Writing For the Ear

Poynter. NEWS UNIVERSITY

“Writing For The Ear” is another course on NewsU.org helps in improving audio storytelling skills. This course is for anyone but is geared towards journalism students and working journalist.

Things I think you should know from the course are:

  • Good audio stories are like well-written print stories. They use vivid details. They engage the reader. They have a beginning, a middle and an end. But there are some important differences.
  • Audio stories tend to be narrower in focus than print stories. (To find examples of audio stories, take this course at NewsU.org)
  • One Element of a Good Pitch: Should express the basic premise of the story
  • “A tape log is an index for your recordings. It’s a list of time codes with corresponding snippets of dialog or descriptive text.”
  • ENDINGS: A good ending is crucial in radio writing. It’s also among the hardest parts of an audio story to craft.
  • Voicing is the act of reading (and recording) a story. Voicing matters because audio stories are incomplete without it.

For Key Terms and more information on “Writing For the Ear”, take this course only at NewsU.org.

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