WJI 2016 Blog - Day Six - Radio Journalism
May 20, 2016
Nick Eicher and Jim Henry are producers and correspondents for World’s radio station. Under the supervision of Eicher and Henry we had a mock press conference earlier Friday afternoon, outside the building of the World Magazine Headquarters. The conference addressed the issue of the latest Zubik vs. Burwell case.
My greatest difficulty in the beginning was simply understanding the case itself in order to write the script, but then I had the task of recording my script in the sound booth.
Sweat gathered on my forehead as I peered over the wide radio mic to see my script on the computer screen. I had to side glance at the screen to see the text because the mic was blocking half of my view. This was not how I imagined recording my first news story.
Outside the recording room the other students at WJI paced the hallways, editing their scripts. I wanted to finish as soon as possible because I knew some people were already done recording and were now piecing the clips together to form a story.
I was doing well at first, during the recording session, until I realized I was in a closed box.
Claustrophobia is the bane of my existence. I suddenly forgot how to breathe naturally, and had to force sucking breathes into my lungs.
“Alright, ready when you are,” said Kristen, the girl recording my session.
Her muffled voice outside the foam box reminded me that I was confined. As I began to read, my voice shook as the rhythm of my heart interrupted the vibration of my lungs. I had to repeat several sections and read the entire piece through twice.
Needless to say, I made it through the script by taking deep breathes and reading quickly. As I finished, I signed off saying, “This is Julia Camara reporting from Washington for World Journalism Institute.”
The following morning we began reviewing our radio raps together as a whole class. I waited nervously for my voice to play over the loud speaker. Hearing everyone else was intimidating because they all sounded so professional. When the group listened to my rap, Eicher commented that my ambience could have been better organized and dialed back a little. My voice, he said, was very unique and great for radio.
Well, I guess I learned something new about myself. Maybe I could have a future in radio journalism despite my slight claustrophobia.
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