Audio Storytelling: Pre-conference workshop

Friday, October 14th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
School of Communication Computer Lab
Katie Szrom
Mark Neumann
Peter Friederici

Great audio is an increasingly important part of much science journalism on the Web. Whether it’s ambient sound, clips of interviews, or a full-fledged audio documentary, facility with sound recording and editing can improve your storytelling and your prospects of selling a story. This daylong workshop will provide an overview of audio recording and documentary techniques, as well as hands-on experience in gathering and editing audio. You may bring your own audio recorder and sound clips you’d like to work with, or use one of NAU’s audio recorder kits for the workshop.

What you’ll learn:
• Techniques for gathering good sound recordings
• Strategies for composing interesting sound designs
• Fundamentals multi-layered audio editing
• Techniques for structuring and writing a story with sound

The class will be taught in a computer lab at the NAU School of Communication. $60; pre-registration required.

• Mark Neumann, Professor, Communication and Documentary Studies, NAU, and author of Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience (Sage, 2009).
• Kate Szrom, Instructor, NAU, and public radio producer.