Citizen Journalism Tech Kit 001

This weeks podcast & text outline is a how-to about audio Citizen Journalism. It is the first in a series of what I call Citizen Journalism Tech Kits. The future how-tos will included more advanced methods. My dream is to edit these how-tos, with your help, train people in person, and share info about public resources to make your own media.

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Citizen Journalism Tech Kit 001

Parts
1) Telephone – A public phone, a prepaid cell phone, anything with a dial tone

2) Report – an idea to report on the fly or a fully written story to tell others.

3) Computer
      a. Internet connection – a pulbic computer in a library or Computer Technology Center with any web browser & ftp client
      b. WAV to MP3 converstion software, ID3

4) Blog – Your own website using blog software

STEPS
1) Make sure you have a web based email address and a blog account.

If your email provider doesn’t have web browser based access to your account go get a free web based account. Here are some good services that appear trustworthy. mail.yahoo.com, gmail.com, riseup.net

You can also get free Blogs all over. Here are a few: blogger.com, digitaldivide.net

2) Get a free voice mail to WAV account

Goto www.k7.net, or another free service, and sign up for a free account. This serivice provides you a voice mail number that sends WAV audio files of your messages to an email account. This will allow you to record a report we have and share it with the world.

3) Think about something you would like to tell others and make an story outline

Don’t work to hard on this the first time. Just look around you and focus on one thing. Do this quick to get the hang of it. Follow your own passion.

When you set main points down on paper it will help you communicate clearly and consisly.

4) Practice your story idea by telling it to a friend

Talking about your idea outloud can help you organize your thoughts. Your friend might even have questions. Take any constructive input into account and put it into your story if you want.

5) Call your voicemail number and record your story message

When you hear the beep just speak your story into telephone. Imagine your talking to your friend casually in a peacefull environment.

6) Login to your web based email account and download the WAV audio file you just created

When you download your file be sure you are either at a computer with the software to convert the WAV file to MP3 &/or a way to take the file with you. ex. USB drive, blank CD-R, etc.

7) Convert the WAV into a MP3 file. Put ID3 tags in the MP3.

64 kbps and mono are good basic setting for MP3 compression for your voice recording.

Here is a good FREE applicaiton to do this with:

Audacity – PC, Mac, and Linux
http://audacity.sourceforge.net

What are ID3 tags?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id3

ID3 is a tagging format for MP3s. It allows metadata such as the title, artist, album, track number, etc., to be added to the MP3 file.

Why should I use ID3 tags?
The text included with your MP3 will tell people more information about you and your file.

8) Upload your MP3 to your space on a web server

9) Go to your blog and link to your MP3

This process is different for each blog software. Read the help and documents with your specific blog software. But the html tag is sure to be involved.

<a href="name_of_audio.mp3">My Mp3</a>

Why use a blog when you can just link to a MP3 in straight html?
Because then you can podcast! Here’s How

2 thoughts on “Citizen Journalism Tech Kit 001”

  1. Hi. I loved your podcast on el-cheapo recording. It’s a great idea, and really important–especially given how uptight audio nerds like me can get.

    Keep up the good work!

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