Are there audible newspapers

How has journalistic work changed in relation to the podcast format?

Sebastian Böhm, Reichertshausen

In the audio team, we have mainly faced technical challenges in recent months: In the Corona period, we had to do without our recording studio in the SZ office and record all podcasts at home. We tinkered with constructions from clothes horse, built ourselves with foam recording boxes or sat with a blanket in front of the wardrobe to improve the acoustics and make SZ journalism audible in the home office.

The medium has many advantages. We reach people in situations in which they cannot read but would like to find out more: when they are driving, doing sports or cleaning the apartment. We can import speeches from politicians or interview partners directly into the podcast and have them commented on. And with our podcasts you get to know the SZ reporters and correspondents better: When they talk enthusiastically about their exciting research or when they talk frustrated about failed Brexit negotiations.

After these recordings with our colleagues, work really starts for us: Post-production is basically what editing is for writing colleagues. We shorten the conversations, make them easier to understand, cut out the slip of the tongue. And what the layout is for the newspaper, the sound design is for us: We use music and sound elements so that listeners can better distinguish the format from other podcasts and to emphasize certain aspects.

For larger projects, we often work even more closely with other SZ reporters. A good example of this is Book Two of this week. My team-mate Vinzent-Vitus Leitgeb conducted several interviews with Annette Ramelsberger about the Oktoberfest attack in 1980. The result can not only be read in the weekend edition of the newspaper, but also in two very touching podcast episodes sz.de/das-thema to listen.