Technology is changing. Media is changing. And it’s changing the way we report the news. The Vanuatu Nightly News is not just another instance of a bored anchor reading press releases. It features the very latest news, along with analysis, feedback and opinion. And not just our opinions, either. We want to hear your voices on the Wrap-Up.
Here’s how you can join in the discussion:
First, download an audio recorder onto your phone. We like Easy Voice Recorder for Android, but there Audio Recorder is also nice. If you’re looking for something more advanced, choose RecForge. Then, record a 30 second to 1 minute piece detailing your thoughts on a news item you’ve heard. You can record in any of our official languages. At the beginning of the recording, tell us your name, where you live, and any other information about yourself you’d like to share. If it’s relevant, include your job title and place of employment. Then tell us what what story you want to talk about. It can be anything that’s in the news, or maybe something that you think should be in the news. Next, upload your recording to soundcloud.com or a similar free audio sharing website. Once your recording is uploaded, send us the link. You can do that by sending a message to us on Facebook via the Buzz 96FM page, or you can send us the link via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few things to think about as you prepare:
Be as creative as you like. You can rap, you can remix, you can rhyme, or you can just speak from the heart. You can use humour, funny voices, anything you like to make your point. Don’t do it alone. If you prefer, you can record yourself and your friends. Just make sure that everyone identifies themselves clearly at the beginning of the recording. You don’t have to be over 18 years old. But if you’re not, we need a clear indication that you’ve got your parent or guardian’s permission to submit your thoughts. The best way to do this is to record their voice at the beginning or the end of the piece stating clearly who you are, who they are, what their relationship is, and that they have reviewed and approved the recording. You can’t use swear words. Your recording needs to be respectful. It must not make personally derogatory comments. In a nutshell, attack the idea, but not the person.
You shouldn’t run on too long. Because of the show’s format, we encourage you to keep your recording between 30 and 60 seconds long. You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a minute if you try. So next time you’re fuming at your computer screen, wondering why the world can’t see what’s right in front their face, don’t just sit and stew. Share your thoughts with us, and listen to the Nightly News Wrap-Up to hear us share them with the world.
A few legal details:
Nightly News reserves the right to edit, translate, transcribe and distribute your submissions at its own discretion. We’ll make a reasonable effort to notify you if and when we run your material. Every part of the recording, even background music, must be freely available. If you use someone’s music in your recording, you need to prove to us that you have their permission for us to use it. You own the recording, but when you submit it to us, you give us the right to use it as we see fit. We won’t pay for submissions, and you may not use these spots for commercial gain. If someone pays you to create a recording, or if someone offers you any kind of reward for it, you have to tell us so.