Week 2: Audience: who are they, what do they do, where do they listen?

BY NICK BENNETT

Read:

Familiarise yourself: Get to know the workings of Commercial Radio Australia’s site; it’s a useful resource
 

History of radio:

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Week 2: How the hell do I find a good story idea?

Sometimes a great yarn can be staring you in the face. Photo: musubk/flickr/CC

BY MARK GATELY

Potholes in local roads aren’t just something to be cursed because they set your teeth on edge when you hit one. They affect everyone – slowing traffic and causing damage to cars. They could even be a sign of local government corruption.

They are also the perfect example of not having to travel far to hit a good idea.

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Week 1: How to Research

Good ideas make great audio. Photo: Jonathan Powell/CC/Flickr

BY CAZ ADAMS

Welcome to Audio and Video Stories 😃

This semester you’ll complete an assessment with two parts:

Part 1: You will research, write, record, and edit an audio feature or podcast
Part 2: You will research, write, video, and edit a video story

For both there are certain criteria you will have to include in order to achieve a satisfactory result.

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#1: We all should know…

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

THE CHALLENGE:

Write a 200-300 word story, explaining a concept, idea or thing that everyone should know about but doesn’t.

When you’re done:

Post it to your WordPress site with an appropriate headline and CC-licensed image.

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

Need some help getting started?

Think of a very specific topic or question to answer.

Here are some broad ideas:

    • Science (biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy…)
    • Social phenomena (rituals, beliefs, sub-cultures…)
    • Technology (hardware, software, mobile…)
    • History (of sport, language, place…)
    • Arts (music, film, literature, painting, photography…)
    • Sport
    • Cooking
    • Social media
    • Pop culture

Once you choose your broad topic, start narrowing it down. The more specific and narrow a topic you can get, the easier this exercise will be.

e.g.
DIFFICULT: What is bitcoin?
EASIER: What do bitcoin miners actually do?

DIFFICULT: What’s the history of football?
EASIER: Why did they introduce the offside rule?

DIFFICULT: Why you should watch Australian films
EASIER: Why you should know about Warwick Thornton

What can I make for Off Campus?

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Photo: rawpixel/Pixabay

You’re encouraged to produce as many stories and other digital content as you like for our Off Campus website or for our social sites, Instagram, IGTV, Twitter, Facebook.

They can be written stories (breaking news updates – also known as briefs; interviews; profiles; reviews; lists; explainers; opinion pieces; even fiction).

They could also be simple audio stories (vox pops; interviews; radio segments; radio news bulletins).

Or create a story, video (live or not), series of tweets, a photo gallery, or anything else creative you think of on social media (Instagram, IGTV, Twitter, Facebook).

The categories we’re inviting you to create content for are below.

MUSIC

Musician profiles, music events, concerts, reviews, gig guides, Spotify playlists.

CULTURE

Profiles of artists or creatives (other than musicians), reviews of stuff that’s not music (books, film, theatre, dance, etc.), tech and innovation news, nerd stuff, anything cultural that’s not music.

NEWS/DAILY LIFE

News, current events, Trump does silly things, climate change, environment, science news, business and finance, good news stories, politics.

SPORT

Anything sport.

STUDENT LIFE

Student profiles, travel, food, anything study-related, mental health, wellbeing, sexuality and gender, fiction/short stories.

If you’re confused about where the thing you want to make is going to fit, please ask! The more you make, the better you’ll get at content creation. And it helps with your assessments, too 🥰