Multimedia Storytelling JOUR 203

Audio Week 4: Structuring Audio Stories Audio Ethics

Discussion
“Did you get good tape?”

Comments on Homework
  The audio postcard is a short format, but a

meaty one. Through an elegant layering of voices and ambient and natural sound, the postcard allows audio documentary to do what it does best: place the listener smack in the middle of the sights, sounds, smells, and mood of a place or an event. -- Jennifer Deer, Radio Producer

Comments on Last Homework

Comments on Last Homework
Tip: * Look for “scenes” as well as just ambient sounds. * Variety, variety, variety.

Ambient Sound

Today’s Goal
Produce a profile piece that brings in everything we’ve learned so far and has a narrative arc.

Today’s Goal
Be thinking of a person you might want to profile (You will pitch today in class)

Story Structure

Story Structure
Building Blocks of a Story
  The anecdote – sequence of actions   The hook (bait) Raise and answer questions   Moment of reflection – point of the story

Story Structure

Profile Example

What Was the Structure?
Building Blocks of a Story
  The anecdote – sequence of actions   The hook (bait) Raise and answer questions   Moment of reflection – point of the story

Homework
  Audio Assignment #4 (50 points) – Audio Profile   Produce a profile of a person you do not know well – w/

story pitch approved in advance.

  Must have at least 2 interviews, 2 ambient sounds.   Must have hook and story arc.   At least 2:00, no longer than 3:30.   Post to the blog by 11 pm Thur (remember, Export from

Audacity, post the .wav file to Soundcloud.com, then Paste the Embed code into a blog item on the class blog)

Pitching the Story
  Focus statement… say what story is about in one

sentence.

Pitching the Story
  Focus statement… say what story is about in one

sentence.

  “So what” factor.

Pitching the Story
  Focus statement… say what story is about in one

sentence.

  “So what” factor.   Who do you imagine will be main characters in

your piece?

Pitching the Story
  Focus statement… say what story is about in one

sentence.

  “So what” factor.   Who do you imagine will be main characters in

your piece?
  Think about where the story will be reported.

The Pitch
Right now: E-mail pitches to jryoung@gmail.com Focus statement… say what story is about in one sentence. “So what” factor. Who do you imagine will be main characters in your piece? Think about where the story will be reported.
 

Time to Redo Homework
  Spend the rest of the class collecting ambient

and natural sound from a scene on campus. Post a couple of clips to the blog along with a sentence about what the context was.

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