Former editor of BBC; Ian Anderson made a visit to Winchester University in order to help guide and give advice to the current year 3 single honour journalism class (me). He was lucky enough to view some of the television news packages produced by the year 3 on stories around the city that they believed were interesting and would grab the readers.
The advice he gave was exceptional and really gave me an insight in to what things regional news packages look for:
* Good language
* Clear communication in words and style
* Don’t over complicate the piece
One good piece of advice he gave which i found interesting was to use a PTC (Piece to camera) as much as you can, or about 30 - 40 seconds depending on the length of the package. It is the quickest and easiest way of giving those who are watching the correct information whilst propelling the narrative forward, but also it highlights the journalist who is doing the piece to the audience! If you are an up and coming journalist the only way you can get people to see how good you are, is to show them how good you are. PTC's shows exactly how well you make packages in front of the camera and behind the scenes also. "Don’t be scared to be in the PTC", said Ian. "It helps to promote you".
The compliments he gave to our studio, our skills and of course our course was great too. Journalists nowadays, especially when working with smaller companies, have to become Video Journalists or VJ's for short. These are journalists that are multi-skilled across all fields of journalism whether it is in television, radio, newspaper or magazines or even with video a package, editing, sound and lighting. There is some bad news in there too ... If anything goes wrong with the package (bad footage, too long, too short etc) it means they are solely responsible.
Also, don’t be afraid to be in the shot when interviewing someone, it gives the audience the knowledge that you are there doing what you say you are doing.
With my group’s package, he liked the story it was based on, and the editing. He did say that one way it could be improved was to do the piece to the camera where the action was taken place and not another part of the university.