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WiS II Lesson Seven - the Wraparound or Package

September 2nd, 2010

In Lesson Three we learned that when a reporter gets information on an event or news assignment and shares that information with the audience, either live or recorded, that's called a voicer.  The "voice" in a voicer is not the voice of the news source; it's the voice of the reporter.  A voicer does not include an actuality.   But suppose you have an actuality to make the story more authentic, more informative?  If the studio newsreader introduces the reporter, and the reporter delivers a full write-up, an actuality (or two) and closes with a write-out and lockout, you have a wraparound, or video's package.workbook.gif

As was the case with the voicer,  the newsreader will add your soft lede to the main news copy (script).  After the soft lede, you'll write for the news reader:  "Reporter (your name) has details."  What follows will be your recorded voice picking up with the titled-source-says sentences. In a video package, appropriate video accompanies (and is edited to match) this voice-over.

Your write-up copy is no different from any phoner, but you get to record it yourself.  You record your write-out, too.  Then you place the actuality (or video's bite) between the two on the computer.

After the last sentence of the story, you tack on a lockout.  That's all there is to the wraparound.  It's wrapped up like a package.  In fact, in TV broadcast journalism they call the video counterpart a package.writingpractice.jpg

Now take the story you just wrote for the Lesson 6 Off-Campus Phoner.  Recopy it and indicate that the newsreader will take care of your lede.  Add the toss to you.  Indicate that you are first heard reading the titled-source-says line.  At the end add your lockout, "For Warrior Radio News, I'm ...".

Your paper should follow this format:

Newsreader: (soft lede and toss)

Reporter: (titled source says)

                                    (actuality in-cue)

                                    (actuality out-cue)

                        (write-out)

                         (lock-out)

Teaching suggestion: We've improved the model above.  You can find the revised MicWriter model by clicking on the "MicWriter" page link at the top of the page.