Category # 12: TV News reporting (two-person teams allowed)
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Time Allotted: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Materials Not Provided but Required: Camera, tripod and microphone. Laptop with appropriate software for editing. (If you are unable to provide your own laptop for editing, email email@example.com and we can discuss options. The Meek School of Journalism & New Media at Ole Miss uses Adobe Premiere.)
Students will be provided with sufficient space for video editing in Farley Hall.
Prohibited Materials: None
Assignment: Participants will be given four hours to develop a :60-:90 television news package based on a news conference in the Overby Center attached to Farley Hall on the Ole Miss campus. Katie Kaiser from Visit Oxford will speak to media about a number of events taking place in Oxford the weekend of Feb. 17-19. She will share details on the impact of that weekend and other spring events on local businesses and residents.
The news conference begins promptly at 10 a.m. and will be held in Overby Rm 249.
Submission: Students are asked to post their packages to YouTube. The video should be titled without using the contestant name or institution, and that information should NOT be included in the package itself. USE ONLY THE CONTESTANT’S ASSIGNED NUMBER. Contestants should sign off as: “This is Contestant #(whatever your number is), reporting for SEJC.”
Links to scripts and edited packages must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 2 p.m. Be sure to make the video “public.” URLs that are not accessible may be disqualified. The subject line of the email should include ONLY the contestant number and the title of the contest (TV News Reporting).
Judging criteria: Stories will be judged for accuracy, creativity and clarity. The quality of the visuals, use of compelling sound bites and natural sound, and the strength of the writing in the script submitted will be evaluated by the judges, along with the reporter’s delivery on camera and in the narration.