “see” with your ears.
Interviews are crucial when looking to fully grasp an understanding of a person or topic. By conducting an interview, you are able to take an in depth look into whatever it is the interview is about. With the right questions, new doors can be opened and new information brought to light.
It is important to avoid yes or no questions as they are short and simple and bring no real importance to the interview. Also, opened-ended questions lead to boring and short answers, so they too should be avoided. The questions that need to be asked are the “why” questions, which is the reason someone would want to be reading/listening to the interview in the first place. Failing to be able to conduct a good interview, can lead to a rough career as a journalist. Or maybe even no career at all.