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A training module written for journalism students preparing for a career in the media.

A training module written for journalism students preparing for a career in the media.

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    The news production process The news production process Presentation Transcript

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