Story Visioning Worksheet
1. What is this story about?
2. Who stands to win/lose in this story? (Who are the players?)
3. What is my Focus Statement?
4. Who do I need to interview?
5. Who is this story REALLY about? Who stands to Win/Lose the most?
How does it feel to be him/her?
How can I open the story with this person?
How can I capture what it is like for him/her?
6. Where should I interview him/her? (Do this for every person in #4)
What does that place look like?
How can I describe it? (Actually practice describing places and people.)
What microphone should I use?
How much ambi?
Any sounds nearby that should be miked in prominence?
What obstacles can I anticipate?
7. What questions should I ask? (Remember the 20 minute rule.)
What do I anticipate the answers will be?
Should I write out my questions or not?
8. Do I need to do more research? (Internet or pre-interview)
Do I have a feel for who these people are?
9. Set up interviews, asking about sound opportunities.
10. Go. Be ready to change your course if you find new information.
Source: Melanie Peeples, PRNDI NewsWorks Training Program