David Spunt’s work on CONGRESSMAN AFFAIR
Watch the following clips of David Spunt’s work in your UA groups and/or on your own. Discuss the pieces with each other. What angle did Spunt pursue? Why? Why was he doing the story at that particular time? What elements (video, audio, script, sourcing, etc.) went into making each story? How does his work reflect “TV reporting values,”?
For the exercise, provide the following for EACH of the five stories:
What is the WWWWW&H of each story? (5 pts for each story.)
What are two key direct quotes (from sources in the story — not David Spunt)? Keeping in mind the purpose of quotes — that they should sound conversational, that they should offer a point of view, that they should move a story forward, that they should be considered a treat for the reader or listener — present two quotes from each Spunt story exactly as articulated and in correct quote form. Ex: “I am sickened and shocked by this carnage,” Police Chief Bill Smith said. “This is a sad day for the city of Philadelphia.”