Tips on using audio

The best TV photojournalists I know shoot with their ears.  They capture great sound and they use it throughout their stories.  KARE-TV’s Jonathan Malat is one of the best in the business, but he says it took him a while to figure out why audio matters so much.

Malat says he likes reporters to write in as much nat sound as they can, and to be specific about what sound they want where by putting time codes in their scripts.  “It helps me edit faster, and I can provide more meaningful nats to add information,” he says.

Want to hear how it all comes together?  Check out Malat’s winning news feature entry in the 2007 NPPA contest.