Niki Griswold is an MMJ with Spectrum News 1 in Texas.
Last week she took one of our week long virtual video storytelling bootcamps and shot a lovely story about two professional ballet dancers in Austin who are coping with the Covid lockdown.
They are continuing to dance, but in their small apartment - with their dog.
The story is great, as are the visuals - all shot with an iPhone, as usual.
Take a look at the pointing on toes!
BUT - small differences in editing and pacing can make an enormous difference in the story.
Take a look at the two versions here.
In the first, the narrative is breathless and unrelenting - a problem we often find in local TV news stories. It's the Breaking News! mentality.
Now take a look at the recut.
Notice how she lets the story breathe.
So much better.