*** SEE FULL ASSIGNMENT ON CANVAS (under Files) – YOUR SOUNDCLOUD LINKS ARE DUE BY 11:59 P.M. MONDAY, MARCH 19 ***
The ultimate goal of our two-part audio gathering/editing lab exercise is to produce a short audio clip of 30 to 45 seconds that tells a coherent story. Here’s an example from Digital Journalism alum Laura Rowe, who visited an SMU isotope lab:
And just to show y’all that even old fogies can do this, here are two more example audio labs completed by two of your favorite professors:
Batsell — The Fountain on a Late Winter Day
Suhler — E-mailing: The Scourge of the 21st Century
From these examples, you can see that you will need 1) NAT SOUND; 2) VO and 3) a short INTERVIEW describing the sound (preferably with someone you don’t know).
Upload your three (SHORT) raw audio files from your phone to your computer or an external drive and post them individually to SoundCloud. Email the SoundCloud links (NOT the raw files!) to me by 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 19. On Tuesday, March 20, bring your original files to class, along with your laptop and some earbuds or headphones. You’ll use GarageBand to edit your three clips into an NPR-worthy masterpiece!
P.S. Looking for some tips on voiceovers? Here’s a great tutorial from the Knight Digital Media Center.
My book, Engaged Journalism: Connecting With Digitally Empowered News Audiences (Columbia University Press, 2015) examines the changing relationship between journalists and the audiences they serve. I’m eager to hear your reactions. For Tuesday’s class, please read Chapter 2: News As Conversation (the PDF is on Canvas under “Files”). By 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, post a reaction of 100 to 200 words to the #j4398 Google Form (http://j.mp/batsellreax) addressing the following question: How (if at all) did the chapter change the way you think about the role the audience plays in the journalistic process? For full credit, cite from your own reading of the chapter, as well as your own observations and experience. This assignment is worth 5 class participation points.