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Week 7 Monday


  1. FINAL Blog Post 4 (Web Story) due by Friday, Mar. 13 @ 11:59 p.m.
  2. New Module: Audio Storytelling (Blog Post 5: Digital Audio Profile; Raw and Edited Files Due Fri. Apr. 3 @ 11:59 p.m.)
  3. Short-Write: Audio Stories
  4. Review of Popular Audio Storytelling on StoryCorps, NPR, and Podcasts
  5. For Wednesday: Gathering Audio; Audio Interviewing Tips; Practice Audio Recording & Interviewing
  6. For Friday: In-Class Time to Work on Blog Post 4 & 5 (Optional In-Person Attendance; Need to submit paragraph work summary)
  7. After Spring Break:
    1. Audio editing with Audacity
    2. Guest Speaker: Professor Mark Pedelty (Public Lands Podcast)
    3. Guest Speakers Micah Schweizer and Erin Jones, producers at Wyoming Public Radio

💡Talk to a neighbor and jot down some answers to Wyocourses:

  • Have you done any audio recording and editing projects?
  • What are different audio storytelling options and formats?
  • What can make audio stories compelling and different from other media?
  • What are some challenges about audio stories or about this audio assignment (for you, personally)?

🔍Overview of Audio Storytelling Unit

Journalism oftentimes gives a voice to the voiceless. With audio journalism, you can hear the emotion, hear the ambient sounds, and hear the expressions of your sources. Now, we can do audio journalism online and not just on the radio. Before we learn about the logistics of audio, it is important to first understand what makes excellent audio storytelling.

Note that for the upcoming audio assignment, you will do an audio profile on someone. You will interview someone for 5 minutes and then edit the audio to 2 minutes. You will also take their portrait and include their portrait on the respective blog post. This assignment is designed to introduce you to:

  1. The planning and forethought that go into audio stories
  2. The technical and editing skills that go into audio stories
  3. The storytelling and narrative skills that go into audio stories
  4. Portrait photography to supplement an audio profile on someone

✏️Review the Blog Post 5 assignment together.

Be sure to triple-check the final page — the rubric — BEFORE doing any audio recordings to ensure that you’re following all the instructions for the assignment.

📻Review of Popular Audio Storytelling: StoryCorps, NPR, and Podcasts

🎙️Story Corps

Story Corps is one example of powerful audio storytelling from everyday people. Let’s watch the introduction video on this page.

Let’s listen to some stories that you could use for inspiration.

William Lynn Weaver

Amy Sherald

Check out other stories as well.

🎙️National Public Radio

NPR provides the best audio journalism in the United States.

Here’s an example of their reporting. Notice the journalist’s narration, the sources’ quotes, and the audio of specific examples relevant to the story.

First though, let’s read the print story.

Then, we’ll listen to the audio story. We’ll compare the stories and discuss the differences as well as the similarities. Talk to your neighbors about the following questions. When you are done, we will talk together.

  • What feels different about the audio vs. text versions?
  • What do you like and dislike about the different versions?
  • What are the audio version’s strengths and weaknesses? What are the text version’s strengths and weaknesses?

🎙️Podcasting (hooray!!)

Podcasts are also increasingly important for journalists and communicators to grow an audience and a brand. Let’s read a primer about podcasting and journalism.

You can also find advice about journalism itself on podcasts.

Advertisers and public relations professionals have also noticed that podcasts provide an opportunity for trusted podcast hosts to pitch products and services.

💡Why is podcast advertising more effective than traditional radio advertising?

Let’s take a look at Pew Research Center data on Audio and Podcasting.

Here’s a chart about Podcast Listenership.

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What types of podcast do you listen to?

What is your favorite podcast? What is appealing about it? How and when do you listen to it?

Do you trust advertisers more on podcasts than traditional radio?

If you’ve never listened to a podcast, here are some to search: NPR Podcast DirectoryWyoming Public Radio Podcasts, and iTunes.


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