The Short Subject Audio Documentary


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. (12 hours/Intermediate-Advanced)

Jenny Morgan is a documentary radio artist living in Durham with a passion for building community around audio storytelling. In 2014, she co-founded Audio Under the Stars, a summer-long outdoor audio festival held in Durham. She facilitates the Center for Documentary Studies' audio working group for independent producers living in the Triangle and also curates the audio segment of the Strange Beauty Film Festival. A native North Carolinian, Morgan's documentary work focuses on social justice movements in the American South. She works at Duke University as the senior programs coordinator for communications in the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs.


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