Adding Content to the Rundown
Once the new rundown is open you can now start adding content. For closed caption purposes, all the wording to the newscast, including the package scripts, needs to be added to the rundown.
Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move through the rundown.
- Up and Down - moves you from one row to the next
- Left and Right - moves across columns
To add content, it's as simple as creating a story.
First, click in the block where you want your story to go. Clicking in the block will highlight an entire row yellow. In the illustration below, clicking in the A block will mean that this is where your broadcast story will go when you create it.
Create Story > Broadcast
The Create Story button is located in the left portion of the Running Order panel above the rundown. When you click on the button you'll be given a range of options to create content. Choose Broadcast for stories that will be read by the anchor or when writing scripts for packages.
You now have a new line to the rundown that appears above the row you selected in the block. If you want to remove a line in the rundown, simply highlight it and then click the Remove button located above in the Running Order panel. You're not deleting the line, but just removing it from the rundown.
Click in the space under the Slug column and type in a slug for the new story.
Notice that the new story doesn't have a page number yet. There's no need to type in the page number.
Renumber > Renumber Block
In the right portion of the Running Order panel, click on the button that says, Renumber. You then have the option to renumber the pages in the entire rundown or just in the block itself. To renumber the block you need to first select a line in the block.
NOTE: You can't renumber pages if you don't have a slug first. No slug, no page number!
Moving and Copying Stories in the Rundown
- Moving - If you need to move a story to another location in the rundown, it's as simple as dragging it. To do so, drag the story slug to its new location.
- Copying - If you drag a story from the TV Icon (located on the left of the row) you will then be making a copy of the story. Therefore, the story will appear in two places.
Note the yellow boxes to the left of the slugs. Yellow tells you that the stories have yet to be written. Once there's content, these boxes will change colour. The following colour code will help you tell when stories have been worked on, whether they've been approved and whether they've been published (broadcast):
- Yellow: nothing's written - the story is blank
- Red: content appears in the story or it's being written
- Green: the story has been approved
- Blue: the story has been published (or broadcast)
Typing a Script - The Story Editor
Double click the slug, which will open the Story Editor panel.
Once you're in this panel, any of the work you do will not be saved automatically. If you close down the browser the changes you made will be lost for good. If a story isn't saved a red dot appears next to the slug. You need to save often by clicking on the Save icon in the upper left portion of the panel.
The Text Formatting toolbar will help you set the appearance of the script. The status bars below will help you keep track of the word count, which includes both the Reading word and the words in the SOTS. You'll also get an estimated time for the story, which is determined by a default reading speed that can be customised to the anchor's own reading speed.
- Case - Type everything in sentence case. Don't worry about separating narration case from SOT case.
- SOTS - In the right portion of the toolbar there is a button for SOT that will allow you to add. Clicking on this button will display the SOT information as green text. The Read Word Count does not include the SOT information.
- PRODUCTION CUE - Also in the right portion of the toolbar there is a button called PRODUCTION CUE. This button contains a list of cues that you can insert into the story. Story word counts don't include Production Cue text.
Click Production Cue to display the cue choices
Deleting Stories - Delete Format
Remember how you can remove a line from the rundown, but it doesn't delete it? The story can still be accessed in the Story Browser (the button in the Content panel in the upper left of the Inception page). To delete the story for good, you need to first open it in the Story Editor. Then click on Delete Format. You will be asked if you want to permanently delete this story. Click OK.
However, you can't delete a story once it's been published, or archived. You need to 'un-publish' the story first. In the rundown, uncheck the selection under the Published column.