Sound Design For Podcasters | Mini-Course

Course Overview

Add depth, dimension and soul to your storytelling. Sound design is a key component of producing high-quality podcasts. Music, sound effects and natural sounds all add layers of complexity, and can inspire visual imagery and meaning. Bring listeners deeper into your story with the unseen art of sound design.

In this introductory online mini-course, you’ll gain foundational insight into the vital art of pre- and post-production sound design. Learn the basics directly from professional sound designers, and come away with insider knowledge and tips to apply to your own audio production.

Instructors & Facilitators

Instructors subject to change.

Jocelyn Frank

Award-winning journalist Jocelyn Frank is a sought-after expert in radio and podcast production, project management, and interactive art experiences. Jocelyn is currently senior producer, narrative audio at The Atlantic. Her past clients include BBC, NPR, CBS, Pushkin Industries, Performance Today and Slate (where she produces Slate’s Political Gabfest each week).

Jocelyn’s audio artwork can be found at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, and has been exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as well as in public parks, libraries, schools and as part of business development installations. Her interactive audio portraits series, Voices of Health, was selected to join the permanent Washingtonia Collection in Washington DC. Jocelyn played oboe in the swamp-rock band The Torches for many years.

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Course Outcomes

  • Explore how different sonic tools can add depth, emotion and meaning to stories.

  • Practice listening for, and evaluating, sound design choices.

  • Outline the fundamentals for planning sound for scenes and stories.

  • Gain foundational knowledge of key terms and concepts, and familiarity around the visual representation of the different elements of sound within a mix.

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Who Should Attend?

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

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Course Fee

$125 USD

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Mini-Session Course Dates & Time

This 2-session mini-course is held with a live instructor on Zoom. Plan to attend both sessions. New dates and times coming soon.

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This is an introductory online course; no previous sound design or podcasting experience is required.

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  • This mini-course will be completely live and online. We host this course via Zoom Video Conferencing. To prepare for this course, please download Zoom in advance. The sessions will not be made available as recordings after the session.
  • Proficiency in English (instruction is delivered in English).
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Additional Information

Cancellation & Refund Policy
You may cancel your online course for a full refund of fees paid less 10%. The request for cancellation must be made no later than 10 days in advance of the course start date and provided in writing to We are unable to refund fees for registrations cancelled within 10 days of the start of the online course.

Transfer Policy
There are no transfers allowed with this mini-course.

START DATENew Dates Coming Soon
DURATIONTwo-Live Online Sessions
PRICE$ 125