Guest Editor: Steve Brine, Conservative MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, previously worked as a journalist for the BBC and in the USA on radio.
- Too much use of local councillors. News stories should focus on the public to generate human interest.
- More initiative needed when sourcing our news stories – don’t try and turn press releases into television – too much reliance on ‘safe’ news.
- Posture is important when recording voiceover – always stand up to allow better quality. Also, bring emotion to your voice, plan in advance where to take pauses, what words to emphasise, ect.
- The Production team was excellent and the overall bulletin ran very smoothly. Good communication between presenter and director.
- Better identify target audience.
I consider this week as my first ‘whole’ news package. For the first time my package included interviews arguing both sides of the story as well as the use of sequences and a PTC. Visually, the story was weak and I created a reconstruction to make the package more interesting. Feedback was mixed on this particular package as the news peg was confusing however, using DSLR cameras in my interviews made the pictures very strong and I was pleased with the final outcome.