The Audio Journalism specialty emphasizes rigorous reporting, technical expertise, teamwork, creativity, innovation and developing strong narratives, whether for short news reports on live radio or for longform podcasts and documentary.
In our first-semester introductory course, Fundamentals of Audio Reporting, students learn the foundations of writing and reporting for the ear, as well as the basics of sound recording and editing in ProTools. Over the next two semesters, they can choose courses in Audio Documentary, Advanced Audio Reporting and Newswriting, Narrative Podcast Production, Audio News Magazine Production, Sound Design and Studio Skills, Podcast Pitching and Development, Vocal Performance for Radio and Podcast, The Art of the Audio Interview as well as Special Topics courses in emerging trends in audio journalism.
Our professors combine top-notch editorial and production skills with a passion for education and innovation. They are award-winning professionals at the top of their fields who report, produce, edit and write for top radio and podcast companies including Futuro Media, NPR, WNYC, Reveal and Pineapple Street Studios.
Stories produced in our classes have aired on Latino USA, WHYY’s The Pulse, WNYC News, Planet Money, Marketplace, BBC Radio, NPR News, Pacifica, and CBS Radio. Our in-house news magazine, AudioFiles, has won dozens of Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence awards and Associated Collegiate Press Awards since 2012. Our students’ narrative podcast and documentary work has been honored by the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition and the Online News Association awards.
Our award-winning alumni now host, produce and report throughout the public radio system and podcast industry.