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.

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About brackenstockley

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