BBC Resources for Making a News Broadcast

Video: How to make a video news report (7 mins)

Learn how to make a great video report with some help from the BBC reporter Sophie Long.

School Reporters show how the news-making process works and break down the components of a good news package.

Video and guide: How to make your own teleprompter! (4 mins)

Newsreaders need to be able to read an autocue – and now School Reporters can follow suit.

But don’t worry – your school doesn’t have to shell out hundreds of pounds on expensive equipment.

This video explains how, in true Blue Peter style, you can make one yourselves with some cardboard, sticky tape, a CD case and a smartphone!

Using an autocue or teleprompter means the presenter can read their lines while looking directly at the camera and can help to make your reports look even more professional.

Alternatively, you could also use this website which enables you to create an autocue on your computer.

Video: Video journalism masterclass (8 mins 30 secs)

Are your School Reporters planning on making TV packages?

Watch BBC video journalist Mark Egan giving his top tips for making great news reports. From checking you have all the kit, to shooting different angles and coming up with creative ideas, this video will help you get up to speed with making reports.

And for some examples of some off-the-wall and brilliantly creative ideas that make a great impact on the screen, have a look at theseĀ suggestions from BBC journalist Brady Haran.

Video: Writing headlines (12 mins 30 secs)

In this video on the BBC’s College of Journalism’s website, BBC news presenter Huw Edwards introduces the importance of good headline writing to TV news programmes.

Also in this section, you can work through senior TV producer Brian Whelan’s video guide to good headlines, Sian Williams’ guide to writing TV intros and Neil Churchman’s guide to writing radio cues.

Video: Presenting Live TV (17 mins 30 secs)

In this video, from the BBC’s College of Journalism, Jon Sopel of the BBC News Channel offers his presenting advice.

As he explains, there are difficult judgments to make – how much and how carefully to plan; how much to script; how much to learn by heart; how often you can just rely on describing what’s happening around you. There are other masterclasses in this section of the site, including one on doing pieces to camera.

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