Take a newspaper story and turn it into a 30 second broadcast story. Get your timers out and read it out loud. You can use quotes in the newspaper as soundbites, but the soundbites count toward your total story time.
This just in: The Massachusetts Gambling Commission has approved a $1.6-billion resort plan to bring casino gaming into Everette. Details of the 3-to-1 decision have just been released and among them, a planned location to convert a forlorn plot of land on the Mystic River into a sprawling and vibrant locale complete with gaming, fine dining and entertainment venues. The city of Everette won its bid over competing neighbor, Revere, where the crucial vote would help, “transform a ‘desolate’ section of the city”, said mayor Carlo DeMaria.
[jump-cut to DeMaria at the hearing location]:
“This is going to be a snowball, getting bigger and bigger. You won’t recognize the city in Everett, hopefully, in 10 years. We will no longer be the butt end of the city of Boston.”
[News Anchor, voice over]:
The project, which is expected to bring 3,000 slot machines, 94,000 square feet of retail, and over 4,300 new jobs to the area, is being headed by developer Steve Wynn, a business magnate who previously worked on the famous Las Vegas strip. Wynn has pitched his plan as an effort to reinvigorate the economy of the Boston suburb, backed up by a large construction investment and a bigger projected workforce and payroll.