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What Videographers Can Learn from Public Radio

or "How learning about audio storytelling changed my videos"

Will Coley

on 30 May 2014

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Transcript of What Videographers Can Learn from Public Radio

What Videographers Can Learn from Public Radio
Interview Subject:
Microphone is less intimidating
Measure of confidentiality
What's special about audio?
Marshal Ganz

"Story of Self"
Participates with imagination
Intimate (headphones, listen alone)
Easy to multitask while listening
Eye contact easier
= better interview
Easier to record or edit than video
"Muslims Need Not Apply"
by @WillColey & Loris Guzzetta
Spoken Audio, i.e.
Radio talk shows
Radio stories
"Audio posts"

Audio within Video, i.e.
Audio Slideshows
Audio-based videos
Image from "Radio: An Illustrated Guide"
by Abel & Glass
Editing Audio
Location, location, location: Need quiet!
Good recording
= Proper mic
Audacity (free)
GarageBand (free)
Hindenberg ($95)
ProTools ($700)
+ Connect as Podcast to iTunes
Public Radio Exchange
Mobile Audio
Image from "Radio: An Illustrated Guide" by Abel & Glass
* Write like
you talk!
Big frontier for digital audio = the car.
2/3 of traditional radio listening occurs away from home, much of that in cars.
Increasingly people using cell phones to listen to online-only radio in cars.
3 -4 inches
below mouth
Get close!
What makes a good story?
How can you make the best sounding story?

How can do radio producers get others
to listen to their stories?
Ira Glass
"This American Life"
iPhone & Android App
Deadly Stream
of Air
"Most powerful testimonial I can provide for nonprofits is story of someone (a character) whose life has been effected by that organization. No talking heads. No scripted bits. But real, raw, emotional tape from a person whose life has been changed."
Samantha Broun
Independent Producer,
SoundLight Media
SoundCloud Smartphone App
Session Prep:
Download & Setup
SoundCloud App*
Radio Producers
NYC Public Radio Club New tool for communities without regular access to Internet or "smart phones"
* Don't forget to check for confirmation email & click link to setup!
Using SoundCloud = Easy-to-share embeddable playe
+ You can measure listens
"Winning Justice at School: Part 2 "
by @WillColey & Loris Guzzetta
"Piano Van"
by David Weinberg
via @KCRWorganist
Click on image to listen
Ideally record audio first, edit & listen to it before shooting
If limited time, record "talking head" video but use little in final video
Capture action in the subject's own environment if possible (i.e. "b-roll"): stills and/or video
Gather images and ambient sounds of location that help set the scene
Link to this Prezi:
* tutorial
Tips for
"First Love and 27 Other Firsts"
by @WhitneyAJones
"Low-Income New Yorkers
Struggle After Sandy"
"Julian: Tavehua, Los Angeles
& Tavehua, Oaxaca"
by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes
"Sonic I.D."
PCM Recorder app for iPhone
Voice Memo
More than half of Americans who go online listen to Internet radio services (Sept 2013)
"Fake it 'til you make it!"
Soundcloud =
"Youtube of
Aaron Horenstein, The Media Map Project, World Bank Institute, 2011: "Percentage of respondents that use media sources every day, by region."

Occupy Bakery - Op-Docs
"Two-thirds of a good video is good audio."
Convening of Video and Audio Producers?
Parallel & Intersecting Tracks:
Spoken Audio & Audio within Video
Pew Research Journalism Project 2014
What did you notice in this radio story? Could you "see" what Marianne described?
What did you notice
about this story?
from CUNY
*Not there yet: Can't upload audio files*
Talking head video setup: Shotgun mic on boom stand
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