Presentation on theme: "Creating a Television News Package. What is a News Package? A News Package is a news story done by a reporter that includes the reporters narrative, on-camera."— Presentation transcript:
Creating a Television News Package
What is a News Package? A News Package is a news story done by a reporter that includes the reporters narrative, on-camera interviews, and footage that puts the story in context. It is a self-contained unit capable of standing on its own.
Here are some examples: Click here for a student news package from a High School in Chicago Click here for a student news package from a High School in Chicago Click on the Black Box for one local package Click on this Black Box for another local package …and one last example of a local news story
What does a News Package Include? A well-written news story On-camera reporter stand-ups Visually appealing and relevant footage that helps tell the story On-camera interviews with primary or secondary sources
How do you put one together? First, choose a topic, just like you would for any news story. Do research. Set up, conduct and tape interviews. Tape b-roll footage. Edit the interviews and b-roll. Then, decide what your focus will be. What do you want to know? What do you want to tell your audience? Tape your stand-ups. Finish editing and view your final product for fine-tuning.
Is topic appropriate for your viewing audience? Does topic have good opportunities for B- Roll? *B-Roll= visually appealing footage that can be used to help tell your story. Choosing Your Topic
Choosing Your Topic continued Is there a beginning, middle and end to your story? Are there opportunities for Primary Source interviews? Are there Secondary Sources available to comment on the topic?
Pre-production planning Research your topic (newspaper and/or magazine articles, internet, other resources) Develop a list of interview questions for primary and secondary sources (5W + H) Make appointments to conduct your interview.
Production Steps Tape your interviews Tape your B-roll Tape your stand-up (the ONE time the reporter appears ON camera)
Post-Production Steps Transcribe your interviews OR log interview comments with in-cues and out-cues. Yes, this means you must write or type what your source has said. This is a really reliable way to assure that you get the best sound bites possible. Play your video and close your eyes. Listen to the interviews for good sound bites.
Post-Production Steps Continued Edit interviews Use the best seconds of the interview. Or use multiple second sound bites of the interview if there is more than one useful bite.
Post-Production Steps continued Write, record and edit bridges (your voice-over that connects the interviews together) Write, record and edit your stand-ups
Post-Production Steps Continued If there are edits that need to be covered (jump cuts,) use transitions or cover with b-roll. If someone says something with a lot of emotion, leave their headshot in and do not cover with b-roll. Watch your package from beginning to end.
Finish Your Package Add names and titles for primary sources. Add your name and title and name of news station during your stand-up. Watch your package one last time and fix any mistakes before submitting it.