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1637 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


Street-Level Youth Media is a non-profit, media arts literacy organization serving Chicago's youth.  We teach audio engineering, mixing, video production, digital photography, online journalism, and more.  If you are between the ages of 12 through 24, all of our programs and services are free.

If you live in Chicago and are between 12 - 24 years old, come take part in one or all of our media arts programs, book a private studio session, use our computer lab or join one of our clubs.  We also host an open-mic on the first Friday of each month.  

How To Start Your Own VoxPop

Mild Sauce

A Youth-Run Webzine From Chicago.

How To Start Your Own VoxPop


  1. Pick your topic, it can be anything you want it to be.  ex. What’s your biggest fear? When was the last time you felt guilty? What’s your favorite food combination?
  2. Come up with an open-ended question so that your answers can have variety.
  3. Find a recorder and some headphones and go out on the street, in the hallways of your school, to a movie theater lobby or anywhere with a lot of people. Ask people your question, but be sure to introduce yourself and your project to the interviewee.
  4. When interviewing, be sure to press the record button and hold the mic close to the person who is speaking.
  5. If the answer is very interesting, follow up on it! You never know what you may get.
  6. When you are done interviewing, make sure to stop your recording so it can save in a file.
  7. Upload that audio to your PC and edit it using your software. (Audacity is a free audio-editing software.)

Other Resources:

Radio Rookies: DIY Tool Kit How to Make a Vox Pop BBC: Open and Closed Questions


Check out the Mild Sauce Media Team came up with for their VoxPop.