“The report should illustrate one or more of the six primary emotions” (McHugh, 2017). In my twenty -year old mind, that sounded like a challenge. The words ‘or more’ rang around my head all day as I considered various stories, angles, individuals, soundtracks etc. Then it hit me. I interviewed a lady I know from my local dog park. She is one of the kindest people I know, she has such an interesting voice and all the time in the world to talk about her dogs. One especially, her golden retriever AJ. Heather had felt love and loss so immensely through her dogs, I have spent hours talking to her and I wanted to showcase the emotions she made me feel through my emotional history. Heather has such special way with her words I knew she was the perfect fit.
Before the interview, I questioned, why does her story matter? Journalistically Heather is relatable, those with pets know the immense love you have for them. Her story will bring out emotions of sadness, happiness and surprise. Her story is simple and easy to follow and you can not help but feel her emotions along with her.
When it came time to edit my interview, I decided to use Hindenburg as it goes beyond the editing programs I have and focuses on being first and foremost “a storytelling tool” (Hindenburg, 2017). My total interview was around 3 minutes long, I was very careful with what pieces I cut out as I had an ethical obligation to Heather to tell her story truthfully. I could see so many different ways into this story, however, I stuck to Heather’s series of events as I believed this would ensure I stayed the closest and most true to her story. Hindenburg was easy to learn and I picked it up very quickly, the more I edited the better I became. Cutting and splitting proved the most difficult for me, especially keeping and cutting breaths.
My biggest downfall during my interview was that I did not correctly level my microphone, it was not one I was familiar with and I did not allow enough time to learn how to use it correctly. I conducted my interview in the silent back corner room of a library and yet it sounds like there are children playing with blocks right beside us. Listening back, this was infuriating as there was nothing I could do to alter it now and Heather was unable to retake the interview. However, I am glad I have learnt this lesson early on and I hope it will help me to become a better journalist in the future.
Lori Deschene once said “Practice the pause”(Deschene, 2017) and I found this to be true in more ways than one during this task. Firstly, I had to “practice the pause”(Deschene, 2017) when interviewing as I did not want to speak over Heather and I ensured I always left a beat in order to cut my own voice out later on. I also had to “practice the pause”(Deschene, 2017) when editing as I wanted Heather to sound as natural as possible, even when I had to cut out words or sentences from her free speech. The pauses were so important, as I want my listeners to feel her pain and her elation. I want them to pause during the break in the middle and imagine the joy Heather must have felt upon hearing there was a dog available for her to rescue. I want my listeners to understand that AJ rescued Heather from such a dark time and I hope I conveyed this through her words, AJs barking and playing and strategic music and pauses throughout.
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