Science has never been my thing. Try as I might, I just don’t get it. I find it fascinating, of course… I just need a little extra help understanding it. Luckily for me, my fiancé, Zak Bolender is a science whiz (in my opinion) and is able to help me. He has a way of explaining things to me in a way that I can truly understand.
Zak’s father, John, teaches science at Woods Learning Center back in Casper. He allows us kids to (carefully) shoot rockets into the sky at family reunions and holiday dinners. His mother, Chris, was my English professor in eighth grade and now is Assistant Principle at NCHS, also in Casper.
Perhaps, growing up in a family where education is so prevalent has enabled Zak to really discover what he’s interested in. Zak credits his family for his desire and opportunity to pursue an education, however, he claims his love of science originated with Carl Sagan and Cosmos: A Personal Voyage series.
Now, I am aware that I am totally biased when it comes to Zak. However, that little fact doesn’t stop me from picking his brain daily and forcing him into being my test subject. I am continuing my quest into the world of audio journalism. My interview with Zak focused on why he is pursuing a degree in science journalism.
I intend to practice my editing skills in the program Audacity and whittle our 7:44 minute conversation down to 2:00 minutes of quality audio. Here is my raw file:
This interviewing experience was a real eye-opener for me. It’s funny how, if you ask the right questions, the answers are extraordinary.
Interviewing Zak was easier than I had expected it to be. I was feeling silly though, and I think you can hear that in my voice. I need to remember to keep my “game face” on and try to maintain a level of maturity and professionalism when conducting interviews. Using the audio recorder is getting easier, but there is so much to consider when trying to achieve clear and excellent sound quality.
I tried to maintain the environment and setting of the interview. It was conducted in our living room, with the volume turned up high and the recorder lying on the coffee table. It was pretty quiet there, with the exception of my kitten racing through the room unexpectedly squeaking with mischievous joy. I used my earphones during the interview; I found that to be helpful.
From this experience, I learned that I need to prepare a little more, myself. I felt as though my questions were a little shaky. I did type them out, of course, but I didn’t really practice speaking them into the recorder. Ordinarily I would think I would not need to spend so much time and energy on just speaking, but when dealing with audio, it is a must! That is something I would like to improve on.
One thing that I thought was kind of tricky was my continued involvement in the conversation. My commentary or transitions, if you will, were unnecessary and mundane. I need to figure out how to respond to my interviewee and keep the conversation flowing more smoothly.
All in all, I am very pleased with how my interview turned out. Stay tuned for the edited interview.