Center For Documentary Studies Summer Audio Courses

The Center for Documentary Studies offers fantastic audio courses each summer. See below for this year's line up. -Mia


Spring is here and it’s time for the annual invitation to “summer audio camp for grownups,” our weeklong intensives here in Durham, NC. Since we started these courses more than decade ago, they’ve evolved along with the audio storytelling/podcasting landscape. But what makes them unusual has not changed: You come, you spend just 6-7 days, you learn, AND YOU MAKE. You come away with a produced piece/episode for your portfolio.

Here they are:

Hearing is BelievingJuly 10-16, for beginners (really: NO experience required) or those relatively new to the craft and wanting a solid grounding in the fundamentals — recording, shaping and scripting, assembling and mixing on Hindenburg. We set up a topic and interview(s) for you, and you make a piece during the week with a partner.

Making It SingAugust 1-6, for producers with experience (a little or a lot) and a challenging project to bring. You bring tape and workshop your piece with lots of individual and small-group attention along with teaching sessions about focus, structure, and being your own editor. 

Between those two on the calendar, our friends at Big Shed are again offering Digging In: An Artist’s RetreatJuly 24-29, which brings together documentary makers and storytellers of all stripes (and all mediums) for a productive and rejuvenating week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects.

The fine producer and editor Shea Shackelford comes to help with Hearing is Believing and Making it Sing, and he and some Big Shed cohorts are your hosts for Digging In. Thrilled about our special guest teacher/presenter for Hearing is Believing: Tina Antolini, host and producer of the excellent podcast, Gravy.

To register or to read more about all these courses, and a few others offered by CDS in video, photo, and writing, go here:

Any questions, write to

DETOUR Call for Pitches in NYC, LA, and Chicago, deadlines 4/15 and 4/30

Detour is looking for producers to pitch audio tours in NYC, LA, and Chicago. Deadline for NYC & Chicago is April 15. For LA, it’s April 30. Details below!


Detour, “the world’s coolest audio guides,” is coming to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. We’re hiring producers with experience in radio, television, and film to help us create immersive walks through these cities that show what makes them incredible. Great Detours are like documentary films that you walk around in, not just a travelogue or list of stops. Take a look at all the Detours we’ve made in San Francisco for a sense of what we mean.

We’ll produce 10 Detours in each city, each 45 – 60 minutes long, between now and October. We like working with people who can tackle 2 or 3 Detours per city, so feel free to submit several ideas! The places we are particularly interested in for each city are listed in terms of “must do” and “would do” on each city’s submission page. Everywhere on the list could be tackled in a variety of ways, so be imaginative and think in terms of stories and themes. You’re also welcome to pitch places & ideas that aren’t on the list. Just double check our guidelines before you do.  

How To Pitch:

  1. Read our guidelines.

  2. Send us your pitch through Submittable

Questions? Send to and we’ll get right back with you.

TRANSOM Story Workshop & Scholarship Applications Open, deadline May 27

The amazing Transom has announced it's next Transom Story Workshop. Application deadline May 27. Scholarships available.


* NEW TRANSOM STORY WORKSHOP: FALL 2016 Applications and Scholarships Open Now *

Nine Weeks. Full Time Radio Training. Cape Cod.

This will be our tenth Woods Hole Transom Story Workshop, a milestone. We're extending the session by one week (a recommendation from alumni), so the dates are now September 20-November 19th. General applications are now available, along with scholarship applications, at this link:

Rob Rosenthal will be the lead teacher for nine beginning producers. The class gets instruction from Transom staff, along with special guests. This Fall, we'll welcome Daniel Alarçon of Radio Ambulante, Nancy Updike of This American Life, and others who drop by. It's a great experience… for all of us. Applications are due by May 27th by midnight EDT. Here's a full FAQ:

With major support from This American Life and MailChimp, along with support from alumni, PRX, AIR, and other kind souls, we are able to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships. Our intent is to make the Workshop a realistic option for people who have been unable to attend due to the cost–with a focus on diverse voices, people of color, and those who have been historically under-represented as makers of public media. Find out more (and donate, if you can!) right here:

Drop over any time,

Jay Allison
Atlantic Public Media
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Twitter: @transom_org

UCB j-school seeks podcasting lecturer for the fall semester, deadline April 15

Hey talented audio/podcasting folks! The UC Berkeley J-School (my alma mater) is looking for a lecturer to teach podcasting in the fall. Application deadline April 15. Details below. -mia

The Graduate School of Journalism is recruiting a lecturer in the Radio /Audio program beginning Fall semester, August 2016.


Required Qualifications: Minimum of five years professional radio/podcasting experience.

Recommended Qualifications: Teaching experience at college level or higher. The ability to facilitate publishing student work on a professional outlet.

Course description: This course is designed to bring students, who are already familiar with basic radio/audio/reporting and production, to a new level of expertise and to learn the dos and don'ts of podcasting. Past instructors helped students create a podcast called "The Bell Curve."

The new instructor can either build on the existing structure or work with the students to create new podcasts. It's anticipated that students will produce a minimum of three episodes of a podcast during the semester. Students should receive instruction on the mechanics of setting up an RSS Feed and all parameters for creating and marketing a successful podcast.

Applications are due April 15, 2016.


To be considered, you need to formally apply for the position through the university's academic recruitment website.

Enter the portal through "Applicants"

Enter "Journalism" in the search bar and our open lecturer recruitment should come up right away.

Upload your CV including a summary of teaching experience, broadly defined as:

  • Delivering instruction in a university or college classroom;
  • Providing mentoring in the field for which you are applying;
  • Editing the work of others in the field for which you are applying;
  • Guest lecturing in the field for which you are applying.

The statement of teaching needs to include the time you spent in each activity (i.e. “I led a week long workshop on radio in March 2012.”)

In your cover letter, please include a few sentences on what the course might look like if you were teaching.

You will be contacted if your experience is a match for what we need.