Week 9 Producing (19/4): Generating ideas

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Let’s take a look at:

  • Generating ideas for topics for program segments
  • How can we put a new angle on the topic?
  • Identifying opportunities for audio production elements
  • Think about being adaptive to the way that we make media
  • Sometimes, we have the luxury of a radio studio, other times, we create remotely or at home:


Discuss how our Assessment “Evergreen” radio pieces are progressing.

By now, you should have submitted 2 to 3 pieces Google Drive, FINAL ASSESSMENTS.

Let’s start with a combined Radio/Journalism editorial and content meeting:

  1. Discuss how this morning’s 11am show is shaping up
  2. Brainstorm ideas for next week’s Music Legends show

Checklist to include run-down, segments, interviews, talk breaks, hosts, songs, sweepers, etc.

Week 6 (17/3): Writing radio news

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So far you’ve written a news story and a TV news story. Now it’s time to go for the third style of news writing – a radio story.

You will employ the same brevity as a TV news story but this time the emphasis will be on the ear rather than the eye.

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Week 6 (17/3): Podcasts & audio stories

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Australians are among the world’s most enthusiastic makers, streamers, and downloaders of audio content, according to this feature in the SMH.

The best audio stories are scripted, and if they contain an interview the questions are researched and written out beforehand.

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Week 4 (3/3): Performing a voice-over

woman speaking into a microphone
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Recap Week 3

Last week you formatted a script, added SFX and music and wrote questions.

Now it’s time to record yourPodcast or Audio Feature.

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#10: My favourite

Photo courtesy of someone in the Cert 4 class of Semester 1 2020 😍

By yourself, or with some classmates, produce a short radio segment:
“My favourite thing about TAFE”.

It must be suitable for a TAFE Radio audience, and must definitely be #safeforTAFE.

Keep it to 2 minutes or less.

When you’re done:

Upload to Soundcloud.

Embed the Soundcloud in a new post on your WordPress site with an appropriate headline and CC-licensed image. (Consider using a photo you’ve taken yourself.)

If you’re feeling brave, share the post link to our section Facebook group with the hashtag #ContentChallenge.

Need some help getting started?

Are you working with someone? By yourself?
If you’re looking for a collaborator – drop by the Zoom call for today, or post in the Facebook group, or message one of your classmates to talk them into doing the challenge for today.

Choose one key idea.
Have a key idea or theme to your radio segment.

Structure it.
You don’t have to script every word before you record, but you do need to have a plan. Work out how you’ll start and finish the segment.

To record it …
You could set up a Zoom call with your collaborator/s.

Using headphones, chat on Zoom. 

AT THE SAME TIME, record your voice to your phone.

Share the files using Google Drive.

Using Audition or Audacity (or other audio editing program), put the various voice tracks together so they make sense.

Export/mixdown and upload to Soundcloud.

Not sure about Soundcloud?

    1. Set up a free account.
    2. Upload your track.
    3. Then embed it on WordPress.