audio resources


You've made your way here likely because you are currently taking a Medill audio course, you want to take a Medill audio course, or you're just interested in more audio resources.

If that's true, welcome! You're in the right place. This page is a guide for many of the resources you might need.

About me

I'm Arionne Nettles, a lecturer and director of audio journalism programming at Northwestern's Medill School, former WBEZer, and independent journalist. This site is a growing and living thing so please check in for more resources periodically and send any questions to

Table of Contents

Recording Help

Recording Interviews Remotely

Using Zoom to record your audio and also how to tape sync with a phone

Recording Interviews with a Phone

Using only a phone to record in-person interviews

Using Your Zoom H4N Recorder

Found in your Medill audio kit

Getting Started with Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition Video Tutorial (from Arionne)

A mini tutorial on how to set up your session when you first get started

Audition Tutorials on LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is free for Northwestern students, staff, and faculty — log in with your NetID and password here

Audition Cheat Sheet

Courtesy of reporter Stephan Bisaha, in NPR's Gulf States Newsroom

How to Find Assets/Sound

YouTube Audio Library

Audio Library is a channel by YouTube that has music for content creators

Resources for Schools

A list of sites for music or sound effects that are legal to use in any educational, non-commercial application

Northwestern Library

For students, faculty, and staff at Northwestern, a guide from the NU Library is in process


Same-Day Spot Assignment with Example

Same-Day Spot Assignment with example

Has both an audio file example and a script

Podcast Script Template

Podcast Script Template

Helpful for group podcast work and keeping both the outline and the script in the same doc for easy access

Group Edits for Podcasts

Group Edits Doc

With guiding questions to conduct a group edit with those outside of a reporting/producing group

Free From the Pros

NPR Training


How to Make a Podcast

Gimlet Academy