How to Be a TV News Reporter : News Reading Tips for a TV News Reporter

BILL ALBIN: Hello, I’m Bill Albin. And on
behalf of Expert Village, I’m going to teach you what you need to know to be a local news
reporter. In this clip, we’re going to cover one of the four basic story types in news.
The four are–quickly–readers, VOs, VOSOTs and packages. In this clip, we’re going to
talk about readers. Readers are exactly how they sound. You’re just reading something.
It’s the story; it’s just text. There’s no video; there’s no sound bites; there’s no
pre-packaged interesting things that we’re going to throw in there. It’s just me talking
to you like I’m talking to you right now. But when you use something like this, well,
you would use it when you don’t have any video or when you don’t have any sound bites. For
example, if we’re doing a story that’s breaking news and we don’t know a great deal about
the story yet but we still want to make sure that the viewers are aware of what’s going
on, then we would do with the reader. And it could possibly be a live shot. So we’re
not to the scene with the truck or set up everything over there, the equipment, and
I will just stand here and talk about what’s around me. But there’s no like video that
will go over the story. There’s no sound bites that will go over the story. It will be just
the information that I received from whoever is on the scene dealing with that situation,
and I will relate that situation to you, the viewer.

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