Sunday, May 07, 2006

Broadcast Tips

[ ] use present tense where possible
[ ] remind listeners of story as you go
[ ] locate opposing viewpoints
[ ] press record on machine as you enter and turn off after you leave so as to get "room tone" -- you can only air what you have permission to air, but you can't air it at all if you don't have it!
[ ] if narrating, read script out loud before recording
[ ] hold script our in front of you so you aren't looking down at the page

repackage your broadcast interviews and research for print media:

1. get to know editors. by name.

2. collect writers guidelines, advertizers kits, review publications for

3. Query !
before writing a piece, send an e-mail with an attention grabbing intro (one line) with your credentials

- include name, address, phone, e-mail on all items incl. photographs, copyright logo.
- send as package
The Headline, The Lead, The Body, The Conclusion (think quotes)
Photographs, Photo Captions, Side Bar
1. verify internet info and watch print materials for datedness
2. strive for 2 sources when fact checking, also proof quotes and surrounding info with subjects
3. record/transcribe all interviews and/or "get it writing"
one of my instructors said
"you don't need to get a signed waiver of the person/people you're photographing unless your photos will be used for advertising purposes. And even in that case, if it's in a public place one is not necessary."

"With digital, I probably shoot 50 to 100 photos on one subject, (for instance shots of various hooves for an article on hoof injuries) and then easily upload them to my computer where I sort them out and save them in a file on my computer named Hoof Injuries."

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