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Video Activist Handbook - Chapter 4 - Shoot and Go

Template 1: Shoot and Go #

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1. STICK TO THE TEMPLATE!

2. Find your own voice. Don't try to imitate the TV. Make it personal, but tightly worded and not waffly. While some people are naturals from the off, finding a style which works for you can take a while. Too personal, and people may not take you seriously. Too formal, and you may come across like you're a traditional media wannabe. Don't worry! Just remember that there are many ways to do this well, and one of them will be perfect for you. Get out there and practise, make sure you publish the best of your attempts, and get some feedback.

3. "My voice sounds weird!" It probably doesn't. Everyone else will think it sounds just like you.

4. Remember that this template is basically 3 still pictures, with a rapid movement between each one. Avoid wandering camera syndrome!

5. Objective vs Subjective. There's no such thing as an unbiased journalist (that's a traditional media myth, which hides their bias). But you want to report to people who aren't necessarily on your side, so make sure you talk like a journalist. Be accurate. If you're estimating, say so. Sign off with your real name, so that people can hold you to account. All of this builds trust in citizen media.

6. Don't just voice what people can already see. It's good if your voice-over adds something to the pictures.

7. Don't be a perfectionist. It'll put you off getting your news out. "Good enough is good enough."

8. STICK TO THE TEMPLATE!

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