Weather: Graphics

This month’s unit will be a very important one as we discuss the fundamentals of: GRAPHICS.

There is no concept map attached for this Unit because of the simplicity of the content.

It is absolutely essential for schools to use graphics in their weather forecasts. Not only do graphics visually help your audience, but it will guide the presenter of the information through the content. The first time I did the weather for Johns Creek High School, the team was shocked. They had never seen someone do the weather without the teleprompter. It may seem crazy, but I find it easier to do it without. Here’s why: The Student Meteorologist should be able to see several different monitors of him while he’s live. The script lays in the graphics themselves. The talent should be able to use the information being presented in the graphics to form his forecast as he’s displaying it. This helps the meteorologist to get straight to the point.

The audience needs some visual to accompany what you’re talking about as well. According to Pearson Prentice Hall, sixty five percent of learners are visual. Your viewers want their news to be filled with relative information that will help them better understand the story, not a video of you standing outside with an umbrella simply talking about how it’s raining.

So then this question arises: How do I make graphics?

The answer is not as complicated as you may be thinking. In fact- I make my graphics with… That’s right. PowerPoint. You can create incredibly sleek looking graphics with PowerPoint. Here are the one’s I used last year for Johns Creek:

5DAY-350     FOOTBALL-350     HOURLY-350     HUMIDITY-350     RIGHTNOW-350

PowerPoint makes it easy for students to quickly and easily edit temperatures, icons, and all information. In fact, I have a good friend by the name of Alex Forbes who makes all of the graphics for Johns Creek. Alex has several templates that he’s made special for our readers for a very cheap price. If interested, email him at . I would strongly recommend purchasing some student- friendly graphics from Alex. It dramatically increases the quality of your segment.

The process of creating graphics shouldn’t take longer than twenty to thirty minutes. Remember to be creative with your content and incorporate other aspects of the school into your forecast (i.e. Friday Night Football Forecast). Once you have your graphics set, the simplicity of editing simply lies in editing the text and pasting the weather icons. Everything else you need to know about creating your forecast you can find in our past entries.

Next month we’ll be wrapping up our series by talking about Presentation and how the student meteorologist can successfully convey the story of the weather. Next month’s article will be a home run and something I would recommend all student Meteorologists take a look at.

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