Tanya Gold's take on the royal family's ability to project an impression of thrift while spending vast sums of public money is, in my humble republican opinion, the most entertaining published response to the appeal court's ruling that Prince Charles's correspondence with Tony Blair's cabinet should be published. The Guardian's leader on the topic of the so-called 'black spider' memos is also a stimulating read. I suspect the attorney general has a real fight on his hands. His argument appears to be that we must not know what Prince Charles's most passionate political opinions are because he is not supposed to have political opinions, and that his correspondence must therefore be suppressed because it might compromise the public's impression of his political neutrality. Convoluted or simply deluded? You choose.
TV TWO: assessment
We are looking for TV package of up 80 to 100 seconds' duration.
Please supply a studio link of up to 20 seconds for the item, with in and out words and duration to the second.
The piece should include at least two interviewees and a piece to camera, which you must shoot yourself.
The piece should be suitable for a Kent Regional TV station and should have VO.
There are no other restrictions on content and approach.
Candidates may use material from any source, subject to copyright.
Please supply a script. Also, a short note explaining why you think the piece is newsworthy and why you chose your interviewees.
The assessment will be marked according to the following guidelines. Quality of journalism is the single most important factor.
Studio link: 10 marks
Is the studio link, or cue, accurately and competently written. Does it sell your story?
Script and reasons: 10 marks
Is your script complete, including interviewees' words? Does it write out of the cue? Do your reasons for doing the story make sense?
Journalism skills: 30 marks
This judges your skills as a reporter. It takes into account the quality of your sources, the accuracy of your reporting, the angle you have chosen for your story and its relevance to your audience.
Technical competence: 20 marks
This assesses the technical qualities of the piece, quality of sound and pictures; and the accuracy of your edits.
Understanding of principles: 20 marks
Have you demonstrated a grasp of the principles of producing a television news piece? Have you structured your story correctly?
Presentation: 10 marks
Do you look and sound like a professional reporter?
Total: 100 marks