This template enables you to work on your own. You prepare and memorise a short, structured voice-over: three sentences for three shots, all recorded in a single take.



Helpful hints

  2. Find your own voice. Do not try to imitate the TV. Make it personal, but tightly worded. While some people are naturals from the outset, finding a style which works for you can take a while. Get out there and practise, make sure you publish the best take from each report, and get some feedback.
  3. “My voice sounds weird!” It probably does not. Everyone else will think it sounds just like you.
  4. Note that this template is basically 3 still pictures, with a rapid movement between each one. DO NOT let your camera wander!
  5. It is good to have an opinion about a subject, but you also want to report to people who are not necessarily on your side, so make sure you talk like a journalist. Be accurate. If you are estimating, say so. Sign off with your real name, so that people can hold you to account. All of this builds trust in citizen media.
  6. Do not just describe what people can already see. It’s good if your voice-over adds something to the pictures.
  7. DO NOT be a perfectionist. It may stop you from getting your news out. “Good enough is good enough.” Publish, get feedback, make some more.