WINOL: Bulletin Debrief: 09.10.13

News Editor: Christina Michaels

After receiving feedback from Ian Anderson and Brian Thornton, it was clear that there were certain points for us to improve on as a team on Winol:

  • stories need a better quality of writing – consider headlines, opening lines and top line
  • it is essential that reporters write a two sentence cue
  • get stories finished in plenty of time (a day ahead)
  • get script to production earlier
  • don’t use the same top line as headline
  • give sound bytes room to breathe or viewers won’t be able to keep up
  • better framing on camera work
  • variation shots – close > wide (not the other way around)
  • to solve identification issues, children need to be out of focus
  • in interviews don’t be obsessed by asking the next question – listen to answers and analyse them
  • negotiating access is key
  • returning to stories is good / check with sources and contacts for updates
  • sequences are great (like Zeena’s)
  • be confident to tell people (even of authority) what to do/where to go
  • don’t interview students unless it’s completely relevant to your story
  • having more shots of people creates a livelier package
  • don’t talk over pictures that are automatically interesting

Overall, this week we had better quality on cameras and sound, good light and shade and a nice mix of stories. However, next week reporters were advised to have more breaking news.


About brackenstockley

Contributor to the JusticeGap and WINOL. Currently studying journalism at the University of Winchester (Year Three).
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