Broadcaster how-to guide: Producing mini-docs

| June 24, 2019

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Mini-documentaries are short reports from the field that document the story of one person who encounters a problem and overcomes it. These audio stories are usually about three to seven minutes long and are a good way to engage listeners in a topic with a story that is full of action and emotion. This can be more entertaining than straight facts.

A mini-documentary can take the listener to a place they can mentally visualize even though they are not there. By introducing a person, their problem, and how they respond to the problem, a broadcaster can make listeners think about how they would react in a similar situation.

Mini-docs also add variety to the sound and pace of your radio program. In this Broadcaster how-to guide, you will learn how to get started with producing a mini-doc, including doing research, preparing for an interview, recording sounds, choosing clips from your recordings, and writing the narration.