I was kvetching a little bit earlier on Facebook. Writing tech stories is a bottomless pit. I have a deadlines now. Gotta find something new every time.
I will explain how my science/tech packages on FoxCT come about. The choice of topic is mine. I appreciate the freedom and everyone else is glad not to have the responsibility!
I find a topic then research. It’s important to know more than what will be reported. You risk screwing up the nuances otherwise.
I look at publications, doctoral dissertations, even Wikipedia. I get as deep as I can. Some subjects are quite complex. It’s tough.
Next I go searching for video. If a university did research there is often high quality video available online. I find what I can. If you choose something popular to hobbyists there’s always huge video availability.
That reminds me — amateur rocketeers before this week is up. Fun, interesting and extremely visible. High quality video abounds!
Next is writing. I write my words to support the video. Every scene should have a purpose. Then I rewrite.
It’s short, 90 to 100 seconds. Tight writing. Well, I try.
In many cases this will be the viewer’s entire cursory knowledge of a subject. I try to include some ‘gee whiz,’ something to remember.
The stories are written in my voice. They represent my sensibility.
We have a booth overlooking I-84 and the Flower Street grade crossing. That’s where I cut the audio.
The editor takes over at this point. Most days that’s KChill. Wednesday Tom Carl. The editor holds the fate of the package in his/her hands. They are our surgeons.
They use Final Cut Pro. They’re organized. They’re fast. It astounds me how quickly a package can come together, but they we do it every day.
There’s no videotape involved. Everything moves machine-to-machine then into a customized video server which plays out to air.
Ten seconds later I’m looking for another story for tomorrow.