The Art of the Audio Profile

Consider this frosh week at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. We gather together in small groups, get to try out the new equipment, walk around the buildings which we’ll call home for the next 10 months, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll do an assignment or two.

For Ojito’s RW1 course, we are on audio rotation. We’ve been introduced to FCP (Final Cut Pro), we’ve been entrusted with audio recorders, we’ve traipsed through the city of New York in search of profile-able characters and now we’ve got something to show for it.

Posted below are two audio profiles I’ve completed in the last 24 hours. While they are both about the same individual, the tone and character of the pieces are quite different.

My subject was Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Fanning – formerly of the New York National Guard. As a 34-year veteran of the Guard, Paul has responded to 18 state and national emergencies, including September 11, and served in Afghanistan in 2008. Starting this November, Paul hopes to be guiding his own tours for the Tribute WTC Visitor Center in ground zero.

Profile: Paul Fanning (v1)

Profile: Paul Fanning (v2)

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