Packaging the news

The test of the television reporter’s talents comes when separate news-gathering and production skills have to be fused together in the form of a news ‘package’, an allpicture report which appears on the screen complete in itself apart, invariably, from an introduction read by the presenter in the studio. The package will combine clips of interviews, good natural sound, the most appropriate pictures and the reporter’s own voice (usually called the voicetrack). Often graphics will also be included if the report has complex elements which require further explanation, or numbers and statistics.

Elsewhere in television journalism, the likelihood is that editorial responsibility for overseeing something so complex will be given ...

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