Friday, Mar 20 at 10:00 am – Sunday, Mar 22 at 5:30 pm
PODCAST SCHOOL: PLOT/PLAN/PLAY
Led by James T. Green
It’s 2020, and podcasting continues to gather interest from makers that may not identify as audio professionals. Podcasts are usually compared to their neighbors in sound: music, news, and short documentaries that transport you to places unknown. But, in the midst of the podcast boom, there’s a method of audio-making that hasn’t quite captured the current zeitgeist of industry attention – the often obscure, conceptual and artistic approaches to making audio.
Over the course of three days, the theme of PLOT/PLAN/PLAY will be considered through guest presentations, listening sessions, discussions, daily group and individual exercises, case studies and work-in-progress critiques. This workshop will offer participants technical tools and skill sets for navigating the podcasting revolution and finding their own path in this emergent medium.
In this workshop, we will channel and meld the creatively adventurous with the technical sensibilities of navigating a maturing (now) moneyed industry, through the lens of conceptual artist and lead instructor, James T. Green. Abstraction will be celebrated. Journeys will be encouraged. Formulas will not be lectured. Participants will explore left of center ways of thinking about craft, creating audio-first stories, interviewing, editing, mixing, script writing and enhancing the artistry of their work – no matter the genre.
An exceptional group of seasoned practitioners from the radio and podcast industry— public radio reporters, sound engineers, radio auteurs and editors, will help participants develop their audio practice and podcasting vision. Guest artists include Chiquita Paschal (Gimlet Media, BuzzFeed), Gretta Cohn (Founder, Transmitter Media), Adriene Lilly (Freakonomics, The Blind Tourist) and more.
This workshop is three days; please only enroll if you can commit to the entire schedule. Everyone will be invited to present their podcast project to lead instructor James T. Green and to the group during students’ presentations. In preparation for this short presentation, an audio (or written) work sample will be requested prior to the workshop.
We are looking for audio producers and podcasters from all aspects of the media industry and beyond with demonstrable skills in storytelling, sound editing and mixing. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. 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 in audio production and a podcast idea (It would be great if you have one. If not, you might come up with one during the workshop), 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).
$295 early bird registration by March 13, 2020 at 5PM.
$350 regular registration.
The deposit is non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until March 13th. After March 13th, 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.
To register for a workshop, students must pay in full via card, check, or cash . After the early bird registration deadline of March 13th, 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.
Friday, March 20th - 10:00am - 5:30pm
Intro & Welcome by James T. Green
AM: Presentation and discussion with James T. Green
PM: Presentation and discussion with Chiquita Paschal
Saturday, March 21st – 10:00am - 5:30pm
AM: Gretta Cohn
PM: Adriene Lilly
Sunday, March 22nd - 10:00am - 5:30pm
AM: Guest Artist
PM: Participant work-in-progress
Each day follows this general structure, with some minor variations and substitutions:
Warm up, inspiring references, case study, eye training.
Presentation by guest speaker + individual work-in-progress critique
Share / Discussion / Exercise
Presentation by guest speaker + individual work-in-progress critique
Workshop Exercise + Critique
James T. Green is a conceptual artist uninterested in mediums.
By trade, James is a producer at Transmitter Media. Previously, he was a producer at Gimlet Projects, the Director of Audio at The Outline, and a graduate Lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He’s been an artist-in-resident at Third Coast, The University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Chicago Artists Coalition, and ACRE. Outside of art-making, James is an aspiring competitive powerlifter.
Gretta Cohn, founder of Transmitter Media, has more than a decade of experience creating strong story-driven shows that start conversations. Podcasts she and her team have made include Finding Fred, the Webby-winning “Six Who Sat” episode of 30 for 30, WorkLife with Adam Grant and The Argument.
Prior to founding Transmitter, she was Executive Producer and head of new show development at Earwolf and Midroll Media (one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative” Companies, 2016), where she developed and launched numerous podcasts, including: award-winning iTunes #1 show Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, iTunes ‘Best of’ pick Katie Couric and Issa Rae’s Fruit.
Previously, she was a producer for the well-loved Freakonomics Radio podcast and WNYC’s music show Soundcheck. She has taught radio/podcast production to graduate students in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at NYU. She’s also a cellist and a former member of the band Cursive.
Adriene Lilly is an audio producer, editor and radio artist. She hosts and mixes The Blind Tourist on WFMU, maintains the public access style Long Live the New Sound, and has created radio features that have aired across the world. Adriene has written about radio-arts on Earlid, her work has appeared in physical spaces, podcasts and broadcasts including Re:Sound, Constellations, Radiophrenia and others. Recent credits include On the Media (WNYC), The Women (iHeartRadio), Freakonomics (formerly WNYC) and many others.
Chiquita Paschal is an award-winning audio journalist and podcast editor with NPR’s Story Lab. She was previously a producer for Gimlet Media’s Uncivil, which won a Peabody award in 2018. Additionally, she has made podcasts with Pushkin Industries, Panoply, Essence, Crooked Media and Buzzfeed; served as an NEA Media Arts grant panelist in 2017-2018; helped launch PRX’s flagship Podcast Garage in 2016; and was an Executive Fellow at CPB in 2013 where she conducted original research and analysis about the the potential of podcasts to bring more diverse and digitally savvy audiences to public media. She is currently working on her first book, Audiocraft: The Art and Business of Making Podcasts that Mean Something, (Routledge, 2021).
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