At the heart of the most compelling non-fiction stories is the interview.

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In this workshop, we’ll discuss the technological and methodological basics in capturing compelling stories. We’ll delve into ambient and scene sound — how to identify it and capture it, and how to structure a story, using interview and ambient tape.

By examining some successful pieces, we’ll discuss why they work, how they were achieved and how audio fits into multimedia stories. You will be asked to find a story during your time at the workshop, and the 2nd half of your week you will dedicate to recording your story and editing it. The course will include the technical aspects of recording audio on professional equipment as well as audio editing and mixing on the industry’s standard software – Hindenburg and ProTools. No previous knowledge of digital editing is necessary.

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Instructor: Suzi Pond

Suzi Pond is an awarding-winning digital journalist, producer and storyteller and the founder of Redbird Media Group, a Maine-based storytelling company dedicated to effecting positive social and environmental change. Suzi's audio work has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered" and recently at the Portland Museum of Art in the form of an audio guide for their 2021 Walker Evans exhibit. Redbird Media Group also edits and produces a number of podcasts. She cut her journalism chops at Boston magazine as Online Editor and later at the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram as multimedia producer. In 2011, she served as Chief Storyteller for the United Way of Greater Portland. A Skidmore graduate, Suzi also studied audio storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She lives in Freeport, Maine with her family.