I've been an NPR listener since I was a child, so I have long loved audio storytelling, and I love that podcasts have revitalized audio and brought it to a larger audience. I am a voracious podcast-listener — one of the few benefits of a long commute — and I'm eager to bring this option to my journalism students.
As part of my quest to become a better multimedia journalism adviser, my focus this week was on learning basic podcasting skills. After reviewing a number of excellent sites about the nature of audio, it was time to craft my own short podcast episode. I decided to use this opportunity to create a short episode about California's little-known Leonard Law, a unique state statute that protects the state's private high school and post-secondary students' freedom of speech.
I have a connection with a local sound design company and so was able to borrow some great equipment for this experiment. I used a Tascam DR-40 recorder hooked up to a Sennheiser e835 microphone to record my audio. I monitored my sound with Sony MDR-7506 headphones — I bought these for myself, since I didn't have a good pair and plan to use them a lot. They are an industry standard and fairly affordable, and I want to buy at least one more pair for my program.
Although this audio equipment is much better than I will have for student work, generally, I know I can do much the same (if at a somewhat lower quality) using even a simple smartphone to record. This just gave me a little advanced experience for when real recorders and microphones are available. I wanted to use the same tools that my students can easily access for editing, however, so I used the free Audacity software to edit my tracks. I buffered my podcast with royalty-free intro and exit music from Incompetech.
This was a relatively quick project, but I already free more confident about helping my students do a similar experiment. The only caution I will give them is that Audacity, while a great editor for beginners, is very different from most professional editing programs like Pro-Tools. For our purposes, though, once I figured out its quirks, it worked great.
I'm eager to see what podcasts my students will create with these tools.
9/12/2018 08:13:01 am
The development of digital journalism led to various innovations in the media industry, including the introduction of podcasting. As an affordable tool and medium for broadcasting the latest news and events, podcasting is an easy way to engage with your target audience as it allows you to contextually put all your content in a contextual manner. For me, personally, I believe that podcasting is useful for journalists, especially now that more and more people are subscribing to audio content. In fact, I am now trying to start a podcast for myself by starting to learn the basics of podcasting. Hopefully, one day, I will be one of the well-known podcast artists in the future.
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