Audio Media

Radio News 101:

  • Speak conversationally and use an active voice. Unlike print, using second person is okay.
  • Have a solid lead to the story. Spend time on this.
  • Soundbites should be short. Three to 10 seconds.
  • Tracking: Stand-up while speaking. Speak from your stomach and don’t get pitchy. Pretend like you’re speaking to people at a conference table.
  • Use natural sound when possible. Example: Wall Street bell for a market story.

AP Story Examples:


Scripting: Lincoln Tech


File Converter:

Internet Archive:



Produce a 30 to 60 second news story. Must have at least one sound bite. For closing use: “Your Name, MxCC Radio News.”

The story and audio can be original or you can use the file below. Original stories will be graded differently. 

If using the default audio, do research on the government shutdown and its relation to the economy.

Gov’t Shutdown Clip:

Bring your file (story) to the next class. If you need to, email it to yourself.

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