Audio 1: Edited audio interview

This will be an edited version of the interview you conducted during class, with a classmate, in the first class meeting. DO NOT use any other interview for this assignment.

Please read about grading criteria for audio assignments in this course. Those criteria apply to all audio assignments.

Note: You must set up your own individual SoundCloud account, if you have not done so already. Make sure you have completed a profile at SoundCloud and uploaded a profile picture at SoundCloud.


  1. Edit the file (using any audio editing software, but likely Audacity) to a length of 60 to 90 seconds. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW FOR EDITING.
  2. Note: Getting the length right will affect your grade. Points will be deducted if your file is shorter than 60 seconds or longer than 90 seconds.
  3. If you are new to editing, you should download and use this PDF: Super-Fast Guide to Audio Editing (6 pages, 290 KB).
  4. Save the file as an MP3 and then upload it to SoundCloud.
  5. Note: Listen to the full MP3 — WITH HEADPHONES — before uploading to make sure the sound quality is good. Double-check the length before uploading.

How to turn in your assignment for a grade

Upload to your SoundCloud account. Make sure you click the SAVE button at the bottom of the page.

TITLE on the SoundCloud page:

DO NOT put your classmate’s name in the title! Write a short, accurate title on the SoundCloud page (there is a box at the top of the page for the title), but do not include the person’s name. We don’t want these to show up in Google when someone does a name search on your classmate.

POST the LINK here:

After you publish your file on SoundCloud, open the publicly accessible page for that file alone, copy the complete URL of that page, and paste it in a REPLY to this post, here, on this blog.

If you paste a complete URL on a line by itself, it will automatically become a working link. That is what I want.

This is an example of a correct LINK to an individual sound file:

Note: The contents of that file are NOT similar to your assignment.

Instructions: Requirements for editing

  1. Your edited interview must NOT include your own voice. No intro. No questions. Nothing.
  2. It must be interesting and also coherent (not rambling, not disjointed).
  3. It must make sense as a stand-alone audio piece.
  4. It must include a complete ID of the subject (in the subject’s own voice). This means the interview subject must say something like “I am” or “My name is,” followed by his or her first and last name, AND something that identifies him or her — which in this case is probably something about his or her current student status. THE ID MUST NOT BE THE FIRST THING WE HEAR IN THE FILE. Typically the first thing we hear is the interviewee saying something of interest, then we hear the ID, then the rest.
  5. The length of the edited MP3 file must be between 60 and 90 seconds.


Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m.

Your reply posted here must be submitted before 09:00:00 in order to receive credit.

I will have to approve your comment before it appears, so don’t panic if it says “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”


About Mindy McAdams
I teach courses about digital journalism at the University of Florida. I love to travel. I ride a Vespa. You can find me on Twitter (@macloo).

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