Radio training from Cecile Veyrie
Published: 05 December 2010
Cecile Veyrie briefed the Young Reporters, who have a range of experience levels, on the best ways to cover the EDDs from a broadcast perspective.
She immediately made the point that "covering an event is not covering all of an event" and she said the first thing any journalist attending a major event should do is decide their specific area of interest.
She said that research is crucial in enabling journalists to ask the correct questions and get the sound clips they need
Cecile said that reporters should locate the key people they wish to interview before attending the event. She suggested that it was worth firing off a few emails/ phone calls before every event, even if just to alert the person that you wish to interview that you will be attending.
Places like the Global Village at the event (where people are hanging around) are the best place to find people willing to speak. If the first clip you record isn't good enough, or the sound quality is bad, ask the interviewee again until you get the sound you want.
For a podcast of three minutes, Cecile suggested that you should have a maximum of 4 clips of interviewees, ideally of around 20 seconds each. If someone makes their point very quickly, 10 seconds is fine, but no clip should be more than 30 seconds.
She warned against using music, because in a podcast so short it can be distracting.
However sound effects add atmosphere and if appropriate can be effective in making the podcast sound original.
She specified that the most important parts of the podcast are the beginning and the end, and suggested that a podcast should begin with a shocking statement or statistic to immediately grab the audience's attention.