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Audio Editing with Hindenburg (Online)


Hindenburg is an increasingly popular tool for audio producers—it’s easy to use, stable, inexpensive, and constructed specifically for audio documentary. It’s become the audio tool of choice for classes and institutes at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn the basics of importing, editing and exporting audio files. (5 hours/All Levels)

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.

Marc Maximov is the continuing education coordinator at the Center for Documentary Studies. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, he is also a sound designer for local theater companies, an occasional audio producer, and a former writer for Indy Week. Maximov has worked for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival since 2011, and has served on the selection committee since 2012. He’s been involved with CDS summer institutes since 2006..

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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Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Maximov 3/17 - 3/18 Sa Su 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM $175.00 View

Audio Playground


David Foster Wallace wrote that the path out of a creative rut is to “work your way somehow back to your original motivation—fun.” This is a chance for audio producers to do just that. We’ll listen together to audio work that is beautiful, strange, and joyful. We’ll discuss it, dissect it, and—inspired by it—students will complete a short low-stakes creative assignment each week. Throughout the course, we will be less concerned with perfection and more interested in exploration and risk. Students will leave with five completed short audio sketches and a new familiarity with audio storytelling from around the globe. This course is suitable for students of all experience levels, with at least basic editing and recording skills. (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 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.

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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Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Geis 4/5 - 5/10 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View

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)

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.

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AU301SP18
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 211
Smithers 2/5 - 3/12 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $335.00 View

Digging In: An Artists' Retreat with Big Shed


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 Big Shed founder Shea Shackelford, with other instructors to be named later. And in case you need more convincing, course fees include tasty lunches throughout the week… and hand-cranked ice cream on the porch. (40 hours)

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:
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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AU525SU18
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/8 - 7/14 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Varied $925.00 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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AU101oSP18
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Lindholm 3/1 - 4/5 Th 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. 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.

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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AU136oSP18
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Geis 2/4 - 3/25 Su 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM $295.00 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.

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AU535SU18
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/30 - 8/4 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Varied $875.00 View