THURSDAYS, JANUARY 17 —FEBRUARY 7 | An estimated 48 million Americans spend time listening to podcasts every week and the number grows every year. It’s never been easier to produce high quality audio to get your message out, whether for radio stories, podcasting, personal promotion or business branding.
But how do you get started? Two veteran journalists of public radio and podcasting show you the basics of how to record great audio, conduct killer interviews, craft a captivating story, and get your audio creations out into the world.
In this hands-on workshop, every student will produce a complete audio story — and will acquire the skills and confidence to produce future stories and podcasts on your own. We’ll record audio together, cover professional field recording and voicing techniques, and practice editing in class. We’ll survey the existing podcast landscape, unspool the secrets of what makes podcasts like Serial and Radiolab so compelling, and cover the basics of getting your audio content online and into standard podcast format.
One previous student, Laurie Krsmanovic, said of her experience: “Our dedicated instructors gave us formidable tools and exercises to become adventurous podcasters. Please take this class– it’s fun and you’ll discover deeper resonance in the daily stories we tell and hear.”
Another former student, Meenal Balar, adds: “Julia and Grace are total pros at what they do, and happen to be excellent teachers as well. They designed a curriculum that was not only compelling and informative, but left me feeling prepared to dive into the final audio story project.”
This course includes a special lecture by Casey Miner, Executive Producer of The Specialist, a podcast about work you don’t think about and the people who do it.
Grace Rubenstein is an editor for TED Books, the story editor for season 2 of the WorkLife podcast, and a contributor at KQED Radio. Her stories on health and immigration have appeared in TheAtlantic.com, the New York Times, and the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal.
Julia Scott‘s radio features and documentaries have appeared on the BBC World Service, Marketplace, National Public Radio and Living on Earth. She is an editor at KQED Radio in San Francisco.
Number of sessions: 4
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dates: Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31; February 7
Course fee: $395