Journalism 285Mondays and Wednesdays 8:10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Room 26-207 Course Info: http://cpj285.wordpress.com Dave Schermer Lecturer
Quiz • 4 multiple choice questions based on readings and past classes • You can take it between 8:10 and 8:15 a.m. • To begin, log in to Blackboard, click “Assignments,” then click on the quiz.
Audio Journalism • Paints a picture with sound • Captures emotion • Draws listeners in to a story • More than just interviews and narration • Example(Beep Baseball)
Using Audio in MMJ • Podcasts • Audio slideshows • Breaking news. All you need is a cell phone. • Radio-type news or feature story
Writing for the Ear • Conversational: write like you talk • One idea per sentence. Break long sentences into multiple short ones. • Don’t use jargon or assume listener knows what you know. • Identify who you interview. • Beginning and end of story are most important. • Build up to a good ending.
Write like you talk • NOT GOOD: Authorities apprehended the suspect as he was attempting to scale the fence. • BETTER: The cops grabbed him while he was climbing over the fence.
Exercise Make this conversational: Pope Benedict XVI joined U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II on Friday by launching his much-anticipated YouTube channel, a sign the Vatican is increasingly reaching out to the digital generation.
Exercise President Obama has a YouTube channel. So does Queen Elizabeth. Now Pope Benedict has one too. The pope wants to use the new channel to reach out to young people.
What’s a Better Way to Say: • Youth • Officials • At large • Citizens • Physician
5 Steps to an Audio Story An audio story is your narrated script with sound bites mixed in • Interview your source(s) • Log your sound bites • Write a script, incorporating the bite(s) • Record your script • Edit it together with the bite(s)
Getting Good Sound • Gathering Sound(video) • Get the microphone close! • Watch out for background noise like wind, airplanes and traffic • Wear earphones • Record your own questions • Record natural sound • Examples: Kids’ Digital Day, Jennifer Sirchuk
Recording Yourself • Speak clearly • Confirm pronunciation (especially of names) • Slow down • Keep it conversational • Play it back • Do multiple takes
Editing Audio in Audacity • Free • Mac and Windows • Widely used in industry • Works with MP3, WAV and AIFF
There’s an App for ThatFree Voice Recorder Apps iPhone • QuickVoice (.caf files) • VR+ (MP3 with watermark) Android • Hi-Q MP3 Rec (Lite)
LAB: Practice Audio Story • Set recorders to MP3 mode • Pair up and interview each other about your beat for at least 3 minutes (record your questions too) • Import the audio and edit it down to a one minute piece in Audacity • Add in some natural sound: Record your own OR download from pacdv.com/sounds • Let me hear it when you’re done
Project 2: Audio StoryDUE: Monday 10/17 - 15 points(Replaces Slideshow with Audio) • Details online
Reminders • Project 1: Basic Slideshow, due next class • Blog Post 3, due Weds. 10/12. Details online. • Project 2: Audio Story, due Mon. 10/17 • Readings in Course Schedule