After learning the basics of video editing and broadcast script writing, students took their talents to the camera, where they recorded a live shot.
Instructor Sarahmaria Gomez told cherubs to research the Republican National Convention and either memorize facts about it or write them down on a notecard for a one-minute video segment. They were filmed in the McCormick Foundation Center broadcast studio.
Paige Fishman was one cherub who chose to forgo using a notecard and did the clip on memory alone.
“I was really nervous going into the live shot because it was my first time trying broadcast,” Fishman said. “I had heard horror stories from other people about trying it for the first time.”
Fishman said she practiced by filming myself on her phone and watching the footage a few times.
“I decided not to use a notecard because I thought I would end up staring at it,” she said. “It ended up going a lot better than I expected.”
Along with the prior reporting, students articulated their points in front of the camera. Talking in front of a camera was a new experience for many cherubs.
However, with careful preparation and practice before the shot, many cherubs said they were pleased with the outcome of their live shot. Anastasia Dalianis delivered a segment chosen by Gomez as one of the best in the program.
“I thought I was pretty articulate,” Dalianis said. “I didn’t remember saying ‘like’ or ‘um,’ and I don’t think I took any awkward pauses. I just said what I had in my script, which I practiced a lot.”
While the research and delivery skills matter, cherubs said that focusing on a niche within the main news made it easy to produce a good clip.
“It is pretty easy to come up with a minute worth of material, and a good way to do that is to approach it with an angle,” Sammy Norrito said. “I took my live shot from the angle of who was and who was not attending the RNC convention. It filled the space quickly. I did not know my live shot was good but Sarahmaria said, ‘Oh my gosh, you did not stutter at all.’”