So, in this lecture we get to know our assessments and deadlines for Audio.
AE1: it is the practical (as-live podcast , individual edit, and supporting documents). Duration of 5-10 minutes, promoting a Solent University student society of your choice. Deadline on 6/12/19, 4pm.
- Summit an individual edit of our podcast which showcases my personal contribution to the project.
- Also summit a supporting .pdf documents that includes: legal documents; a press kit; a group working document and a participation log.
- Reflect the style and tone of Sonar Radio.
- Feature a pre-recorded interview with at least one prominent member of a Solent University student society of your choice.
- Include a “round table” discussion by the presentation team about the chosen society.
- Include a pre-recorded vox-pop with Solent University students.
- Your podcast should be scripted so it can be introduced and back-announced by a Sonar Radio presenter broadcasting live.
- include music, jingles, imaging, and sound effects as appropriate.
AE2: Written (critical reflection), deadline on 13/12/19, 4pm. It should be a 1500 word critical reflection of group/team working, including my personal contribution, strengths, weaknesses, and strategies for improvement.
It must include the content of three blog posts I’ve written during the course and which have been uploaded to my course blog.
There should be edited document to provide a coherent narrative that threads the material in your three blog posts together.
It could include additional material drawn from your own research and reflection on your practice to enhance and elaborate on your narrative.
Frankie then set a task for us to listen to Sonar Radio. So, I decided to listen to Sam and Josh Show. Their show was presented very professionally, everything was great apart from how they didn’t greet the audience in their most recent podcast episode. But it’s just me being critical, the audience may not know this because they feel welcomed with the tone of voice and the good attitude the show has already bring to the table. But their show is only at university level. Therefore, there is still some room for them to make mistake and improve. However, it is definitely a show to look up to, whilst I am doing this unit.
Why audio? We discovered there is a lot of jobs that specialised in audio. Such as: sound designer; live sound technician; sound recordist etc. These jobs are entail in film, tv, games, and many more. They’re able to overlap to into many industries.
What is so special about radio? It has properties of a “blind” medium and liveness.
According to Crisell, “what strikes everyone, broadcasters and listeners alike, as significant about radio is that it is blind medium” (1994:3. Original Emphasis). He argues that radio works harder than other media to compensate for this lack of visualness. However, Crook (1999) and Douglas (1999) are notably criticised this idea.
Crissell later discuss on a topic about liveness, that radio is a “present-tense medium, offering experiences whose outcomes lies in an unknown future” (Crisell, 1994:9). Also, Chignell cites “one of the most defining features of radio is its sense of being live” (Chignell, 2009: online). Even when it isn’t actually live, radio works to appear live.
Liveness is communicated through:
- Direct address, as it makes the audience feel like the presenter is personally talking to them.
- Greetings, as it suggest we’re in the same time zone (good morning, evening etc.).
- Temporal markers: coming up; next up; or after this break.
- Chignell cites “the content of much live radio is simply constant affirmation of what the time is” (2009: online).
Hendy claims “radio’s temporal rhythms – its narrative structures, hourly cycles and daily and weekly schedules – connect with the temporal rhythms of our everyday life” (2000: 178). This is why radio endures even in the multi-platform, listen on demand market. “What you hear on the radio may not be the music or speech which you would necessarily choose but at least it feels ‘now’ – at least you feel connected to a person and others co-existing at one moment in time” (Chignell, 2009: online).
How I feel about group work:
- Getting to bond with new people.
- Build up that chemistry with people you already know.
- Dislike it when I have to argue with people.
What are the benefits of group work for me:
- Decrease workload individually.
- Learning different ideas and variety of perspectives.
- Allowing yourself to be more thoughtful.
What are the risks:
- Falling out with people who can’t take criticises.
- Not being able to push your group work to its maximum potential.
- Workload isn’t shared equally.
How are you feeling about the unit:
- Excited to starting doing something productive again.
- Nervous about not being able to push my work to maximum potential.
- But delighted so I can get to improve myself and my teamwork skills, at the same time.
How a podcast catches your attention:
This is a brief analysis of ‘In the Dark’ season one trailer on how it’s enabling to catches your attention. In the Dark is a documentary series that features investigation journalism and in-depth reports. It is hosted by Madeleine Baran and produced by Samara Freeman. Those two did an exceptional job, as the show is still on-air since 2016. It later went to win the Peabody Award in 2017, after the first season success. According to an advertising tycoon David Ogilvy, he cites “when you advertise fire-extinguishers, open with the fire.” This implies that you should just jump straight to the selling point. His point is very validated because when you have the power to change podcast and you don’t like it in the first minute, you can easily move on to the next one.
In the very first second of the trailer, there is a non-simultaneous sound of a dark, eerie, fast tempo piano that set the mood for the audience of mysterious and enigma. Therefore, it establishes the show as a crime genre. Allowing the show to attract crime genre fans. Anchoring with an archive tape of “911, what’s your emergency?” and later a man mentions, “one of the boys didn’t come back…” This emphasise it’s a kidnap crime drama show based in America. However, it raises question for the audience on who is the boy? What makes him so special than any other boy? While there are other kids who’s going through a similar scenario. Additionally, having a news reporter saying “still missing” makes the audience feel like this is an exclusive story that would gain enough attention from a news production company. Despite on how the story is revealing its main plot of the story. It raises questions for the audience of how did they get into that situation and what happen after that? We know that to be able to get the answer, we need to listen to the podcast.