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Seda Douglas ​responds to the problem of writing and producing radio

Responding to the question that Seu Sokhim raised last week about the problems she faces when writing and producing radio features for broadcast, according to Seda, writing and producing radio is not very difficult if we are knowledgeable about the topic and the angle that we want to focus on.

“We need to be specific on one angle and flow the information in chronological order by basing it on the 5 Ws and and the H of journalism,” said Seda, referring to the questions of “who, what, when, where, why and how” that are essential to any news story or feature.

Seda explained that we need to get people to answer these questions in order to get enough information and perspectives for a story.

“For me, starting with the question ‘why’ and ‘what’ is a very important key to getting the information flowing well,” she said.

In order to produce a radio feature in an interesting way, Seda said that we need to know how to tell the story.

“We put the information we get in the chronological order and tell the story by using different voices from people; not just only your voice because it will make the audience bored.”

When quoting people, Seda said that we first need to explain the background or pose a question to introduce the information before posting the sound bit so the listener will catch all the information.

On the subject of question preparation before interviews, Seda said that she always starts with the “why” question.

“If we want to know the information, we don’t just ask one question and say that it is enough. We need to ask ‘why’ to seek clarification.”

“We will not get exactly the right answers if we just go through the list of questions one by one without probing the source with more questions.”

Seda also said that Sokhim “To have a good question, she needs to put herself in the audience shoes. If she is the audience, what would she want to listen to and learn about? And please don’t assume that the answers given are always right, so please listen carefully whether the interviewee answers the question.”

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