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!

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About Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

I am the journalism program coordinator at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA, as well as the adviser to The Skyline View.

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