Category Archives: Documentary Work

Resources for Education 279

Pradip is teaching a workshop on audio and video basics for students in Prof. Haroldo Fontaine’s class. Here is a short list of resources and links that may be of use. While many of these relate more to audio/radio work than video, the techniques and tools are fundamental to doing video interviews. – Sound Portraits Productions was the predecessor to the national oral-history project, StoryCorps. The site is full of resources, examples and a wonderful historical background to the StoryCorps project.

How to Record your own Radio Documentary – A tutorial by SoundPortraits’ producer David Isay.

The Art of the Interview – “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan shares some of his experience as one of the most intelligent of talk-show hosts – “ channels new work and voices to public radio and public media. We offer tools, advice, and community. We focus on the power of story and the ways public media can be useful in a changing media environment.” This is a rich resource site for information, essays, and most amazingly, a springboard for your work if you really get into audio documentary work.

Teen Reporter Handbook – Radio Diaries is a non-profit organization that promotes audio/radio citizen journalism. “Since 1996, Radio Diaries has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories. ” The Teen Reporter Handbook, despite its title, is for anyone who wants to try conducting interviews or documenting their life for the first time.