If the events in Ukraine are to appear as more than a series of disconnected events, you really must take the long view. So if you want to understand why it looked last night as though war was about to break out in the Crimea, perhaps take a look at this piece of analysis by Stratfor. It's a company that focuses on geography and history to explain what is happening in the world. Stratfor makes its money by signing up paying subscribers, but makes some of its work freely available. The book from which this is taken, The next hundred years, is also worth reading.
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