TV Talk Show Production-II
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) yet again organized an intensive two-week training on "TV Talk Show Production" from April 3 to 14, 2017 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. The course was attended by 22 working journalists from across Pakistan representing various media organizations. The same course was offered in September last year and was among the most successful courses.
The course was taught by Garry Pierre-Pierre, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, multi-media and entrepreneurial journalist, who is the co-host of "Independent Sources" on CUNY TV and a senior producer. He is the founder of the City University Graduate School of Journalism's Center for Community and Ethnic Media.
The class was co-taught by Faisal Sayani, a freelance journalist, independent filmmaker and producer.
To make it more useful for the students, the course was broken down into two parts, editorial and technical. The editorial component included topics like research, choosing the right topic, guest selection, background briefing notes, and writing the questions/scripts.
On the other hand, the technical component focused on how to use lighting, camera, sound, graphics, and the control room to produce a program as all these elements affect the feel of the show.
In addition to the regular sessions, senior journalist and writer, Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin from Jang Group conducted a guest session on interviewing skills. He also played a short movie after which an interesting interaction took place between him and the students.
As part of their final project, the students produced a high-quality 30-minute talk show recorded in CEJ's state-of-the-art broadcast studio which perfectly showcased their newly acquired skills and techniques. The students got detailed feedback from their trainers at the end of each of show produced by the students who worked in different teams to accomplish the goal.
At the end of the course, students learned to use all the skills available inside a television studio to make their program essential viewing, to set the agenda and how to shape public opinion.
The participants received their certificates after successfully completing the training, while end note speeches were delivered by the instructors, CEJ director- Kamal Siddiqi and program manager- Christie Lauder.