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Jan 20, 2017 at 5:00 am – Jan 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The Podcast School

With industry leaders at Gimlet, Acast, Radiotopia, + HotPod

SOLD OUT! This course is at capacity and is currently not accepting any more participants at this time. If you are interested in joining the waitlist in the case of any cancellations please select “Join the Waitlist” at checkout. Doing this will also give you priority registration for the next offering of PODCAST SCHOOL.

An exceptional group of professional podcasters, radio writers, producers and entrepreneurs help you develop your audio practice and podcasting vision.

Today, anyone can become a broadcaster, but hosting a successful listener-supported podcast is a professional engagement. A successful podcaster has a great dose of imagination and a strong entrepreneurial initiative along with many technical skills, from audio engineering and radio journalism to sound storytelling and online marketing.

This seminar will offer mid-level to advanced producers tools and skill sets for navigating through the podcasting revolution and finding their own path in this emergent medium.

Over the course of 3-days, 15 participants will learn from a team of seasoned practitioners from the radio and podcast industry— public radio reporters, sound engineers, radio auteurs and editors, successful podcasters and media entrepreneurs. Through guest presentations, listening sessions, discussions, group and individual exercises, case studies and  work-in-progress critiques, they will explore the creative and production processes behind podcasting: audio storytelling, interviewing, script writing, editing, voice performance, mixing, sound design to audience engagement, distribution, advertising and more

This workshop is three days; please only enroll if you can commit to the entire schedule. Also, each participant will be invited to present his/her podcast project to the group and to one guest speaker (during the Work-in-Progress Workshops). In preparation to this short presentation, an audio (or written) work sample will be requested a week prior to the workshop (January 13th).


This seminar is geared towards audio producers who already have a podcast, or are in pre-production for a specific upcoming podcast. This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners, and will not have a technical focus. If you are interested in audio production and/or don’t feel you are ready for this course, please consider signing up for Radio Boot Camp, or The Podcast School in August 2017  (dates TBC) also at UnionDocs.

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

The fee for the intensive follows the schedule below.

$385 – Early Bird Registration (January 9th, 2017)

$450 – Late Registration

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.

Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until December 22nd. After December 22nd, 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.

Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until December 22nd. After December 22nd, the fee is non-refundable.

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


Friday, Jan 22, – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: Sruthi Pinnamaneni (Reply All / Gimlet Media)

PM: Kaitlin Prest (The Heart / Radiotopia)

Saturday, Jan 23 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: Benjamen Walker (Theory of Everything / Radiotopia)

PM: Brittany Luse (For Colored Nerds / Acast – Sampler / Gimlet Media)

Sunday, Jan 24 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM : Nicholas Quah (Hot Pod)

PM : Caitlin Thompson (Acast)

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


Warm up, introductions


Presentation by guest speaker


Discussion / Case study


Student’s presentations / Work-in-Progress Workshop


Lunch (on your own)


Presentation by guest speaker


Discussion/ Case study


Student’s presentations / Work-in-Progress Workshop




Sruthi Pinnamaneni is a producer at Gimlet Media’s Reply All. Her work has aired on Studio 360, Radiolab, Freakonomics, Marketplace and Love + Radio. She worked on the award-winning feature film, Kumare.  As the audio/video correspondent at The Economist, she traveled between cities and villages in India to produce a series on rural education and the informal economy in slums. Sruthi grew up in South India. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Nicholas Quah writes and publishes Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts that’s also syndicated on Nieman Lab. Previously, he worked on audience development for Panoply, Slate’s podcasting network, and before that, he held brief stints at BuzzFeed and Business Insider.

Caitlin Thompson is the Director of Content at Acast, a podcast platformbased in Stockholm, Sweden. She’s worked as a development executive at WNYC, in digital and multimedia roles at TIME, The Washington Post and in public television. She thinks the future of podcasting sounds like women and people of color.

Brittany Luse is host of Sampler, a podcast about podcasts, at Gimlet Media. She is also co-host of For Colored Nerds, an independent podcast about race, news and pop culture. She hails from Farmington Hills, Michigan and is a very proud graduate of Howard University.


Kaitlin Prest is an audio artist working in radio, performance and installation. She works creatively directing independent podcast projects (Audio Smut, The Heart/Radiotopia, Life of the Law/APM); and does public speaking and private consulting about storytelling with sound (Third Coast International Audio Festival, UnionDocsTransom Story Workshop). Her documentary work was awarded the Hearsay Festival’s Overall Prize 2014, and the National Community Radio Award’s Outstanding Achievement in Documentary 2011.

Photo: Ted Roeder

Benjamen Walker is a independent radio producer and host of the podcast Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, a founding member of the Radiotopia network. His work has aired on NPR, the BBC, the CBC and the ABC. He also produced a philosophy podcast for The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/profile/benjamen-walker). He created his first podcast in 2004 while working at the Berkman center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. From 2008 to 2010 he was WNYC’s Senior Culture producer and from 2010 to 2013, he produced and hosted “Too Much Information” for WFMU (http://wfmu.org/playlists/TI) and curated their Radiovision conference in New York City (http://radiovision.wfmu.org). He has been a guest speaker and fellow at various festivals and international institutions (Sydney Writers’ Festival, Les subsistances in Lyon, France, Poets House, Tow Center at Columbia University, Oorzaken Festival in Amsterdam). He also teaches in the Journalism and design program at the New School.

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Jan 20, 2017 at 5:00 am
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