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Entertainment Journalism Students Share The Importance Of Storytelling

Nov 16, 2021

One of the best skills taught in our Entertainment Journalism course is the ability to produce engaging feature stories across various mediums.

As part of their course, students Bruno Visentini and Bria Rechner tackled the podcasting landscape to create compelling audio stories, through which they highlight a father's passion for sport and a mother recalling a distant memory respectively.

Below, Bruno and Bria share some insight behind their projects and chat about the importance of storytelling.

BRUNO VISENTINI
Footy In The 80s

Interview Quotes

 

Tell us a little bit about your audio story.

I am a massive footy fan and I've always been obsessed with the history of the sport. My dad is just as passionate about the sport as I am and I knew he'd be the best person to ask about what it was like to go to the footy back when it was as passionate as ever and before it was as commercialised as it is today.

Can you give us some insight into your creative process behind this project?

I've done some work with audio in the past so it was pretty seamless for me to make a podcast clip. I just plugged in my mic for my dad while I asked him questions and from there I chose the parts that illustrated a day at the footy as best as we could. I took a slightly unconventional route by putting everything together with Ableton, a program normally used for music. But since it's what I'm used to using, it was a no-brainer. I ended up having a product I was very proud of.

"I THINK THIS STORY WAS IMPORTANT TO TELL BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN TEND TO DISREGARD SPORT AS JUST A GAME, BUT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, IT'S MORE THAN THAT."


What elements are crucial for an impactful audio story?

I don't think there's a right or wrong way to make a good audio story, but the main thing I consider crucial when making an impactful audio story is making sure it doesn't come across as empty. That can be done by adding background noise that fits the story, but making sure you hit the sweet spot between being noticeable and not distracting is very important and that skill sometimes just takes practice.

Why was this story important to tell?

I think this story was important to tell because people can tend to disregard sport as just a game, but for a lot of people, it's more than that. There's passion behind it, and plenty of memories attached to attending games. I wanted to reflect that so the stories that parents tell their kids about footy aren't lost to time and can be revisited in the future.

BRIA RECHNER
The Shooting

Interview Quotes (1)

 

Tell us a little bit about your audio story.

The Shooting takes us back to 1988 when young Kerry Allday was the witness to a murder at the young age of 25. During this podcast, Kerry takes us through her memory of that traumatic day and how it came to occur.

Can you give us some insight into your creative process behind this project?

I have always wanted to try and create a podcast that was more than telling a story. The importance of sound effects is astronomical. It allows the listener to be transported back to where the story takes place. I really wanted to give that spine-chilling effect to my listener in the small amount of time I was allocated. The effects, along with the music, really created the most desirable outcome.

It is vital to find a story you are interested in. Finding a story for the sake of it is, firstly, not as fun, and, secondly, is so obvious that your heart is not in it.

"When preparing your interviewee/storyteller for the recording, it is important to express the ideas you have for the outcome."


Writing a list of dot points alongside them is very helpful and also makes them feel more confident in speaking and excited to tell their story.

Making sure you know the story inside and out is also important. Research is vital and getting to know all the intricate details of the events only creates a greater foundation for a great and engaging podcast.

What elements are crucial for an impactful audio story?

Sound effects and music! There is nothing like a great soundtrack to set the mood and realistic sound effects to put the listener in the storyteller's shoes—Show, don't tell!

Why was this story important to tell?

This story was told by my own mum. Although this happened when she was 25, she only told my family when we were much older. I wanted to give her the opportunity to tell the story and help her process that day. It is fascinating how much you think you know someone until you realise you don't. Asking questions creates memories and strengthens bonds. Who knows, you might even get a great podcast out of it!

The bottom line is, you should never expect to know everything about someone. Realistically, you don't. You can only get to know them better if you ask.

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