Telling Stories with Sound

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Telling Stories with Sound

Learn the fundamentals of audio reporting and editing in this self-directed course.

Overview

  • Enroll in this self-directed course to learn the basics of audio reporting and editing
  • Feel more confident using audio as a multimedia storytelling tool
  • Collect interview clips, sound elements and produce your own narrative in the Sound Mixer activity, all on your own time
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify stories that work well as audio narratives
  • Identify the recording gear and location needed to produce quality recordings
  • Create a final “mix” by combining the content you've collected
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Overview

  • Enroll in this self-directed course to learn the basics of audio reporting and editing
  • Feel more confident using audio as a multimedia storytelling tool
  • Collect interview clips, sound elements and produce your own narrative in the Sound Mixer activity, all on your own time

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Sound plays a vital role in online and broadcast journalism, and good audio results from a deliberate process of planning, working in the field and producing in the studio.

“Telling Stories with Sound” covers this process from start to finish, equipping you with the tools needed to gather, process and combine audio, creating effective, memorable narratives.

In the Overview section, you’ll learn why sound matters and browse a gallery of great audio narratives, with a chance to add your favorite stories.

In Planning, you’ll review story ideas and learn the importance of choosing stories that work well in sound; you’ll also rate how suitable our sample stories are as narratives. We’ll also cover how to research a location and pack your gear.

In the Field covers everything you need to know to gather audio on location: from interviewing for sound, to eliminating white noise, to mic selection and placement, to collecting ambient and background sound.

In the last section, you’ll see how to bring everything together In the Studio by scriptwriting, recording voiceovers and mixing down the final audio.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.

In this self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Who should take this course?

Anyone who wants to use audio effectively as a multimedia storytelling tool.

Instructors

  • Andrew DeVigal
    Chair, Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement, University of Oregon
    Andrew DeVigal is the multimedia editor of The New York Times at nytimes.com, where he directs the presentation of audio, graphics and slide shows on...
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  • Casey Frechette
    Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
    Casey Frechette is an assistant professor in the journalism and media studies department at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg where he teaches digital...
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