Week 6 (16/3): Workflow, scripting, and content

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  • This week: WHS assessment allocation
  • Workflow – from idea stage to research and planning, through recording to production, editing and posting/broadcast
  • Scripting: narration, intros and outros
  • Content – How to find an expert

Once you have found the expert you would like to interview, you’ll need to ensure that the interview itself runs as smoothly as possible. This means having a high-quality video feed, and that requires reliable connectivity for the guest.

Consumer-grade video chat solutions are an option, but presents the broadcaster with the possibility of several unfortunate mishaps; you likely will find yourselves facing poor picture quality, audio and video breakup, and the added complexity of integrating the live video into your broadcast workflows. All of these issues draw you away from the interview that you’re conducting, adding unnecessary pressure at a critical moment.




From the desk of the Executive Producer

This week our secret special guest is coming in from LA. She’s one of Australia’s most experienced foreign correspondents, and she’s zooming in some hot tips mid class.

Workflow – where and how to find ideas

First things first – what defines the story? Let’s look at NEWS.

A news story is a written or recorded (or, occasionally, live) article or interview that informs the public about current events, concerns, or ideas.You don’t usually write the story – though sometimes local media will use exactly what words you give them – but you provide story ideas to journalists who then flesh out your idea to create the story as it appears.

A news story can be:

  • Long or short, depending on its newsworthiness (we’ll discuss this more later) or interest to people who watch TV, listen to the radio, or read the paper.
  • Written, recorded, live, or taped, depending on the medium you use and the timeliness of the story
  • HARD – full of important facts and news items, or SOFT – focusing on the personal, more human side of a news event or situation. An example of a hard news story is an article on the alarming rise of HIV cases in heterosexual women. A soft news, or feature, article would be a story about a man in a wheelchair overcoming architectural barriers in town as he moves through his day.

The Guardian’s NewsWise values act as a reference point throughout the project and define what we believe news should aim to be:

  • Truthful – reporting accurately and factually
  • Fair – treating everyone equally and with respect
  • Balanced – representing all sides of the story
  • Interesting – engaging the reader / viewer

These values are designed to enable you to judge the trustworthiness of information as well as to produce powerful stories.

Here is a great workflow for research from the University of Hong Kong


It’s time to build a work flow and find an expert and get interviewing!

Author: veritychambers

Journalist and teacher

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