Outfit yourself for audio gathering
The best first step for a print reporter toward multimedia is audio. You already know how to conduct an interview, so you’re more than halfway there. Now all you need is some decent audio gathering gear and Audacity, a free audio editor that works on both Windows and Macs.
All the information you need is here: Journalists’ Toolkit: Audio.
- The reporter’s audio gear list
- Teach audio in your newsroom or classroom (here’s how)
- Choice for audio recorders
- First lesson in audio for journalists
- Converting audio formats, including WMA
A word about audio file formats: You want to end up with an MP3 file to put up on the Web. Most other formats can be converted to MP3. Audio editing programs can read a variety of formats and also export an MP3 file. HOWEVER — some recorders save the file in a proprietary format that CANNOT be converted. Some Sony recorders do this, and many cheap recorders from China also do it.
Some recorders are designed only for making voice memos, and with these, you have no method of getting the audio file out of the recorder and onto your computer. Most newer recorders have a USB connection, and thus you can easily copy the file to your computer for editing.
Avoid tape and MiniDisc recorders.
Categories: audio, multimedia, reporting