My week in sound

My engineering skills were mostly self taught and I felt that my strengths had plateaued. I had been engineering radio segments and podcasts for the year previous and was really excited to bring my skills to the next level.

When applying for the program, I wasn’t sure where I stood with the other students. I had some work out in the world but I wasn’t sure how it compared to the others. I was ecstatic when I found out that I had gotten into the program.

Selena was a great mentor and guided me through proper practice for recording, editing, and mastering. Selena had a great sense for where my strengths are and helped me boost my faults. While being a great mentor, she also trusted my abilities and gave me a lot of independence. 

The week started off kind of slow, I went out with the reporters and assisted them with sound. Later, I helped the reporters with editing their drafts. Around the middle of the week, I started on my behind the scenes project. On top of that project, I started mixing the other student projects. Towards the end of the week, I was slammed, I would stay from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to get interviews, get nat sound for the project, mix other people’s interviews and master them afterwards.

This project taught me the intense and fast-paced environment of the newsroom. I’ve learned so much about how to operate in a professional environment, working with reporters, and operate as a legitimate engineer. I recommend this program for anyone that is trying to step their engineering and reporting skills to a professional level.