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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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AU301FA18
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 211
TBD 9/10 - 10/15 Mo 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $335.00 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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AU137FA18
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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AU136oFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Geis 7/15 - 9/9 Su 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM $325.00 View