Preparing a script for TV news is more difficult than what it seems. In fact, even skilled and experienced journalists are struggling if they ought to turn a story that’s intended to be read in a tight script that should be heard. On the other hand, by mastering the basics, creating script can be done less of a challenge.
Tips for a Better Script Writing
As mentioned, mastering the basics can be a big help in preparing the script. To get you started with this, the following are something that should not be taken for granted.
Tip: Write for the Ear
Read and reread the script out loud if needed be. While doing so, put a conversational tone in it. This way, you could judge if your audience can understand it. Not like a newspaper story, broadcast audience gets just small portion of the story you are reporting to them. So for instance, you are trying to feature a story about a cleaning company and their clever cleaning methods, you can follow these tips and see if it will make an impact.
At the same time, beware of words that do sound alike but have totally different meaning. Good example of this will be words such as “Cite” which can also be “Sight” or “Site”. If you’d notice as well in a newscast, sentences are short and quick to be absorbed compared to long-winded sentences.
Tip: No for Passive Voice
Writing in passive voice normally jumble the sequence of object, verb and subject in an active voice writing. To you, it may sound nothing because you are the one who’ve written the script. But to those who would have heard it, this is going to give them a different perspective.
So instead, use an active voice. This is going to help significantly in distinguishing the subjects and verbs. For instance, an active sentence can be written as “The suspect stole cash” whereas in passive voice, it can be written as “The cash was stole by the suspect”. Simply put, viewers ought to wait for the entire line in order to know what happened.