delete

This I Believe

delete

Mumford & Sons

Link: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/23/161558080/mumford-sons-finding-balance-in-babel?sc=fb&cc=fp While I normally frequent the news and science sections of NPR, I decided to browse through the arts section. There I discovered this piece about the British band Mumford & Sons. This story is interesting because it alludes to a few scenes in the piece and for the story of its central character, the band’s lead singer. The story starts by recreating some of the band Mumford & Sons “road-testing”, playing just-written songs on the road by playing new music. This creates a scene through music that reminds the listener of a concert. This technique is particularly suitable for a band profile, which this piece is. It is used to introduce new music, which is what the band does on the road according to the story. This piece also uses characterization well. The piece starts by characterizing Mumford & Sons. Lead singer Marcus Mumford starts by explaining what the band is not. It is not a bluegrass band because it “is not American” nor is it an Irish band because they are British.  Mumford does admit he likes the interviewer’s description of the band as a quartet, an accurate description because the band has four members. The band is a character in and of itself because the band is its own separate entity from the musicians. Individually, they are four musically inclined persons; together they form the band Mumford & Sons. This is an interesting characterization because the characters in a story or article are usually the people involved. Here the band is a character too because it is the focus of the story, a very complex one because its character is built from other characters in the piece, the musicians. Mumford is one of two band members interviewed in the piece, so it goes into his background in some depth. The interviewer refers to him as a “preacher’s kid”, a label that alludes to the biblical reference in the song/album title “Babel”. Mumford is also a songwriter, so much of his quotes are about the process of bringing a song from words to the album. It casts him as an important character within the band, one of the people heavily involved in creating new songs. Characterization is important to this piece because it is a profile, a story about characters. Good journalism is full of these characters because it adds dimensions to the story. After all what is storytelling without...
delete

Tinsel Trading

I came across Tinsel Trading while exploring the city on my way from the train station. My previous plan to get an interview had fallen through. I walked down 37thstreet. After an unsuccessful attempt to see if I could talk to anyone in the Girl Scouts national office, a glittery Eiffel Tower caught my eye. I wandered inside and discovered a cross between an antique and a crafts shop. It was a quiet little place.  Here I discovered the story of a decades-old family business that supplies everyone from Broadway to Hollywood to regular New Yorkers. The audio is an interview with the shop’s manager.           Here is the interview...
delete

Satanic Verses Sound

http://www.npr.org/2012/09/18/161172489/becoming-anton-or-how-rushdie-survived-a-fatwa Salman Rushdie gained fame and infamy for his 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses. The NPR story about his latest book Joseph Anton is told in the form of an interview. The story alternates between the interviewer and Rushdie, the latter’s voice making up the bulk of the sound clips.   Beyond voice, there is little sound otherwise. Silence, a lack of sound, is used here too. This minimalism in the sound creates an effect. Rushdie is speaking about his life in hiding. The lack of sound seems to magnify his voice. This is a good use of sound because it is used sparingly, allowing the listener to focus on the...
delete

Radio as Career Coach

With my hectic schedule of commuting and journalism school, I don’t get much time to listen to radio. However, I do always take some time to listen to 107.7 FM The Bronc, a local radio station run by Rider University, where I attended undergrad. While listening last night, I heard an advertisement for “Your Career is Calling“, a radio show that runs on Sunday mornings. The show is basically about how to find a job as spelled out by a career coach Rod Colon. While this is only a campus station, the signal gets carried throughout the county and has an online stream. Parts of Mercer County were hit pretty hard by the recession, particularly Trenton, which dealt with the double whammy of a poor economy and Governor Christie cutting state jobs. As most households own a radio, it seems like a good way to help people by giving them job hunting and career advice they’d normally lack access to without money. Links: The Bronc’s Schedule http://www.1077thebronc.com/?page_id=291 Listen Online Stream:...