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Apr 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm – May 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm


Presented with Hindenburg

Don’t just listen to stories, tell your own!

This class is for advanced beginner and intermediate level students who wish to further explore audio storytelling for radio or podcast. Over the course of six weeks students will produce one 5 – 7 minute non-fiction, narrative or journalistic story that they’ve pitched as part of their application process. Using student’s actual in-progress stories as real time learning opportunities, we’ll discuss finding sources, advanced interview techniques and look at how to use sound to tell stories. Class time will be a combination of lecture, peer critique and hands on instruction. Special guests Jonathan Mitchell (The Truth) will discuss scoring and use of music, and Jeff Towne (equipment guru of Transom.org) will review microphones and recorders. Lead instructor Sally Herships.

This is a competitive application process. Class is capped at 10 students. A successful applicant will demonstrate eligibility for the course as well as including a pitch that is both practical (ie, doable over the duration of the course) and promising as a non-fiction narrative or journalistic piece.



UNDO Project Space,

511 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor

Chelsea, NYC


Tuesdays from 6pm – 8:30pm

April 24
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22
May 29


Prerequisite: A prior course is not required but students must have basic familiarity with recording equipment, editing software and have a basic understanding of/familiarity with writing for the ear.



Deadline: April 5

Technology Requirements

Hindenburg editing software, Zoom H4n recorders and headphones will be provided. If students wish to use external mics they must supply their own. We’re incredibly grateful to the generous folks at Hindenburg for sharing their amazing audio editing software with us! 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.


Q: I took a short class such as Radio Boot Camp, a workshop at Salt or Transom – does that fulfill the prerequisite?
A: Yes!

Q: I’m self taught – or I learned about making radio/audio at work/through my internship/college station – does that count?
A: Yes!

Q: Can you tell me more about what kind of story I should pitch?
A: We’re looking for non-fiction stories that can be realistically be produced and reported over the six week duration of class . That means sources should be available during that time period.

Registration & Refund/Cancellation Policy

To register for a workshop, students must pay in full. Course fees are non-refundable and transferable only if spot can be occupied by a waitlist applicant. 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.



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.


During more than 25 years as a producer of the nationally-syndicated radio program Echoes, Jeff Towne has recorded interviews and musical performances in locations ranging from closets to cathedrals, outdoor stages to professional studios, turning them into radio shows and podcasts. Jeff is also the Tools Editor for Transom.org, a Peabody Award-winning website dedicated to channeling new voices to public media. At Transom, he reviews field recorders, microphones and software, helping both beginning and experienced audio producers choose their tools. In his spare time, Jeff will probably be taking pictures of his lunch in that little restaurant with the strange name that you’ve been wondering about.


JONATHAN MITCHELL (writer, director, producer) has contributed a wide range of work— documentaries, fictional stories, non-narrated sound collages, and original music— to all sorts of programs: RadioLabStudio 360This American LifeAll Things ConsideredPlanet Money, and PBS’s Nova, to name a few. His work has won many awards, including the Peabody, Third Coast Festival, The Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Award, and the Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio. He studied music composition at University of Illinois and Mills College.


Apr 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm
May 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States

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