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Audio Projects


The Audio, Photography, and Video Projects courses provide documentary artists the opportunity to work with award-winning professionals in small group settings. Each term, CDS invites three established artists to teach the Projects courses, which are designed for individuals who are working on projects and seeking creative guidance. The courses are designed around the specific needs of participants, who share excerpts from their works-in-progress.

Students may take the course for credit more than once. Certificate students are required to take a Projects course in their chosen concentration before enrolling in the Final Project Seminar; in this case, the objective is to emerge with a nearly finished version of their project, ready for a final polish. (12 hours/Advanced)

The instructor for this class is TBD.

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Center for Documentary Studies
Room 211
TBD 9/10 - 10/15 Mo 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $335.00 View

Digging In: An Artists' Retreat


This retreat brings together documentary makers and storytellers of all stripes for a productive, invigorating, and rejuvenating week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects. For audio producers, writers, photographers, filmmakers, multimedia creators, et al., Big Shed designed this retreat to help you delve into the work that’s most important to you (work that’s often hard to make time for). If you have a story you’re trying to finish, a project you’re researching or developing, a proposal you need to write, or maybe you just want space to think about your creative trajectory; spend a week as part of a great group of creatives, all of whom are doing the same thing! Guiding the way will be instructors to be named later. And in case you need more convincing, course fees include tasty lunches throughout the week. (40 hours)

Additional information:
Enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and lunches throughout the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the retreat are:
Sunday, July 22: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Friday, July 23–27: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 28: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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

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Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Shackelford 7/22 - 7/28 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Varied $675.00 View

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.

Shea Shackelford is a documentary producer and a founder of Big Shed Media, an award-winning public media shop specializing in audio and multimedia production. When he isn’t producing his own stories, Shackelford is busy training producers and helping organizations design and create their own media projects. He is the creator of the Place + Memory Project, and his awards include a Best Documentary: Bronze Award at the 2010 Third Coast International Audio Festival. He has been part of the CDS summer audio intensive team since 2005.

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 8: 2 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Friday, July 9–13: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 14: 10 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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Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/8 - 7/14 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Varied $925.00 View

Introducción al Podcasting en Español (Online)

Ruxandra Guidi entrevista a Olga Mori, chamán y miembro de la comunidad Shipibo-Konibo en Lima, Perú. Ruxandra Guidi interviews Olga Mori, shaman and member of the Shipibo-Konibo community in Lima, Peru.


Este curso introductorio en español está diseñado para quienes quieren producir podcasts para una audiencia hispanohablante. Durante cuatro semanas, exploraremos las características particulares de los podcasts que los hacen diferentes de la radio tradicional, los conceptos básicos del planeamiento, producción y publicación de podcasts, y cómo crear narrativas con el uso del sonido. A través de sesiones de escucha, ejercicios, consejos técnicos y discusiones en grupo, determinaremos qué es lo que hace falta para empezar (y ampliar) un podcast en español para un mercado en los Estados Unidos o en América Latina. Para personas con o sin experiencia en la edición de audio. (8 horas/Todos los Niveles)

This introductory four-week course in Spanish is for aspiring podcast producers who are eager to create content for a Spanish-speaking audience. We will explore the unique characteristics of podcasting vs. radio, the basics of planning, production and publication of audio on demand, and how to let the audio drive the narrative. Through listening sessions, field exercises, technical advice, and class discussions and critiques, we will determine what it takes to start (and grow) a podcast in the growing Spanish-language market. Open to people with or without experience in audio-editing software. (8 hours/All Levels)

Tomar nota: Este curso se ofrece en línea, y no tomará lugar en CDS, si no en sesiones virtuales programadas semanalmente.

Ruxandra Guidi, de Caracas, Venezuela, tiene casi dos décadas de experiencia contando historias a través de la radio, fotografía, multimedia, prensa escrita, instalaciones públicas y eventos. Ha trabajado como reportera, editora y productora para Latino USA de NPR, The World de la BBC, y ha cubierto varios temas para la prensa internacional como corresponsal freelance en Bolivia y Ecuador. Por más de diez años, Guidi ha colaborado con el fotógrafo Bear Guerra bajo el nombre Fonografia Collective. Junto a la estación de radio pública en Los Angeles, KCRW, ambos crearon una serie de multimedia en 2016-2017 titulada Going Gray in LA. Su trabajo ha sido publicado por la BBC World Service, BBC Mundo, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Orion Magazine, the Walrus, Guernica, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian, Virginia Quarterly Review, y the Atlantic.

Ruxandra Guidi, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, has nearly two decades’ experience telling stories through radio, photography, multimedia, print, and public installations and events. She has worked as a reporter, editor, and producer for NPR’s Latino USA and BBC’s The World, and has reported extensively throughout South America as a freelance foreign correspondent in Bolivia and Ecuador. For more than ten years, Guidi worked with photographer Bear Guerra under the name Fonografia Collective. With public radio station KCRW in Los Angeles, they created a yearlong multimedia storytelling series called Going Gray in LA. Her work has appeared in BBC World Service, BBC Mundo, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Orion Magazine, the Walrus, Guernica, the Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Atlantic.

Información Adicional:
La clase será dada en línea. Se recomienda (aunque no es requerido tener) una computadora de último modelo, con conexión al internet de alta velocidad y una cámara incorporada. Los estudiantes con equipos o conexiones de internet menos óptimas están bienvenidos a tomar la clase, aunque les resultará difícil participar por completo en las reuniones virtuales.

Estudiantes matriculados en este curso participarán en una clase virtual cada semana durante el mes de junio, los martes de 6–8 pm hora del este. Las clases usarán videoconferencias de Zoom; recibirás un email con el enlace poco antes de la primera clase. Para cualquier pregunta, por favor contacta a cdscourses@duke.edu. Para inscribirte, haz clic en “Register now!” en el recuadro abajo.

Beca de CDS para Cronistas:
La Beca de CDS para Cronistas ha sido creada para promover y enseñar a estudiantes de grupos que tradicionalmente no han sido representados en en ámbito de los documentales.

La beca cubrirá el costo de la matrícula para el curso en línea Introducción al Podcasting en Español, que se realizará del 5 al 26 de junio. Los estudiantes a nivel local podrán utilizar el equipo de CDS Courses (dependiendo de su disponibilidad). Los ganadores de la beca serán elegidos por un comité compuesto de no más de cinco empleados de CDS, artistas documentales, e instructores.

Los fondos serán otorgados dependiendo de:

1. Un compromiso de participación en el curso;
2. Un compromiso a la exploración del arte documental de audio en español; y
3. Una necesidad financiera

Daremos preferencia a los grupos que no son típicamente representados. Invitamos especialmente a solicitudes de personas de color y hablantes nativos o con ascendencia latina.

Buscamos solicitudes de personas cuyas metas reflejen la misión de CDS (ver más abajo). No se requiere que los solicitantes tengan experiencia en las artes documentales; sin embargo, esperamos que tengan una idea clara sobre cómo usarán sus nuevas habilidades. Los recipientes de la beca deberán compartir su trabajo con CDS.

Fecha límite: 15 de mayo, 2018

Para solicitar, por favor visiten este enlace.

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AU138SP18
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Guidi 6/5 - 6/26 Tu 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM $215.00 View

Introduction to “Monumental” Audio Recording


This class will give students hands-on training with audio recording equipment, focusing on sound quality and presentation. We will listen to “good” and “bad” audio, and practice replicating the “good” in the field. Once students are proficient with their recorder, microphone, headphones, cables, and adaptors, they will focus on collecting natural sound and voices at Confederate monuments in the area, about which there is much national and local debate. This course will use Hindenburg audio editing software, a popular, inexpensive tool for podcasts and documentaries. (16 hours/Beginning)

Leoneda Inge is North Carolina Public Radio’s first-ever race and southern culture reporter. Her recent work includes the series When a Rural North Carolina Clinic Closes, produced in partnership with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism; “50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair”; “Race, Slavery & Monuments”; and “Rebuilding of Princeville.” Inge has won several awards, including regional Edward R. Murrow awards from RTDNA, Associated Press awards, and a group Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University for the series NC Voices: Understanding Poverty. In 2017, she was named Journalist of Distinction by the National Association of Black Journalists. Inge has spent several seasons teaching and mentoring students through NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University and Columbia University, where she earned her master's in journalism as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics.

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Center for Documentary Studies
Room 104
Leoneda 9/13 - 11/1 Th 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $265.00 View

Make That Audio Doc

 
With the rise of podcasts and multimedia, documentary audio is no longer just about getting on the radio. Knowing how to record and edit audio creates multimedia opportunities for all kinds of documentary artists, and there are many new venues for sharing work. In this class, students will make short audio documentaries using their own recordings. We will begin with the basics of recording and end by learning to edit sound using Hindenburg digital editing software. (16 hours/Beginning)

Aaron Smithers is a folklorist living in Chapel Hill. He was chief audio engineer for the Austin Music Network before continuing his studies in folklore at UNC–Chapel Hill. Since 2002, Smithers has worked as an engineer and archivist on numerous digitization projects at the Southern Folklife Collection, and currently serves as assistant to the curator. He is the music editor for Southern Cultures, the journal for the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC.

Additional information:
Students must provide their own recorder (preferably digital), headphones, and microphone. They will also need to provide an external digital storage device (external hard drive or flash drive) to save their work. Students should have this equipment when the class begins.

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Center for Documentary Studies
Room 104
Smithers 9/4 - 10/23 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $265.00 View

Make That Audio Doc (Online)
With the rise of podcasts and multimedia, documentary audio is no longer just about getting on the radio. Knowing how to record and edit audio creates opportunities for all kinds of documentary artists, and there are many venues for sharing work. In this class, students will make short audio documentaries using their own recordings. We will begin with the basics of recording and end by learning to edit sound using Hindenburg digital editing software. (12 hours/Beginner)

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

Meg Lindholm grew up in New York City, so being curious about people from all walks of life is in her DNA. After college, she was hired to produce the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC (still going strong after 25+ years). In 2002, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where she works as an independent documentary journalist. She has produced stories for NPR and multimedia projects for the regional Midwest public radio network. She has won awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association and RTDNA/Murrow for radio documentaries she reported, wrote, and edited.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. 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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AU101oFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Lindholm 10/30 - 12/4 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View

Make That Podcast (Online)


From long-form documentaries like S-Town to crafted interview shows like Another Round, podcasts have quickly become an essential part of our culture. Through listening exercises and critique, this eight-week course will immerse students in the contemporary podcast landscape, and they will apply the lessons learned toward developing their own podcast from idea to execution. Guest instructor Cristal Duhaime will lead two class sessions with a special focus on sound mixing, offering guidance on how to creatively direct music, sound, and silence to elevate your story.

The course is appropriate for producers of all experience levels who have basic comfort recording and editing audio (students without experience in these areas should take Make That Audio Doc as a prerequisite). At the end of the eight weeks, students will have made significant progress on a pilot episode of their podcast, received feedback from the instructor and their peers, and have a plan for going forward. (16 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 Geis is an independent producer and a former artistic director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival. She got her start in radio traveling the country with the StoryCorps oral history project, and has since made a career listening to stories and encouraging producers around the globe. She teaches radio and podcasting at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and workshops at community organizations. Recent stories have aired on Love + Radio, WBEZ, and BBC 4.

Cristal Duhaime is the award-winning co-creator and producer of CBC’s Love Me, a show about the messiness of human connection, and Stitcher's Pen Pals, a comedy fiction series that puts unlikely pairs in conversation. Before that, she worked as a producer on Jonathan Goldstein’s WireTap and various other programs at CBC. Cristal’s work has appeared on This American Life, Short Cuts, The Truth, Snap Judgment, and more. She has also worked as a sound designer for Antenna International audio tours.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. 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.

There will be no class on September 2.

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Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Geis 7/15 - 9/9 Su 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM $325.00 View

Making It Sing: An Audio Documentary Intensive


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 Shea Shackelford. (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.

Shea Shackelford
is a documentary producer and a founder of Big Shed Media, an award-winning public media shop specializing in audio and multimedia production. When he isn’t producing his own stories, Shackelford is busy training producers and helping organizations design and create their own media projects. He is the creator of the Place + Memory Project, and his awards include a Best Documentary: Bronze Award at the 2010 Third Coast International Audio Festival. He has been part of the CDS summer audio intensive team since 2005.

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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Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/30 - 8/4 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Varied $875.00 View