Recording and Sharing Press Calls

We’ve seen a few journalists using SoundCloud to post recordings of news events that happen by phone, such as a company earnings call. Check out Reuter’s Matthew Keys, who did this with last week’s the Facebook earnings call.

But we’ve also heard from a few reporters who want to know how they can do it too, so we figured we’d point you in the right direction.

Radio reporters used to (probably still do) record calls using lots of expensive equipment that essentially connected a regular phone to a mixing desk. But nowadays it’s fairly easy to do it with your computer. The journalists we spoke to told us they mostly use something called Audio Hijack for the Mac, but you can do this with many applications that let you record whatever passes through your sound card.

Obviously if you’re using your computer, you’ll have to use software to make the phone call, so you can make the call with Skype or Google’s phone service. Here’s a recent guide from the folks that make Audio Hijack on how to record Skype calls. And for the non-mac folks out there, the Skype support pages have advice on what to use, as well as some other options for the mac.

(We should also say that recording calls without the permission of the people on the other end can be illegal in some jurisdictions, so be sure to check that out.)

Having the audio from an earnings call or a press conference done by phone can really help enhance what would otherwise be a text quote. It’s also easier to share and can then be posted with the full context.

Let us know if you have any questions!

 


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