Session one’s first focus was ‘why audio’; why audio journalism is effective and important. I learnt about how audio can be used to create an oral landscape using sounds, how it requires a listener to be engaged and it is powerful, creative and intimate.  

We listened to snippets of two podcasts in this session, Serial and S-Town. Serial was the first true life crime podcast. S-Town is a creative and investigative podcast, and listening to part of this helped me to understand what I have to do in audio journalism to make is clear and effective for a reader. This includes: 

  • Outlining who is talking and explaining who they are and what they said  
  • Being specific as there is no video to assist, so words need to describe all the surroundings. 
  • Having a difference in narrative and interlinking the eyewitnesses and narration. 

I also learnt about the importance of natural sound, which led onto the task of the day which was to record different natural sounds around my flat, in each room, to create natural sounds which I would use the following day.  


In session two we focused on fair use and what this means for audio and us during our course. We learnt the do’s and don’ts of using archive audio and how this could effect our work.  

When using archived audio it must; give acknowledgement, be already available to the public and only a fair amount of materials should be used. Using audio is less likely to qualify as fair use for a range of reasons, including if you are using it to try and make money, you are directly copying content or the use harms the owner’s ability to profit.  

During this session, we also had an introduction to Adobe Audition, which we used to record samples of archived audios related to our assessment ‘My Local Covid’.     


During the workshop, I had a further introduction to Adobe Audition, which I used to edit our previously recorded natural sounds and a description of my flat.  


I used this day to carry on practice of adobe audition by continuing editing my natural sounds of my home. I finished this and it is attached to this.  


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