On Camera

Book description

Want access to the best-kept secrets and tips for sounding and looking professional while presenting on-camera for television?

This is your toolkit.

Reardon's On Camera: How to Report Anchor and Interview teaches you how to become professional and effective on camera. Learn how to appear, and feel, at ease-whether doing an interview or reporting in the field, or whether reading copy from a prompter or giving a video presentation. Read about what tricks the pros use to get the best interview answers from their subjects.

. Nancy Reardon reveals a career's worth of inside stories from the world of reporting-insights toward helping you develop your professional skills

. Get the scoop on job techniques and essentials: how to anchor, report & interview with the hallmarks of a pro

. The CD-ROM is a course in itself, with video examples of how to interview on-camera, prompter copy for you to practice your reading and breathing techniques

These are the nuts and bolts of how to do the job at the network level or as a backpack journalist so that when you're standing in front of the camera, in the studio, or out on location-you know what you're doing. Nancy gives you techniques behind professional on camera presentation, with exercises drawn from her years of teaching. The book, co-written by Tom Flynn with decades of experience at the networks, provides tricks of the trade and some surprising-but-true stories from inside the business.

Presenting on camera is not limited to television. Today, most businesses require you to be media savvy. You have to learn how to comfortably present yourself in video conferences, as well as videotaped messages to large and small groups. Whether you are new to television or have experience in front of the camera, you can improve on your current skills by reflecting on the career-focused tips and tried-and-true principles inside this book's cover-all oriented to skills development.

The book's CD-ROM contains instructional videos, an interactive feature story that allows you to write, edit and read your script, as well as vocal technique demonstration videos led by the author. Included is prompter copy that you will get nowhere else. It gives you the experience of reading a script from the prompter just as the pros do in the studio.

We hope you enjoy the witty drawings by New Yorker cartoonist W. Miller, which illustrate on camera positioning!

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Writers' Biographies
  10. 1 On Camera
  11. Interviewing
  12. 2 Interviewing
    1. Prepare
    2. Communicate
    3. Listen
    4. To Pre-Interview or Not to Pre-I nterview?
    5. Be Polite
    6. Hard News Interviews
    7. Soft News Interviews
    8. The All-Important First Question
    9. The Shape of an Interview
    10. Time is of the Essence
    11. Answers that are Toooo Long
    12. Questions that are Toooo Long
    13. Yes or No Questions
    14. Anecdotes and Stories
    15. Have more Questions than You Think You Will Need
    16. Where Do You Look When You are Interviewing?
    17. Your Voice
    18. Whose Interview is it Anyway?
    19. The End of the Interview
    20. The Difference Maker
    21. Checklist
    22. Are there any Exercises I can Use?
    23. Exercise for Interview Variety
    24. Exercise for Questions
    25. Exercise for Listening
    26. Exercise for Flexibility
    27. One Last Exercise
    28. Practice, Practice, Practice
  13. 3 The Interviewee
    1. Know How You Appear
    2. Prepare
    3. Nerves
    4. Monotone = Boring
    5. Know Your Audience
    6. Have a Good Time
    7. Checklist
  14. On-Camera Reporting
  15. 4 Gathering the Facts
    1. Nancy's Accident Story
    2. It's Television. Get Video.
    3. See It. Shoot It
    4. Establish the Scene
    5. Cut-Aways, Reverses and Jump Cuts
    6. Jump Cuts
    7. Reverse Questions
    8. More Tricks of the Trade
    9. How to Start Your Taped On-Scene Interviews
    10. Live Interviews for On-Camera Reporters
    11. Checklist
  16. 5 Writing the Script
    1. Nancy's Class Fire Story
    2. On-Camera Field Interviews
    3. Let's Write the Script and Make a Package
    4. This is a Visual Medium
    5. Pace
    6. Language is a Tool
    7. Hard News/Light News
    8. Use of "We" Versus "You" in Your Script
    9. Reporting from the War Front
    10. Fat Head Advice
    11. Finding Your Stories and Developing Your Sources
    12. Conclusion to Writing the Script
    13. Checklist
  17. 6 Presenting the Report on Camera
    1. Studio Lead or Studio Throw
    2. The Open
    3. Beware of the Same Copy
    4. The Package
    5. Stand-Ups
    6. Be Creative But…
    7. Wallpaper
    8. Bridges
    9. Graphics
    10. File Tape
    11. The Close
    12. The Tag
    13. The Sign Off
    14. Q and A
    15. Reporter's Notes and Notebooks
    16. Microphone Position
    17. Where Do I Look?
    18. It's All in How You Ask the Question
    19. Intention
    20. Some Final Notes for On-Camera Reporter Interviews
    21. The Five Ws and the Dreaded H
    22. One Question at a Time
    23. Think of Your Priorities
    24. You are Going Live
    25. Stay Calm in a Crisis
    26. Don't Give Up
    27. Substitutions
    28. Crowd Control
    29. How do You Handle Disagreements with Your Boss?
    30. Conclusion
    31. Checklist
    32. Reporting Exercises
  18. Beat Reporting
  19. 7 Sports Reporting
    1. You're Still a Reporter
    2. Breaking In
  20. 8 Weather Reporting
    1. Watch the Over-Hype
    2. Trust Yourself
    3. Be Fast on Your Feet
    4. Details
    5. Airtime
    6. Signature
    7. Geography
    8. Weather-Speak
    9. Getting it Wrong is Not a Mistake
    10. Don't Hide Your Inner Ethic
  21. 9 Medical Reporting
    1. Do I Need To Be a Doctor?
    2. You Need to Know Both TV and Science
    3. TMI
    4. Don't Worry
    5. Legalities and Permissions
    6. Getting Started
    7. Where the Stories Are
    8. Sum Up
  22. 10 Legal Reporting
    1. Skills for a Legal Reporter
    2. Advice for Students
    3. Listen Up, You Idiot!
  23. 11 Entertainment Reporting
    1. Are You the One for MTV?
    2. Making a Reel for MTV
    3. The Question Everyone Asks
  24. 12 Business Reporting
    1. Skills
    2. Voice
    3. Looks
    4. Airtime
    5. Light News Stories in Business
    6. Traps
    7. Get Them to Talk to You
    8. Getting Started
  25. 13 Anchoring I
    1. Anchoring is a Craft
    2. Credibility is the Bedrock of the Anchor
    3. Who are You?
    4. Anchor Qualities and Skills
    5. Pace
    6. Other Things to Know About an Anchor's Read
    7. How Much Can I Move?
    8. Connections
    9. Try Substitution
    10. Voice and Read
    11. Subtext and Intentions
    12. Segue
    13. Hey! Relax!
    14. Anchor Jack (and Jill for that Matter) are Dull
    15. Don't forget Reporting and Interviewing Skills
    16. Be Honest… But Not Hard on Yourself
    17. In Indiana, It's Pronounced "Pee-Roo"
    18. Trust Me, They Love You
    19. Checklist
    20. Ad-Libbing Exercise
  26. 14 Anchoring II
    1. The TelePrompTer
    2. The Hard Copy
    3. Headlines and Opens
    4. Teases and Bumpers
    5. What is a Bumper?
    6. The Update
    7. Close
    8. Double Anchoring
    9. Contrast is the Name of the Game
    10. Light News
    11. Smile if the Story is Light News
    12. Smile When You Can
    13. The Morning Shows
    14. Point of View or Proper Attitude?
    15. Nancy's Bedtime Story
    16. Checklist
    17. Exercise for Subtext and Intentions
  27. 15 Hosting
    1. Be a Type
    2. Age Range
    3. What About Smart? What About Funny?
    4. Should I Get an Agent?
    5. How to Get There
    6. How Should I Handle a Curve Ball?
    7. Host with Grace
    8. Opens and Closes
    9. Checklist
    10. Exercises for Opens and Closes for Hosting
  28. Vocal and Physical Technique
  29. 16 The Voice Itself
    1. Know Your Flaws
    2. Is this You?
    3. Breathing
    4. Tension
    5. Exercises
    6. A Closing Thought
    7. Checklist
  30. 17 Techniques for a Good Reading
    1. Punctuation for TV Scripts
    2. Tape and Ape
    3. Reading but Not Sounding that Way
    4. Mark Your Script
    5. How to Sound Great and Natural
    6. Question and Answer Exercise
    7. Loosen Up
    8. Try Paraphrasing
    9. Monotone Millie
    10. You are Not an Announcer
    11. Talk to One Person
    12. Five Keys to a Great Reading
    13. Giving a Level
    14. Time and Timing Are Important
    15. Don't Make Paper Noises
    16. Exercises for a Great Read
    17. Checklist
  31. 18 Physical Techniques
    1. On-Camera Movement
    2. Distractions
    3. Smiling with Teeth and Eyes
    4. Frolicking Eyebrows and Frowning
    5. Spreading Your Mouth Too Wide When Reading
    6. Summing Up
    7. Checklist
  32. 19 Looking Good
    1. Make-Up!
    2. For Women
    3. What About Make-Up for Men?
    4. Some Tricks
    5. Lipstick
    6. Make-Up for Young and Old
    7. Make-Up and Hair for Ethnic Skin Tones
    8. Do Black Women Have to Straighten their Hair?
    9. What About Make-Up for Asian Women?
    10. Make-Up for Entertainment Reporters
    11. Tips for Men
    12. Tips for Women
    13. So Where Do You Get Your Make-Up?
    14. Television Make-Up Products
    15. Hair Counts
    16. Hair Spray
    17. Eyes
    18. Teeth
    19. Clothes Make the Anchor
    20. Bejeweled? Be Careful
    21. It's You, It's Your Responsibility
    22. Where To Go
  33. Getting the Job
  34. 20 Preparing Your Reel
    1. Advice from the Trenches
    2. So How Do I Make a Good Reel?
    3. What Goes on Your Reel?
    4. What Does Not Go on Your Reel?
    5. Story Lines for the Reel
    6. Should I Use a Famous Person in the Package on My Reel?
    7. What if My Story Isn't Mine But I Have to Have Something on a Reel?
    8. What About Production Houses that Provide Package Help?
    9. What Makes a Reel Jump Out?
    10. How Important is an Agent?
    11. What About Looks?
    12. To School or Not to School? What About Education?
    13. Does it Matter Which School?
    14. What About Writing Skills?
    15. What Experience Does Joe Look For?
    16. What's the Key Thing I Should Worry About on My Reel?
    17. More Stuff from Joe
  35. A Few Words to Grow By…
  36. 21 How to Land A Job in Television
    1. Your First Tape
    2. What to Include on Your Second Tape and Beyond
    3. Format
    4. Other Considerations
    5. Table of Contents
    6. The Follow-Up Tape
    7. What Do Others Think?
    8. Okay, the Tape is Done, but now What?
    9. Once You Get a Job
  37. Epilogue
  38. Index

Product information

  • Title: On Camera
  • Author(s): Nancy Reardon, Tom Flynn
  • Release date: September 2006
  • Publisher(s): Focal Press
  • ISBN: 9781136033933