Looking Ahead: Audio Post for Next Week

Blog post 8 (which is due next week on Saturday, Oct 29 at 8 p.m.) will consist of audioa photo, and some brief text.

You need to conduct your interview by class time next Wednesday, Oct 26. You will have the majority of the class period to edit your audio and post it online.

Assignment details:

1. Find a relevant person with something to say about your topic. Set up a time for your interview. Have a backup plan.

2. Prepare and research a few questions.

3. Do an in-person interview with your audio recorder. (No phone interviews.) Use a mic and headphones if you have them.

4. Photograph your subject. Make sure your photo is clear, in focus, and that we can see the person’s face.

5. Bring everything to class on Wednesday, Oct 26. In class, edit your audio interview to a maximum of 2 minutes. Export as an .mp3.

6. Write up a short introduction to your post. Who is the person? Why is she/he someone we should hear from? What does she/he have to say? Make the audience want to read more.

8. Post your text introduction, a photo of the subject, and your edited audio interview to your blog using SoundCloud in one blog post.

9. Write a compelling headline that mentions your subject’s name and uses descriptive key-words.

Your post will be graded on the following:

-Text introduces subject and context (Clearly written, no typos, proper grammar and spelling)
-Content of edited audio (Is it compelling, relevant, worth hearing, sharing?)
-Quality of the recording
-Quality of the editing
-Strong photograph of subject

Example of what this will look like:

-See Julio Diaz remembers being robbed. (StoryCorps)

-If multiple audio clips and photos are put together you get High-School Seniors Predict Their Future and Portraits from the New York City Marriage Bureau (NYTimes.com)

-See Chef Rakesh Ramola, proud chef and owner of Indeblue, an example of a student’s assignment from last semester.

Here are step-by-step instructions for getting you audio from your recorder to your blog.

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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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