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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

We'll Do it Live!


One of the best shots in broadcast news is undoubtedly the live shot. It instantly transports viewers to the scene of the story and can provide a more revealing backdrop than a studio ever would. What's more, if the reporter on the scene chooses to move or gesture during the shot, he or she, in real time, can show the viewers exactly what is being described. 

Unfortunately, with the limited bodies and resources available at ATVN, we are unable to broadcast a variety of live shots each week. However, even we can strive to incorporate one into every show, especially now that we have all worked a number of weeks together and are becoming comfortable in our roles. 

Naturally, because of our location, the live shots that are most recognizable to our audience and easiest to transmit are shots that are filmed on the USC campus. If we try to film a shot too far off campus, it will often come in with distorted video or audio, a problem that is difficult to anticipate.

As of yet, my news team has not had the opportunity to put a live reporter on the air. However, today, we talked about the possibility of adding a preview shot outside of Bovard Auditorium, where Roy Kyaw's memorial service was later being held. This would have been the perfect opportunity to introduce an on-campus shot that would add a new angle to the newscast. Though the idea did not pan out tonight, I am confident that we will employ the live shot in a newscast in the near future.

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