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The Short Subject Audio Documentary (online)

One of the most common lengths for stories on the radio today is four to six minutes, often called “feature length.” This format, which some consider the maximum length that listeners’ attention spans will allow, has become a de facto standard for independent producers. In this class, students will produce a complete story that runs under six minutes, with a varied mix of voice, ambient sound, and narration. Recording and editing experience are required: Instruction in recording and editing will not be included in the class.

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will instead take place in a virtual session.

Sarah Reynolds is a radio producer, reporter and multimedia storyteller. In addition to reporting for local NPR affiliate stations, like the giant WNYC in New York and the tiny WCAI on Cape Cod, her work also airs on PRI & BBC's The World, Studio 360 and NPR news shows like All Things Considered. Her work has covered such topics as the complexities of immigration, an intimate gender transition, the smells of a city, and growing old. The radio she most enjoys making is that which takes the longest to produce, sitting down with a subject repeatedly over time to get a real sense of who they are. She's collaborated with radiomaking outfits like Radio Diaries to produce this kind of work. Sarah has also taught radio documentary at the Transom Story Workshop and for Radio Rookies at WNYC. You can hear her work at www.sarahpreynolds.com.

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