Occasionally, a producer will have to edit a piece of audio they didn’t record and make it work as a standalone podcast. This means cleaning up the audio to improve the sound quality, identifying the strongest elements and weaving them together to tell a cohesive narrative. They may also have to record wraparound narration and insert other audio elements, such as natural sound and music.
Instructions: In November 2016, I interviewed Meredith Somers, a reporter for Federal News Radio. The interview was edited and posted as an episode of the It’s All Journalism podcast.
Use the accompanying raw audio file to create a five- minute mini-episode of the podcast. You’ll need to identify which questions and answers you want to use to tell your story. But, you can’t use the original narration. Record an introduction, narrative and any other elements you need to make the podcast work. It should not be an It’s All Journalism episode. Pick your own name. It can be anything you want, provided you use Somers’ audio as the meat of the podcast. The mini-episode needs to include musical elements, such as an introduction or a bed of sound under your narration. Download an appropriate piece of music from a Creative Commons website. When you turn in the assignment, include a link showing the origin of the music with credit to the composer.