Don’t just listen to stories, tell your own!
Do you love Ira, have a secret crush on Terry Gross, or wanna be Audie Cornish when you grow up? Come to Radio Camp’s January Boot Camp and learn how to produce a radio story from start to finish. This hands on class will cover the basics of writing for the ear, (very different than print) and producing for radio using professional equipment and software. The provision of a laptop for financially challenged students is possible. Be prepared to grab your gear and hit the streets. Learn interviewing and mic techniques by doing the real thing. Voicing will also be covered. Students will produce two stories over the course of the weekend.
AT UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in class
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., homework
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., in class
All the software and recording equipment for the weekend will be provided. We’re incredibly grateful to the generous folks at Hindenburg for sharing their amazing audio editing software with us! Beginning one month before the workshop, registered students will be able to download a version of Hindenburg. That way you can get your audio groove on early! Please note: in order to keep costs down, this workshop is a b-y-o-l, bring your own laptop. Students must be FULLY PROFICIENT using and operating their computers.
Registration & Tuition
$285 for early registration by December 20th, afterwards, $315.
Sally Herships is an award winning journalist who’s been making radio for over a decade. She’s produced or reported for BBC World Service, NPR, WNYC, The New York Times and Studio 360. She’s put in many hours at Radio Lab and is a regular contributor to public radio’s Marketplace. Sally has taught radio at numerous venues ranging from the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, to NYU, Smith and the New School and teaches writing for radio at Sarah Lawrence College. Sally has been a Brooklynite for almost 20 years and when she’s not making radio she loves to daydream and paint pictures of robots and cats. You can listen to Sally’s radio work here or here.
Stephanie Coleman began making radio as an undergraduate studying at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. She has since worked for StoryCorps, The Story with Dick Gordon, and she currently produces radio independently and for Twangbox Productions. Her work has aired on All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, The Story, WBEZ’s Re:Sound, and the Vox Tablet and Distillations podcasts. She is also an accomplished old-time fiddle player and has performed and taught throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia with the all-girl band Uncle Earl and other stringbandy configurations.
Q: I really like radio, but I don’t know anything about how to make it. Should I take this class?
A: Absolutely! This workshop is designed for beginners, enthusiasts and newcomers to radio.
Q: How many students will be in class?
A: Class is limited to 12 students.
Q: Do we need any special software or equipment for camp?
A: Yes – in order to keep costs down you’ll need to bring a laptop, but that’s it. All the software and recording equipment you need will be provided at the camp.
Q: What about lunch?
A: We’ll take an hour off each day for lunch.
Q: What’s UnionDocs?
A: UnionDocs is a nonprofit Center for Documentary Art. It presents over 100 events a year, runs workshops and produces original projects through its collaborative studio. We think it’s pretty great!
Q: What is Hindenburg?
A: In case you’re wondering, Hindenburg Systems’ audio production solutions are developed by, with and for radio professionals and podcasters. The unique, intuitive interface is designed specifically for story-telling, allowing journalists to focus on their story, while Hindenburg ensures consistent broadcast sound quality and levels. It’s all about the Story!
Q: Where will the ideas for the stories we’ll be working on come from?
A: The class will work on two assigned stories. This allows students to see and learn from each other’s work. Pitching story ideas and professional practices will be discussed at the end of day 2, and we’re hoping to schedule a stand alone pitching workshop in the near future.
Q: I want to learn to make a podcast. Will you be covering that?
A: While we wish we had time to cover everything, we may touch on podcasting, but it’s not a set part of the curriculum.
Registration & Cancellation To register for a workshop, students must pay in full via PayPal. After the registration deadline of December 20th, course fees are not refundable or transferable and any withdrawals or deadlines will result in the full cost of the class being forfeit. There will be no exceptions. To withdraw from a course please email info-at-uniondocs.org.
In the event that a workshop does not receive sufficient enrollment, it may be canceled. Students will be notified at least 48 hours prior to the start of a cancelled workshop and will be refunded within 5 business days. If we reschedule a workshop to another date, students are also entitled to a full refund. UnionDocs reserves the right to change instructors without prior notification, and to change class location and meeting times by up to an hour with 48 hours prior notice.