SPEAKING THROUGH THE MICROPHONE
Brief summary of activityThe activity will prepare participants for scripting and reading news.
Aim of the activityTo be able to write reliable, interesting, dynamic and informative radio news
To be able to present news
Expected OutcomesAt the end of the activity, participants will know
How to get information
Find Sources of information
The Evaluation of sources and materials
The principles for selecting and sorting news in order of importance
How to do news writing
To carry out an evaluation of news in terms of its value for the general public
How to reading written news using a microphone
The changing importance of individual news items within one day
experience and skills requiredFacilitation and news reporting skills.
infrastructure, setting, resourcesMicrophone, headphones, recording device
Internet access and access to news/press agency services if possible
LengthA full day
How the activity should take placeReading written texts: The instructor will read the first sentence silently. Then he/she will read the sentence aloud to one of the participants. The instructor will then read the next sentence silently, and then again will read it aloud to one of the participants. In the next step the instructor will read aloud another sentence, this time also silently reading the next sentence before he/she has stopped speaking the previous sentence. The aim is to show the participants how to read the following sentence while speaking the previous one. Afterwards the instructor will divide the participants into pairs in order to practise this activity.
The following activity is ideal for 12 participants. In one hour they should prepare a newsflash lasting one minute. The first participant will take the microphone on the hour. He/she will have one minute to present the news. The instructor will immediately give feedback regarding the choice of news, the order in which the stories were presented and how well they were written and read. The instructor will have 4 minutes to do this, as after 5 minutes the next participant will start the activity again. Each of the 12 participants should repeat the activity 5 times. The entire process will take a minimum of 6 hours. Each participant will repeat the activity an hour after his/her last go. Within this hour in between he/she will refine his/her work. The best location for this activity would be a studio with a technician assisting the instructor so that the participants have the benefit of listening to their products immediately.
Tips for TrainersTrainers should be assisted by a technician if possible. It is also possible to use two instructors if the sharing of tasks is clear.
Activities concerning different aspects of voice and reading training are enclosed in the appendix. In the case of a participant having a speech impediment, special individual training should be provided