Podcasting: Telling Stories in Sound

June 20-21, 2019

Podcasting: Telling Stories in Sound

We have a new infatuation with audio podcasts and rightly so. Streaming audio has become easier to access, is readily available on mobile devices, and is now more personalized than ever before. This presents a huge opportunity for publishers, marketers, journalists, and communication professionals to connect with audiences via this “new” medium.

Course Overview

In this two-day certificate course, Podcasting: Telling Stories in Sound, you’ll learn the art of creating and producing distinctive audio podcasts. You’ll practice hands-on recording and editing to develop your own podcast with direction from professional radio producers and podcasters.

You will learn:

  • To write scripts for audio, with a focus on podcasting.
  • Presentation and announcing skills that engage your audience.
  • Planning and work flow techniques.
  • To add music and interviews to your audio productions.
  • Tips on how to interview including preparing for the interview.
  • How to choose the right equipment for your podcasts.
  • To edit your podcast like a professional using Adobe Audition.

Podcast samples from previous workshops:

This was exactly what I was hoping it would be. I got hands-on experience and learned from everyone around me in addition to the instructors.

Melissa L.
Senior Communications Manager

This was truly a hands-on experience that helped push all the participants to develop essential skills quickly. I really appreciated the pacing and the balance between first-hand support from the instructors and helpful tips and hints along with technical skill-building.

Jeff B.
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Who Should Attend?

New media managers, media professionals, content marketers, communications and PR, journalism educators, journalists, editors, and web producers.

Need help justifying this training to your employer? Please check out our customizable document.

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Instructors & Facilitators

Instructors subject to change.

Laura Klivans

Laura Klivans is a community health reporter at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. She hosts the KQED science web show Deep Look. Her award winning work has been published on NPR, PRI, BBC, and the shows/podcasts Here & Now, The World, and Reply All. Before getting hooked on audio, she worked in education, leading groups of high school and college youth to places like Bangladesh, Peru and Guatemala.

Ben Manilla

Ben Manilla is an audio producer, consultant, and educator. His numerous accolades include the Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Edwin H. Armstrong Award, NFCB Golden Reel Award, and the Grand Award from the International Radio Festival (three times.) Ben’s production company, BMP Audio, has been at the forefront of creative audio story-telling since 1991. Ben’s podcasts include The Science of HappinessMasters of Scale and Voices in the Hall.

Jessica Placzek

Jessica Placzek is a podcast reporter, producer and editor. At KQED Public Radio in San Francisco she produces and edits Bay Curious, a show that answers listener questions about the Bay Area. Through KALW, she is also working with the men incarcerated at Solano State Prison to produce a new StoryCorps style podcast, Uncuffed. Earlier this year she co-hosted and produced the third season of Raw Material for SFMOMA. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, All Things Considered, The California Report, and Vice. She’s also worked as a reporter for KPFA in Berkeley, KALW in San Francisco and The Nola Defender in New Orleans. Notable teaching experiences include designing lesson plans integrating arts and sciences while living in the Amazon jungle and teaching children English in a remote Nepali village.

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Tuition

$945 USD

10% discount automatically applied when registering before June 7, 2019.

We encourage team work! Bring a colleague or friend and receive additional tuition discounts. Contact Alexandre Bui at alexandre.bui@berkeley.edu for more information.

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When?

June 20-21, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

Morning coffee and catered networking lunch provided.

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Where?

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

121 North Gate Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

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Requirements & Prerequisites

  • This is an introductory course; no previous podcasting experience is required
  • Ability and willingness to learn new equipment and software
  • Basic computer literacy and skills. Your computer must be up to date with the latest operating system before the start of this course.
  • You will need to download a 7-day trial of Adobe Audition Creative Cloud. Please note: opening the software for the first time will begin your 7-day trial. Keep this in mind with regard to timing of the course.
  • Before the course begins, you will be invited to a collaborative Box folder where the assets for the course will be stored. Please download the assets before the course begins, as these are large files that may take time.
  • You will also need an external hard drive formatted to Mac or PC with at least 200GB free space to store files. Please see our guide to formatting your drive to your Mac or PC.
  • All participants must bring their own WIFI ready laptop for use during this workshop.
  • Please bring a pair of headphones to work with. For troubleshooting audio connection issues when using Adobe Audition, please see this document.
  • Proficiency in English (instruction is delivered in English).

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Contact Person

Alexandre Bui
alexandre.bui@berkeley.edu
510-642-3892

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Questions & Additional Information

Where should I stay?

We suggest staying in the Berkeley area. Nearby hotels include:

– Faculty Club (on UC campus)
– Graduate Hotel
– Hotel Shattuck Plaza
– Bancroft Hotel
– Extended Stay America or Executive Inn and Suites
– La Posada Guest House

Many of our participants have also found luck with Airbnb.

Where should I park?

The closest parking to North Gate Hall, where Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is located, is the Lower Hearst Parking Garage. For public parking, you must enter on the second floor via Scenic Ave and park next to a gold pillar. Many spots in this garage are permit parking only, so please be vigilant of posted signs. Parking is $2/hr, max $20/day.

Another option for parking is the Stadium Parking Garage, located under Maxwell Field and between California Memorial Stadium and the Greek Theater. Parking here is $25/day with variable hourly rates.

If you wish to utilize public transportation, North Gate Hall is about 15-20 minute walking distance from Downtown Berkeley BART Station. There are also multiple AC Transit bus lines that stop in front of the building.

For more information on different parking garages around campus, visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website.

What is your cancellation & refund policy?

• Cancellations must be received in writing by email to advancedmedia@journalism.berkeley.edu.

• Cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the start of the program registered for will receive a refund of all monies less the $275.00 cancellation fee. We are unable to refund any fees for registrations cancelled within two weeks of the start of training.

• Failure to appear for the training will result in forfeiture of the full course fee.

• Changes to the registration at anytime are only by approval of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute administration.

• The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the program fee.

• The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to schedule program. The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.

• If you purchased your class through CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase.

Can I transfer to a different workshop if I change my mind?

We currently do not offer transfer option between workshops. However, you may cancel the current workshop to receive a full refund less the cancellation fee and enroll in the preferred course. Please contact us directly at advancedmedia@journalism.berkeley.edu prior to making any changes. Change requests do not apply to request made 15-days prior to the workshop start date.

In-depth information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.  No video or audio recordings of the materials presented are permitted in any workshop.

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