How To Write A News Package• A news package is an innovative way to convey news to a broad audience. It is a visual form of news that has a story, characters, entertainment value, and facts.• The general population rarely sees news package scripts because the aspect you see on the evening news are video forms.• This guide is intended to teach you how to write a news package script. Whether you are an inexperienced reporter or somebody interested in public genres, understanding news packages an give us a more informed perspective of the news we watch daily.
The script• Writing a script should be the final step in creating an entire news package.• Long before you sit down to write out the script, you should be thinking of sound bytes and ways to structure your story.• News packages need to have a beginning, middle, and an end, as well as characters.• Be thinking of the direction you want it go as you shoot video and conduct interviews.• Once you have enough audio and video for your story, you are ready to begin:
Tips• Separate the script into two columns. On the left side, write video. On the right side, audio. Because you are writing for a visual medium, it is vital to separate out what the audience will see and what they will hear.• Choose sound bytes that are emotional, provide an interesting opinion, or help your story along. As you choose these sound bytes, mark the time on the tape next to the sound byte you write out so the editor can find it easily.
Tips• Write voice-overs that you, the reporter, will say to push the story along. The voice- overs should not stick out, but rather sound natural with the story.• Weave sound bytes and voice-overs together to create a cohesive audio section to your story.
Tips• Find places to put natural sound, which is strongly connected with video.• Write down video you have that complement the audio. You will have a large selection from shooting B-Roll in the field. Mark times next to the video so the editor can find it easily.• Read over your script and make sure it sounds natural, follows the guidelines of a story, and is easy to read so the editor will have an easier time editing it later.• Once the script is completed you are ready to go into the sound booth and record your voice-overs.