Audio Documentary

MCS 373/541

Spring 2012

College of Communication


Tentative Course Schedule



26 March

  • Course Introduction
  • Learning to Use Recorders
  • Record Soundscapes

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2 April

Required Reading:

  • Jessica Abel and Ira Glass, Radio: An Illustrated Guide

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Project Proposal Due

9 April

Required Reading:

  • Sound Reporting (excerpts): Robert Siegel “Interviewing” and Robert Krulwich, “Conceiving Features”
  • Pro Tools Guide (PT_Guide PDF file) In Class:
    • Importing audio to Pro Tools
    • Soundscapes Editing and Burning

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16 April

Required Reading:

  • Sound Reporting (excerpts): Scott Simon, “Writing for the Ear”
  • Daniel Makagon and Mark Neumann (Introduction and Ch. 1)”

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23 April

Required Reading:

  • Robin White, “Getting Good Ambient Sound”
  • Daniel Makagon and Mark Neumann, Recording Culture (Ch. 2)

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30 April

Required Reading:

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First Short Audio Doc Due

7 May

Required Reading:

Rough Tape Due for 8-10 minute documentaries

Project Proposals Due for 2nd Short documentary

14 May

Required Reading:

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21 May

Required Reading:

  • G8 in Loop (campus closed--email answers to discussion questions for on-line listening)

Rough Draft of Script Due via Email

28 May

MEMORIAL DAY—NO CLASS

4 June

Final Projects and Scripts Due by 6:00PM (Presentations Optional)


Last Update: 25 March 2012

Send questions, comments, or reasonable suggestions to: Daniel Makagon