Session 9: Race Relations at MU (and some tech stuff)

This week was a historic week at the University. Large-scale anti-racism protests, and the subsequent resignations of our chancellor and president, launched Mizzou into the national news. Reports of extreme violence perpetrated by white students had tensions high on campus. People were scared. On Wednesday, campus was a ghost town. On Thursday, the Making Waves reporters asked me if it was safe for them to come to campus. Let me tell you: I have never been more heartbroken by a group text. 

We spent our Friday night meeting discussing the situation on campus, and the status of race relations at Rock Bridge. Our conversation was incredible. We have spent the semester talking about the social implications of identity, about validating experiences, about truth-telling as a radical act of courage and about listening as a radical act of empathy, and this discussion put it all into practice. We talked a lot about white allyship. I left feeling like, with young people like them, we were all going to be OK. 

We ended the lesson going over a few technical details, which I'm going to list here for posterity: 

  • Get that microphone up close and personal - about 6 inches away from the side of their mouth.
  • You want your decibels (dB) to be between -12 and -6. Your interviews from last week were a little too quiet. 
  • Remember to be gathering nat sound (pool splashing, students in the hallway) and room sound (record 1 minute of "silence" in the room that you're doing your interview in. This lets you pick up sounds like air conditioners, etc. that will help make sound transitions easier during production). 
  • Upload your .wav files (if you can) and transcribe your interviews on the google drive. 

For homework, we're listening to the Radio Rookies series on teen dating violence. It's pretty heavy but beautifully done. Right now we're listening to Why Do I Stay (20 min).