Desk: video explainer
Everyone in the Desk News Workshop must do one video explainer, which counts as one of your six pieces. This should be done while you’re in the reporting pool.
An explainer can be a backgrounder, FAQ, how-to, etc. It provides context on a particular issue, topic or person. It is always focused and usually answers one general question (e.g. what is the significance of an eagle feather, how do you pronounce these words). Often it’s evergreen content, meaning it can be resurfaced and reused. Refer to your notes from the session with Prof. Sue Newhook.
- Your video may be local, national or international in scope, but it must be relevant to our local audience.
- It must include original reporting. This means you need to do at least one interview and look for relevant and authoritative online sources.
- Your video should be around one minute — no shorter than 30 sec. and no longer than two minutes. Add your source(s) at the end.
- You are expected to produce your own video, but you may ask a classmate to help with production (e.g. set up a tripod, help with lighting or audio).
- Package your video using mobile apps on your smartphone. If you want to use desktop programs, ask Terra.
- Pitch your idea to the Desk instructor (Terra) any time you are in the reporting pool. Make sure you can answer the following:
- Is your idea focused?
- Is it relevant or of interest to a local audience?
- Is it timely or topical? Don’t pitch a how-to related to gardening in the dead of winter (unless you have a compelling reason to do this!).
- Does it lend itself to visuals? Do you have or can you get visuals to make this work?
- Is it possible to get this done in the time you have? Is it viable?
- Once your idea is approved, meet with Terra to discuss your reporting plan, possible tools (e.g. iMovie) and set a deadline.
- Videos must be screened and edited before they are published.
- Final videos should be uploaded to The Signal’s YouTube account. Add an appropriate title and summary.
Refer to the syllabus and the section on weekly reporting. A misspelled name means an F for the writing portion of your grade!
Last Updated: January 14, 2019, 5:20 pm AST