A Lakshna story

Title credit: Sarah Hill

I am not much of a video person. For me, the written word always holds more power than sounds and images can.

Monday’s lecture was a video lecture by Sarah Hill (haha, I see what you did there, Prof. Rice!) and I thought she had some interesting points which work for print news too.

1. Write in the active voice – subject, verb, object. This is how you tell the difference between active and passive voice:

2. Write your script (I substituted script with article) but know it is going to change (sometimes, your sources give you information which completely changes the angle you had in mind).

3. Use the best video in the beginning. For news in print, we use the inverted pyramid – the best, most interesting part of the article is the lead.

Image from Wikipedia

4. Stories have a beginning, middle and end. Except in print, the order is played around with. Typically, the end is the beginning (read: inverted pyramid)

5. Make sure your story has the “today time element”. For print, this is a “duh”.

I find it fascinating how telling a story through video or print is essentially a play of words. With video, it is a game of matching sounds and words. With print, it is a competition of words – which one gets picked to go where.

Image credits:

1. Twitter image: http://ppbh.com/grammar-and-zombies/

2. Inverted pyramid image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_voice

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March 15, 2013 · 10:48 pm

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