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Jul 22, 2019 at 10:00 am – Jul 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive Summer 2019

Co-presented by AIR

From multimedia journalism to branded podcasts to live events, storymaking is pushing the boundaries. Now more than ever before, independent producers are in demand. But in order to succeed in a quickly evolving and growing media space, independent radio producers need to do everything from editing to branding, live event planning to contract management, and fact-checking to sound design. Over the course of this week, you’ll learn skills from an interdisciplinary group of specialists that will help to position you for the bright and exciting future of radio.

Full Spectrum will expand your definition of what storytelling can be, while imparting concrete skills to add to your producer tool kit. Lead instructor Chiquita Paschal will draw from her work with various shows and production houses, from Gimlet Media to BuzzFeed. She will head an interdisciplinary group of accomplished specialists to take you on a journey from storytelling to interactive design to composing. Our instructors come from WNYC This American LifeLatino USA, independent backgrounds, and beyond.

The week will be a combination of hands-on instruction, workshops, lectures, pitch sessions, experiments—and even an excursion or two. We’re looking for producers with the desire to expand their skills and their minds.

Lead instructor Chiquita Paschal will draw from lessons learned from her work with various shows including Malcolm Gladwell’s new music history podcast, Broken Record, Gimlet Media’s Peabody Award-winning history show Uncivil, and Another Round from BuzzFeed.


We are looking for producers and story-first technologists from all walks of the media industry and beyond who have demonstrable skills in sound gathering, editing and mixing. Filmmakers and those whose primary focus has been visual or moving image are strongly encouraged to attend, as well. AIR membership is not required, though AIR producers outside of the New York area are eligible for a small travel stipend. A work sample is required with your application. Please note: Participants will not be producing projects during the week.

Application Period: Applications close June 3, 2019 midnight ET. Tuition: $850 Applicants must submit a $75 deposit to hold their spot. If selected, that deposit will go toward the full cost of tuition. Deposits will be returned immediately to those who are not selected for the workshop. Please note: There is a 3 percent processing fee for Paypal payments.

Full payment from those accepted to Full Spectrum is due June 18, 2019. After June 18, tuition is non-refundable.

In order to keep costs down, this workshop is a BYOL, i.e. bring your own laptop. Students must be fully proficient using and operating their computers.

To register for a workshop, students must pay in full via card, check, or cash . Course fees are not refundable or transferable and any withdrawals 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.

AIR and UnionDocs are proud to offer a scholarship to one Full Spectrum attendee who can demonstrate financial need. Please submit your request for the scholarship, which waives the full tuition for the Intensive, on the Full Spectrum application form.

AIR members living outside of NYC are also eligible to receive a stipend ($100) to help underwrite fees and travel. If you’ve received a stipend or mentorship opportunity in the past two years from AIR, you may not be eligible.
If you’d like to join AIR to become eligible for the travel stipend, visit here. Participants coming from outside NYC are responsible for their own transportation and room and board during the intensive. UnionDocs can provide assistance in locating housing and guidance for getting around town for those not native to New York.

Please note: Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2019 Summer Curriculum Overview


This session is about how to respond to the truths that emerge from your tape and craft an honest portrayal of complex personal, interpersonal and societal narratives. We’ll listen and discuss examples of audio featuring various types of tone and also cover the basics of ethical storytelling.

Instructor: Chiquita Paschal, independent editor and podcast consultant


A Chinese non-profit’s marketing video, an episode of Jane The Virgin, a child’s response to “how was your day today?”—each of these things has its own unique structure. As storytellers and radio producers, we are constantly consuming story formats. In this session, we will stop to analyze, reflect and find inspiration in these daily doses of structures. We’ll unpack soda commercials, Korean drama previews and subway announcements as a way to open you and your stories up to new possibilities.

Instructor: Emanuele Berry, Gimlet Media


Christopher Allen and Alison Kobayashi will present the first act of Say Something Bunny, an immersive performance based on found audio, followed by a presentation and discussion of UnionDocs’s expansive documentary production Living Los Sures.

Instructors: Christopher Allen, Founder of UnionDocs & Alison Kobayashi, Multimedia Artist


What kinds of assignments do producers get? How does producing change depending on the type of show you want to make? Alvin will outline scenarios, with examples, about how to go from idea to episode.

Instructor: Alvin Melathe, independent audio producer


In this session, Megan will talk about how to clarify the vision for you project, give practical tips for developing your host’s voice, and look at what makes something a good story vs. a good story for your show.

Instructor: Megan Detrie, independent audio producer


What do we mean when we say producer? Veralyn will lay out the different ways it can play out—from making an interview pop, to booking “by any means necessary,” to turning around an episode quickly—and how to be successful at each. Because ultimately, a producer is making sure “the show goes on—excellently.

Instructor: Veralyn Williams, WNYC


Learn how to use sound design to turn radio pieces into true compositions. Julia Alsop will lead this session on how to shape the sound of your pieces.

Instructors: Julia Alsop, Latino USA


10:00 am

Warm up, inspiring references, case study, ear training.

10:30 am

Presentation by guest speaker

1:00 pm

Lunch (bring your own except for MONDAY, when there will be a catered lunch)

2:00 pm

Presentation by guest speaker

5:00 pm

Wrapping up


Chiquita Paschal is an award-winning journalist, editor and podcast consultant who specializes in developing and producing podcasts about art, culture and politics. Her production and editorial experience includes hard news, talk shows and highly-produced narrative storytelling.

She helped produce Gimlet Media’s Uncivil, which won a Peabody in 2018. Previously, she was a member of the “Pod Squad” at BuzzFeed where she produced a variety of shows, including Another Round and See Something Say Something. Chiquita became skilled in the rigor of production by reporting daily segments across public media, from NPR’s Morning Edition to PRI’s The World. She began her career as an arts reporter in New Mexico, and as editor for youth media organization Generation Justice at KUNM.

As a consultant and freelance editor, her recent projects include Essence’s celebrity pop culture interview podcast Yes Girl, politically engaging shows by women and people of color like Democracy in Color with Aimee Allison and Hysteria from Crooked Media. She has also developed independent shows about art and culture such as The Witch Wave and her own pilot about the creative process called Spark!

In addition to the art of podcasting, Chiquita loves to talk business. She was the founding Program Manager of PRX’s Podcast Garage, and a coordinating judge for Radiotopia’s 2016 Podquest competition, where she counseled the early development of the Peabody- nominated show Ear Hustle. In 2013 she served as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Executive Fellow, where she developed strategy, research and business models for the then-emerging podcast market.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Chiquita graduated Hamilton College in Clinton, NY in 2010 with a degree in art and philosophy. She currently lives in Brooklyn. You can connect with her on Twitter @ChiquitaPaschal, or by email at [email protected]

Christopher Allen Portrait

Christopher Allen is a founder of UnionDocs and is currently the Artistic Director. After graduating from Columbia University and studying at Trinity College Dublin, Allen worked as a social entrepreneur, documentary director, and new media artist. His individual works and collaborative projects have been exhibited at the MoMA, Harvard’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, the Volksbühne Theatre, DirektorenHaus in Berlin, Independent Film Week, Sonár, DIVA, and Conflux Festivals, among many other venues. He directed the interactive documentary Capitol of Punk, which was part of “Design and the Elastic Mind” at the Museum of Modern Art, and he is currently in post-production on the feature Diamond Vehicle, shot in Tibet, China, Nepal, and India. Christopher was founding-partner of Counts Media, and played a leading role in the invention and execution of many art & entertainment concepts there, such as The Ride NY, a live theatrical and cinematic experience on the streets of the city, and Yellow Arrow, a place-based storytelling project exhibited online and in galleries and museums internationally.


Oluwakemi Aladesuyi is an economics and culture reporter and indie audio producer. Her work can be found at Gimlet Media, NPR, and elsewhere. She is an International Center for Journalist (ICFJ) Burns fellow in Berlin, Germany.


Julia Alsop is an award-winning journalist and radio producer. Her work focuses on creating immersive worlds to tell intimate, narrative-driven stories. She’s helped produced and develop shows for NPR, PRX, Red Bull Radio, Refinery29 and TED.  She most recently helped sound design Spacebridge for PRX and is a long time collaborator of the Peabody-nominated Radiotopia podcast The Heart, a groundbreaking series exploring sex and power.


Emanuele Berry has told tales from the mitten state, wandered around St. Louis with a microphone, and taught English in the Vegas of Asia. She currently works as a producer at This American Life. Most recently she was an editor on The Nod and StartUp at Gimlet Media. In the past, she worked as a producer/reporter at Gimlet on The NodUndone and StartUp. Before joining Gimlet, she told stories as a public radio reporter, covering everything from the World Dwarf Games to protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Emanuele is a 2014 AIR New Voices Scholar. She is also the recipient of a 2015 Fulbright award to Macau, China.


Megan Detrie is the senior producer of a new Marketplace podcast. She’s had a lot of different lives in journalism: She helped launch BuzzFeed’s See Something Say Something and the Smithsonian’s Sidedoor. She was the multimedia producer at the Atavist Magazine, and spent almost a decade reporting from the Middle East and North Africa. 


Alvin Melathe is a freelance audio producer who has produced stories and shows at Gimlet Media, Freakonomics, Slate, and This American Life. Most recently, he was the lead producer for Charged a six-episode mini-series about the criminal justice system with Emily Bazelon of The New York Times Magazine. Before he worked in audio, Alvin worked variously as a community organizer, writer, video producer, and farmer’s market goat cheese salesman. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Transom Story Workshop.


Veralyn Williams is a Peabody and Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist who has been tackling questions on identity, social norms, and community since she picked up her first microphone in 2004. As Producer of Radio Rookies, a youth journalism program embedded within New York Public Radio’s narrative unit, Williams teaches young people to report radio documentaries inspired by their own experiences. Previously, Williams was a member of Slate Magazine’s podcast team. While there she launched and produced Slate’s film and TV podcast, Represent, revamped Slate’s feminist podcast, The Waves (formerly Double X), and produced the inaugural season of Panoply’s Family Ghost. Williams has also worked as managing editor of Brooklyn Deep, a digital investigative news, analysis, and data website chronicling neighborhood change in Central Brooklyn. Through all of her endeavors, Williams aims to amplify perspectives often forgotten in the media.

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