Media Making

This guide is aimed at helping you learn more about media sources

What Can You Do?

Audio resources

Use the tools on this page to help you create, edit, and share audio recordings. 

You can create audio recordings of interviews, conversations, debates, soundscapes, narration, and more.


Reviewing some examples

Check out these amazing audio projects to get a sense of the power of this medium.

Youth Radio

Founded in 1993 in Berkeley during a period of heightened youth violence and homicide, Youth Radio was established as an outlet for Bay Area youth to process their experiences and provide an alternative perspective to the prevailing media dialogue. Youth Radio operates bureaus in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. You can listen to Youth Radio podcasts on NPR. 

Here is one example: "Do Parents Really Know What Their Kids Are Eating?" (linked below)


StoryCorps

StoryCorps is a traveling project to capture the American experience one story at a time. 

StoryCorps offers a very thorough DIY guide for recording oral histories. The guide includes set up tips, sample questions and equipment recommendations. 


More on oral histories

Oral History in the Digital Age connects you to the latest information on digital technologies pertaining to all phases of the oral history process.

The UW's Oral History website has a useful list of sites and books that provide information on how to do an oral history interview including techniques, equipment and transcribing interviews.

Find Podcasts

Consider a podcast

Looking for inspiration or models? Try these podcast collections.

Audio Recording/Editing Tools

GarageBand

GarageBand is Apple's consumer-level audio editing application. This is a powerful application at any price, but this application is included free on all OS X Macs.  With a little effort, you can create your own compositions using GarageBand, but it is exceptionally suited to creating very slick podcasts combining sound clips and voice recordings.


Audacity 

Free, open-source, cross-platform audio software. Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.


Voice Recorder

Voice Recorder is Microsoft's PC audio recording tool. You can download the app on your PC or on a mobile device. Use Voice Recorder to create podcasts or record the audio track for a movie.

Find Alternative Radio

Consider radio

A weekly one–hour public affairs program providing information, analyses and views frequently ignored by other media.

This list represents just a few local or locally aired examples.