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    2 tips when interviewing for audio stories

    The basics of good interviewing apply to an audio story. But there are additional factors for audio narratives, especially if you’re planning to tell the story without the benefit of a reporter or narrator. Here are some tips for producing non-narrated stories:

    Ask the person speaking to say their name and occupation in the form of a sentence. This serves several purposes.

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    How to tell an audio story without narration

    Standard audio stories have a host introduction, narration, voice tracks and actualities. But you can also use non-narrated pieces, stories that don't include the reporter's voice or storytelling.

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    How to think photographically with your audio story

    When you’re reporting an audio story, collect all the sound elements you will need to reconstruct a scene for a listener. That means collecting the sound of doors opening and closing, the sound of thunder in the background, the sound of your subject answering the phone or greeting a friend. You want sound that paints a picture or sets a scene.

    One approach to gathering this scenic sound is to think like a photographer: close-ups and wide shots.

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    How to plan your audio options before you start your story

    Producing an effective audio narrative starts with extensive planning well before picking up a mic.

    When you’re considering audio treatment for a story, make a list of all possible sound sources at the primary physical location. Public events, for instance, are usually a great opportunity to get sound: There are plenty of voices (and interview opportunities), and there might be music, speeches, cheering and other “crowd” noises. These important sound elements would help set the scene.

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    How audio brings a story to life

    Sound is vital to online and broadcast journalism. In radio and podcasts, sound is the only way to impart meaning and convey emotion. Online and in TV, sound can complement words and visuals in powerful ways, often enhancing an already well-told story.

    Sound can bring a story to life in many ways:

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    How to interview for your audio narratives

    The best interviews for audio narratives provide the facts around an issue and offer distinct moments that add color, interest and variety to a story.

    The basics of good interviewing apply to an audio story. But there are additional factors for audio narratives, especially if you’re planning to tell the story solely through interview clips, without the benefit of a reporter or narrator.

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    NPR One app potential is huge

    Public radio and podcasts have taken on an increasing role in my life. I listen while running, cleaning, cooking, driving long distances or taking public transportation, mostly times when I can afford to multitask, but can't be looking at video or don't want the added work of reading text.

 
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