Posted below are my raw and final interviews with my roommate and UW fraternity member Brad Cook.
Interviewing someone with an audio recorder with the purpose of posting the recording was an interesting process. People knowing they are being recorded means they know exactly what you are going to be posting. This is different from when you are taking notes and will go back later to pick out the key parts and shape an article.
One of the toughest parts is finding a good space to do the interview. Without the luxury of having a recording studio or living alone minimizing background noise and outside interference was a difficult process.
I really enjoyed how comfortable you can be while using audio to conduct an interview. With on camera interviews people can freeze up in front of the camera or have difficulty knowing what to do with their hands. Using just audio takes out a lot of the concern about how you look and what you are supposed to do while you are in the interview process.
The audio editing experience was tough. Utilizing all the features in a program I had not used prior to this assignment proved to be more complex than I had expected. Cutting out the right parts while not cutting off the beginning of the parts that were going to be left in required being very exact with the editing tool. I had to use the undo button more than a few times to get what I wanted while editing.
I can now attest to the fact that you spend much more time editing then you do recording the interview. I would imagine that it takes a lot of practice to get to the point where you spend twice as much time editing as you do on the interview. For me it took significantly more than that.
One of the more surprising things about the assignment was how quickly the time window goes by. I had a subject who enjoys talking about himself. So, outside of the introduction question and asking about his experience with spring break I was totally silent. In the end I had to let him know I had stopped recording as it seemed like he could have continued for another 5 minutes.
If I could do it over again I would have probably picked a different interview topic. This topic really left it up to Brad to provide me with a good two-minute story. As he is truly the stereotypical fraternity member the interview came across to me as a little goofy at certain points.
In the future I would love to use audio to host an actual podcast. While I want to go into the production and directing side of broadcast journalism. I still think I could find the time to interview people and post it to SoundCloud, if not for my career then just for fun. The audio editing could prove quite useful as well. Radio shows and podcasts need producers just as much as television shows. My experience with this has given me a good idea of what sort of work would go into that job.