Editor’s Brief – Deforestation newscast

For a news production this week we want a newscast slot that focuses on the subject of deforestation. Your task is to investigate this topic, construct a report and produce it! We want you to be ready for presenting your newscast this week. I’ve sketched out a few ideas for you – they might be helpful prompts to get you going. Feel free to be creative but we want a factual report that shows awareness of the issues and how different systems of living (ecosystems/humankind’s world) collide or co-exist.

Things that might be worth considering… What is deforestation? Where does it tend to occur? At what sort of rate? Is it a problem, locally? Is it a problem for the world? What, if any, are the negative effects of it? What, if any, are the positive effects of it? What do local people want? How do they feel about it all?  What do other people in the world want?  Should other people in the world be involved with?  Here’s a list of possible groups of people who might show an interest in the topic: ecologists, scientists, local workers, farmers, local business people, local gov. people, gov. people from other countries, business people from other countries, charity        

organisations, conservationists, planet activists, representatives of faiths, anyone benefiting from deforestation, anyone NOT benefiting from it…

Assessing performances – giving and asking for advice
Not everyone knows how to offer advice. If you’re a bit unsure about how to make useful comments for a group whose performance you’ve seen, then read on…  Always try to be positive – tell them what worked well so that heir confidence stays healthy.  Always try to be positive even when you want to criticise! Instead of saying something was awful tell them that one part didn’t work so clearly. Offer some comments or ideas about how it could be improved.  The link reporter at a news desk needs to speak clearly and present the show with confidence, a bright and crisp voice and with eyecontact.  A reporter in the field needs to do the same but she/he also needs to interview people with clear questions, carefully teasing out more info but in an inoffensive way.  Anyone who offers facts or opinions in answering reporters’ questions should be easy to understand, giving clear and crisp answers that don’t go on too long and should avoid repeating things.  The whole newscast should be well focused, neither too short or too long and should leave the viewer more aware and knowledgeable than at the start.  Other areas of performance to consider are: body language, facial expression, use of voice and volume, pronunciation, eye-contact, use of space and any props, confidence to work without a script.

Not everyone offers good advice because sometimes they are not sure of how to or if the advice will be accepted!

Get the best out of your advisors by being open, co-operative and responsive. If they say something in a negative or clumsy way, don’t react or take offence; instead, ask (politely) what they would suggest, if they’ve got any ideas or could demonstrate a better way. If you look at the prompts for advisors in the box above, maybe you could take the lead by asking questions about those sorts of things. Just try to make sure that you are given some useful advice by making sure that you ask for it!


Group assessing: ________________________________________ Group being assessed: ____________________________________ Use the criteria box below to make your observations. A scale of 1 – 10 is simple and easy to use, 1 being low and 10 being high. SKILLS Clear, audible voices Expressive use of voices Clear, purposeful movements Facial communication Body language Provision of information Use of interviews and interviewees MARK

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