Writing for Television, Radio, and New Media

Chapter two of ‘Writing for Television, Radio and New Media’ speaks of the execution and production of a script.  Environment impacts on our performance because different production tools and techniques are used for each individual situation.

How will the script be performed?  What medium will be used and to what audience.  A script can be written for Radio, however the same script would need to be modified for TV.

The environment in which the orator finds himself needs to be measured as Chapter two explains.  What sound affects and music will be used?  What camera shots will be used and at what angle?  How will the editing be done?  The director is responsible for these production elements, but it is also vitally important for an orator to understand the making of a script.

When talking on radio or TV, be mindful of the following:

  • Voice, volume and tone;
  • Expression; and
  • Nerves such as fidgeting, crackling, talking too fast or dry throat

‘Professional voice’ is a performance.  Radio and TV presenters perform their broadcasts (they do not sound that way in their personal life).  It is all part of an act.

Radio, TV, film and new media are the main income of news and entertainment and have grown considerably.  Without effectively planning a script (argument and speech), the audience will not pay attention.

The orator must focus all their attention on how they are going to tell the story – what techniques and style will be used?

Chapter two also explains how a person must think when writing a script.  Imagine the performance and make a decision as to the suitability of the audience and the media.

These elements and techniques on how to prepare and conduct a good speech is imperative in today’s competitive media industry, but it can also be very helpful in day to day speech.

Reference:

Hillard, R.L.2011, Writing for Television Radio and New Media, 10th Ed, Boston, USA

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