Digital Audio Production

JOU 6362 / Fall, Spring

Participate in hands-on learning to record quality online audio.


This course will allow students to hone critical thinking skills while becoming familiar with what comprises publishable audio for online news use. Students will participate in hands-on learning to record quality online audio.

Objectives

  • Critique the use of audio in online (not broadcast) news reports
  • Write voice-over copy
  • Capture and edit original digital “online-quality” audio using Audacity
  • Edit digital audio for online news reports with Audacity using archive files
  • Employ editorial news judgment in the production of audio stories
  • Identify current best practices by critiquing digital audio for online news reports by worldwide professionals

Topics

  • Storytelling with audio for online news reports
  • Online news audio ethics with 21st century technology: the National Public Radio model
  • Types of recorders, mics, cords, stands/poles, mixers, bags and other useful gear
  • Best practice methods for common online news audio, such as: interview, “nat” (natural) sound, panel, press conference, for use with video, podcast show
  • Audio editing
  • Network case studies for online news reports: National Public Radio and the BBC
  • Podcast case studies: Stuck in the 80’s and Ante Up!
  • Methods for presenting news audio online: single audio file, “jukebox” player, hosting options, compression, .mp3 and other file flavors