When writing for a visual medium, you have to do things a little differently. According to the Poynter Institute, focus is essential: “Your story is just as important as being able to focus you camera.” I’ve had experience with this in our first video assignment for Journalism 4802. I’ve been covering the MU Rock Climbing Club.
I meet the club at their outdoor climbing spot about a mile south of campus. They meet at a cliff band in a local park, so there is plenty of visual detail to be captured. Instead of filming every beautiful trail or piece of nature I saw, I had to remember to focus on the club. I think it would have been easy to lose focus on that and just end up with an obscene amount b-roll of the just the park itself.
Poynter also discusses the importance of interviewing in video. You want to make sure that you are capturing the most interesting answers.