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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Brazil Times is launching an experiment into audio.

On Tuesday, the newspaper began publishing sound files to the Internet.

"We hope these sound bites will add a new dimension to the newspaper by enhancing the reader's experience," Lynne Llewellyn, The Brazil Times General Manager said about the project.

Editor Frank Phillips recorded Mayor Tom Arthur's State of the City address with the mayor's prior knowledge. The sound file was recorded digitally and uploaded to the Internet as a 4-megabyte mp3 file that begins playing very quickly after the link is clicked.

Your computer must be equipped with a sound card and speakers to hear the files.

"If you can listen to music on your machine, you should be able to hear these files," Phillips said Wednesday. "We decided to try this after seeing what the Indianapolis Star and an Evansville newspaper were doing with electronic journalism at a seminar in December sponsored by the Hoosier State Press Association."

More than speeches are possible.

"For example, if a reporter chooses, he or she could record their interview for a news story and the interview could be uploaded to the Web," Phillips said.

The Brazil Times may begin podcasting in the future, but for now, watch for audio links published in the newspaper and online at http://www.thebraziltimes.com. Look for the computer speakers picture by the link.

Comments may be made by writing to news@thebraziltimes.com or by calling Phillips at (812) 446-2216, extension 231.

"Readers' feedback is very important to us," Phillips said.

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