10 things to know      about audio   By Regina McCombs of thePoynter Institute for Media Studies
10 rules of audio production1. Audio has power  1. Storycorps   doesn’t need to be fancy to add to story
10 rules of audio production2. Ask the right questions   people need to explain what happened for your    audience (avoid...
10 rules of audio production3. Gather environmental sound     get source to stop talking while capturing audio     liste...
10 rules of audio production4. Plan in the field    what do I need this person to tell me    be thinking about story arc...
10 rules of audio production5. know your gear   you’ll learn this the hard way eventually
10 rules of audio production6. What you get in the field is what you get     No second takes     No excuses     No edit...
10 rules of audio production7. Listen    listen to hear in the same way you’ve learned to     see to observe    listen t...
10 rules of audio production8. Monitor your audio
10 rules of audio production9. craft your story     know what you have, not what you think you have     log or take note...
10 rules of audio production10. Keep it tight (short)   get others to listen   Decide where you can cut, then cut deeply...
Need Questions?• What was the happiest moment of your life• What are you most proud of?• What are the most important lesso...
10 things to know about    audio production   By Regina McCombs of thePoynter Institute for Media Studies
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10 things about_audio

  1. 1. 10 things to know about audio By Regina McCombs of thePoynter Institute for Media Studies
  2. 2. 10 rules of audio production1. Audio has power 1. Storycorps  doesn’t need to be fancy to add to story
  3. 3. 10 rules of audio production2. Ask the right questions  people need to explain what happened for your audience (avoid yes/no questions)  avoid multipart questions  pre-interview  call on phone to get a sense of personality, accent, etc.)  use non-verbal feedback
  4. 4. 10 rules of audio production3. Gather environmental sound  get source to stop talking while capturing audio  listen  get ambient sound  think texture
  5. 5. 10 rules of audio production4. Plan in the field  what do I need this person to tell me  be thinking about story arc  develop characters o like with feature stories  grab users, pull them in, leave them satisfied  story in three words (who did what)
  6. 6. 10 rules of audio production5. know your gear  you’ll learn this the hard way eventually
  7. 7. 10 rules of audio production6. What you get in the field is what you get  No second takes  No excuses  No editing can add actualities or voice of subject  Get multiple sources to say the same thing
  8. 8. 10 rules of audio production7. Listen  listen to hear in the same way you’ve learned to see to observe  listen to what other professionals/students are doing
  9. 9. 10 rules of audio production8. Monitor your audio
  10. 10. 10 rules of audio production9. craft your story  know what you have, not what you think you have  log or take notes  “write”  don’t be afraid of narration  natural sound pieces sometimes lack information  facts, research, and accuracy are just as important in an audio piece as they are in print
  11. 11. 10 rules of audio production10. Keep it tight (short)  get others to listen  Decide where you can cut, then cut deeply  review
  12. 12. Need Questions?• What was the happiest moment of your life• What are you most proud of?• What are the most important lessons youve learned in life?• What is your earliest memory?• How would you like to be remembered?
  13. 13. 10 things to know about audio production By Regina McCombs of thePoynter Institute for Media Studies

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