Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Collecting good audio!

On this episode of HowSound, Rob Rosenthal chats with Rob Byers of NPR's Training Team about avoiding those pesky recording problems!

NPR also has a great guide for collecting good audio!

Be sure to visit for more great audio tips and tricks.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Things we should all know about B-Roll!

Check out this tutorial video about B-Roll from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. They'll be releasing more tutorial videos this fall.


Monday, February 9, 2015


"We all know the experience - listening to the radio or watching TV, a loud commercial jumps out, sending you grabbing for the volume control. Or conversely, your favorite program is too quiet leading you to crank up the volume, even though you know louder levels will startle you as the next program starts. Variations in program levels have been a problem for public radio stations, and now the public radio world is attempting to even out this difference by implementing a new loudness standard."  
- Jeff Towne, Transom Tools Editor
Check out this story from Rob Byeron 
how to get with the new loudness standard.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Trying to get the most out of your cellphone when it comes to photography?!

Once again, our friend Natasha Price of Alaska Knit Nat found some fun photography tips on the Internet! Thanks for pointing these out, Natasha!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mine your life!

When we brainstorm radio story ideas at ATMI, we try to think about what's going on in our lives and how others might relate. We pull stories from our everyday that community members might want to hear about or would benefit from understanding. Our motto – "Mine your life!"

Radio Rookies at WNYC New York produced this video as part of their DIY Toolkit. It explains this thought process and gives some tips along the way.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our rights as photographers!

Here's an interesting issue to think about. In the US, it is our constitutional right to be able to photograph people in public places. And there are some great materials out there that explain these rights. Here's a guide to your rights as photographers put together by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Here at ATMI, we know there are times when it is appropriate to ask permission to photograph people rather than just firing away. But there are also times when permission is not necessary at all! Know your rights and use your best judgement and you'll make the world a better place through the images you capture!

ATMI's Max Dan found an interview with photographer Shawn Nee about his experience with the Los Angeles Police Department, which he describes as unjust.


There's also a pretty fun ACLU video that explains our rights. It was put together by Joseph Gordan-Levitt and The Gregory Brothers.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Audio: The basics is a great place to get tips on audio production.

The site's founder, Jay Allison, producer of The Moth Radio Hour recently resurrected his audio gathering tips for the site. Jay is also the founder of the Public Radio Exchange, where ATMI shares stories with people all over the world and he's a six-time Peabody Award winner. He has some insight that all radio producers can relate to.

"I usually begin by holding the mic casually, as though it’s unimportant. Sometimes I’ll rest it against my cheek to show it has no evil powers." - Jay Allison