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PRODUCTION Planning, quality control and review Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
The production process <ul><li>What issue are you intending to cover? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the target audience? </li><...
The production process <ul><li>Have you done your research?  </li></ul><ul><li>Where can you find background information? ...
The production process <ul><li>Be sure you know your facts before conducting an interview  </li></ul><ul><li>Draft out an ...
The production process <ul><li>Logistics - who does what?  </li></ul><ul><li>Guest bookings - when is the interviewee avai...
The production process <ul><li>Take spare batteries if possible  </li></ul><ul><li>Is it safe to go where you intend to go...
The production process <ul><li>What material has been gathered?  </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to it and take notes </li></ul><...
The production process <ul><li>Check all facts - is the material accurate?  </li></ul><ul><li>Check the ethics - is the ma...
The production process <ul><li>Has the interview killed the story?  </li></ul><ul><li>Is the material the best you could h...
The production process <ul><li>What worked and what didn't work? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you have done better?  </li><...
The production process <ul><li>What would you do differently next time?  </li></ul><ul><li>Were you in danger at any point...
The production process <ul><li>Remember all these tips and jot down your own as you work </li></ul><ul><li>One day you may...
<ul><li>The source of the following material in this module. </li></ul>Media Helping Media
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The news production process

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  1. 1. PRODUCTION Planning, quality control and review Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  2. 2. The production process <ul><li>What issue are you intending to cover? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the target audience? </li></ul><ul><li>What questions would they want you to ask on their behalf? </li></ul><ul><li>Who would be best to answer those questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Who could you talk to in order to dig deeper? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you include diverse perspectives? </li></ul><ul><li>1: Planning the story </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear about what you want </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  3. 3. The production process <ul><li>Have you done your research? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can you find background information? Library, online, newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>What has been said before? </li></ul><ul><li>What questions were left unanswered? </li></ul><ul><li>2: Producing the material </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering the news </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  4. 4. The production process <ul><li>Be sure you know your facts before conducting an interview </li></ul><ul><li>Draft out an initial script, but keep an open mind for the unexpected </li></ul><ul><li>Try to think through the way the story will work </li></ul><ul><li>Better to have a framework before you start, you can always discard it. </li></ul><ul><li>2: Producing the material </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering the news </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  5. 5. The production process <ul><li>Logistics - who does what? </li></ul><ul><li>Guest bookings - when is the interviewee available? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you briefed the interviewee about the area of questioning? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you got official permission to interview? (applicable in sensitive situations) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the equipment ready? </li></ul><ul><li>3: Setting up the story </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics and resources </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  6. 6. The production process <ul><li>Take spare batteries if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Is it safe to go where you intend to go? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you told someone where you are going? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you communicate with the office or your producer? </li></ul><ul><li>Let them know when you arrive and when you leave </li></ul><ul><li>Be punctual - be there when you say you will. </li></ul><ul><li>3: Setting up the story </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics and resources </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  7. 7. The production process <ul><li>What material has been gathered? </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to it and take notes </li></ul><ul><li>What news angles have been uncovered? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the headline for your story? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the summary? </li></ul><ul><li>What angles need to be developed? </li></ul><ul><li>4: Quality control </li></ul><ul><li>Honest assessment </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  8. 8. The production process <ul><li>Check all facts - is the material accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Check the ethics - is the material fair, objective and impartial? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need to approach anyone for a right of reply? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you miss anything? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need to add any more information </li></ul><ul><li>Does the piece still make sense? </li></ul><ul><li>4: Quality control </li></ul><ul><li>Honest assessment </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  9. 9. The production process <ul><li>Has the interview killed the story?  </li></ul><ul><li>Is the material the best you could have possibly produced in the time available? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it inform the public debate, or is it just more noise? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it clear, or is it confusing? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you used simple and short sentences? Remember KISS, keep it short and simple. </li></ul><ul><li>4: Quality control </li></ul><ul><li>Honest assessment </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  10. 10. The production process <ul><li>What worked and what didn't work? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you have done better? </li></ul><ul><li>Where did you make serious mistakes? </li></ul><ul><li>Where did you do really well? </li></ul><ul><li>5: Production review </li></ul><ul><li>How did we do? </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  11. 11. The production process <ul><li>What would you do differently next time? </li></ul><ul><li>Were you in danger at any point? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you take any unnecessary risks? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you find the exercise rewarding in professional terms? </li></ul><ul><li>5: Production review </li></ul><ul><li>How did we do? </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  12. 12. The production process <ul><li>Remember all these tips and jot down your own as you work </li></ul><ul><li>One day you may be training other in how to do it </li></ul><ul><li>Your experiences will be valuable to the media leaders of the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Final word </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you always learn </li></ul>Image courtesy of Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  13. 13. <ul><li>The source of the following material in this module. </li></ul>Media Helping Media
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