Transom Craft – Archive (317)

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Lessons in Mixing A (Historical) Documentary for Public Radio

July 30 2014

TOOLS Guru, Jeff Towne shares tips on mixing archival tape along with a general guide to making broadcast-friendly hours for radio stations.

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Lessons from Making a Historical Documentary

July 2014

Alex Lewis and Yowei Shaw recently produced a historical documentary for radio. It was their first time doing this type of work and they've generously decided to share some of the things they learned along the way.

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A Radio Producer's Video Shooting Tips

June 2014

Transom's Jay Allison used to shoot and produce solo-crew video specials for ABC News Nightline. These are his tips for radio producers going visual.

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Using Music: Pat Mesiti-Miller

June 2014

Up now in Transom's Using Music series, Snap Judgement's Pat Mesiti-Miller. Pat provides some practical tips when using music along with strong words of encouragement: Experiment! Be bold! Make mistakes! Keep your ears and mind open, the possibilities are endless.

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Five Easy Ways To Make Better Video

May 2014

Radio and video producer Andrew Norton - the brains behind our recent series, This Is Radio - shares five simple tips to make your video projects look a little more pro without spending a whole lot.

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Using Music: Andy Mills

April 2014

Radiolab's Andy Mills is next up in Transom's series on using music in radio pieces. Andy generously shares his list of scoring tips as a non-musician radio producer.

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Audio Danger: Digital Permanence

March 2014

Transom is teaming up with Nieman Storyboard to bring you Julia Barton's essays on life in radio journalism: Audio Danger. This time Julia riffs on perfectionism. We used to be able to fail productively in private; now everything is etched into our permanent record.

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A Brief History of Documentary Forms

March 2014

Our lead instructor for the Transom Online Workshop is a unique voice in American documentary, Scott Carrier. In this Craft Feature, he chronicles the history of approaches to documentary and riffs on some of his favorite things.

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Using Music: Brendan Baker

February 2014

Transom presents another in our series on using music in radio stories. This one - by Brendan Baker of the strange and inventive podcast, Love + Radio - includes a really deep breakdown of one of his audio sessions. Guaranteed to satisfy the serious students in the front row.

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Using Music: The Kitchen Sisters

February 2014

Here’s another in our new series on using music in radio stories. Transom’s friends, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva), tell you how they select and blend music into their signature rhythmic pieces.

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