from training.npr.org: https://training.npr.org/2020/03/18/reporting-from-home-how-npr-correspondents-do-it/
Legions of journalists are now working from home. But NPR international correspondents have been doing it for years, even decades. Heed their advice.
It’s no secret that pre-taped interviews on public radio are edited, sometimes considerably. What’s OK to take out? And when is it better to leave something in?
This step-by-step guide shows a straightforward method for mixing audio stories, podcasts and more.
Whether you’re making a podcast or audio documentary, this in-depth guide will help you improve the quality of your mixes.
Conversations between nonjournalists combine the thrill of eavesdropping with the intimacy of the kitchen table — but they can be hard to pull off. We have some tips.
Josh engineers the Tiny Desk Concerts. His kit for recording stripped down, remote music sessions provides lessons in being prepared while staying nimble.
A team at NPR is experimenting with immersive video and audio — and has tips on recording, editing, building a rig and more.
For this month’s What’s In Your Bag we reached out to Gregory Warner, host of the new NPR podcast Rough Translation. His work has taken him across Pakistan and Afghanistan, and now he is based in New York City after a long stint as NPR’s East Africa correspondent. He carries all of the essential gear
Corey Schreppel has been an audio engineer for the last 15 years — these are his go-to tools.
You return from a long day reporting in the field — only to realize you didn’t record ambience. Rats! This post will help ensure that you get the sound you need to tell great stories.
We’ve learned a few things along the way that we think you might find helpful.
Our readers have lots of questions about audio production. Find answers here about headphones, levels, microphones and more.
What WNYC’s Amanda Aronczyk took with her to cover the presidential inauguration and women’s march in Washington, D.C.
This post will help you identify problematic audio, prevent the most common issues and recognize when it’s time to call for help.
Being an audio editing wizard is not enough to tell great stories. You also need to have highly “trained ears.”
There are many ways audio can go wrong. Can you still use it in your story? This basic criteria will you decide.
What this reporter takes to report in Wyoming and Colorado, “besides a big ugly coat.”
Liz Jones (@KUOWLiz), a reporter with KUOW, contacted us with an idea after the Which Mic Should I Use? post published. She recommended we get the input of various reporters in the field to hear about what mics they are using and why. Good idea! Here’s what a few public radio reporters told us they
This document guides you through questions that will prepare your project for a smooth workflow.
“Which mic?” is one of the most common questions about field recording — and making a decision can be confusing.
Helping people listen critically to stories requires more than simply pushing “play.”
The technical production of sound influences the editorial message in a piece.
Transcend scene-setting clichés. Here is a sampling of ways NPR journalists have done just that.
Wind. Hotel rooms. Riding a luge sled. Prepare yourself for recording in the field under all kinds of conditions.
Journalists can employ techniques music engineers use to quality-check and deliver final mixes.
Loss of your best-interview-ever recording due to a “media error” message from your recorder can be devastating. So avoid it!
Follow this checklist and increase your likelihood of interview success!
Not everything is on YouTube or easily surfaced through Googling. An NPR researcher tells you where else to look.
This is a printable and shareable guide to vox-gathering for NPR.
Active sound makes an audio story sparkle. It is sound that isn’t stuck in the background. It’s up-front. It shows character and action. Here’s how to capture it.
The NPR anchor’s guidance works for any public radio newscaster, in big markets and small.
From pitch to production: Here’s a look at how NPR bureau chiefs take stories through the process.
If a good radio show is like a good dinner party, the a booker is manager of the guest list.
This is the technical lingo you need to know as an audio producer (or someone who talks to audio producers).
Robert Garcia, executive producer of NPR’s Newscast Unit, shares examples of stand-out news spots and why they work.
See an actual script, complete with margin comments, from NPR host Ailsa Chang.
Back in 2012, ‘All Things Considered’ host Melissa Block and producer Melissa Gray made this story about their own show.
If you really want to describe something in a compelling way, you’ll need more than great sound — a surprising, defining moment.