Our sixth workshop focused on writing for radio: what are some of the differences between a print article and a radio story? We started off by reading an article from the Big Bend Sentinel out loud, to see how print and radio journalism styles differ.

Then we discussed how writing for radio often requires shorter, more concise sentences. After listening to a few examples from WNYC's Radio Rookies and WBEZ's This American Life spin-off, Serial, the students practiced writing their own narration using a sound clip from a real KRTS story about Buzz Ross, the owner of the Rattlers & Reptiles snake museum in Fort Davis.

Talking about radio writing.

Amber brainstorming.

Everyone shared his or her narration samples, and we talked about striking a balance between simple, informative language and descriptive, vivid language. To illustrate this point, we looked at a KRTS reporter's script -- a 2013 story by Lorne Matalon, the Fronteras correspondent for Marfa Public Radio.

This helped to understand how a radio story is visually represented on the page. Not only does one have to balance narration and sound clips, but one should also incorporate ambient noise into the script as well. As the students proceed with their story ideas and collect audio in the upcoming weeks, they'll be able to piece together the separate elements in a radio script.