Telling stories in soundspace: placement, embodiment and authority in immersive audio journalism

Wincott, Abigail ORCID logoORCID:, Martin, Jean and Richards, Ivor (2022) Telling stories in soundspace: placement, embodiment and authority in immersive audio journalism. Radio Journal, 19 (2). ISSN 14764504 (In Press)

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Abstract / Summary

There has been an increase in the use of immersive or spatialised audio formats for radio and podcast journalism. Immersion is used to put audiences to the heart of a story, enable richer experiences, and encourage empathy with others, but it can disrupt the ‘grammar’ of broadcast formats and the codes that structure the relationship between audience, journalist and story. Immersive journalism research has not tackled the impact on audio-only storytelling, and the lack of research by and for audio journalists means programme makers have until now lacked a conceptual framework and terminology to describe how space is constructed in immersive audio, the creative and editorial choices available and their effects. This article, based on analysis of immersive output and interviews with those who produce it, critically examines the differences between mono/stereo space and immersive audio space and argues they are not only a matter of aesthetics or comfort, but communicate differential authority over the story and merit further attention when journalists are trained in immersive audio.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial audio, immersive audio, journalism, radio, documentary, creative industries, innovation.
ISSN: 14764504
Subjects: Communication > Media
Depositing User: Abigail Wincott
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 08:54
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 01:38


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