WINOL: Bulletin Debrief 13.11.13

The feedback we received from Claudia Murg was largely positive as she thought our bulletin was watchable, flowed well and looked professional. There was strong confidence on camera and good graphics.

Areas to improve on:

  • more planning – the bulletin didn’t reflect high aspirations
  • more thought into audience and who your story affects
  • find a local, but unique angle – bring something new to the bulletin
  • if interviews fall through, let your audience know
  • take more risks
  • journalism is all about curiosity and contacts
  • talk to real people
  • challenge interviewers – ‘you are the eyes and ears of the public’
  • make interviews exciting
  • be human and yourself – bring emotion to your stories
  • read into what people say rather than working too closely to your agenda
  • interviewing is too safe – take the fear out of interviews
  • don’t waste people’s time talking about stuff you already know – make it worthwhile for interviewees
  • clarify your expectations

Feedback from Ian Anderson was also very positive. Production was on time which is utterly crucial. Visuals on headlines and text was really good and packages were well explained this week. In addition, the in-studio interview was very professional. Access to interesting places and people was great this week (especially Spencer’s interview with Bob Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands) – as this shows journalistic enterprise. Sequences were well thought out and showed both sides of the story. There was a great driving story that demonstrated a real feel of middle market TV News. Sports had a very good interview with ex-Southampton player David Armstrong. 

Areas to improve on:

  • sort out eye-lines in interviews
  • add more context

Overall, this week was a very successful bulletin with lots of interesting interviews and well produced packages.

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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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