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Getting Great Audio In The Field

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Recording Your Interview

Wear headphones!

Ideally, your mic should be about four inches away from your subject’s mouth: that’s about a fist-width away. Keep it in roughly the same place throughout the interview. Angle the mic slightly so they are not speaking straight down it.

Never ever ever give up the mic. Do not let them hold the mic. Ever.

Keep the mic as steady as possible to avoid handling noise. Or use a mic stand or mic boom.

Hold the mic and recorder as low and inconspicuously as you can. Maintain eye contact and only glance at your levels to make the subject comfortable.

Nod, don’t say “mmhmmm.” Don’t interrupt. Don’t ruin your own audio. A newspaper reporter will usually do that for you.



Susan is an award-winning reporter/writer at her favorite radio station. She's also WNIJ's Perspectives editor, Under Rocks contributor, and local host of All Things Considered.