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MicWriter on Video

My colleagues far away often ask me how the MicWriter model is adapted to video production. I tell them it’s a snap, and I’m not kidding. It’s this simple:

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Revised February 13, 2010

Revised for use with video August 21, 2010

1.  Soft lede:  Active voice sentence, few details

The anchor has the soft lede and adds a toss to the reporter’s VO on digital recording: “Mary Jones has details, etc.”

2.  Write-up: “(Position title) (source first and last name) says … ” (complete sentence: generalization or lead-in)

Edited video w/ or w/o mixed sound accompanies reporter’s VO into actuality (or throughout story).

3.  Actuality

In-cue: “(First few words) … ”

Out-cue: ” … (last few words).”

DougKTAR72.jpgThe actuality is the bite, the source on camera talking about the issue or event.

4.  Write-out: (details)

“(Source) also says … ” (complete sentence)

(Where do we go from here: location or future of issue)

More edited video is matched to the reporter’s VO. OR this can be a stand-up close delivered by the reporter on camera.

5.  Lock-out:  “For K-W-X-L News, I’m … ”

The lock-out can be delivered VO or stand-up.

Of course, the formulaic nature of MicWriter is more evident in video form, but students will see how professionals use and vary the elements and experiment, themselves. I hope this is helpful. Do not hesitate to write Doug Potter at writinginstereo@gmail.com for help.