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Notes from some great sessions at the Excellence in Journalism 2015 convention in Orlando, Fla.

NEW TOOLS
From the great Al Tompkins at the Poynter Institute:


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Top 5 things you need to broadcast on a budget

As an amateur podcaster with small pockets, I know how difficult making a quality audio program can be. I’ve spent a fair amount of money on high-quality accessories, but I still have nowhere close to a professional studio. Many people resort to what they have: Cell phones and laptops as microphones and “quiet spaces” like garages or basements as studios. While these work out just fine for some people, here’s my list of five things I see as “must-haves” for creating a broadcast-ready podcast or radio show:

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Where should you record?

Unless you’re specifically trying to include ambient noise in a story or piece of content, we recommend recording somewhere quiet.

Most non-industry audio creators don’t have a tricked-out, soundproofed, acoustically-perfect home studio. You can tip the odds in your favor by retreating to the most quiet place in your home (smaller rooms, even closets, tend to work well).

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Recording your show – hardware

Before you start planning a show, you’ll need to have a way to record it. The options are dizzying, and vary in both quality and cost.

While we couldn’t possibly come up with a “definitive list” of equipment resources, we wanted to offer up a handful of starter ideas, based on experience level: rookie and amateur (if you’re a pro, you probably feel pretty secure in the equipment choices you’ve made).


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