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J4804 Two-Column Script (annotated)



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<div>This is the deadline day.</div>
<div>This is <b>the slug.</b> It's a one- or two-word description of the story. Choose it with care: The slug can drive an editor's perception of a story. And it might end up being the online slug for the story. </div>
<div>These are last names of each team member. </div>
<div>This is <b>the headline</b>. It summarizes the story for the audience. And it <i>always </i>has a subject, object and verb. </div>
<div>This is<b> the anchor intro</b>. It'll be read by the anchor as an intro to your story (so you don't need to voice it). But this is your contract with the audience -- it tells them what you're going to tell them. The first line is designed to <i>tempt</i> the audience to stay with the story. The second line <i>tells</i> the audience something about the story. The third/fourth line <i>tosses</i> to the reporter, but also <i>teases</i> the story so the audience wants to know more. </div>
<div>The slug again. </div>
<div>This is the <b>TRT </b>or <b>Total Run Time</b>. It's the total length of your piece, without the anchor intro or anchor tag. By the way, one page in this script is about 1 minute of air time. </div>
<div>This is the Standard Out Cue. You've heard this a million times -- it's the sign-off a reporter gives at the end of the story. The SOC for KOMU is always "[Reporter name], KOMU 8 News, [City last shot was taken in]."</div>
<div>We use a two-column script to align visuals and audio. The left column is what the audience will<i> see</i>. The right column is what they'll <i>hear. You should be writing the audio first and then matching the videos to it, but be writing the audio with your video in mind. </i></div>
<div>A "super" is something that goes over the video (sometimes known as a "lower third"). We have two kinds of supers. This is a <b>locater super, </b>which is a two-line text that tells the audience specifically where the story is, and what city it's in. The locater super should stay up on screen for about 4 seconds. </div>
<div>RT = <b>Reporter Track</b>. This is your narrative. It doesn't have to be timed in the script. You do need to let us know it's RT by putting "RT" in front of it.</div>
<div>This is the <b>name super.</b> It's a two line identifier of who is speaking. First line is always the name, second line is the detail. We show the break in the script with a ",". The name super should appear on screen for about 4 seconds. </div>
<div>This is a SOT, for "Sound On Tape." It's also known as a "bite," or a "quote." It's sound direct from the interview. The format is the filename of the cut (MELTON1), then the length "[:08]]". The quote itself -- the part in italics here -- is known as the "verbatim" or the "actuality."</div>
<div>These are your shots, in order. We want you to build in sequences, so you'll list your shots in the order they're going to appear. If you want to get really technical you can list each shot by filename, but we like quick descriptions. </div>