Audio Recording & Editing

Hopefully, you brought your headphones to class and read Chapter 7 of Journalism Next.

We are ready to embark on audio recording and editing, using our brand-new H2n audio recorders and the free, software program Audacity.

Today, we will discuss:

Tips for audio interviewing:

I’ll share Gathering Audio   by Brian Storm of He wrote this with Jim Seida of Several of you will remember Jim from his incredible presentation at the National College Journalism Conference in Seattle last year.

How to use the H2n

We’ll watch a video that carefully explains how to use the audio recorder. It gets a little lengthy, so we’ll cut it short. I have read the entire manual, played with the cool H2n and could fully explain it to you. But this way, there will be one more H2n in your hands as you watch the video and figure it out.

This How to Use the H2n is also here on the blog, just in case you forget how to work it.

Practice using the H2n

Then, students will pair up and go somewhere quiet and outside to conduct 5-minute interviews with each other. At the end of the interview, the interviewee will state, My name is _______ and I am a ________ at Sierra Nevada College.


The next step is Audacity. You’ll take your interview and use it to learn how to edit in Audacity. You’ll find tutorials in the Helpful Links.


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