Public Media Scan: Love & ghost stories

You know the Scan: three items at the intersection of of tech, journalism, and media craftsmanship, with an eye toward delight.

This week was heavy on the delight.

No one at AIRster HQ could quit clicking through "The And," answering questions and watching a new one-minute documentary every few minutes. ("It's like the opening of 'When Harry Met Sally,'" Bec Feldhaus Adams said.) For me, the fun was in the puzzle of what's going on backstage -- how was each clip tagged, how did the clips relate to the answers on the quiz, how did it work

Glynn Washington, on the other hand, is delight from the opposite direction: a master performer breaking down the elements of an art form. (Fair warning: the gifs that accompany his ghost storytelling primer are pretty intense.)

From the Archive: Creating SFX

Editor's note: "From AIR's Archive" brings forward some of the lost (or long-buried) profiles and advice about audiocraft that we've collected over the years. This advice about creating audio special effects was first offered in 2006. 

by Jerry Stearns

Sound conveys meaning. Sound stimulates visual images in our minds. Radio theater/ audio theater is telling a story by the careful mixing of sounds - both verbal and non-verbal. Radio is a hot medium, that is, the listener's imagination and experience are involved in giving the story depth, substance and meaning.

Sound effects can be used for such things as setting and place, conveying action, solving certain narrative problems, and evoking characterizations.

In radio theater we have four objects to work with:

Public Media Scan: Fun (but important)

The Public Media Scan is a weekly (Thursdays!) dose of tech, journalism, amazing media craftsmanship and, with any luck, it's also a starting gun that will set your mind racing over the possibilities of our field.

This week, a few projects came forward for their blend of serious purpose and beguiling presentation. It's a hard balance to strike -- as we are reminded in the third item in the Scan this week, Edward R. Murrow's "lights and wires" speech to the RTNDA: