While there are many fantastic pieces written about capturing good audio and producing a strong story with audio, here are some that we often use in our courses at the Center for Documentary Studies.

How and Why to gather audio, by MediaStorm Founder Brian Storm:

StoryCorps Do It Yourself -Instruction-Guide   To listen to StoryCorps, visit:

Radio Diaries Handbook To hear radio diaries produced by Joe Richman, visit

Recording: The Basics

Radio Docs Take Listeners into Dark Corners

Recording with Your H1 Zoom



“The teenagers I photographed taught me a lot, even as many of them struggled with serious challenges in their own lives. Having gone out to meet with them in their world, I came away with no neat formulations about teenage pregnancy but rather a richer, more accurate context in which to see them, and I hope, better understand their experience.” – John Moses, M.D.

“People learn using different modalities, and for some people the visual route opens the door to understanding. Even richer than teaching using documentary methods is the experience of the individual who prepares the materials, since documentary studies by their nature include rich human interactions. We learn when we take part, whether as the subject, the documentarian, or the viewer. This is a unusually meaningful project in which I'm very glad to participate." - Dr. Ross McKinney, Director of the Trent Center

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