Audio plays a very important role in today’s media. It has the ability to take a mediocre story to the next level if done properly. Poynter University is a great place to go for tips and tricks of the trade for little or no cost. The session Poynter offers, telling stories with sound, gives great instruction on how to produce a successful audio clip.
- Scout out the location prior to the interview. This will give you an opportunity to find the best location to record your host with minimal interference.
- Record some natural and ambient sounds to play throughout your recording. This helps the listeners visualize the place setting.
- Choose the correct microphone for the application. There are many styles of microphones that serve different purposes so you want to be sure you have the right one.
- Make sure that the person you are interviewing answers in complete sentences. You want to do as little talking as possible, additional audio can be added back at the studio.
These are just a few of the important tips that I have learned from Poynter. It covers many other areas related to media such as language of the image, video storytelling for the web and five steps to multimedia stories.
It is a great learning tool and I would recommend it to anybody interested.