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Broadcast Television Story Formats - Acronyms.

Copy Story/Reader

A story read live on the air by the anchor with no video


A story read live on the air by an anchor or reporter over visuals, such as video, maps, graphics or animation.


A SOT refers to anything with audio not read by the anchor

VO/SOT + Tag

Combines all of the elements above. The anchor reads a portion of copy over visuals, then stops for a soundbite, then comes back on camera to give the conclusion of the story. This form is used when there is not enough video left to use after the SOT


Similar to a VO/SOT+TAG, but instead of the anchor reading the concluding line(s) on camera, the copy is read over video after the SOT. V/S/Vs are preferred because they maximize the amount of video used on the air.


A self-contained story produced by a reporter. It includes a prerecorded track of the reporter's script, video, soundbites, natural sound and any other visuals edited together. A package is usually introduced live on the air by the anchor with some information about the story and then a line introducing the reporter. The preproduced package is then played on the air and ends with a reporter sign-off, known as a "sig-out". A package is often followed by a piece of concluding copy read live on the air by the anchor, called a "tag."




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