The story, “6 Decades Later, Acquittal Of Emmett Till’s Killers Troubles Town,” on NPR’s Morning Edition has all four types of audio. The story focuses on the Till case of Sumner, Mississippi 60 years ago. It uses natural sound ambient of people walking up the court house stairs while the reporter describes the building. This story uses actualities while interviewing locals of the small Mississippi area. The audio story uses narration while the reporter tells the facts and details of the case as well as the current setting of the town. At the end of the morning edition story, the audio cuts to music being played by a violin and piano giving sort of a historic gloomy feeling.
An audio product that relates to my blog topic is the ABA Journal Podcast. The ABA Journal is a monthly magazine keeping lawyers up to date on current issues as well as gives them legal and ethical advice. The magazine’s website and podcast now keep lawyers up to date online. All of the podcasts shows are hosted by a ABA Journal reporter introducing the topic with narration audio. These shows will either begin with a guest or reporter bringing up the topic. All shows on the podcast are mainly audio actualities, using interviews to get background knowledge on its topic. The guest is always someone well experienced in the legal topic. Topics covered are newly published law books, law authors, the business side of being a lawyer, ethical issues/advice, personal advice, and new legal controversies. The show’s different guests specialize in a wide variety of legal topics from family, foreign, to even cannabis law. They may even just be experienced lawyers giving advice on maximizing relaxation on vacation specifically to other lawyers. The shows can last anywhere from 14 to 30 minutes, as long as it takes for the host to have gotten their questions out of the way.
The link to the ABA Journal Podcast link is below:
If I were assigned to create and run a product on legal issues I would cover nation wide stories most concerning to others. It would be difficult in getting in touch with officials on the issues (judges, lawyers, witnesses, etc.). Because of this I would gather background information on the topic at large. I would also interview both sides of the issue whether if it is a sample group being effected or people involved willing to talk. After presenting different sides of the legal struggle, I would narrate the facts given and present the elements of the law being applied to the particular issue so viewers better understand what is being tested. I would also use natural sound ambient during parts of my interviews to further connect with the audience. I’ll do this instead of using music to avoid the manipulation it can potentially bring to a story. I’ll cut most stories to a max time of 10 minutes to only focus on public opinions and facts. By running my podcast this way, I’ll strive to gain the trust of the public by letting other voices be herd on issues and concluding the stories with legal technicalities and even possibilities.