Food for Students

If you’re a student like me, you probably don’t have an amazing job and unlimited funds. But we all have to eat, right? I’ve spent a lot of time over the years tracking down the best deals on food in the area because not only am I constantly on a tight budget, I’m also not a great cook. Here’s my map of the best places to get not only inexpensive food, but delicious food.

Audio Done Better

As you edit your audio clips, you may find yourself frustrated with the background noise interference. Or perhaps as much as you thought you were being silent during and right after your subject’s responses, you actually were humming a pretty frequent “mhmmm.” It takes practice. One useful guide to recording audio, Producing Audio 101:
A Quick and Dirty Guide to Recording Your Story
, makes a particularly apt suggestion: Choose an interesting place to interview your subject, most often the place where they do the interesting things for which you are interviewing them in the first place. Whereas a coffee shop or cafe interview may have been great when you were writing your print story alone, those kind of locales are now going to cause you a) some editing grief, and b) disjointed ambient sound. But picture interviewing the music teacher at the studio, and you’ve got some great natural sound!

Charting a New Way of Writing for the Web

As we’ve been talking about, writing for the Web involves writing concisely, yet very conversationally. What if that conciseness is taken to the next level? What if information is posted in very digestable, visually driven pieces? For example, look at charticles. Journalists talk a lot about telling stories–what, if anything, is lost if information is expressed through charticles instead of narrative? Read this article on charticles and see what you think. Post at least one comment here and another comment based on one of your classmates’ comments.

Using WebNG

Update:  Okay, clearly what I wrote below puts the horse before the cart.  Let me try again.  To add multimedia to our class site, we’ll be housing our files at our own WebNG personal accounts.  Then, log into your WordPress account, go to “dashboard” on the left-hand side, and click on “my blogs.”  Once there, you should see our class blog listed.  See if you can use your “page” on our blog.  If you can, you should be able to add the title for your audio file and then upload the file (using its WebNG URL from your account) preferably by highlighting the title text and making it a hyperlink.  Uses the link icon to do this.  At the very least, send me your WebNG URL for your edited mp3 by deadline.

Quick post today. Try watching this YouTube video to understand how best to upload or get the address for your audio file. Create the “audio” DIRECTORY first, and then upload your mp3 file. Then, go to our WordPress blog and upload to our Student Work page. FYI: The tutorial discusses creating a whole page, but don’t fret. You’ll still find useful directions here.

Rethinking How You Interview for Sound

Deborah Potter recently posted some great advice on conducting interviews for good audio.  One of her suggestions include making observations instead of asking specific questions.  (Does this sound familiar to anything we’ve discussed in class about interviewing?) She points out that this elicits more conversational responses, instead of fragmented one or two word responses.  She also suggests asking two-part questions, such as “Who are you and what are you doing?” In this way, you get your source to introduce not only him or herself, but also the subject matter without you necessarily having to add narration.  Try both of these techniques the next time you collect audio.

Switching to WordPress

One of the things I’ve asked you to do this semester is to migrate to or create a blog on WordPress.   I figure if your blog becomes super popular, you’ll eventually want to be here anyway.  That being said, though, there’s a learning curve to making the move.  There are a number of resources that can help you if you’re one of the students moving your original blog.  Since I’m a visual learner, I tend to like video tutorials.  One that seemed straightforward enough is the one below.

So, if you think your blog has a bright future, I’d roll it over now.  If you’re less enthusiastic, I won’t make it a requirement–instead, just create a new WordPress blog on the same topic, hopefully with a similiar domain name. (But there’s no guarantees there:  My Blogger domain is newsfangled, but someone else has already scored that for Blogger.  I’ll stay put for now.)