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The Programme

How to create and deliver a strong story from beginning to end.

This course is for reporters (correspondents) and producers, but may also be applicable to presenters.

Learning objectives

  • To be able to create the initial idea for a story
  • To understand the visual and audio elements needed for a story, combining new elements and library archive footage, in order to construct a powerful piece of TV storytelling
  • To be able to write to pictures

Course duration: 5 days

Attendee number: 10 (maximum per course)

Attendees: Reporters

Note: This course assumes that all participants are proficient in their job role.

The course is based on theory and practical sessions aimed at ensuring reporters and producers can conceive and deliver a dynamic finished item for programmes and news bulletins.

Attendees will be given an exercise in putting a story together, working at times as a group and at times on their own.

During the workshop, attendees will need access to an ENG cameraman and an editor.

Course content

Part 1: How to create a story idea

  • Every story starts with an idea
  • Story ideas that start in the public domain (for example at a sports event)
  • Original story ideas
  • Developing and updating a story

Part 2: The story ingredients

  • The storyboard – creating a treatment for television
  • Preparation and planning for all the required ingredients
  • Briefing colleagues (cameramen and editors)
  • Making sure nothing is forgotten

Part 3: Putting it all together

  • Preparing for the edit
  • Writing to pictures
  • A beginning, a middle and an end
  • Joining the elements to create a natural flow

Part 4: The finished product

  • Review of edited pieces and discussion / feedback

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Originate their own story ideas and react to stories already in the public domain, create a storyboard and treatment for their VT package, brief colleagues for required ingredients and deliver a powerful and coherent story for programmes or the news.

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