TV Reporting 2020

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Finals Preparation:

Steps and Terms

  1. On the day the chosen video will be played twice, once with sound on and the other without sound (on mute).
  2. And then all the participants will be taken to a different room.
  3. There will be a raffle draw in order to make the order of performance, accordingly participants will be called one by one to the performance.
  4. Once the competition is started there will be no access in to or out of the room for anyone except the participants who will be brought in one by one but not allowed to go out after performance, until the end. This is in order to give equal opportunity to all participants since we have experienced of having very few audience for the last few participants in previous years.
  5. Participants will not be given any kind of data or information on the day, so participants are advised to take points on their own from above clips, for reference on the day.
  6. During your reporting you will be allowed to have key points in a bullet format on a small piece of paper, Judges or Examiners will check this piece of paper before each competitor starts his/her performance, and these points should be as follows:
  • Maximum of 7 bullet points
  • Each bullet line can have maximum of 5 words
  • Bullet points only written in English
  1. You may chose to be free from having this piece of paper (mentioned in term 6 above) which will of course give you the opportunity to have free hand movements, and there will no difference in the marking for either having or not having this piece of paper during your presentation.
  2. Below is your marking criteria – from this you can understand that the contents of your reporting will carry only 20 marks. Hence, instead of focusing only on contents please try to focus on other areas. During Phase 2 we have witnessed that participants are focusing much on contents only.
Starting                          • Dress Code
• Greeting
• Stage Confidence
• Good starting
1. Compliance with video subject
2. Use of given data
Reporting Skill
1. Command of Language
2. Pace of voice
3. Being Passionate & Excited
4. Sence of timing
   Body  Language          
1. Walking & Talking
2. Motions / Gestures
3. Eye contact
1. Concluding with Islamic perspective (5)
2. End with self introduction
Max 8 Marks Max 20 Marks Max 40 Marks Max 25 Marks Max 7 Marks




TV reporters are responsible for covering their assigned stories and reporting them to the general public over the air. They investigate and research stories, write reports and then objectively and accurately report newsworthy information.


In our efforts to lay a strong foundation to build a just and balanced society we try to bring hidden young talent to the wider British society and help them to get a better platform to develop further. This TV Presenting competition is aimed to promote media/journalist fields by developing presentation skill which leads the kids to think “outside the box” and to motivate outstanding presentation skill in different scenarios.

Some examples of TV reporting

Here we have provided some sample video clips below to get an idea about what it all meant by ‘TV reporting’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC68EMMN46A (Palestine)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PXj7bOD7IY (Flood)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RaQx93IpgY (Sri Lanka)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=311_7q24I6I  (Rohingya)

Terms and condition for this competition

  1. This competition is for group 4 & 5 only
  2. Time/Duration –  2 – 3 Min
  3. Competition will be held based on a video clip

We have provided a sample video clip below to get an idea about some of the most dangerous natural disasters happened in the world. This clip gives you a chance to get a snap shot idea about these top 10 dangerous disasters.


During the competition you will be given detailed version of only one of above top 10 natural disasters, the session video clip will be 5-10 minutes duration and will consist of the necessary data and statistics.

  1. At the session necessary details (data & statistics) about the incident will be provided in print.
  2. After playing the video clip you will be given an extra time of 15 minutes to prepare yourself for the presentation.
  3. At the competition you need to assume that you are physically present at the incident and reporting live at a TV news time directly from the place of incident.


 Few Helpful Guidelines

NOTE: Below is a general guide for TV Reporting competition which gives you an idea on how a TV reporting can be best delivered, meantime competitors are requested to research further and prepare themselves on their own.

  • Walk and talk as many reporters do (even in the sample clips above) in order to bring a natural feeling to the viewers
  • It’s about picking out the details; it’s about bringing the scene to life.

Imagine your mother, for example, sitting at home – she knows nothing about what you’re seeing and so you have to be as descriptive as you possibly can and really engage her and keep her attention. It’s all about using language and being descriptive and being passionate and excited and that’s how you’ll get your audience to listen

  • Be an articulate speaker.

Your voice is key in this field. You should concentrate on projection, enunciation, and inflection. All of these things will help you deliver your “script” in a compelling nature. Be authoritative in your speech. This will give you credibility with your audience. Read newspapers and magazines aloud. Listen to the best journalists in the field when they speak and try to emulate them.[1]

You’ll have to speak loudly and slowly enough for people to understand you, but quickly enough to cover everything you have to say in a given amount of time.

  • Be free from bias. Tough one, eh? If you want to be an honest TV reporter, then you’ll have to learn to put your prejudices aside. You’ll have to do your reporting as objectively as possible.
  • Some essential skills

o   Knowledge base: An understanding of issues, names, geography, history and the ability to put all of these in perspective for viewers. It comes from the journalist’s commitment to being a student of the news.

o   Ability to process new information: Sorting, organizing, prioritizing and retaining massive amounts of incoming data.

o   Ethical compass: Sensitivity to ethical land mines that often litter the field of live breaking news — unconfirmed information, graphic video, words that potentially panic, endanger public safety or security or words that add pain to already traumatized victims and those who care about them.

o   Command of the language: Dead-on grammar, syntax, pronunciation, tone and storytelling

  • Reporting must be concise, clear and powerful.
  • Capture the series of incidents shown in the video and report only to describe one or sequence of incidents seen.
  • Candidate’s should be insightful and engaging and bring about a range of emotions, such as sadness and regret be based on the video
  • Feel free for your creativity, ideas and emotions to be included in yourreporting to enable the viewers to be a part of the incident filmed
  • Take notice of your emotions whilst you are watching the video. Imagine you are self experiencing these horrific natural disasters and through this convey the power of your emotions to the readers
  • The incidents featured in the video may draw your attention to some of  your basic emotions, such as:
  1. Surprise : how one feels when something unexpected happens
  2. Fear: feeling afraid. Other words associated to fear are terror (strong fear), shock, phobia etc.
  3. Anger: feeling angry.A stronger word is rage.
  4. Sadness: feeling sad. Other words associated to fear are sorrow & grief
  5. Disgust: feeling that something is wrong, dirty or unfair.
  6. Trust: a positive emotion; admiration through trust is stronger; acceptance instead of complete trust is weaker
  7. Anticipation:  looking forward to something positively, that is going to happen. Expectation is more neutral.
  8. Joy: feeling happy. Other words are happiness, gladness (when it is over or when being rescued)
  9. Wisdom: knowledge, understanding, insight etc.


These emotions should reflect in your reporting.

  • To conclude the reporting, how as a Muslim, you would perceive and explain to non-believers the rationale and wisdom of the Creator behind this event
  • Finally remember to end with introducing yourself very briefly (Your name, where you reporting from etc)

Want to know even more?

Here is a comprehensive guide https://reportingtechniques.wordpress.com/

Additional information


Group 4 & 5