Monthly Archives: March 2012

iPhone Reporting

Today’s intern shift made me start thinking.  The Blue Angels are in town because of a scheduled air show this weekend.  One of the reporters got to go on a joy ride and took his iPhone 4 along.  The video was amazing, and everyone in the newsroom was SO impressed with how clear it was!  They were all talking about how much an iPhone could help with breaking news stories.  I overheard someone say that at another news station, all of the reporters were given iPhones as part of their job. We’ve been talking about the clarity of the video and audio on iPhones in my TCF 332 class.  So I was just laughing to myself when everyone in the newsroom acted so surprised about the Blue Angels video. cb

Things I’ve learned recently…

  1. Well done nat. sound makes an audio piece a million times more interesting and appealing.  I’ve gotten to where I walk around campus and find myself thinking things like, “I could mic that Crimson Ride bus right as the red light turns green and get some pretty cool nat. sound if I was telling a bus story.”  #tcfmajorproblems
  2. Having a local professional to “bring the story home” also helps to keep an audience interested.
  3. Here’s a little analogy I’ve thought about recently…Nat. sound is to radio as B-roll is to television.  Both are SO important and are the keys that make the difference between a story and a story well told.
  4. I sound like I have a lisp in audio pieces…I need to figure out what the problem is and work on it, because sounding like you have a lisp and having the last name “Bass” doesn’t necessarily work together.
That’s all for now. cb