News Broadcast > News Package
Breaking Down the News Package
- Intro Tease (Anchor)
- Lead Sentence (Reporter)
- Story Arc
- Who, What, When, Where, Why, How
- Outro (Reporter)
Sample News Package: Hurricane Sandy
This sample package shows the ABC news anchor curing up the story with an intro tease about the hurricane. She then flips the story to the live reporter on scene. The reporter gives her intro lead sentence and then the package rolls. At the end, the reporter sends viewers back to the anchor, who continues with the news.
- Student Names:
- Deadline Date:
- Working title of your story:
- Reporter Information:
- Type of story (hard news, sports, current issues, feature):
- Location of interview and BROLL:
- Sources (magazine, newspaper, person, etc. that inspired your idea or research):
- Summary (explain what the story is about and why ‘your’ students & the (‘your’ community will care):
- Telling the story visually (describe the beginning, middle & end of your story:
- Who will you need to interview? Compile a list of questions you will ask each interviewee? Keep in mind that you may ask different people different questions.
- Additional Background & Notes (information & statistics that might be useful in your story & the viewer may find interesting)
- When (Timeliness):
- Where (Proximity):
- Who (Human Interest):
- What (Relevance):
- Why (Conflict):
- How (Controversy):
- Write the anchor's lead-in to the reporter:
- Reporter's Lead Sentence:
- Reporter's End Tag:
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Lynda experts cover 'Planning and Prepping for an Interview.' This gentleman breaks down the thought process on adjusting types of shots (wide shot, medium shot, close-up) while conducting an interview.
- Put yourself in their shoes and make them feel comfortable.
- Adjust your tone and demeanor depending on the type of interview you're doing.
- Ask questions that require interviewees to answer in a complete sentence (not just 'yes' or 'no').
- Listen to your interviewee and ask follow-up questions.
- Consider your audience and what they are interested in learning.
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Katie Couric Shares Interview Tactics
Katie Couric is a well-known journalist who has worked for many news outlets including NBC and CBS. She speaks here about her experiences in conducting interviews. She makes a few pointers for those starting out.
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Basic workflow of how to organize a timeline for a news package;