Find your audience!
Jun 8, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021
Workshop Fee: $850
Class Size: 12 (max)
NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Class Meets Tues/Thurs for 3 Weeks, 7-9pm ET + 1:1 by appointment
In this three-week workshop, you’ll learn to conceive, produce, and distribute compelling podcast episodes from home.
This course is designed for writers and journalists, comedians and critics, scholars and educators, businesses and communications workers, and anyone who wants to understand the essential elements of creating and sustaining a podcast.
We’ll focus on the foundational steps in the creative process — thinking as an audio producer, honing a podcast concept, seeking out stories and being a good interviewer, and editing tape from wherever you are.
Using classic podcast episodes as a guide, we’ll walk through script writing, recording and interviewing, voicing, and editing your podcast like a professional using programs like Pro Tools First (available for free). You’ll get practice interviewing and putting together an episode of your own. Finish the course with detailed feedback on your podcast idea and guidance on how to launch it.
Please bring ideas for a podcast you want to create, and be prepared to describe its audience and goals.
Students are encouraged to use a USB microphone (such as the Blue Yeti USB Microphone) and/or digital audio recorder if they have one (such as the Zoom H1n), but a smartphone will do for the purposes of the course.
Image Credit: Jen Hoffer
Instructor: Alison Bruzek
Alison Bruzek is a senior audio producer for The New York Times Opinion section. She currently works on the weekly podcast, "The Argument." She also co-hosted the podcast "No Signal" and the 5-episode series "Trace Elements" for PRX. Before podcasts, she worked as a producer for public radio and a science reporter. In addition to doing radio and print for NPR and NPR.org, her print credits include The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Boston Globe, Popular Science, MIT Technology Review, Atlas Obscura, and NOVA Next. Her work has been recognized by PRNDI, RTDNA and the Asian American Journalists’ Association.