On the tube: Haiti casualty arrives home

The script was short, the focus direct. But the few seconds of sounds and shots told lots more than a full-length written piece might.

It shows a key rule in editing: As much as you can, let the audio and visuals speak for themselves.

When used wisely, good video can rivet and rouse.

So guides the choice cuts from the hour-long footage of the wait outside an air cargo terminal for a body in a box, and the wake that follows its arrival.

What then tells the story for TV in a standard one-minute-and-twenty?

It is the emotion shown in parents who cannot believe that their daughter passed on before them.

It is the cry of relatives who wished they welcomed home a hero instead of a hearse. And it is the image of youth gone too soon.

Reporter Gretchen Malalad patrols on a family’s grief at an unfulfilled promise.


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