Radio and Podcasting 101 (with Grace Rubenstein & Julia Scott)

Grace Rubenstein and Julia Scott




WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 17 —FEBRUARY 7  |  Audio is a powerful medium that’s surging in popularity. 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 whole 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, Kanwalroop Singh, said of her experience: “Prior to the class, I was feeling very nervous … since I am just a beginner. But by the end of the class, you really made me feel like I could do it, like it was worth doing, and that I shouldn’t give up.”

This course includes a special lecture by Casey Miner, a Senior Producer for Al Jazeera’s podcasting unit, Jetty, and Executive Producer of The Specialist, a podcast about work you don’t think about and the people who do it.

Grace Rubenstein is the multimedia editor for TED Books and a contributor at KQED radio. Her stories on health and immigration have appeared in, 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 a features editor at KQED Radio in San Francisco.


Number of sessions: 4

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31; February 7

Course fee: $315

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