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.
- STICK TO THE TEMPLATE!
- 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.
- “My voice sounds weird!” It probably does not. Everyone else will think it sounds just like you.
- Note that this template is basically 3 still pictures, with a rapid movement between each one. DO NOT let your camera wander!
- 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.
- Do not just describe what people can already see. It’s good if your voice-over adds something to the pictures.
- 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.