1. Re-write a newspaper story (from any newspaper) in broadcast VOSOT style. A sample form is provided for you (Look at the TV News Story Formats section in the Course Documents Module of Canvas). Make sure there is at least one quote from a named source in the newspaper article. Write the script according to the sample. Your director’s cues are in bold type. The anchor’s script is typed in non-bold. Make sure you include running times (you do not have to have exact time on this) plus an accurate outcue on the quote. Your lead sentence must be written in present, present-perfect, or future tense. Three points will automatically be counted off if you write your lead sentence in past tense. Your story must be written in ALL CAPS and double-spaced. The newspaper article must come from material dated from March 27-April 3,2019. THIS PORTION IS WORTH 17 points.2. Re-write a lead sentence or main idea of another newspaper story (from any newspaper) in broadcast style anchorpackage lead-in style. A sample form is provided for you (Look at the TV News Story Formats section in the Course Documents Module of Canvas). Make sure there are least two quotes from at least two different named sources in the newspaper article. Your director’s cues are in bold type. The anchor’s script is typed in none-bold type. You are the reporter so make sure your name is listed as (Your name) reports. Make sure you include running times (you do not have to have an exact time on this). Your lead sentence must be written in present, present-perfect, or future tense. Three points will automatically be counted off if you write your lead sentence in past tense. Your story must be written in ALL CAPS and double-spaced. The newspaper article must come from material dated from March 27-April 3, 2019. THIS PORTION IS WORTH 16 points.3. Re-write the same newspaper story (as used in #2) in broadcast reporter package style. A sample form is provided for you (Look at the TV News Story Formats section in the Course Documents Module of Canvas). The article must have at least two quotes from two different named sources. Your reporter voice tracks do not have to be written in present, present-perfect, or future tense. They may be written in any verb tense. Five points will automatically be taken off if the first sentence of your reporter package script is the same as your lead sentence of the anchor package lead-in script. Your closing on the story must read, Your name, Troy Trojan Vision News. Your story must be written in ALL CAPS and double-spaced. THIS PORTION IS WORTH 17 points.See attach Word Document.
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TV NEWS STORY FORMATS
A Reader or Copy in television is essentially the same as in radio. An on-camera
anchor reads a story with no additional video.
A VO (short for Voice-Over) is a story in which an anchor reads over pictures.
There is no additional audio, except possibly for natural ambient sound that the
anchor reads over.
A Soundbite is similar to a radio actuality. It is a shortened excerpt of an
interview. SOT (short for Sound on Tape) is another name for a soundbite.
A VOSOT (short for Voice-Over Sound on Tape) is a story in which the anchor
reads over pictures and then pauses for a soundbite. Another name for VOSOT is
V-O-B or V-O Bite (Voice Over Bite).
A Package is a self-contained story that includes the reporter’s voice-over
narration, soundbites, pictures, sometimes a stand-up (a segment in which the
reporter appears on camera), and a standard outcue (For example- Cindy Wilkins,
Troy Trojan Vision News).
Types of stand-ups: An opening stand-up should never be used in a TV
package unless the story is a LIVE piece where the reporter is on the scene to
introduce his/her package. Otherwise, an opening stand-up should not be used
unless the reporter is the most important part of the story. Chances are likely the
reporter will not be the most important part of the story. In other words, if the
story is about a house fire, then show opening pictures of the fire, not the
A bridge stand-up occurs in the middle of the package (these are used often).
A closing stand-up occurs at the end of the story (these are used often). The
closing stand-up must include an ending thought and the standard outcue, not
solely the standard outcue.
Super (short for Super-Imposed Image) is a title, produced by a character
generator that appears on the screen in a TV news story. For example, when a
soundbite subject appears on screen, his/her name appears on screen as well.
This is a super.
TV NEWS STORY FORMAT samples
Sample Script for VOSOT
March 27, 2019
Anchor on Camera (No video)
Montgomery’s population has grown by one, thanks to the addition of a new
Take Tape (Anchor VO)
Sheeban, a rare white Bengal tiger, was born this morning at the Montgomery
Zoo, weighing in at 22 pounds.
Sheeban joins her mom, Simba, and three siblings as the zoo’s latest additions.
Zoo director Kim Summers says the new
tiger will feed on milk and small bites of beef for the next few days.
Outcue: “We couldn’t be happier.”
Running Time: 12 seconds
Keep Tape (Anchor VO)
The zoo is open daily from nine a-m until four p-m.
Supers: Montgomery, AL
Total Tape Running Time: 45 seconds
Sample Script for Package Lead-In
March 27, 2019
Anchor on Camera (No Video)
Fire officials may have an answer to what caused a blaze which destroyed the
Pike County Courthouse early
(Your name) reports.
Supers: Troy, AL
Capt. Steve Carter
Troy Fire Dept.
Troy Trojan Vision News
Total Tape Running Time: 1:23
Sample Reporter Package Script
March 27, 2019
Reporter Voice Track #1:
Construction crews had just finished renovation work on the courthouse building
when the fire broke out. Mario Bantini, owner of the Cafe Trojan, watched the
blaze from his restaurant across the street.
Outcue: Even before the fire trucks got here.
Reporter Voice Track #2:
Officials say the building was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Fire
chief Steve Carter says the building could not be saved.
Outcue: The building did not have a prayer.
Reporter Voice Track #3:
Officials do not anticipate foul play but are not yet certain as to the cause of the
fire. They estimate the damage at slightly more than three million dollars. Your
name, Troy Trojan Vision News.
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