Behind the scenes at YRLA: Reporters Call In with Their Observations of the May Day March

Yesterday’s coverage of the May Day march in L.A. was an exciting day at YRLA, as we experimented with a new way for our reporters in the field to file their stories with producers.

Using a combination of Skype (a software technology called “Voice-over-IP” (VoIP) that lets you make phone calls for free over the internet) and a program called “Call Recorder” (the name tells all), our reporters in the field were able to connect reliably to producers in the studio. Even sound quality was reasonably good considering reporters were using cellphones in very noisy areas.

You can judge the effectiveness of this tech set-up for yourself by listening to some call-ins from two of our YRLA reporters, Noel Ramon and Ohim Sheeme.

[My name is Noel Ramon, and I’m reporting for Youth Radio. I’m at the intersection of Broadway and 1st, alongside thousands of immigrant reform supporters.  I have interviewed several excited people who hope that the immigrant dream comes true–everyone from students to migrant workers who all hope for a just immigration reform that supports all immigrants in this country.] (Translation: Luis Sierra)

YRLA Reporter Noel Ramon interviews a May Day march participant

[Photo: Luis Sierra]

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