5 How To Write A Tv News Story

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5 How To Write A Tv News Story

  1. 1. How to write a TV News story OR: Keep it: Light, tight and bright.
  2. 2. The ‘field’ intro <ul><li>The field intro will often depend on the the ‘throw’ </li></ul><ul><li>If it is a live segment, the intro will often answer a question from the studio </li></ul><ul><li>If pre-recorded the intro confirms what has been said in the studio </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s look at some examples </li></ul>
  3. 3. The pre-recorded field intro <ul><li>Here you need to restate the main points but not simply copy the intro from the studio – using the Malcolm in England example… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prince Malcolm met with the king and his top advisors in a closed door session at the palace this morning. The resulting treaty will see England provide military and technical support to a maximum of 10,000 men. The prince was keen to …… </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What next? <ul><li>The pre-recorded segment – </li></ul><ul><li>You them simply tell the rest of the story, providing more information, interviewing key players and explaining any complex visuals you may be showing. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s better to let the participants tell the story, through interviews and other ‘grabs’, rather than just have the reporter speak the whole time. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A live studio ‘throw’ and field answer intro <ul><li>Studio: Pearl’s Max Minimum is on the scene. Max, what can you tell us about the treaty signed today? </li></ul><ul><li>Field: Well, Andrew the prince met in a closed door session with the king and his top advisors for 4 hours this morning. The treaty will certainly aid the prince’s move to retake the Scottish throne with 10,000 soldiers and technical officers promised to his campaign…. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The live segment <ul><li>After the initial intro you have a number of choices – you can ‘throw’ to a pre recorded segment, continue a Q&A session with the anchor, turn and do a live interview, or tell the rest of the story yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget, in TV, at the end of your answer, if you are throwing back to the studio for another question, you should say the anchor’s name, so they know it’s their turn to talk. </li></ul><ul><li>Eg … with 10,000 soldiers and technical officers promised to his campaign, Andrew? </li></ul>

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