Weekly Summary 4

Summarize the key points you learned about audio storytelling from the Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad videos.

The first part of this weeks assignments included learning about audio storytelling from the perspective of Ira Glass ad Jad Abumrad. Ira Glass starts off by saying it’s important to notice the building blocks of a story and the two basic building blocks of audio stories are the anecdote and the moment of reflection. The point of the anecdote is to consistently raise questions and answer them and that keeps the listeners engaged. The moment of reflection comes at the end and that tells the point of the story. He says that a good story needs to have both of those elements in order to keep the listeners’ attention throughout the story.

Jad Abumrad gives his perspective on the benefits of radio lacking pictures. He says that the lack of pictures allows people to paint their own mental image using someone else’s words. And through this, a sense of empathy is created because it’s people working together to tell stories and have mental images to supplement the words of those stories.

Radio Story

The radio  story I listened to was about getting into college and it started off with Ira Glass interviewing incoming freshmen at Columbia University. Taking note of how hard it is to get accepted he asks various students what they did to get in and the gave a range of answers from having good SAT scores to being ethnically diverse but they say that those are just guesses, and they don’t actually know hoe they got in. The next segment features him talking to an admissions director at Georgia Tech and discussing recent tactics of parents of student’s to get their child accepted into the school. When switching from one segment(or Act as they’re called) to the next, there is transitional music being played so it’s not a direct switch from one topic to the next. There is also background music being played in some parts and I think that helps keeps the listeners engaged and not bored of just hearing continuous talking. The use of more than one person talking also helps with engagement because if it were just one person speaking the entire time it would be easy for listeners to zone out.

Audio Assignments

The first audio assignment I did was the radio bumper. This was the easiest of the audio assignments because it was short and not a lot of  effects or editing was required to do it.

The second audio assignment was the village greeting. This one took a little longer to do because I wrote out a script of what I wanted to say before I recorded anything. It was fun to play around with different editing tools and the sound effects in Audacity.

Daily Creates

The daily creates I did this week were 5 flickr photos,emophotoconcrete poetry, and an old photo.


The comments I received on my work this week were on the daily creates and those comments were from people telling me they looked my take on the assignment. From looking at other people’s blogs I saw the different ways the assignments could be done. I also liked seeing the different audio assignments people did since we only chose 3 to do.

Weekly Summary/Complaints 

This week the biggest thing I learned was how to use Audacity and all the tools it has. I used Audacity to complete the audio assignments for the week so I had to get used to using the program and even learning how to simply save it on my computer and upload it to soundcloud was a lesson itself. I also liked that we got to choose what audio assignments we did for the week because there were so many and they were all very different so it was hard to get bored or feel like it was repeating the same assignment three times. My one complaint for the week was having to watch the videos explaining audio storytelling. I didn’t feel like those helped in completing this week’s assignments. Other than that I felt like this week was not difficult at all and the assignments were very engaging.


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