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Monday, Dec 13 at 11:00 am – Saturday, Dec 18 at 5:00 pm

Podcast School

With Neena Pathak, Julia Furlan, Mitra Kaboli, Ariana Martinez, Chloe Prasinos, Kelly Prime, Ike Sriskandarajah, Aisha Turner & Diane Wu

New year, new you, new podcast! Join UnionDocs and Neena Pathak (The Daily) for a six-day intensive to close out the year and kickstart or revitalize your own audio adventure. Over the course of the all-virtual workshop, Neena will lead the 15 Zoom participants through both practical and theoretical aspects of podcasting, combining guest presentations, listening sessions, discussions, daily group/individual exercises, case studies, and work-in-progress critiques.

A top-notch group of seasoned podcast practitioners will be on hand to provide useful prompts and insight into their own experiences and processes. Ike Sriskandarajah (Reveal) will talk about how he finds the story in each of his pieces and defines their scope. Mitra Kaboli (30 for 30, The Heart) will discuss her varied approaches to sound design. Julia Furlan (Go for Broke) will elaborate on the art of hosting, and Diane Wu (This American Life) will explain the nuts and bolts of producing. Chloe Prasinos (The 11th, Wolverine) will introduce participants to the expanded world of sound, including formats beyond the podcast, while Kelly Prime (Radiolab) will dive into the art of the edit. Aisha Turner (Into America) will tackle the interview in all of its forms, and Ariana Martinez (Say You’re Sorry, Short Cuts) will wrap things up by discussing sound art and pushing one’s sound practice forward.

Throughout the engagement with this all-star roster, participants will also be given the (virtual) space to do warm-ups collectively and individually; present their projects; have their own projects critiqued in groups and individually; and generally work with each other and with leads to engage actively with what podcasting means today and what it could be in the days, weeks, and years to come. Close out the year by putting your project first!

Details

Open to everyone, though the workshop setting is best suited for audio makers, aspiring podcasters, journalists, and media artists. This workshop is virtual and will be conducted over Zoom. .

Give us an idea of who you are and why you are coming. When you register you will be asked for a short statement of interest that should briefly describe your experience and a film project (it would be great if you have a project in progress that you would present to the group during the work-in-progress critique sessions), plus a bio. There’s a spot for a link to a work sample (and CV, which would also be nice, but is not required).

$700 early bird registration by December 6th, 2021 at 11:59PM.

$800 regular registration.

The deposit is non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until December 6th. After December 6th, the fee 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.

NOTE: To register for a workshop, students must pay in full via card, check, or cash . After the early bird registration deadline of December 6th, 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.

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

Schedule

Monday, Dec 13, – 11:00am - 5:00pm

11:00a- Warm up, inspiring references, case study, eye training.
11:45a- Discussion/Intro
12:30p- Share / Discussion / Exercise
1:00p- Lunch
2:00p- Presentations by participants
3:15p- Discussion
4:00p- Workshop Exercise + Critique + Individual work-in-progress critique
5:00p- Wrap Up

Tuesday, Dec 14, – 11:00am - 5:00pm

11:00a- Warm up, inspiring references, case study, eye training.
11:45a- Presentation by Ike Sriskandarajah
12:30p- Share / Discussion / Exercise
1:00p- Lunch
2:00p- Presentation by Mitra Kaboli
3:15p- Discussion
4:00p- Workshop Exercise + Critique + Individual work-in-progress critique
5:00p- Wrap Up

Wednesday, Dec 15 – 11:00am - 5:00pm

11:00a- Warm up, inspiring references, case study, eye training.
11:45a- Presentation by Julia Furlan
12:30p- Share / Discussion / Exercise
1:00p- Lunch
2:00p- Presentations by participants
3:15p- Discussion
4:00p- Workshop Exercise + Critique + Individual work-in-progress critique
5:00p- Wrap Up

Thursday, Dec 16 – 11:00am - 5:00pm

11:00a- Warm up, inspiring references, case study, eye training.
11:45a- Presentation by Diane Wu
12:30p- Share / Discussion / Exercise
1:00p- Lunch
2:00p- Presentation by Chloe Prasinos
3:15p- Discussion
4:00p- Workshop Exercise + Critique + Individual work-in-progress critique
5:00p- Wrap Up

Friday, Dec 17 – 11:00am - 5:00pm

11:00a- Warm up, inspiring references, case study, eye training.
11:45a- Presentation by Kelly Prime
12:30p- Share / Discussion / Exercise
1:00p- Lunch
2:00p- Presentation by Aisha Turner
3:15p- Discussion
4:00p- Workshop Exercise + Critique + Individual work-in-progress critique
5:00p- Wrap Up

Saturday, Dec 18 – 11:00am - 5:00pm

11:00a- Warm up, inspiring references, case study, eye training.
11:45a- Presentation by Ariana Martinez
12:30p- Share / Discussion / Exercise
1:00p- Lunch
2:00p- Presentations by participants
3:15p- Discussion
4:00p- Workshop Exercise + Critique + Individual work-in-progress critique
5:00p- Wrap Up

Each day follows this general structure, with some minor variations and substitutions:

10:30a

First Workshop Session

12:30p

Lunch

1:30p

Second Workshop Session

4:00p

Wrap Up

Bios

Neena Pathak is an award-winning producer on The New York Times’ Audio team.  She currently produces “The Daily” podcast, where her work was part of the Times pandemic coverage that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.  She also produced Still Processing, Another Round, and various public radio podcasts.

Julia Furlan is an independent podcasting consultant, podcast host and a professor at The New School. Most recently, she hosted a series of podcasts for NPR and before that she was the head of the BuzzFeed News PodSquad. She has a M.A. from NYU in Journalism and Latin American Studies and has written and produced audio for places like WNYC, Latino USA and Slate. All of her work is rooted in a belief in uplifting underrepresented voices.

Mitra Kaboli is an audio producer, sound designer, and multimedia artist who has been working professionally in radio and podcasting since 2012. Her award-winning work has been featured on ESPN’s Dunkumentaries, NPR’s Latino USA, Making Contact, WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money, and Audible Productions. Much of her work focuses on the experiences of women, the queer community, and people of color living in America and Canada with a signature emphasis on intimacy and emotion. She was the senior producer of the award-winning podcast, The Heart, which was the primary outlet for most of her work. Kaboli’s work also lives beyond our earbuds. She has produced and directed live performances and audio-based installations. In 2016, The Heart took home the Gold Award for Best Documentary at the 2016 International Third Coast Awards. In 2017, The Heart was a Peabody Finalist. Currently, Kaboli is expanding her documentary repertoire as a producer and sound designer for ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast.

Ariana Martinez is a multimedia artist making images, objects, and audio documentary. Their practice investigates the impact of geography, space, and place on individual and collective experience. Ariana is interested in sensations of placeless-ness, disorientation, and the inventive place-making that emerges from spatial and cultural fragmentation. Their practice incorporates responsive processes like life drawing, field recording, mapping, replication and reenactment as ways of world-building. Attuned to the ecological, cultural, and historical facets of natural landscapes and built environments, Ariana works toward a collaborative dialog that responds to each place’s existing qualities, systems, memory, and imagination.

Chloe Prasinos is a shape-shifter — she works across genres and all aspects of audio production. Sometimes that means: Making a brick-and mortar museum about New York City’s queer history and spending a summer zigzagging across the city to find people’s stories to fill it with. Blending genres to better tell a true story — drawing on the techniques of audio drama to  create a way for unrepresented voices to speak out and remain safely in the shadows. Reporting intricate and highly crafted, long-form audio documentaries. Listening closely to producers and guiding them towards the story they dream of making. Directing actors to help discover their best performances and running a room with space for experimentation and play — all while staying on schedule. Developing new shows from inception and compassionately leading a team across the finish-line…and so on.

Kelly Prime produces and reports stories for Radiolab. A daughter of America’s forested North, she feels strongly about telling stories that reflect America’s complicated identity. Before coming to Radiolab, Kelly studied neuroscience, spent too much time rock climbing, and made radio for NPR, Radiolab’s spinoff show More Perfect, Audible, and the New York Times.

Ike Sriskandarajah is a senior reporter, producer, and fill-in host for Reveal. He has worked on projects that have won an Emmy, two medals from Investigative Reporters and Editors, and awards from Third Coast, the Education Writers Association, and the New York Associated Press Association. He was a narrative audio producer at The New York Times, making investigative episodes for “The Daily.” Sriskandarajah is from Wisconsin and reports from New York City.

Aisha Turner is a producer and writer from the Baltimore area. She is currently the Executive Producer on the NBC News/MSNBC podcast Into America. Previously, Aisha was a producer with StoryCorps. She was also the first Race and Ethnicity Reporter for WUWM – Milwaukee Public Radio and had worked in the city as a radio producer on Precious Lives – an award-winning series about gun violence in Milwaukee. Her work seeks to encourage empathy, create connection, and put events into context so that this world can seem a little less baffling. Aisha cut her teeth in broadcasting while based in Washington, DC as a Reporter-Producer at the PBS NewsHour. She’s also done stints at Al Jazeera America and local news. Aisha has covered a range of national and international affairs stories and has a special interest in social justice issues.

Diane Wu is the Deputy Managing Editor at This American Life. She started at the show as a fellow in 2017. She’s also worked at Science Vs from Gimlet Media. Before that, she was a scientist.

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Monday, Dec 13 at 11:00 am
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Saturday, Dec 18 at 5:00 pm
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