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Time elements

Charlie Meyerson

When you publish audio content, it may not be heard for a while. Someone may discover it hours later, or perhaps the next day or week.  This calls for a different approach to time elements. Here are a few tips we give our newsroom, which can be applied across the board...

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Covering politics in your show? Here are some tweeps to follow

A.D. Quig

If the past few months have been any indication, we’re in for a long, fluffy, gaffe- and poll-filled ramp-up to the 2016 presidential elections. As the former producer and social media manager for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie podcast for nearly two years and a lifetime avowed news junkie, I’ve successfully slimmed down my Twitter lists to only include people who make their 140-character limits worth a glance. If your Twitter feed is absolutely bursting with BS hot takes, pointless polling, and utter nonsense, follow the people below instead. (Like anything to do with politics, you might not agree with what they tweet or the analysis they share, but it's important to see as many sides as possible to get through what's going to be a long race to the White House.)

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Put your most interesting words first

Marc Filippino

Put the most interesting words at the top of your story. It’s the best way to grab your listeners’ attention, and it will help to keep them from drifting away. So many times I’ll write copy and my coworkers’ll tap me on the shoulder and point out that the most interesting words aren’t at the top of my first paragraph. Think it over, and try different word combinations before settling for one.

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Outlining content

James VanOsdol

When you voice content, make every effort to not sound like you’re reading. That holds true whether you’re voicing news, conducting an interview or hosting a talk show. Broadcasting can be a very intimate experience; it’s just you and the listener. Because of that, you want to be yourself every time you crack open a microphone. Instead of scripting out every word, try working with an outline. Know which points you want to hit, and use them as a guide throughout your recording. The second you feel a topic or idea start to fade, jump to the next position on the outline.

 

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