Post 8: Audio and Photo due Nov. 2

Post 8: Audio and Photo due Sunday, Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. (Worth 50 points)

Use these step-by-step instructions for getting your audio file off of your device, edited with Audacity, posted to Soundcloud, and embedded on your blog.

Find a relevant and compelling person with something to say about your topic. Have a backup plan.

Prepare and research your questions. Do an in-person interview with your audio recorder/cellphone. Note: Speakerphone conversations will not yield quality audio.

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

Edit your audio interview to a maximum of 2 minutes. Remember, your questions should NOT be heard. That way the subject gets more time and focus.

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? Tease your audio. Your text should motivate your reader to listen to the audio. Include hyperlinks in text for more information.

Post your text introduction, a photo of the subject, and your edited audio interview in a single blog post. Write a compelling headline that includes your subject’s name and uses descriptive key-words.

Check out this example from a former student: DIVE IN AND LISTEN TO TAMMY DECKER, DESCRIBE AQUA SPIN CLASSES AT THE COUNTY POOL IN CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NEW JERSEY

Grading Criteria (50 points):

  • Descriptive headline that uses key words and includes the person’s name so it can be found in a search. Also five key word tags, including person’s name. (2 points)
  • Introductory text. Who is the person? Why is she/he someone we should hear from? What does she/he have to say? Tease your audio. Your text should motivate your reader to listen to the audio. Include hyperlinks in text for more information. (5 points)
  • A photo of your subject (preferably one you take yourself) and credit that identifies the source of the photo. (3 points)
  • Original reporting and effort in tracking down a compelling subject to interview. (10 points)
  • Content of edited audio. Is it compelling, relevant, worth hearing, sharing? (10 points)
  • Quality of the recording. Is it clear and audible? (10 points)
  • Quality of the editing. Maximum time: 2 minutes. Is the editing clean, allowing pauses between soundbites, with beginning middle and end? (10 points)
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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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