Mastering TV news reporting

by NO_AUTHOR | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 13 September 2010 17:40 GMT

Journalists drawn from around the world came together in London to explore the challenges of TV news reporting in the most recent of TRF's broadcast media training courses.

The five-day workshop attracted 14 participants from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans and South America who relished the opportunities to tackle practical exercises as well as theoretical discussion. "Outstanding" and "a challenging week for me but also fun" were just two of the responses from those taking part.

TRF provided a similar workshop at the Reuters office in Mexico City in August for 23 trainees. Updated modules included guidance on working on breaking news stories, useful logistics to aid coverage of natural disasters, advances in TV newsgathering technology and how to use the internet to transmit stories.

TRF's television training courses cover the whole process of planning and delivering video news reports. Trainees learn how to manage sound and lighting and how to structure their shooting scripts to so that their news stories have clarity and best effect, while also scrupulously maintaining balance, accuracy and objectivity. There is special emphasis on improving interviewing and editing skills.

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