Making a newscast tape can be an indoor or outdoor activity.
The prospect of creating a newscast tape may seem daunting, but once demystified, the process is straightforward enough. By obtaining access to basic recording and editing equipment, a little planning and scripting, even the novice can tape and make a newscast tape. If you intend to produce a broadcast-quality tape, you will need specialized equipment, and professional assistance may be necessary.
Preparing to Tape
1. Choose the location for your shoot. Indoor shoots can be done in a studio or makeshift news desk, or outdoors if the newscast relates to a particular destination or event; if shooting outdoors, prepare for potential weather changes.
2. Get the camera ready. Whether using professional grade or standard recording equipment, it’s advisable to shoot on a tripod to smoothly follow the subject you will be shooting.
3. Polish the script. Whether written by yourself or the reporter, prepare the script for the teleprompter or for cue cards. The reporter should be provided with a copy as well.
4. Grab some test footage to ensure that everything is working properly and everyone is ready, then film the newscast segment. Educational TV Productions offers a brief run-down of background rules for film and sound; knowing some of the basic elements of good filming keeps your end product from looking like it was shot by an amateur.
Making the Tape
5. Edit the footage. Whether in a production room, or on a personal computer, you will need to edit the footage you shot; you may need to combine multiple segments into a single reel, or simply add graphics and music. At the very least, you will need to cut the test footage you shot.
6. Load the finished segment. Once you have edited to your satisfaction, the final copy can be transferred to your desired medium, whether VHS, DVD, flash drive or digital file. Now you have made a newscast tape that can showcase how well you tape, as well as the talents of the reporter.
7. Distribute as necessary; make sure that your footage is well labeled, in the appropriate medium, and ready for mail-in or hand-in submission.