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Jane Follow the Fellows: Tiny Spark investigates the business of doing good in crisis zones

This is a guest blog post by 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellow Amy Costello whose project Tiny Spark who investigates the business of doing good. Amy also contributed a report to PRI’s The World on the medical community’s attempt to learn from mistakes made in Haiti. Read it here.

It’s hard to believe my SoundCloud Fellowship is soon coming to a close! Before it does, here’s my latest podcast:

It’s a months-long investigation into a seemingly good idea: medical professionals who volunteer in international crisis zones.

Turns out, doctors and nurses who lack specialized training can actually do quite a bit of harm.

And there’s one more thing I’ve discovered during the course of my Fellowship – it’s not as weighty but it’s still important:

SoundCloud can save journalists quite a bit of cash. Since I launched Tiny Spark a year ago, I’ve spent thousands of dollars renting studios and hiring freelancers to record guest interviews. Then, a few weeks ago, I asked a Harvard doctor I wanted to interview whether she’d simply hit the Record button on SoundCloud. She sat in front of her computer in Boston while I was at mine in New York. She took out her iPhone headset, plugged it into her computer and used it as her microphone. She then hit Record, uploaded the audio to me afterwards and whoop! I had broadcast quality audio….for free!

Here’s a little sample of that interview so you can hear the quality of audio that can be achieved with Soundcloud’s record button. (It’s also a pretty harrowing piece of tape..and gives you an idea of the kind of things that went on in Haiti.)

Finally, I wanted to share with you another thing I made for free with SoundCloud and through ThingLink. A surgeon from California emailed me some photographs of patients she treated in Haiti, who’d suffered from the work of earlier volunteer surgeons. I recorded her voice with SoundCloud too, chose a few excerpts, and integrated it with Thinglink to create this interactive photo. I think there’s enormous story-telling potential here with these two platforms.


Jane Follow the Fellows #6: The Truth, The Appreciation Engine, Life Advice Radio, Detroit Mobile Audio Tour and more

Another great week by the SoundCloud Community Fellows! Revisit all tracks here.

The Truth
Do you have a minute for equality? A canvasser gets the donation she needs, but it will cost her. The latest spooky elections episode by the fine folks of The Truth. Click below to listen.

Life Advice Radio
Jake wants your problems. He’ll supply you with life advice and you’ll be featured in an episode! Give him a call. Not sure what to expect? Hear what advice a 9-year old gets from the life experts: The Renaissance Man.

Detroit Mobile Audio Tour
Laura has been busy working to launch the tour at the end of this month! Find out which sites the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour will take place in this update! Maybe you’ll be inspired to start up your own audio tour in your city!

The Appreciation Engine

Let’s make sharing appreciation viral! Steph shares what she’s appreciative of. Take a listen, and why not share your own message of appreciation? Head to www.theappreciationengine.org.

Here Be Monsters
Snip, snip, snip. “Chuck was twelve when he went to a health clinic in the Philippines to rid himself of his “tip” and become a man. Of course, little went according to plan.” Squeamish listeners, you’ve been warned.

Working Now
Glimpses into the lives of a tattoo artist, stadium announcer, violinmaker and more. Listen to the weekly set here and the full wrap-up below.

Pop Up Archive
Here’s the collection of answers from the archive. And if you want to learn how to archive, no better way to learn than from the ladies of Pop Up Archive. Sign up! For more details on this workshop, head right here!

From Hear to There
“It’s completely different. Completely different.” A shoe shiner in the NYC subway recalls memories of home in Uzbekistan. And the best sellers in the subway? Cigarettes, magazines and lotto tickets.

The neuroscience behind party politics.

Get your learning on and please help support Andrea Seabrook’s Kickstarter campaign if you care about stories that really matter!

Road to the Royal Mile
Hayden Cohen’s interviews from the Royal Mile at Edinburgh Fringe Festival continued this week with a musical comedy duo, The Not Quite Quartet. See and hear the full set of interviews here!

NightBus Radio
New Mexico is Jack Kennedy’s latest stop on his whirlwind adventures across the US of A. Won’t you give his Santa Fe story a listen? And here’s his latest in Taos!

Sound School
Sound School is holding a meetup in London during Internet Week Europe in November! You can also hold a meetup to swap skills and knowledge with other local SoundClouders! Laura explains below.

Jane Follow the Fellows Embrace your “Data Maelstrom” with Pop Up Archive

This is a guest blog post by 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows Pop Up Archive. Be introduced to the world of archiving!

A few week ago, to give you a glimpse of the hidden intrigue of archival audio, we put together a collection of questions from our archive. So as not to leave you hanging, this week we are proud to present answers from the archive. You’ll hear from London street food vendors, a Californian internment camp survivor, urban redevelopment workers from Philadelphia, and a Central Valley obesity prevention activist, to name a few.

We’d also like to remind you of our upcoming Archive 101 Training Workshop (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace My Complete Data Maelstrom). Here at Pop Up Archive, we’ve been devising a curriculum to introduce audio producers to the world of archiving and data standardization. You might be saying to yourself, “Really, Pop Up Archive? How are archiving and data standardization going to help me?”

Well, first of all, archiving makes it possible for you to easily find your own audio. You will never again need Spotlight to find a file:

Second, archiving makes it possible for others to find your audio. You’ve recorded a lot of amazing stuff. It doesn’t need to fester on a thumb drive — do something with it. There’s someone out there that wants to hear it, be moved by it, and reuse it.

Third, stop kvetching and find out for yourself. We’re looking for podcasters, journalists, oral historians, and content-creators. Our first training is Tuesday, October 9th, so if you want to get involved, let us know ASAP. You can register here, and/or email us at popuparchive@gmail.com. If you can’t make it on Tuesday, fear not: there’ll be more where that came from, including this handy survey to help us get acquainted with your (sometimes disparate) needs. And we’ll be making our free training materials and software plug-ins for Omeka available this fall.

Stay tuned — next week we’ll also launch our first archival audio mashup contest, using sonic building blocks from this year’s Community Fellows. If you’ve got something to say, or audio you’d like to contribute, in the spirit of SoundCloud, you can upload an audio submission to our SC Dropbox at http://soundcloud.com/popuparchive/dropbox. Yep, that’s right — you can be organized and creative at the same time. Let us help you.