Week Nine

Our news stories are due this week, so for this blog post I’m going to discuss the processes I went through to get to the stage of submitting a final video news story.

Planning and narrating

The first step in planning a news story is deciding the story you want to do, and the angle you want to focus on. Alysen says that good planning will help you get that ‘polished look’ rather than something that’s just been thrown together (Alysen, 2012). To see my script planned out, head onto the blog; week six.

The difference between type one and type two Diabetes.

Not only the general public, but also many medical professionals commonly misunderstand the difference between type one and type two diabetes. More so, many people are unaware that there is more than one type, thinking that Diabetes is all about being overweight and eating too much sugar.

Type one: An auto immune disease that anyone can get, as a result of your body not producing enough insulin.

Type two: Brought on by your lifestyle choices.

My goal for this story was to give a voice to people living with type one diabetes and to bring awareness to the differences among the condition.

Interview preperations

Alysen believes that effective note taking and recording details accurately will help you with your interview preparations (Alysen, 2012).
I chose to include three sources in this news story. Not only did I want to have reliable sources, I wanted to have more than just ‘a talk with people living with type one diabetes’.

I interviewed two people living with type one diabetes; Emily Barr and Liam Barr, and  Juvinile Diabetes Research Foundation representative (JDRF) Sue Trembath. Including a professional opinion is important in showing authenticity and accuracy of what you’re reporting.

Daly believes that interviews may be conversational, but not casual (Daly, 2016). Before your interview, Alysen and Vieregge suggest to prepare some questions. This will help you focus on getting the information you need (Alysen, 2012; Vieregge, 2015).


Using equipment borrowed from Griffith University, I filmed my interviews with the help of a friend. It was important to ensure the volume levels were good and the camera position and lighting suitable and steady. The BBC gives great tips on filming preparations, such as ensuring the battery is charged and checking that lighting is on the subject not behind the subject (BBC, 2014).

Piece to Camera


Alysen says that the importance of a piece to camera is to give a reporter a physical presence in the story (Alysen, 2012). It’s also a chance to add impact and bring immediacy to a story (Shukman, 2016). Therefore, in my piece to camera I chose to direct the story to the currency  and future of diabetic research.

While lack of public awareness is causing frustration for many type one diabetics, researchers have given them a glimmer of hope.

Week ten blog I will discuss the editing process in Final Cut Pro X for this news story.

References: The Electronic Reporter – Barbara Alysen, 2012), Pieces to camera: (Shukman, 2016)(Daly, 2016), (Vieregge, 2015), (BBC, 2014)


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