Workshop: Writing and Storytelling for TV Journalists

Workshop Friday 26 April 2013, 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Join us for a day long masterclass that moves from the basic elements of television packaging through to the most sophisticated techniques, making extensive use of tape material. It is designed to work for both newcomers and experienced professionals who want to improve their storytelling.

You will learn a range of essential craft skills and techniques: how to write sentences that work for TV; techniques the great writers use; how to use natural sound; how to script pictures; how to make stories flow; how to achieve clarity. You will learn some powerful techniques for structuring stories. We will also look at what makes a good piece to camera, and more personal issues like vocal delivery. Along the way we’ll look at issues like using humour and reporter involvement.

The session will be led by Vin Ray, a former BBC Foreign Editor, Executive Editor and the founding Director of the BBC College of Journalism. During his time at the BBC, Vin was in charge of on-air talent and recruited and developed many of the corporation’s best known journalists. He was described as ‘a revered teacher’ by Andrew Marr, one of the many journalists Vin trained to broadcast. In 2004, he was awarded the Dart Centre’s ‘Distinguished Media Leadership Award’ at a ceremony in New York.
 He left the BBC in 2010 and now works as a writer, consultant and trainer.

Image Credit: BBC College of Journalism