Category Archives: Workshops

REMINDER – Applications open for KALW training and internship programs, deadline March 31

Quick reminder from the good folks at SF's KALW. They do amazing work!

Just a reminder that we have applications open for two great opportunities to learn radio journalism.

KALW Audio Academy

The nine-month academy is designed to give participants a professional audio production and journalism education, tuition-free.
Deadline: March 31
In this four-month program, participants become an integral part of the production of KALW's daily news magazine show, Crosscurrents. 

Deadline: March 31

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Creative Field Recording workshop @UnionDocs, April 21-23

This Brooklyn-based field recording workshop, April 21-23 at UnionDocs sounds amazing. Details HERE and below, and please help spread the word! -Mia
This 3-day course is a unique opportunity to learn from artists employing a wide-range of field recording techniques. Participants will learn how to record with the body (deep listening + soundwalking); how to build and use contact mics, hydrophones and vlf-recorders; best practices for binaural and surround-sound recording; and other easy tips for expanding the use of their everyday field recorders and mics.
Open to filmmakers, audio producers and all artists interested in improving and expanding their sound practice.  
Apply before April 7 for the early bird registration rate.
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Filmmakers, radio producers and multimedia artists: expand your field recording expertise with top sound artists APRIL 21-23 at UnionDocs. Led by sound artist and designer Maile Colbert, this three-day intensive will explore field recording tools and techniques, teaching you how to creatively use recordings for film, radio, installation and other forms of sound design. Learn more and register at:
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Sarah Lerner
Operations Manager

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KALW’s Audio Academy, application deadline March 31

Join the brilliant folks at the Bay Area's KALW Public Radio. Details on the application page and below. -Mia
Join KALW's Audio Academy

KALW is calling for applicants for our nine-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production and journalism education, tuition-free.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for covering diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area. Some experience with audio production and/or journalism is preferred.

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.

Training will include: 

Working closely with reporters on developing stories, reporting and producing original feature stories for broadcast, interviewing potential guests/sources, researching topics, fact-checking, script writing, recording sound for pieces in the field, and learning story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design.

You will be responsible for helping with administrative and production duties. You will also have the opportunity to pitch, report, and produce an entire Crosscurrents episode. The training will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom. Our editors and engineers, along with other public media producers, will lead training workshops specifically for the Audio Academy.

Previous featured speakers have included: Al Letson, Glynn Washington, Roman Mars, Hansi Lo Wang, Susanne Reber, Daniel Alarcón, Marianne McCune, Jason DeRose, and Kelly McEvers.

If you’re selected, you’ll be expected to make a nine-month commitment from late August 2017 to early June 2018: minimum 20 hours per week (one eight-hour shift at our studios and another 12 hours working in the field). The Academy includes a two-week break in late December and two flexible vacation weeks for each participant. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.

How to apply

To apply please put together a cover letter, CV, any audio/writing samples, and if you like, a short, original, audio work that you craft for your application. Send it all to Please include the subject line Audio Academy 2017-2018.

Application deadlineMarch 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PT.

We look forward to meeting you!

The KALW News Department also runs a summer journalism program. Learn more here.

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.

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15% DISCOUNT for 5-week radio storytelling class in SF, class begins MONDAY

Hey FC! Our friends at Writing Pad are officering FC folks a 15% discount on their next radio storytelling class which begins next week in San Francisco. Check it out!


Writing Pad <> has a great series of podcasting and radio storytelling courses coming up next week. They're based in LA and SF but offer online courses too. Check out their latest from Snap Judgement’s <> Davey Kim. 

PLUS, friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount. 
15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.


Davey Kim is a producer of Snap Judgment and a radio journalist who has been on multiple NPR shows.Not only is he an amazing teacher with a great ear for story, he is really supportive and inspiring! Also, because of our radio storytelling classes, 10 students have gotten on the radio and have gotten paid). You could be next!

Davey’s latest student success is Scott Brody who got on NPR’s All Things

In this class, Davey shares the Snap Judgment guidelines, themes and help you craft a pro radio story. He helps you transform a real-life event into a deep, moving tale. You workshop it twice plus get performance notes. On the last class, you record your story at Snap Judgment studios. It will make you feel like a rock star and you will get a professionally recorded clip from Davey (that you can send out to This American Life or Snap Judgment too).

Sign up and details are here:
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (4 Mon. nights, 1 recording session),
6:30-9:30 p.m., SF

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Feet in Two Worlds workshop focuses on immigrant FOOD stories, app deadline March 3

Feet in 2 Worlds is accepting applications for our second workshop focused on telling food stories from immigrant communities. It’s a great opportunity for food writers who want to produce audio, audio producers who want to report on food, and food professionals who want to focus on story-telling. Plus, food journalism is a powerful entry-point for reporting on immigrants in the current political climate.  
Attendees to our first workshop in 2015 produced stories for PRI’s The World, NPR’s The Salt, OkayAfrica and the Charleston Post and Courier among others.
Here is the link with more information and how to apply:

The New School

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2017 Third Coast Radio Residency, deadline Feb 15

The amazing folks at Third Coast are offering a spring residency. Details HERE and below! -Mia

The 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency

Third Coast International Audio Festival and Ragdale welcome producers of all experience levels to apply for our second annual Radio Residency, April 17-23, 2017. Project proposals due Feb. 15th

Enjoy a week away from the demands and deadlines of everyday life to make progress on an audio project, commune, and share expertise. Mentor Nishat Kurwa (Youth Radio, Marketplace ) – will be onsite offering one-one-one guidance and editing sessions.

WHO: Third Coast seeks a vibrant group of 8-10 producers from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and levels of expertise who are mid-process on an audio project.

WHERE: Ragdale a stunning 30-acre artists' community just outside Chicago. Artists are given a private room and workspace, and all meals are provided including a family-style dinner each evening.

COSTS: Third Coast will cover residents’ flights and ground transportation. Ragdale is generously subsidizing the costs of room and board so that participants pay only $210 for the entire Residency.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit project proposals by midnight (CT) on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Those selected will be notified by March 1.

Read all about the Third Coast Radio Residency, and submit your proposal HERE.

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discount for CUNY J+ Spring Workshops

Hello FC friends, and happy new year! I hope you're off to a fruitful and happy 2017. Just a quick post to offer a 10% discount for FC folks on classes at CUNY J+'s spring academy. Details and discount code below and HERE:




We would love to continue offering your members 10% off most of our classes with the code JPLUS10 in 2017 (full list here).


Coming up are classes in Adobe softwares including Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop, as well as Snapchat for News, Video for Social Media and more.

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The Kitchen Sisters Recording, interviewing and podcasting workshops, San Francisco, Dec 8

“>The AMAZING Kitchen Sisters are offering another interviewing and podcasting workshop in San Francisco, Dec 8. The price is definitely right to learn from some of the best in the biz. Details HERE and below. -Mia


At $150 per workshop, each three-hour session will cover radio, podcasting, film, documentaries, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news and other multimedia platforms. From the nitty-gritty of recording equipment to more abstract thoughts on how to build a story, The Kitchen Sisters have got you covered.

Morning Workshop: 10:00 – 1:00pm
Afternoon Workshop: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Recording, Interviewing & Podcasting Workshop. Davia Nelson is holding a new one on Thursday, December 8 at Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope building in San Francisco. This three-hour session is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for radio, podcasts, film, documentaries, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news, and other multimedia platforms.

The Workshop covers interviewing and mic'ing techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, how to pitch a story, how to create a podcast, how to listen.

The session is customized to fit the projects you are working on. So come ready to talk about your stories and ideas too. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, farms, music, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, cheese-making and beyond.

The groups are always lively and surprising and good contacts are made.

Morning Workshop: 10:00 – 1:00pm / Afternoon Workshop:2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Come in the morning or come in the afternoon, just sign up for one.

The workshop is in North Beach at 916 Kearny St. on the 6th floor. Of course snacks from Cafe Zoetrope will be served.

Expand your skills, meet new people, support the work of The Kitchen Sisters.

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Oral History Winter School 2017 in Hudson, NY, application deadline Dec 15

Hey folks. Check out the latest from Oral History Summer/Winter School. These are brilliant workshops that I would highly recommend. Applications for the the next round are due Dec 15. (Details HERE and below – sorry if the formatting is off – forwarding newsletters can be weird sometimes.)



Oral History Summer School is a cross-disciplinary program in Hudson, New York that offers training in oral history methodologies and documentary approaches using an immersive workshop format. We host foundational workshops as well as advanced training with short courses on special topics such as memory loss, mixed ability interviewing, song collection, family history, and trauma narratives/testimony.
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Applications for winter workshops will be accepted November 1 through December 15

Come learn, write, record, commune, compose, preserve, sit by a fire with Oral History Winter School.
Oral History and Radio Workshop––taught by Michael Garofalo and Lauren Kelly––visits Wave Farm for a tour and live broadcast on WGXC 90.7 FM, Winter School 2015
We're excited to announce our 2017 winter workshops. We welcome OHSS alums and newcomers to apply.

January 11-15, 2017 (5 days)
Hudson, NY
Instructor: Suzanne Snider
Fee: $695 ($660 for OHSS/OHWS Alumni)
Level: All are welcome. More info, here

In this writing and oral history workshop, students experiment with a range of literary forms that use oral history as both source material and text.

Monologues, oral narratives, documentary theater, and oral tone poetry are among the traditions already defined at the intersection of writing and oral history. We'll explore these known traditions (and invent our own) alongside more obscure genres through discussions, writing exercises, screenings, select reading, and optional workshop time. We'll be joined by guest artists/instructors. Read more, here.

Note: Tuition includes an OHWS workshop e-reader, OHWS workbook, an extended trial/purchase discount from Hindenburg Systems editing software, and two group meals


January 26 – 29, 2017 (4 days)
Hudson, New York
Instructor: Suzanne Snider
Fee: $495 ($465 for OHSS/OHWS alums or family members who sign up together)
Level: All are welcome

For many of us, family is the obvious—and sometimes most complicated—place to start our work as oral historians. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use oral history to document and preserve their family stories. We’ll discuss common challenges: convincing your family to participate, delving into sensitive subjects and secrets, and working with interviewees who may suffer from memory loss. We’ll also discuss the potential for oral history to repair and transform relationships.

Optional evening activities include a mini family-themed movie fest and an evening of embarrassing family stories, of course! Read more, here.

Note: Tuition includes an OHWS workshop e-reader, OHWS workbook, an extended trial/purchase discount from Hindenburg Systems editing software, and two group meals. A detailed schedule is provided ahead of time for participants.

We'll be announcing additional OHSS workshops, events, and news over the next few months. Please visit our new website and join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on all things OHSS.
Oral History Winter School & Oral History Summer School
538 Washington Street  Hudson New York 12534

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2 upcoming SF Podcast and Radio Storytelling Classes from @WritingPadUS

Writing Pad’s podcasting and radio storytelling courses start next week w/ NPR/KALW’s Casey Miner and Julie Caine and Snap Judgment’s Davey Kim. Friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount.

15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.


Casey is the host and executive producer of NPR/KALW’s The Specialist and has been on multiple NPR shows. Julie Caine, her producer will be co-teaching with her. They will help you conceive, develop & produce an outline for your podcast & record a teaser. They will teach you interviewing techniques, sound editing, using music, archival material +more. Class includes a recording session at a professional studio.

PODCASTING 5 WK w/ Casey Miner and Julie Caine (The Specialist, NPR)

Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19 (4 Wed. nights, 1 professional recording session)


Davey Kim is a producer of Snap Judgment and a radio journalist who has been on multiple NPR shows. In this class, Davey shares the Snap Judgment guidelines, themes and helps you craft a pro radio story. He helps you transform a real-life event into a deep, moving tale. You workshop it twice plus get performance notes. On the last class, you record your story at Snap Judgment studios and get a professionally recorded clip from Davey. 7 students have gotten on the radio and have been paid from this class!

RADIO STORYTELLING 5 WK w/ Davey Kim (Snap Judgment, NPR)

Sept 19, 26, Oct 17, 24, Nov 7 (4 Sun. nights, 1 recording session) 7-10 p.m.


Writing Pad

the best writing classes ever


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