BCM112 DA Annotated Bibliography


1. Kern, J. (2008). Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production by Jonathan Kern, an excerpt. Press.uchicago.edu. Retrieved 15 April 2016, from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/431789.html

This excerpt by Jonathan Kern details the processes involved in creating audio journalism stories, whether broadcasted or solely online. It mentions many points that have no relevance to my ‘sound profiles’ project. Such as using digital media to extend a broadcast story, or using graphs and Q&A’s.

However, it also includes insights into audio quality, sticking to core values, and trusting my own judgement in how long a piece should run. All of which relate to the creation of sound profiles.

Overall, the piece is  very long, and outdated. But, for the pieces that are relevant, Kern’s advice is sound and has led to my own deeper understanding of audio journalism.


2.   Journalism Education: How To Write A Profile Story. (2010). Journalism-education.cubreporters.org. Retrieved 15 April 2016, from http://journalism-education.cubreporters.org/2010/08/how-to-write-profile-story.html

This online article, whose author is not stated, teaches the basics of written profile journalism. This includes, what type of person to interview and what type of questions to ask.

For me, this source revealed that I may have to change the direction of my project. As the piece emphasises interviewing someone ‘interesting’; perhaps my direction of ‘what makes you, you’ is too boring.

The piece is informative in the exact process of interviewing, with easy-to-understand language and layout. However, I would like to know the author of the piece, since without it, the article’s credibility is questionable.


3. Weiss, J. (2012). SoundCloud basics for journalists. Ijnet.org. Retrieved 15 April 2016, from https://ijnet.org/en/blog/soundcloud-basics-journalists

Weiss’ online article provides a basic introduction into a journalistic use of Soundcloud. This includes how to upload, crop, and obtain crowdsourced audio.

From the beginning of my project this piece has given me the backbone of my knowledge of Soundcloud and how to best utilise it for my profiles.

One issue with the article, is that it is outdated. Published in 2012, the ‘set’ option mentioned has evolved into playlists, and I’m still unaware of what the ‘Spotlight’ option is. However, just for the basic operations of soundcloud, Weiss is satisfactory.


4. Taylor, D. (2015). Audacity: Complete Tutorial Guide to Audacity for Beginners. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCisC3sHneM

This how-to Youtube video by David Taylor is a basic, step-by-step guide to Audacity. Through the tutorial I now understand the basic layout of Audacity, and how to cut, copy, change the volume, and overlap voices and other sounds, such as music.

Since my project is now almost entirely created through Audacity, this would be the most relevant source I possess.

Taylor’s voice is droning, and I easily found myself drifting in and out of attentiveness while watching his video. It is also slow and covers even the most basic things that I felt I already knew. Yet that is what makes it comprehensive and easily understood.


5. McHugh, S. A., The aerobic art of interviewing, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 18, 2007, 147-154. Available at: http://ro.uow.edu.au/apme/vol1/iss18/13.

McHugh’s article describes interviewing as a form of art. Through examples of her own experiences in interviewing McHugh relates the techniques, and trials of obtaining the most interesting story out of an interviewee.

One example that struck me was her methods of getting one extremely taciturn man to divulge his story. This relates to my project, as I have already experienced issues when asking people to name three things that they love.

McHugh’s article is not as clear-cut or tutorial-like as some of the other sources. She tends to use long-winded example ‘stories’ to get her point across. Which while interesting, makes it harder to find the relatable meaning behind her experiences.


6. Dooley, J. (2015). Cindy and the Secret Garden. jedo97. Retrieved from https://jedo97.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/cindy-and-the-secret-garden/

This sound profile by Jessica Dooley is one example that I hope to follow with my digital artefact.

Dooley discovers the premise of ‘What’s Hidden’ with Cindy, and the secret garden located in the middle of Sydney.  Dooley uses sound clips from the garden, music, and the voice overs of Cindy and her mum, to piece together an impression of Cindy’s connection to the garden, and her grandmother.

This piece provides a template that I could follow with my project. Including the added factors of video and multiple images.

The profile itself is not amazing. The audio is poor quality in some places, and you do not get to see much of the garden itself. But the structure provides a new insight into sound profiles.


7. Jackson, H. (2015). Hillary Jackson’s Sound Profile. Retrieved 15 April 2016, from https://soundcloud.com/hfjackson/hillary-jacksons-sound-profile

This sound profile by Hillary Jackson details the thoughts of tourists visiting Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Its main voice is that of an older man speaking about how the hands imprinted in the ground seem larger-than-life.

This piece is another example of sound profile that I could attempt to mimic in my digital artefact. Rather than describe who a person is, I could have them detail one single moment, or a certain event.

The audio of this piece is not great, there is a lot of background noise, and there is not much editing or adding of music. The structure of the profile is what makes it interesting.


8. O’Brien, S. (2011). ABC OPEN: Flowing Sounds of UOW || From Project: The Illawarra Sound Profile Project. Open.abc.net.au. Retrieved 15 April 2016, from https://open.abc.net.au/explore/1514

Although Sean O’Brien is credited with this online piece, it was actually written by Robert Virtue.

Virtue writes about the diversity of sound in our everyday environment, and how this can contribute to peaceful study. I relate to his thoughts on ‘active listening’ to the environment around you. As I listen back to the raw audio of my first few profiles and discover the birds or people chattering the background.

The biggest issue with this piece is that Virtue directly mentions the sound piece that he had created, and yet the link leads to an error page on Soundcloud. He also skims over the technical part of his experience at the ABC; something that I would have found very informative.


9. Feshuk, J. (2013). 50 People 1 Question: What makes you unique?. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsGCufrLqOM

This vox-pop style video shows the reactions and answers 0f 50 people from Feshuk’s highschool answering the question, “What makes you unique?” The answers range from curly hair, to genetics, to lack of materialism.

This video provides another avenue that my sound profiles could take. Rather than recreating the sounds of the passions these people have, I could have them answer this question.

The Youtube video is quite obviously made by a highschool student without much experience. Although it is insightful to watch, the quality of the audio and video are poor, and the editing is very basic. However, the question is well-designed to obtain good reactions and answers from the interviewees.


10. Mitchell, S. (2015). JRNL102- Assessment One- The Changing Face of Home. Retrieved 16 April 2016, from https://soundcloud.com/sara-259098037/jrnl-102-assessment-one-the-changing-nature-of-home

This sound profile by Sara Mitchell details the impending struggle that her mother, Joni, will soon face in the form of hip surgery.

The approach Mitchell takes has minimal background sound; leaving Joni’s voice carry her story and her feelings of leaving home for 2 weeks to recuperate in hospital. This serves as yet another pathway that I could lead my digital artefact down. The sense of fear and nervousness is obvious; an emotional piece that I would like to replicate.

The piece is very basic, with no voice editing and very simple background noise that abruptly cuts off at one point; which ruins the mood of the piece temporarily. But overall an empathic sound profile, despite this failure.



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