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Tips on How to Plan the Best Live Shot for TV News Reporters

Author: Mithun Nair
by Mithun Nair
Posted: Nov 16, 2019

Working as a live TV reporter requires one to be ready to give the best shot at the first instance. Here are some useful tips to help you plan the best live shot as a TV news reporter.

Live! Well, now that’s one word most of the TV reporters might be scared of. I’m sure most of the TV reporters do remember their first live shoot. TV reporter job is hence both petrifying and exciting at the same time. This may be because you actually can’t see how you look on the camera or maybe because you might’ve spoken in a weird way, but there was no way stopping it from broadcasting at various thousands of homes. Also because you might not get a chance at it again one might possibly get hyper anxious. These 5 shoot tips might be exactly what you need to know before giving a shot at it:

1. Do not memorize word to word:

Memorizing a script is the worst idea ever, and especially beginners are not recommended doing so. By doing so, there are chances that you might stumble while talking or might even freeze while speaking. Remembering a script by only keeping in mind the important highlighted points will help greatly to specify all of the points in a systematic and controlled manner. Organization of the pints is also an important point when presenting the points. Just like how you do during a presentation.

2. It's okay to trip:

We have all tripped over at least once in our lifetime. And it’s completely okay if you trip on a word while trying to say a sentence. Just know that you can totally go ahead. No one’s going to care about that small moment of the trip that you had in between. At most, you can just say the word again and continue. It will definitely look natural and will give you a more professional look.

3. Plan how to work it out:

It is totally necessary at what scenario how will you be developing news which is to go live. For example, you are in front of a building which is on fire, you can just simply point out and say, "The building you see behind is on fire", and hence indicating that you are in front of the building. This is a simpler version to give live news, but when it comes to conference live news, you need to give in fillers if the meeting has not started even after the live feed has started. For example, your live TV show has to start by 9 am, but the meeting has not started yet then you give in fillers until the meeting gets started.

4. Move around whenever possible:

While standing and giving a live shot is what most reporters prefer to do, it might not actually be helpful when you are shooting for a protest or a fight in front of a building or a natural disaster. At this critical moment, it is up to you to decide whether you need to walk around or deliver the news while still standing at one place. It’s actually easier to walk around and give a live shot than to stand and be anxious while trying to give your best. Especially event anchoring jobs in Mumbai need you to move around as much as possible.

5. Climax:

The climax decides it all. Not all live ends at the scene itself. You need to go ahead and give out a good explanation of the situation which had just been aired live. Sometimes you need to give a closing statement while at other times you need to redirect the attention to the main anchor.

TV news reporter jobs being now on high demand is sure a good career option for most of the aspiring candidates.

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Author: Mithun Nair

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