Hearing is Believing: An Audio Documentary Intensive


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 intensive will be led by John Biewen, along with guest instructor Shea Shackelford and a guest lecturer to be announced later. Examples of last year's student projects can be found here. (40 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.

Additional information:
Students will edit on desktop workstations using Hindenburg audio editing software. Students who have their own field recording equipment (recorder, microphone, and headphones) should bring it; equipment will be provided for those who don't. No experience in audio production is required.

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:
Sunday, July 5: 1 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Friday, July 6–10: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 11: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

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

See the course blog for a preliminary schedule, information on housing options, and more.


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