What We Do
We provide information, education and entertainment to those who, for any reason, are unable to read the printed page. We serve not only those who are totally blind, but also those who are legally blind or have visual impairments or physical handicaps.
How to Fulfill Our Mission
Volunteers always ask, “What do blind people want to hear?” Blind people want to hear (read) everything that you do. Many have been blind since birth, but the majority of listeners are people with some sight who, with advanced age, illness or physical disability, have lost their ability to read. Just like you, they have a lifetime of experiences and interests that haven’t gone away just because they can no longer read, and they want to continue adding as much as they can to that experience.
Now that you know a little about your audience and your important role in their lives, remember other major factors governing your broadcast. You have a time frame to work within, no matter what you are reading. Balance your need to fit your material within the time allotted your program with your need to present material which is important, interesting and timely.
Interested in Serving?
If you are interested in serving, please contact Valerie Clapham, Volunteer Coordinator, at 508-797-1117 firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Read
Audio Journal provides basic guidelines during your training. Since staff is limited, they cannot read and select your material, though it will provide the materials from which you can select. Our 170 volunteers’ selection of readings to fit our guidelines guarantees a variety of material. While we read editorials, as you may do when you read to yourself, we never editorialize ourselves.
You may think that a person’s viewpoint or actions are wrong, but your comment reflects that you presuppose everyone in your audience feels your way. Let them think their own thoughts, as you do. This puts a far greater burden on you to act truly as your audience’s eyes on the world. In choosing articles from the daily newspapers or from periodicals, be sure to offer a balance of views. You must not allow your beliefs or biases to influence your selection.
You are the eyes of the world for our listeners. This is not a task to be undertaken lightly. We are committed to providing the highest quality radio reading service in the world. There are services throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and other countries. Contact Audio Journal for information concerning a location of your interest.
What Will Happen Now?
Your introduction to Audio Journal will be provided by Vince Lombardi, Director or Valerie Clapham, Volunteer Coordinator. They will explain what Audio Journal is and what volunteers do, have you fill out an application, find out what your interests are, and assist you in signing up for training sessions with experienced readers.
Learning to Be A Broadcaster
You will learn how to bring your personality to our listeners. We have provided the transcript of a seminar taught by former Oldies 103 personality Mike Finnegan.
As a pianist would put feeling into a musical piece, we should read and interpret the written word and make it “sing.” The more relaxed and conversational we are as we read, the more natural the communication between you and the listener.
Our specialty programming covers important issues affecting elders, those affected by blindness or low vision.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Audio Journal who help us provide or expand this vital service to individuals who are visually impaired.
Your contribution goes directly to support the efforts of over 170 volunteers and is deductible to the full extent of the law.