A New Kind of Story Telling

Lexi Huber and her mom (Rosa Huber) get ready for the Hot Chocolate 5k through Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.
Photo credit: Parish Huber

The idea for this interview hit me over spring break, when I was with Lexi in Glenwood Springs. We were staying at her grandparents house and I was struck with how close Lexi was with her grandmother and this town where her mom grew up.

I asked her about it- about the bond between her and these women in her life.

“Well my mom is my best friend!” She laughed.

Coming Home
Lexi Huber poses on the old railroad tracks that run through Glenwood Springs- the town where her mother grew up. She says Glenwood is like a second home.

Interview her! Screamed the slowly growing mini-Journalist I’ve been raising inside me this semester. And I listened to it. We sat down at the kitchen table late that night, just finishing a viscous game of Rummikub with her grandparents, and I attempted to conduct an audio interview.

It was easier than I was expecting, and also a lot of fun. I enjoyed the stronger conversational, unscripted aspect of it, something I found interviewing for a print story lacking. I used the same audio recorder I do for my other interviews, so I was familiar with the technology.

The portrait picture (left) was fun to take. Exploring Glenwood Springs was like exploring a little bit of Lexi’s personality. It was just a matter of time before something special popped up!

Of course, then came the audio editing part. I was nervous for editing, especially after opening audacity and seeing the complex tools. It took me a long time to edit (note: a very, very long time), but I was surprised to find myself enjoying it! Most of my edits took place after Micah Schweizer and Erin Jones spoke in class, and I really took Erin’s advice to heart. I tried to see the audio file as a story, one that I was molding and creating.

As a story-teller at heart, I found this new medium of story telling exciting and full of possibilities. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found the perfect ending dialogue. The technical side was much more difficult, and wrought with frustrations. I stayed mostly in the simple edits of cutting, copying and pasting. (Although I did venture once into the Envelope tool and quickly scrambled for my undo key.)

I honestly don’t think I would do anything differently because everything was a huge learning experience. Yes, I wish I had stayed quiet during interview, or prepared better questions, or maybe not have rushed for that undo key quite so often when I played with the more advanced features of audacity. But, because of those mistakes, I learned a great deal. Even though I know this audio piece isn’t perfect, I’m proud of it! I’ve never done anything like it, and the learning experience was invaluable.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed conducting and editing an audio interview. Enough so that I am excited for the future implications. I’m a huge fan of podcasts, and I think it is still a growing field. I could see myself starting my own podcast in the future to supplement whatever my career is at the time. (Because let’s be honest- I have no idea what will happen.) For example, if I go into the mental health field, I could start a podcast where the main focus is interviewing people who have overcome mental illness.

I hope to continue building on my skills in audio interviewing. It is a unique and growing field that I would like to become more adept in.

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