A plate of gritty determination and a side of optimism, please.
I’m an eager and energetic audio reporter trying to develop intimate stories with people I talk to. My interest encompasses forgotten chapters of history, art & cultural exploration, capturing simplistic times, evoking smiles and fond memories as touchstones to our past, informed public affairs, and offbeat stories of ordinary people going about their lives. Because audio storytelling is compulsive for me, I don’t just embrace it, I succumb to it. My role is to get to the story’s core. I squeeze all the juice I can out of the orange, and when I’m done, I squeeze more to insinuate the story into the listener’s conscience. I want to open a window to their soul. I’m a creative storyteller who knows when and how to use voice. I come up with story ideas and respond quickly to assignments. I’m constantly combing for stories that need to be told.
I want to line myself up with the “little guy” who doesn’t have a megaphone to make their interests known and speak to them without jargon; I want to hear factual responses. I’m trying to un-confuse a confusing time.
I also want to highlight things by raising the alarm, that need to be changed to make the world a better place. The highest form of journalism is a service to democracy as a watchdog for a citizen’s constitutional rights, preventing abuse from the government. As the 4th estate, journalism stands apart from the power structures, commenting on them and holding them accountable. It’s our job to find and tell the truth with as clear a lens as possible.
I aim to create great audio storytelling that speaks to varied, real human experiences in a clear and captivating way to draw out emotion and narrative details and to learn about their feelings, reactions, and motivations. After all, human contact and that interaction is irreplaceable.
I have a fast metabolism for producing stories that reflect what’s happening and enterprise journalism that can get conversations going about the issues to learn why the story needs to be told now.
I can develop various sources from diverse communities by being present and involved. I use social media to connect with and engage audiences.
“What differentiates poor people from rich people is lack of voice. The inability to be represented. The inability to convey to the people in authority what they think—the inability to have a searchlight put on the conditions of inequality.
A free press is vital to that objective. Freedom of the press is not a luxury. It is not an extra. It is absolutely at the core of equitable development.” […]
Example of my inspiration for audio storytelling
by the late CBS reporter Charles Kuralt