Hearing is Believing: An Audio Documentary Institute


In this weeklong, morning-till-night immersion in making audio documentaries, you’ll learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing; discuss issues such as the ethics of documentary work; explore varied uses for audio documentaries; and hear accomplished producers play and talk about their work in evening presentations. During the week you’ll collaborate with a fellow student to produce and edit a short audio documentary, from the first interview and sound-gathering to the final mix. The institute will be led by John Biewen, along with guest instructor Shea Shackelford. Examples of previous students’ projects can be found here. (40 hours)

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Besides teaching summer audio institutes and undergraduate courses, he produces documentaries and features for NPR, PRI, American Public Media, and other public radio audiences. Biewen has been making radio since 1983, including eight years spent producing documentaries for American RadioWorks. His work has won many honors, including two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Radio Impact Award.

Additional information:
Computers and Hindenburg editing software will be provided. Students should bring field recording equipment, including recorder, microphone, and headphones. No experience in audio production is required, though a basic comfort level with computers is desirable.

Additional information and schedules will be emailed to registered students in June. The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and all lunches during the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the institute are:
Sunday, July 12: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Friday, July 13–17: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 18: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The institute concludes Saturday, with a public presentation of student work ending at 3 p.m.


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AU525SU15 Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/12 - 7/18 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM $850.00 View