Write Tight: How to Cut Wasted Words and Write to Your Video

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February 12, 2014 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Title:
Write Tight: How to Cut Wasted Words and Write to Your Video
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Originally Broadcast On:
February 12, 2014
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Viewers do not want your stories to waste their time. But words and phrases that don't move the story along, or duplicate what the viewer sees in your video, take up precious time without adding any value.

In this Webinar, Poynter's Al Tompkins will show you how to write tight and get to the point so you have time for the good stuff--and keep your viewers tuned in.

Brevity does not have to mean the story is light on information. The key, as you will learn, is to make the words, pictures and sounds in your story weave together. We will show you lots of story examples so you can put what you've learned to work right away.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to keep your lead from becoming a writer's junkyard full of useless adjectives and obvious facts
  • How to stay narrowly and deeply focused
  • The difference between energetic verbs that push information and flabby verbs that go nowhere
  • How to help words, natural sound and video work together to tell a richer story
  • The key to great narration--a simple numbering system that gets your sentence order right
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, writers and others looking for ways to write well, focus their stories quickly and use the best words to tell their stories better.

Course Instructor:

Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins is Senior Faculty/Broadcast and Online at The Poynter Institute. He is the author of Aim for the Heart: A Guide for TV Producers and Reporters, which is being used by more than 130 universities' journalism departments around the world., and the Poynter NewsU course Reporting, Writing for TV and the Web: Aim for the Heart. He is also the author of Telling Memorable Video Stories, a video tutorial series at Poynter's NewsU. You can join the more than 10,000 people who follow him on Twitter at @atompkins.

Tompkins has more than 40 years of experience as a journalist, writer and journalism teacher who teaches in seminars at Poynter and workshops and conferences around. He has been a presenter at national conventions for IRE, RTDNA, NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, Unity, NLGJA, PRNDI and NPPA. Since 1998, he has taught seminars and workshops in 48 states and four countries.

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