For our audio assignment, Olivia and I worked together to discuss Phil Ochs and his legacy. We knew his commitment to social justice was something we wanted to touch on, as well as his niece Robyn Ochs. His unfortunate death by suicide was something that we wanted to mention, but also not sensationalize. That is why we decided to give listeners resources. Oliva and I work within social justice organizations and it is in our nature to provide folks with help when we can.
The process was fun and challenging. I feel like I would do this again, maybe even start my own podcast. I could talk about fat-shion, queer issues, history, and cats. Any takers?
But truly, I am grateful for this assignment. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and empowered me to get comfortable with myself. It is totally normal to feel cringy when one hears their own voice but after a bit of listening, I appreciate my voice more. I appreciate the power of it.
Here are a few pointers/things I would do differently next time:
- Check for background noise after the first recording, away from the original location so you can truly tell if the background is noisy. We checked it, but did so in the same area so it didn’t sound off until it was too late.
- When editing, smaller clips are better. You have a bit more control of the edits and rearrangements.
- Find background music early, and make your clips longer than you think. It is better to have too much and have to edit, then having to start from scratch.
Without further ado, here is our audio project: