Week 7 (24/3): Starting on our video story

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BY CAZ ADAMS

To complete this part of the assessment, you will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence of practical activities, demonstrating your skills as related to the unit of competency.

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Week 7 (23/3): Great stories

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BY CHRIS NORTH

This week:

  • WHS assessment due
  • Special guest journo live from LA: Cath Turner
  • Re-cap workflow – from idea stage to research and planning, through recording to production, editing and posting/broadcast
  • The 5 Ws
  • Scripting work flow – developing narration, intros and outros
  • Content – how to find an expert

From the desk of the Executive Producer

Reuters LA Bureau Chief Cath Turner

This week our special guest is coming in from LA, Cath Turner. Cath has been in front of and behind a camera in the media industry for 20 years. And she’s held some extraordinary postings – from New York Correspondent for Al Jazeera to UK/Europe Correspondent for Channel 7. Now she’s back in LA as the Bureau Chief for Reuters. She’s one of Australia’s most experienced foreign correspondents, and she’s zooming in some hot tips exclusively for TAFE MoJo.

How to create a great story

Yes, it’s true, you are not only reporting a story, but when you are creating content you are telling a story as well.

Based on our workflow from last week, here are some more help in developing a content angle for a story.

Start By Finding An Angle For Your Content

Man Bites Dog” (Man bites dog – Wikipedia) is a classic example of a strong newspaper hook. Dogs frequently bite people. Flip the script, though, and suddenly you’ve got a story.

It’s a different twist on a familiar subject. You’re showing people something they haven’t seen before. In other words, you’ve found an angle.

What is an Angle?

In simplest terms, an angle is the main point of your content.

There are a few components to formulating a strong angle, including:

  • A unique perspective. What can you show your audience about a topic that no one else has covered yet?
  • A clear focus. Which specific details will your content cover?
  • Relevancy to a target audience. What would make someone want to read or watch your content?

Here’s an example of a headline from The Verge, a popular technology news site:

The headline and subhead alone tell us a few different things about this story’s angle.

  • The internet is a problematic place to archive content.
  • That’s because it’s easy to delete or forget about content.
  • This is important because you don’t want to lose your favourite content because of neglect.

Craft better content by understanding the 5 Ws (Who, What, Where, When, Why)

The five Ws (Who, What, Where, When, and Why) are considered foundational elements for storytelling and information gathering.

They’re used to piece together important story elements to describe events. Everyone from journalists to crime scene investigators use them to help understand what happened in a given scenario. When determining your angle, ask the following questions:

  • What happened or will happen? This is about the audience. What are they getting from the story?
  • Who made it happen? In other words, who is the subject or protagonist in your story?
  • When did it happen? When did an event in your story take place? Or, when would your audience apply the information you’re providing?
  • Where did it happen? What’s the setting for your content?
  • Why did it happen? Or, what’s the purpose of what you’re communicating?

Sorting out the wheat from the chaff

MoJo is about keeping the information relevant.

We will talk more about this graph in class and how to filter information to be relevant.

Week 2 (17/2): Intro to MoJo

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Yusuf Omar is the founder of MoJo org ‘Hashtag Our Stories’. He has a serious journalism pedigree – he’s the former mobile editor at the Hindustan Times, and also worked as Snapchat social media reporter at CNN.

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Week 4: Let’s get organised

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Before we start making lots of content, it’s helpful to set up some systems.

Where will you save your files? Your notes? Your research?

How will you name things?

How will you keep track?

And what happens if your drive is wiped, or your file corrupts? Will you have a back up somewhere?

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