Editing for Audio News or a PSA

Premiere Tutorial: 



File Converter: http://www.zamzar.com/

Internet Archive: https://archive.org/

Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Royalty Free Music:  http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/



Write a script for a news story on the “Scholarship Interview.” Cut two SOTs from interview. Find intro and outro music.



Create a 30 to 60-second news story or PSA. Due Friday, April 11.

Must have at least one SOT (interview). If doing a news story, your tag line should be, “Your Name, MxCC News.”

The story’s audio can be original, or you can use audio from Internet Archive or another source you find. Original stories will be graded differently. 

Bring your file (story or PSA) to class on April 9. If you need to, email it to yourself. We will put on your site in class on April 9. 

Audio Media

Radio News 101:

  • Speak conversationally and use an active voice. Unlike print, using second person (you) is okay. Use “says” instead of “said.”
  • 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 Script

Radio PSA:

Questions to ask:

Do I want to use music and why?

Am I asking for a call of action or for awareness?

What are my soudbites (natural sound) and SOTs going to be?

What is the “feeling” I’m trying to achieve?

Peace Corp       Transcript

Red Cross


Script either a 30-second news story or PSA.


Center for New Media


News Story:

Murphy, DeLauro in Middletown 





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Beer by state

Energy Drinks



Expanding access to preschool is on the table this legislative session, and the numbers show that Latino children in low income urban areas could benefit greatly from it.

The proposed bill  would use public funds to pay for about 4,000 three and four-year-olds to attended pre-K, primarily in Connecticut’s Priority, Alliance and Competitive School Districts, which are districts the state has determined need the most support.

This means that over the next five fiscal years 1,484 Hispanic children, 37 percent, could receive a jump-start to their education, which proponents say is a major step in helping to close the state’s achievement gap.






Assignment #7: Create an infographic to explain complex data (due Monday, March 24).

Create an infographic using numbers from a story.

Make it visually pleasing and informative. Tell the story with no confusion.

Source your data on the infographic.

Post to your site and email me the link before the start of Monday’s class.

Writing & Communications Position

NICABM – Mansfield Center, CT
NICABM is seeking a WRITING & COMMUNICATIONS INTERN to join our Mansfield Center office.


  • Research and write blog posts on selected topics in mind-body medicine
  • Draft emails and social media posts on a daily basis
  • Draft interview questions and speaker agendas for webinar programs
  • Write tweets and Facebook posts to promote our products
  • Some administrative and office duties


  • Superior writing ability
  • Strong knowledge of basic computer programs
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • A positive attitude and flexibility for last-minute changes
  • Social media experience a huge plus!

Who We Are: 

NICABM (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine) connects health and mental health professionals with cutting-edge research in mind-body medicine via online programs.

With our office just ten minutes from campus in Mansfield Center, many UConn students have enjoyed a challenging internship with NICABM.

In a fast-paced and team-oriented environment, interns have the opportunity to develop valuable skills while making real contributions to the company mission.

How to Apply: 

Please download and complete the application and return it along with your resume to amanda@nicabm.com.

This is a part-time position ($10-18 an hour based on performance).