visual storytelling

This course is also available as part of newsrewired+. Get a ticket for the workshop and our newsrewired digital journalism conference on 6 March 2019 in London here.

Radio journalists and podcasters record interviews every day as part of their jobs. At this intensive one-day workshop, you’ll learn how to combine your audio with images, video and graphics to create powerful visual content that will boost the visibility and reach of your stories across your social platforms and website.

You’ll learn to produce audio-visual multimedia quickly and affordably using free and low-cost smartphone apps and desktop tools. You’ll also receive expert tips on smartphone microphones and equipment so you can record high-quality audio and create visual content when you’re out in the field. The course will also cover how to optimise visual stories for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

What will I learn? 

  • What great visual storytelling with audio looks like, with a range of global case studies on best practice from media outlets and broadcasters 
  • How to choose the best excerpts of your interviews and save these as audio files 
  • How to mix your audio files with images and short video clips to bring your audio interview to life as a visual story
  • How to add an animated soundwave to still images and videos to make them stand out on social platforms
  • How to add your logo to your finished visual content to maximize brand recognition for your audience
  • How to record broadcast-quality audio with a smartphone microphone and external microphones
  • Tips for optimising audio-visual content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube

Who is the course for?  

This workshop is ideal for radio journalists and podcasters who want to create visual content using audio from interviews and shows. It’s also suitable for print journalists and comms teams from NGOs and small business who record interviews regularly and want to get greater value from their audio content.

What to bring with you:

Please bring your smartphone and charger / powerbank, and your smartphone headphones. You should also bring a laptop and mouse, and prior to the course please download the free audio editing software Audacity for your Windows or Mac laptop. You’ll be shown how to install and use it during the workshop. A sandwich buffet lunch plus tea and coffee is included.

Getting there

This course takes place at Thomson Reuters, 30 S Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP.

About Corinne Podger

Corinne Podger has worked as a journalist for over 30 years across radio, TV and online, primarily for the BBC and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 

For the past six years she has worked as a training consultant and journalism educator, and has supported learning outcomes for more than 3000 journalists and NGO communicators. Past clients include: the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Financial Times, the World Association of Newspaper Editors, the World Health Organisation, the World Federation of Science Journalists, the British Science Museum, the European Commission, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Price Waterhouse Coopers, RMIT, Goldsmiths University, Fairfax Media, and the International News Safety Institute.

Corinne currently writes for the European Journalism Observatory and IJNet, and lectures in Digital and Mobile Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She regularly speaks at conferences including the International Journalism Festival and the International Mobile Journalism Festival.