Unit 4 summary

To summarize this module, I did genuinely enjoy Unit 4 learning about what is audio story telling and how it works.

The key points I have learnt from researching audio story telling from Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad is how story telling is so unique, and how story telling creates a feeling of connectivity through the speaker and the audience. Both covered the same fact of how story’s keep unique – this is through raising questions and sharing empathy – keeping the story real and going


The audio assignments, I personally really enjoyed both concepts. I learnt how to use new software, got a really good understanding, despite my limited knowledge before hand, on how radio works, how radio bumpers work. I enjoyed the five sound story – despite using more sounds than required to, I enjoyed creating an imaginative narrative through just pure basic sounds.


The daily create was fun and enjoyable, despite only completing one – I had to combine food into jewellery – luckily by my side I have a lot of strawberry laces and love hearts – so I combined this and created a necklace – not sure how it promotes creativity tying a strawberry shoelace to a packet of sweets, but hey, it was quite enjoyable doing so.



Unit 4 – Listening to DS106 radio

Listening to the DS106 radio was rather interesting to say the least. There is a very mixed broad of genre to the radio – which was somewhat confusing to me, and also intriguing to follow the story to understand what was going on. when I first tuned into the radio, I got the feeling it was a live broadcast with a presenter talking, but then added Foleys art of sound, like footsteps and rustling, which I then realized it was a audio story – I found it difficult to differentiate the two until the foley sounds were used. I found the radio broadcast interesting, however there was a lot of use of swearing, which confused me – isn’t there some some guidelines or regulators like Ofcom of something?


Unit 4 – Listening to Audio

I personally feel we dont appreciate stories as much as we think we do – the power and the potential impact story telling can have on us. Radio story telling is an interesting concept, its preferably not what most of us enjoy than a good book or a good film – but it is that much important that any of these aspects.

I watched two different people explain the art of radio story telling and how it works – I listened carefully for the ‘nuggets’ – nuggets being important words or phrases that capture the understanding of radio story telling. Ira Glass, through a 20 minute video explains how story telling is so compelling and so unique – its about ‘raising questions’ and having those questions ‘answered’ – these are what keeps us interested and keen to follow story telling – this is what makes a good story. By making a good story he outlined that stories need ‘building blocks’ – the shape of stories are the most important. Having the right structure, the right tools and the right anecdotes keeps the power of stories alive.

Alongside Glass was Jad Abumrad furthermore explaining story telling. With his theory, he spoke about ‘sharing empathy’ – story telling brings ‘connectivity’, and ‘immediacy’ between the speaker and the listener – you can share experience through imagination by connecting through story telling.

When i was thinking about what the two guys say in both the videos, it may not be AS relevant to radio story telling, but i remember my parents telling me there was once a broadcast in 1938 called War of the Worlds – the broadcast was set out like a bulletin – which gave the story a sense of realism – and actual listeners believed the broadcast to be real news thus sending a whole nation into panic believing they were about to be invaded by aliens.

Unit 3 Summary Checklist

Unit 3 summary checklist

 Its quite hard to be put on the spot and told to ‘you, in 100 words describe was so and so means’. But when it came to being asked what story telling meant to myself, no Googling, no writing down notes – just type. so i did, i typed what story telling meant to me, and i was very pleased with the outcome. my understanding of story telling taught myself how much of an impact stories were on myself growing up – i was once told about a story working in the media industry behind the camera when the lights rolls up and intermission started – it stuck with me – i could create the scene in my head so prominent and realistic – and so, 10 years later, here i am studying Media Production and De Montfort University. Stories are more powerful than you think.



Heres my own version of the shape of stories theory by Kurt Vonnegut, transferred into my own interpretation. I found Vonneguts theory to make a lot of sence, by breaking up the story arc, it produced a more effective understanding of the narrative structures of story telling. 



Heres my own ‘telling stories in 5 frames’. They gave us examples of creating a story within photos, in which the audience use their imagination to narrate the story. In my blog, i posted 5 photos of my trip to Austria, and the winter wonderland adventure i had, in which seem to appear in chronological order starting from travelling there and traveling home. I really enjoyed this assignment, i enjoyed the simplicity of the photos and the complexity of what the photos can tell.


Unit 3 summary: 

Ive found Unit three a lot more enjoyable that the other two units, purely because we were just being breifed throughout the early stages, but now through this unit, we are slowly starting to develop our creativity by given actual tasks we can complete. i enjoyed this unit far more than the start, and am sure the next load of units will be enjoyed furthermore.

Unit 3 – Digital Story telling

When it comes to digital story telling, these Childline advertisements are the most relevant examples you can get. With digital story telling its creates this narrative to dramatically connect and causes us to release many different emotions.

With this advert its creates such a powerful story – we follow the life of one abused child and how this abuse resonates in his life. when watching this story it create two emotions, both distress and empathy purely through the dramatic arc of rising action and climax. we are connected with this character so much through the story telling it become very much so realistic therefore it causes us to want to start action against abuse.