Reading Response #8

We’ve got some reading and some listening for next week:

It used to be that the way reporters covered a story depended on where they worked. If you were a TV reporter, you did video; print reporters did print; radio reporters did radio. Now, we’re living in an age of convergence. On the web, it’s easier to choose whichever medium seems most appropriate to the story you’re doing. Or you can mix different kinds of media.

What about Serial? How is telling this story with audio different from how it would be told some other way? What other criteria should determine which media you use to tell a story?

Post your response by Sunday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m.


8 thoughts on “Reading Response #8

  1. Serial is especially unique using different forms of audio to tell the story. Her voice isn’t the only thing you hear during the podcast, she has a mix of sounds. Visually if you saw they people involved you might judge them based on how they look. I think that the best way to determine what form of media to use is by asking what the main message you want to get across is. Do you just want to present relevant need to know information? Then a short news article might work. If you want to entertain or inspire you might want to use visuals combined with music etc. When we visited News 12 we discussed how you need to be able to do a little bit of everything as a reporter – take video/record soud/take pictures/ report and so on. In the past these jobs were split up. One saying that comes to mind is “jack of all trades but the queen of none.” Today you have to go against that figure of speech.


  2. I personally enjoy Serial. I got into it on Pandora, as they offered it as a station that continually played the story. Serial is different from any type of news story that we are use to because it provides a different level of news. It introduces us to audio storytelling which is something very unique. It’s different because it’s providing the audience with news but in a more personal, attract your attention more type of way. Broadcast or even radio audio only give the minimal of what you need to do but with podcast like Serial, you are giving more details and it opens more doors for whatever side you are leaning on. Serial can provide other audio such as sound effects or voice over that captive the story in a better way. With Serial the visuals become so much vivid in your mind because of the audio storytelling.


  3. The story “Serial” became very popular because of the style in which it was told; through podcast. A podcast is a way of telling episodes through audio. This form of audio benefitted the context of “Serial,” because it is a story about the death of a high schooler. The story contained many different details as per the investigation. Telling the story using old-fashioned reporting and interviewing helped to provide various viewpoints to the story, which is something that always appeals to listeners.

    Audio was perfect for telling this story because it provided a live feel for its listeners. Briggs stated that through this audio storytelling (podcast), listeners are not only provided with style but with substance as well. For this story in particular, Briggs says the various viewpoints hooked listeners with the “whodunit” feel. As we all know, stories told in this fashion are always very interesting and entertaining.

    Had this story been told in some other way, it probably would not have been as effective for its listeners or as renowned. As mentioned previously, this particular method helped to give substance to the listeners by providing them with different viewpoints from a variation of people/voices. Determining the form of media in which a story is depicted, should be based off the type of information being provided. In this case, natural voices helped to give a more real feel. Had it been a story that was based off visuals, then a different form of media would have needed to been used.


  4. Serial uses audio to share stories with users. It also attaches on engaging or simply just visuals with the audio (such as a map). I think that because places like Serial use audio story telling it has the potential to hit the message harder to home. Audio is different from other types of story telling because it forces you to use your mind in order to imagine whats happening based on what you hear. It forces you to envision it Visuals need you to physically see, but, with audio a person can hear a story practically anywhere. Its also convenient because it doesn’t require a person to take an extra step like actually watching TV, audio allows you to drive and be updated. It allows you the ability to multi task. If you use audio all you really need is a person to speak and maybe some sound affects to add depth to a story. In other forms of media you might need written words and audio as well as visuals. I think that news has a better chance if it can adapt to expressing itself visually and audibly. Ultimately figuring out what medium to use depends on what story you’re telling and who is the target. For example, with teenagers you’ll use more visuals, an interactive news feed like a social media application and with the older generation one could use audio to reach them (since its what their use to). Also, if someone died you might want visuals, which would be more effective than reading words online. The situation always varies but this is what I think mediums should be based on.


  5. Serial, in my opinion, is almost a revolutionary way to tell a story. It’s different from the other mediums because podcasts in it of itself may be the new news medium; or at least that’s what I’ve been told by some journalism professors. And Serial’s the podcast they’ve referred to. I listened to the first bit of season one and the No. 1 thing that struck me is that it made the investigative journalism process appealing with its “Law and Order” like music in the background, having audiotapes that contain vital information to a story or case, and so on and so forth. Obviously, you can’t capture sound or video in print and broadcast sometimes comes under fire whether or not it’s even real journalism, so this transforms the game because in a way this merges everything we have together.

    In the essence, podcasts are like radio, but they’re more curtailed towards our generation and our generation’s considered to be lazy. That’s why readership of newspapers are down and few young people watch the news on TV despite watching a lot of TV. People kind of want entertainment value and want to be “selfish” for lack of a better word. They want things that are interesting to them. That’s why there are apps that let you filter by category what you want to read about. Serial presents the information, puts catchy music in the background, and tells a story. Out of those, the only thing that’s changed is the catchy music and revealing kind of how journalists operate on terms of collecting information. I think it’s just a fancier way to tell features because what are the chances of someone reading or watching your feature since both are challenged in today’s age. Now it tells features on a more serious note than most, but it does the traditional storytelling.


  6. Serial brings another level to the idea of storytelling. WIth the different background music, origingal voices and facts to narrate the entire story, Serial is able to give a much more intense side to storytelling compared through print. They are able to set a tone because they have the power of audio as well as the ability to include more information. This gives the audience a chance to imagaine the situation and feel like they are apart of the iinvestigation. This forces the audience to pay attention and make sure all information is included.

    Depending on the amount of information should determine what type of media should be used. If it is a large investigation then the best choice might be televesion or podcasts. Also if the information needs visuals too then television would be the best opition. So I think it really depends on the amount of information.


  7. In my opinion, Serials use of audio sort of helps the viewer get a better feel for the story being told. The viewer, or listener in this case, is able to actually hear the tones of the people speaking. So instead of trying to figure out how the person being interviewed actually said something you get to hear it. The listener is also able to imagine the scenes or events being talked about in the interview. They may also pay more attention since they don’t have a visual to look at, personally I started zoning out after a little. Telling the story with audio is pretty different because, as previously said, you have no visual so you really have to pay attention.

    The type of story you’re reporting on effects what media you may use to tell your story. I believe if something is hard-hitting and is really going to shed light on something that no one knew about print or visual is best, because you need a much information as possible. You need the visual so you can actually see what is going on.


  8. I think that serial’s use of audio to tell the soldier’s story with audio is extremely emotional and effective. They did a great job using people’s original voices and stories and even narrating what was going on. The sounds and music in the background work to create a mood for the stories and interviews. In my opinion, I think this story would also work well with visuals and video, but that doesn’t mean it’s horrible without it. It’s a great conversation and it keeps the readers attention even with the lack of visuals. The narrator talks about the government and other things that don’t necessarily need video which I think might be a reason why they chose to use only audio.

    I think if the reporter is trying to get a story told in more of a personal and detailed way, they should use straight audio because it leaves little distraction for the listener and their able to focus more on the conversation than the videos. So if someone is working on a story that is more about the environment and or the way people live, visuals are essential but for this story’s criteria and information, visuals aren’t needed at all.


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