Great interactive BBC resource on writing OOV (out of vision) scripts for television news


This is a particularly good interactive resource would be ideal for anyone teaching non-fiction writing or media. After watching videos of what makes a good OOV (Out of Vision) script which can be found on the left frame, students can have a go themselves.

I’ve had a go at the option to ‘click to launch the tv version’. The scenario is about a mid-air collision between an RAF fighter and a light aircraft. Instructions are clear and the resources include the images to be broadcast, a police report and a statement from the RAF Commander.

Writers have only ten minutes which adds considerably to the challenge. There is a model answer against which students may compare their efforts. The email facility also adds the possibility of getting students to submit their copy before a deadline. This could even be done directly to Posterous or a VLE to bring the whole thing to life.

Well done, BBC’ as they say on ‘Points of View’.



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