EIJ16 session: Unleash your inner broadcaster

September 19, 2016 03:10

By Priscilla Liguori, RTDNA News

The voice is vital to journalists who work in all media, and attendees at Excellence in Journalism 2016 got some valuable lessons on improving their sound.

At the "Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster" session, trainers George Bodarky and Amy Tardif talked to a room full of television, radio and print journalists about finding and perfecting their voices.

Here are some tips from the session:
  • Write the way you talk. How would you tell the news to a friend? Write that down.
  • Mouth the words of your scripts while you’re writing.
  • Write for the ear.
  • Changing your writing helps change the way you sound.
  • Use one thought per sentence. Do not use clauses.
  • Beware of vocal fry.
  • Breathe from the diaphragm.
  • Vary volume, pitch, tempo, and rhythm depending on the story content. All of these voice dynamics can change a story.
  • Be aware of when to elongate vowel sounds.
  • Remember what the story is about, and once you do, you will deliver the story more naturally.
  • Stand up and use your hands while tracking to be more expressive and maintain control.
Bodarky and Tardif taught participants how to breathe from the diaphragm and explained why it is important to sustaining a strong vocal level. The trainers had journalists standing up, stretching their tongues, and moving their entire bodies to get them to relax and enunciate.

Journalists practiced voice exercises in front of the group, like laughing and crying through scripts, and Bodarky and Tardif analyzed news tracks and reviewed scripts aloud with attendees.

Bodarky (@georgebodarky) is the News Director at WFUV and the former President at Public Radio News Directors Inc. Tardif (@AmyTardif) is an FM station manager and News Director WGCU, the Chair of RTDNF, and a trainer at Public Radio News Directors Inc.

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