The Non-Narrated Radio Voice (Online)


Most radio news stories use a reporter’s voice as a guide, but some audio stories and documentaries are more intimate without that voice. Sometimes a subject can narrate for the listener, but the reporter/producer must plan for that carefully. In this class, students will learn techniques of producing a non-narrated radio piece and will produce their own short audio profiles in this style. Students must have experience recording and editing audio, and it is recommended they come to the first class with a few story ideas. (12 hours/Intermediate-Advanced)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Sarah P. 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. She's drawn to stories of people living on the margins and has spent time there, working to collect those stories. Reynolds has covered the complexities of immigration, an intimate gender transition, the smells of a city, and growing old. The radio she most enjoys making is the stuff that takes the longest to produce; when you sit down with someone again and again to get a real sense of who they are. Reynolds has collaborated with radio making outfits like Radio Diaries to produce this kind of work, and has also taught radio documentary at the Transom Story Workshop, at New York University, and for Radio Rookies at WNYC.

Additional information:
A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.


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