Monday, August 03, 2015

Teaching Audio, part 13 -- Window Dressing


These days, it's not just the content you create, but also how you dress it up on the web, and what kind of eye candy, visual data you can add to your work to give it some enhancement. If no one notices it on the web, or if they don't like the look of it, it might become dead on arrival. Here are some links to get you inspired. As with everything, it's good to just try and see what happens, and try again, and keep making it look nicer and more effective. Here's an example of a journalist who just started her podcasting network, with a simple, breezy, web interface. Here's another simple example of a new podcast. Here's a list of nice website designs for podcasts.


Here's a link with tons of its own links for recent ideas on how to make journalism content more interactive and more visual ....

You can turn part of your audio into an audio video piece, or an audio slideshow. Here's one I edited on midwives. Here's a few long term projects about urbanization, another about small towns by Media Storm. Here's a series by the New York Times. Below is a list of buzzwords and links for how to make the eye candy and online enhancement happen.

Curating other media ....

Data Visualization ...

Timelines ....

Maps ...

Polls ...

Websites with Nice Layouts


Here's one I helped with students working on audio projects by zip codes ....

This is a site with an NPR bootcamp I've been working with ....

Here are professional examples I find impressive:

A BBC multimedia report on fracking in North Dakota

An entire series on North Dakota fracking

Public Housing NPR project

Lost and Found

Reinvention Stories

Austin Music Map

Sonic Trace

Planet Take Out


Hear Here

The Zed Omegas

Curious City

If you found this tutorial useful, check out other installments. Here's the full list of chapters from my audio tutorials:

Teaching Audio -- Instilling Passion

Teaching Audio part 1 -- Recording Audio

Teaching Audio part 2 -- Writing for the Ear

Teaching Audio part 3 -- Audio Editing

Teaching Audio part 4 -- Sound Effects, Using Music and Audio Libraries

Teaching Audio part 5 -- Anchor Leads, News Writing, Judgment and Features

Teaching Audio part 6 -- Voicing

Teaching Audio part 7 -- On the Scene Reporting

Teaching Audio part 8 -- Interviews

Teaching Audio part 9 -- Newscasts and Stacking the News

Teaching Audio part 10 -- Commercials

Teaching Audio part 11 -- Raising Your Game

Teaching Audio part 12 -- Podcasting Intro

Teaching Audio part 13 -- Window Dressing

Teaching Audio part 14 -- Podcast Lists

Teaching Audio part 15 -- Big Podcasts, Little City

Teaching Audio part 16 -- Listening to Podcasts and Publishing your Own

Teaching Audio, part 17 -- Joining Podcast Communities

Teaching Audio, part 18 -- Podcasting for PR

Teaching Audio, part 19 -- Promoting Your Podcast

Teaching Audio, part 20 -- Making Money in Podcasting

Teaching Audio, part 21 -- Building a Career in Audio


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