Digital Audio Story

I think using an audio recorder when interviewing someone makes them panic. Jordan was fine with me interviewing him, and then when I asked if I could record him there was a slight look of panic on his face. After I explained the assignment and why I wanted to record him, he was fine with it. I think giving people a clear explanation as to why you’re recording them helps make them feel more comfortable.

I’ve never used Audacity before, but it is pretty user-friendly. I think the most challenging part was knowing what I wanted the audio to sound like but trying to figure out how to use the software to get it to sound like I wanted.

I interviewed Jordan outside at Turtle Rock Café. It was challenging at first to find a place on the back patio to get a good photo of him. The tress and house next to the café cast some odd shadows that time of day, so I took several photos. None of them looked good, so I kept trying different angles. Finally, at the end of the building, there was some shade, so Jordan stood against the wall, and this provided for a good photo without any shadows.

Jordan Williams- Professional Youth Developer for Great Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters

When I was editing is surprised me how hard it was to cut the interview from five minutes to two minutes. I think part of the reason is Jordan is a good interviewee, and he gave me great information that made it hard to really pick and choose what was and wasn’t going to make the final cut.

I wish that I would have interviewed Jordan somewhere else. I didn’t realize how loud the birds chirping would sound, and the recorder picked up on other voices too. This was disappointing because I thought outside would be quieter than inside, which is still probably true but interviewing outside came with a whole new set of issues.

I have been applying to jobs that entail a great deal of journalism. I really want a career in journalism and broadcasting, so I know I will be doing a lot of audio recording. I think it’s an accurate smart way to get direct quotes, and go back and review important things that were said. Especially if I was covering an event where I might interview multiple people, it would take the pressure off of me to remember everything that was said and help provide more accuracy.


Published by ccarper3

"My2Cents" is the brand of my grandfather. One I grew up seeing on everything from horses to his red and white lunch pale. I cherish the stories and memories I share with my grandparents and am forever grateful for the love of ranching and rodeo they have instilled in me. I created this blog to share my own agriculture experiences along with others.

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