In this advanced workshop course, students work on production teams to collaboratively produce a narrative podcast pilot episode and show concept. Students research and pitch an original series and episode concepts/themes. They then work in teams to produce the greenlit pilots and take on roles that reflect industry practices, working as reporters, producers,, hosts and sound designers. In this course, there is a focus on longform, documentary-style audio storytelling produced to a professional standard. The course includes instruction in podcast pitching and development, longform interviewing, field-recording and high-quality remote recording, writing, editing and mixing techniques. This course prepares students for work on highly-produced narrative podcast series (This American Life, Ear Hustle, Serial, Snap Judgement…) and as radio documentary reporters and producers.
Prerequisite: Audio Documentary, or Advanced Audio Reporting and News Writing, or permission of instructor and director of audio.