Jan 18, 2020 at 10:00 am – Jan 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm
RADIO BOOT CAMP
Presented with Hindenburg
Do you love Ira, have a secret crush on Terry Gross, or wanna be Audie Cornish when you grow up? Come to the January Radio Boot Camp and learn how to work on 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. 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 work on one story over the course of the weekend.
UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Saturday, January 18, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in class
3 hours homework, on your own
Sunday, January 19, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., in class
Radio Boot Camp is open to everyone! Class is designed for beginners, enthusiasts and newcomers to radio.
$325 for early registration by Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 5PM.
$350 regular registration.
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 which will be theirs to use for a couple of months. 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. **Students will be using professional recording gear in class so laptops must either have a USB port to connect to recorders, or a slot to read SD memory cards.**
$325 for early registration by Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 5PM. $350 regular registration afterwards.
To register for a workshop, students must pay in full. After the early registration deadline, course fees are non-refundable or transferable. Any withdrawals after the deadline will result in the full cost of the class being forfeited. There are no exceptions. To withdraw from the course please email [email protected].
If the 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.
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: I really like radio – in fact I already work for a show/station! But I work at a talk show/in fundraising/listener relations. Should I take this class?
A: Absolutely! The focus of class is on making pre-produced radio a very different process than producing at a talk show or similar.
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: There will be some flexibility in format, but the class will work on one assigned story. 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.
Sally Herships is an award winning journalist who’s been making radio for over a decade. Currently reporting for American Public Media’s Marketplace she’s also produced or reported for the BBC, The New York Times, NPR, WNYC, Studio 360 and has put in many hours at Radiolab. A 2015 US-Japan Journalism Fellow with the Japan Center for International Exchange, Sally has reported from Japan and India currently teaches writing for radio at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Sarah Lawrence College. Sally hosts the live storytelling event Stories You Can’t Tell on the Radio and when she’s not making radio or teaching it she enjoys sitting around, daydreaming, and drawing supermodels, robots and cats for sohosally.com.
Elizabeth Brockway is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she worked on Uptown Radio. Prior to earning her master’s degree, she spent several years working as a writer and photographer in fashion and beauty at Vogue.com, Into The Gloss and i-D. You can listen to her radio work 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.
Adrian Ma is a journalist, audio producer, and former law clerk. Since making the switch from law to journalism, he’s reported on how football’s concussion crisis is making helmets more expensive, why interest in drone racing is taking off, and how New York’s helicopter tour industry is driving residents nuts. In 2016, he graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His work has aired on WNYC, WBAI, and Marketplace. Recently, he worked on Codebreaker, a podcast from Marketplace Tech and Business Insider. Years ago, he was a cook in a ramen shop. Marylander by birth; New Yorker by necessity. Listen to samples of his work here.