How To Record a Voice Track for a TV News Story

Recording a voice track for a TV news story seems easy but it can prove challenging. This is because recording needs clarity and quality and the news program is usually running late. Hence a proper recording situation should be in place. Further, the reporter or anchor should already be prepared to record the piece. The biggest challenge is to convey credibility when delivering news. Oftentimes, what we sound like does not always correspond to how we want to sound like.

When you want to record a voice track for TV news story, you can follow these simple guidelines:

  • Prepare all that you will need and that includes a TV news script, an audio booth, a microphone, and audio recording device. In the absence of an audio booth, in case when you are a reported on the field and you just have to record the news, then you can just make the best of the situation and look for a quiet place with good acoustic background.
  • Review your script. Make sure that the script is well-written, all the facts and information are there, and there are no errors and typos. When you start recording reading the script sometimes you get so engrossed with your delivery that you pay little attention to what you are reading. That is what happens when we see anchors and reporters deliver perfectly pitched statements but with grammatical errors or do not make sense. They read the script and deliver it without second thought. And this is understandable because most people go on autopilot when they record. That is why it is important that before you start recording you have run down the script and made sure it is perfect.
  • Study your script. Read it aloud several times. Practice how you will deliver your lines. A reporter or anchor is not so different from an actor delivering his lines. You have to act and evoke a certain persona through your tone. Keep in mind what words you should stress and what the best delivery would be. You should know the inflections, pauses, and flow of your script. Written words flow differently when spoken, and it is up to you to make them come alive.
  • Make sure that the microphone is in proper position. Do not talk straight on the microphone, or else it will bounce off sounds like P, S, and T. Keep a considerable distance, and keep the microphone to the side of your mouth. Make sure you are standing up or that you are seated properly to make sure that your diaphragm is not constricted.
  • Speak in a conversational, engaging tone. Move your body as you talk to make you sound more natural.
  • When you have practiced enough, it is time to start recording. Usually you can do a trial run. You can listen to the playback to hear how you sounded and make adjustments. Record again until you are satisfied.

Make sure that you deliver the news story with confidence. Confidence translates into credibility and as a news person that is what is most needed in your piece.


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