Omg, I’m literally cracking up right now because my friend did individual prepared speech and she went in the contest room at regionals and I was sitting outside the door waiting for her and she literally didn’t even practice her speech at all and like three minutes later she walked out as red as a tomato and was like ‘I forgot my speech so I just started talking.’ And so she got second to last place (the guy who got last didn’t even show up) but she was still an alternate and everybody from our region dropped out and she ended up going to state for it. It still makes me laugh.
And since I know you probably don’t care about any of that, I’ll just say that you should totally do Prepared Speech. Be sure that it’s long enough and you PRACTICE. And it’s usually really good to have some sort of prop thing, like a poster or something. The kids with posters and stuff usually get first. I personally just stuck with the kind of lame, really crowded events like Keyboarding Production. If you think you’re really creative and good with Publisher or even just Word, you should totally do Desktop Publishing. You get to make business cards and flyers and stuff.
As for the News Broadcasting Team, I DID THAT LAST YEAR ALFHASJFH. Ok, few words of wisdom DO NOT PROCRASTINATE AT ALL. We waited until four days before regionals to start on our project and it wasn’t good… but we still got to state! I suggest getting access to a green screen and someone who is really good with that kind of stuff and is willing to help ya’ll with it. You could always learn how to do green screen and do everything yourself, but it’s just better if you can get a hold of a professional (like we did). Have a “fluff folder” which is basically just a nicely printed out script (in correct script format), a storyboard type thing (just like a page of six or so squares where you draw a picture of each scene with a little description underneath), a page of sources (if you did any research for your stories– in MLA format), and then all the important liability wavers and such in a neat little plastic essay folder thing. Oh and you’ll want to have one or two copies of your news cast on a CD (and you get cool points if you put it in a dvd case with a cool looking cover). Give all that to the judges. As for the newscast itself, make sure all your audio is LEVEL. We did some “field reporting” (which got us bonus points) where we interviewed people outside the “studio” but we didn't have an external mic so we got deducted for that. Just make sure everything is mic'ed when you’re recording. Make sure your stories are legitimate. And universal. I suppose you could go local but I would look at your stories more as a magazine article type thing. Like we did a story about the cyberbulling and cost of colleges. News is unbiased and strait forward though, so make sure you’re not leaning a certain way. You’ll need transitions between stories, an introduction to the stories you’re going to talk about, and opening/closing music. I suggest (if you can) make you’re own cool sounding news music. We used a free 'news sound’ thing that came on our video making program and everybody else used the same thing; so if you’re able to do something different, it will put you ahead of the game. Have a weather broadcast. Those are cool. You can always just watch a regular news report and copy theirs. My group and I watched the beginning of MSNBC together and took notes on what we liked. MAKE A LOGO OF YOUR FAKE NEWS STATION AND PUT IT IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF THE ENTIRE VIDEO. ALSO, BOTTOM SCROLL BOXES ARE AWESOME. Oooo, also VOICE OVERS. Voice overs are the coolest things. Like, get tons of random video footage that goes with your story and then play those clips while you’re reading off the story in a voice over. It seems really professional and legit. We just used pictures for our voice over moments (like I said, we procrastinated a lot) but you should def get some video (graphs are okay, though.) And last but not least, you have to have your own speakers, computer, projector, extension cords and (maybe) a screen to project it on when you go in on competition day. PRACTICE SETTING UP YOUR VIDEO REALLY QUICKLY. You only get, like, five minutes to do it once you’re in the room and if you can’t get it to start for some reason, sorry bout cha. I suggest that when you’re in the hallway outside the competition room waiting to be called in (get there early) get your speakers and everything set up and play the video once just to make sure it’s working and projecting (another reason why it’s good to have lots of copies; last year, we had four copies and only two ended up working)
I know this is a lot of stuff but i just really wish i could redo the project again because i know we could have done better and this is all the stuff i would have done better last year. Some of this might not even make since yet but once you start putting everything together, it will.
If I can find the dvd with our video on it, I’ll post it so you can get an idea on what to do… but of course, you have to make yours 12 times better and get to nationals! xx