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Journalism 285. Course Info: Patrick Howe Lecturer. Audio Journalism. Paints a picture with sound Captures emotion Draws listeners in to a story More than just interviews and narration We’re all plugged in these days Example (Beep Baseball) Another.

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journalism 285

Journalism 285

Course Info:

Patrick Howe


audio journalism
Audio Journalism
  • Paints a picture with sound
  • Captures emotion
  • Draws listeners in to a story
  • More than just interviews and narration
  • We’re all plugged in these days
  • Example(Beep Baseball)
  • Another
using audio in mmj
Using Audio in MMJ
  • Podcasts
  • Audio slideshows
  • Breaking news. All you need is a cell phone.
  • Radio-type news or feature story
  • While you’re doing something else
writing for the ear
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
Write like you talk
  • NOT GOOD: Authorities apprehended the suspect as he was attempting to scale the fence.
  • BETTER: Police grabbed the man while he was climbing over the fence.

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.


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
What’s a Better Way to Say:
  • Youth
  • Officials
  • At large
  • Citizens
  • Physician
5 steps to an audio story
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
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
Recording Yourself
  • Speak clearly
  • Confirm pronunciation (especially of names)
  • Slow down
  • Keep it conversational
  • Play it back
  • Do multiple takes
editing audio options
Editing Audio Options
  • Audacity (free, can use in Mac and Windows, widely used)
  • Garageband (powerful and fairly easy; lots of help online)
there s an app for that free voice recorder apps
There’s an App for ThatFree Voice Recorder Apps


  • QuickVoice (.caf files)
  • VR+ (MP3 with watermark)


  • Hi-Q MP3 Rec (Lite)
lab practice audio story
LAB: Practice Audio Story
  • Use tutorial to set up Garageband.
  • Interview peer about their beat for at least 3 minutes (record your questions too)
  • Import the audio and edit it down to a one minute piece.
  • Add in some natural sound: Record your own OR download from
  • Include fade-ins and fade-outs.
  • Let me hear it when you’re done