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Audio Storytelling and Podcasting Week

  • August 7, 2020
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    An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until August 6, 2020

    An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until August 7, 2020

    One event on August 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

    One event on August 11, 2020 at 12:00 am

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Ours is the age of podcasting and audio storytelling. The medium is intimate and engaging and with today’s DIY technology, easier than ever to produce, even at home. But it’s also a very competitive field. How do you differentiate yourself and amplify the stories that matter to you? 

Journalists, communicators and anyone who is looking to experiment with new platforms or are simply curious about radio and podcasting should take this intensive weeklong, hands-on class, covering:

Wednesday, Aug 5:

  • Listening party and discussion – The different audio storytelling formats, who does them best
  • Person on the street interviews – How to do them well
  • The art of the audio montage
  • Sound gathering – What is ambience? How is ambience different than background sound? What is room tone? How do you use music effectively?
  • Brief discussion about recording equipment

Thursday, Aug 6:

  • More on recording equipment & troubleshooting in the field
  • The art of the pitch and story generation
  • The art of interviewing
  • Introduction to scripting-writing for audio

Friday, Aug 7:

  • More on scripting-writing for audio
  • The difference between “hot” and boring sound bites
  • Finding and perfecting your “radio voice”

Monday, Aug 10:

  • Audio profile: We’ll listen to model examples and discuss how to create audio profiles that “sing.”
  • Podcasts: We’ll listen to select examples of podcasts and discuss various elements such as content, voice quality, research/preparation, format and structure
  • Guest speaker: An expert from the podcast arena will share insights and take your questions.

Tuesday, Aug 11:

  • Promoting and monetizing your work. This session will also include a guest speaker.
  • Listening party: We’ll listen to the work you’ve created over the week and provide feedback.
  • More vocal performance coaching if time allows

During the course, students will be given light homework assignments and work on an audio piece or short pilot episode of a podcast idea.

What to bring: A smart phone with a recording app; a script or podcast idea.

All content and instruction will be taught in English. All content and instruction will be taught live in Eastern Standard time. Recorded content will not be available.

Level: Beginner

Class meets online, according to the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

  • Thursday, August 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

  • Friday, August 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

  • Monday, August 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

  • Tuesday, August 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

The cost for this workshop is $400; there’s a $350 early bird rate if you sign up before July 1.

Sorry discounts don’t apply.

Class is limited to 15 students.



About George Bodarky

George Bodarky is the news and public affairs director at WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx. George is a past president and current board member of Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and a past president and current board member of the New York State Associated Press Association. He also serves on the executive council of the Deadline Club.

George is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multiplatform journalism. George is also an adjunct instructor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

He is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training. Over the years, his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation. Prior to working at WFUV, George spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.


The Covid-19 pandemic is forever changing journalism. Even after the initial crisis, the impact on how news is gathered and disseminated will be long lasting. Working journalists and journalism students alike need to adapt. Those who embrace the changes will be better placed to become leaders in newsrooms and sought after in the job market.

So why not use your summer productively and upskill!

The following classes are all remote but offer a personal learning experience through small class sizes, hands-on projects and one-on-one access to the instructor.

Please note that all classes will be conducted in English and that fluency in English is a requirement, as well as access to Zoom, our video call platform. Students who complete each course satisfactorily will receive a certificate of completion.

  • Learn to work remotely
  • Expand your skill set
  • Learn top professionals
  • Enhance your resume
  • Stay at the cutting edge of technology
  • Boost your confidence
  • Save money