Making It Sing: An Audio Documentary Intensive

Description

This intensive six-day workshop for producers with some experience—or a lot—gives you a chance to focus on a challenging project or to stretch and try something new. You’ve recorded interviews and gathered sound, and you’re ready to construct a six- to twelve-minute audio piece. You’ll bring your own recordings, logged, transcribed, and ready to go. You’ll get instructive sessions and personal, small-group guidance from seasoned radio producers (and from your peers) as you structure and script your story, record your narration tracks (if any), and mix your piece on CDS’s Hindenburg workstations—or, if you prefer, on your laptop with your own editing software. Saturday morning, we listen! The intensive will be led by John Biewen, along with guest instructor Julia Barton. (35 hours)

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Besides teaching summer audio intensives 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. In 2015 he launched CDS's biweekly podcast Scene on Radio.

Julia Barton is editor at Panoply Media and formerly at PRI’s The World and Studio 360, among other programs; contributor to Nieman Storyboard. She's been writing for print, radio and web for more than two decades. She's been an International Reporting Project Fellow, a staff reporter at WHYY/Philadelphia and WSUI/Iowa City, and an editor for American Public Media. I’ve also done extensive media training in the former Soviet Union, including Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Additional information:Please bring your own recordings to the intensive. Students can edit on their own laptops or on our desktop workstations, which have Hindenburg and Adobe Audition audio editing software.The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and all lunches during the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the intensive are:Monday, July 30: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.Tuesday–Friday, July 31–August 3: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.Saturday, August 4: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.The intensive concludes Saturday, with a public presentation of student work ending at 2 p.m. See the course blog for a preliminary schedule, information on housing options, and more.AIR stipend: Members of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) can claim one of five $100 stipends to attend Making It Sing. Recipients are asked to communicate to AIR's membership, via tweets or a post to AIRdaily, about their experience, and to write a short evaluation afterwards. Stipends are first-come, first served.

See the application form here, and contact tran@airmedia.org for more information.





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