Telling stories to capture the hearts of the people is one thing radio editors and reporters have been doing since then. And as an editor, you push, you critique, you support, and you also teach. Editing is a complicated task just like writing, reporting, and producing are. But for starters who wants to be an editor, here are a few simple tips down below to start your editing journey.
- If you’re new to editing, especially audio editing, you should learn some basic terms such as an “act” or what a “butt cut” means. Also, take time to learn what a radio script looks like and how writing for radio is different for writing for print.
Interacting with Reporters
- As an editor, you must learn how to effectively communicate. You must know the right questions to ask that’s truly engaging and interesting to get the information you want to get. Learn how to tell the story properly and make sure that you speak with a clear accent.
The Editing Process
- Editors are storytellers. Here are some keys to approaching different stages in the editing process.
- The front end – It all begins with a conscientious conversation. Help your reporter to imagine a story that will surely engage your target audience. Act as the leader of the group and create activities that will shape your reporters to create story ideas.
Story structure –
- Every editor must know the structure of a story at the beginning of the editing process. Does the story need a narrative arc? Does it need a question as a way to interact with the listeners? How about new and fresh ideas to keep everyone entertained as they listen to your piece?
Editing by ear
- – Working with sound means using your ears as your guide while editing. This kind of editing is useful especially if you’re an effective listener.
- – Lastly, fact-checking is a must to ensure that your piece is as true and original as you intend it to be.
Making Great Stories
- Editors are the ones responsible for creating great stories that will surely satisfy the listeners. But how do we write “great” stories?
Make it interesting
- – Listeners like great content, and you have to make your story as engaging as possible or else your radio station will be skipped. Start with an interesting intro that let listeners immerse themselves at the beginning of the story. Having a weak intro will make your listeners think that your story isn’t even interesting at all.
- – An audio story must use different soundtracks to aid the storyteller. Explore different genres that will fit into any scene. Sound can create immersion even when you’re just listening to it.
Explore different formats
- – Your story must not only be engaging, but also informative and unique in your own kind of way. Plan with your reporter what content do you want to serve to your audience that will truly make them come back for more.
- Audience feedback is important so that you will know their opinion about your piece. Don’t be afraid if ever you receive constructive criticism. Let this be a stepping stone to improve your performance in the later days to come. Make feedback a part of the process. Accept them wholeheartedly. Let this experience be a learning process for all, including yourself.