Be thoughtful about the location you choose. Be aware of all the sounds that exist there.
Take time to truly listen to the environment where you will record. What stories do you hear? What natural sounds exist?
Make a sample audio recording.
Use headphones when recording so that you can hear what is being recorded.
Do your best to isolate the audio you want to capture. Move away from distracting sounds that could interfere with interviews and voice recordings.
Document the way your community sounds and archive the audio files.
Think about the images that are part of your story - what do they sound like?
Clear and crisp audio is essential, especially when recording narratives and interviews. Quality audio influences audiences to judge your message as trustworthy. Clear audio is key to the success of your digital story, so take time to listen to your environment and make informed decisions on how and where you will record audio.
Sound evokes emotion, what emotion do you want to communicate?
Bad sound can make us stop listening.
What does your Policy issue sound like?
If someone asked you, "what does your community sound like?" where would you take them to listen? Go to that location and record natural sound.
Are there musicians and poets in your community who would be willing to share their audio narrative? Ask them to be part of the project by sharing prerecorded audio with you or asking them if you can record a live song or poem.