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Outline of simple audio reporting, editing, and posting to the web. Used in introductory online journalism course.

Outline of simple audio reporting, editing, and posting to the web. Used in introductory online journalism course.

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    Simple Audio for Journalism Students: Gathering, Editing and Posting to the Web Simple Audio for Journalism Students: Gathering, Editing and Posting to the Web Presentation Transcript

    • Audio
      Good audio is the basis of multimedia.
    • Audio
      Voices
      Emotion
      People telling their own stories in their own words
      Allows audience to imagine visuals
    • Audio
      WHAT YOU NEED TO GATHER AUDIO:
      • Digital recorder (that saves as .wav, .wma or .mp3 format)
      • Headphones
      • Microphone
      • Cables
      • Backup batteries
    • Getting Started with Recorder
      1. Turn it on.
      2. Find record, stop, playback, files etc.
      3. Plug in headphones and microphone.
      4. Press record.
      5. Listening on your headphones.
      6. Start talking. Listen for sound quality. Reposition mic.
    • Tips for Interviewing
      • Find a quiet place.
      • Record 2 min of room tone.
      • Get comfortable. Make your subject comfortable.
      • Ask a introductory question.
    • Tips for Interviewing
      • Encourage the subject to answer in complete sentences by keeping your questions short and open ended.
      • Avoid “yes” or “no” questions.
      • Ask subject to repeat herself if necessary.
    • Tips for Interviewing
      • Do not move your hand or shake the device.
      • Do not say “uh huh” or talk while you interview. Listen.
      • Maintain eye contact. Listen. Nod.
      • Get an ID: Name, age, occupation, location.
    • Tips for Interviewing
      • When you are done interviewing, let the recorder continue to run. Sometimes this is when you get the best stuff.
      • Make sure you have your ID.
    • Collect Other Sounds
      Room Tone
      The background sound of the room. Turn on your recorder and let it run
      For 2 min.
      Use it to loop under your interview later.
    • Collect Other Sound
      Sound Effects
      Makes audio more vivid.
      Car doors slamming. Eggs frying. Dogs barking. Birds chirping. Gavel pounding. Dentist drilling. Etc.
    • Editing Audio
      Simple Audio Editing Programs
      GarageBand (for Macs)
      Audacity (for PCs and Macs) – Free download
    • Editing Audio
      Common Types of Audio Files You Should Be Able to Recognize
      .wma (windows media audio)
      .wav (uncompressed windows file)
      .mp3 (most universal audio format)
      .aiff (Mac and standard podcasting format)
    • Editing Audio
      1. Plug your recorder into the USB.
      2. Drag your audio file(s) onto your desktop.
      3. Make a copy. Ctrl and Click. Duplicate.
      4. Edit the copy, NOT the original.
    • Editing Audio
      Switch Audio Converter
      A free download
      Works on both Macs and PC
      Available in Boz 134
      Go>Applications>Switch
    • Editing Audio
      Switch Audio Converter
      Go>Applications>Switch
      Drag file in
      3. Output as .aiff for Garageband
      .wav for Audacity
      4. Hit “Convert” button
    • Editing and Posting Audio
      • Edit your audio to desired length
      • Save and Export as .mp3
      • Post .mp3 online
      • Soundcloud.com offers audio free hosting and a player that is compatible with Wordpress.com