We spoke to audio journalism fanatic Perry Santanachote who has been working as a multimedia journalist for two years in the US. She gives her essential equipment, Do’s and Don’ts and favourite podcasts and slideshows.
For audio I use a Marantz PMD660 with a cardioid microphone and Sony MDR7509 headphones. I always carry a shotgun mic with a dead cat too, just in case the room is noisy or the wind’s blowing. I have a smaller Marantz 620 in my purse at all times. For photos I use a Canon EOS Rebel XTi. And I am addicted to my Sigma 18-50 mm MACRO lens.
What can audio journalism do that nothing else can?
Audio journalism encourages imagination like no other medium. In that sense, it’s actually the most visual form of storytelling. Ambient sound has the power to transport listeners and paint a vivid scene in a way that a photo alone can’t. And on the web, audio provides the narrative spine necessary for linear multimedia production.
Do you have any favourite audio journalists or pieces of work?
- The Lourdes of Twang by Emily S. Rueb, Amy O’Leary and Tim Shaffer.
- The Bombay Flying Club: Streetlight-Ethiopia and The Afghan Diaries are beautiful samples of their work.
- Craig F. Walker’s multimedia project, Ian Fisher: American Soldier is one of the best I’ve seen.
- Main Street in New York by Radio Rookies
- The New York Times One in Eight Million series – who doesn’t love those?
- MediaStorm’s Chernobyl Legacy by Paul Fusco.
- Suicide Forest by Pejk Malinovski is a hauntingly good example of how silence can provide the most effective sound.
- This American Life (Ira Glass)
- Studio 360 (Kurt Andersen)
- Radiolab (Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich)
- Fresh Air (Terry Gross)
- On the Media
- The Moth
- Radio Diaries
- World Vision Report
- Public Radio Exchange
- Third Coast International Audio Festival
Check out Perry’s website at http://perrysantanachote.com/