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David Weinberg is a Los Angeles based journalist and radio producer. His stories have been featured on 99% Invisible, Radiolab, The World, Love and Radio the BBC. He was a staff reporter at Marketplace and is currently a reporter at KCRW and host of the podcast Welcome to LA. His story "Grace of the Sea" was named "One of the 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015" by The Atlantic and his feature about an underground french fry maverick won a national Edward R. Murrow for best feature reporting in 2017. His print work has been published in The New York Times.


Through informative craft lectures, in-class writing exercises, deconstructing successful podcasts and hands-on technical training you will learn how top tier shows are developed, researched, written, and produced. In addition, you will explore tools of the trade such as interviewing techniques, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have at least a solid outline of your pilot episode plus a recording of a short teaser. Pulitzer not included.


Class deets:


PODCASTING w/ David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, KCRW)–Wed. 1/30 1 SPOT!
Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27 (5 Wednesdays, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM) LA – East




David's an a-list journalist and podcaster. He hosts & produces the Murrow-award winning The Intersection Podcast. He is a Managing Editor at KALW, supervising journalists and manages the fellows. He cut his teeth as a KALW Fellow & prolific journalist who has contributed pieces to NY TimesSalon & Might. Most recently, he's a finalist in Current’s Local That Works contest and received grants from California Humanities and the San Francisco Arts Commission. It's a rare opportunity to learn radio journalism & tech from a pro (who could help you get hired or get a fellowship)!


In this class, you'll take your podcast from a teaser & pilot script to a launched series. Topics include: season and episode structure, advanced interviewing methods, next-level tape management & recording skills & tightening episodes. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have a solid rough cut of an episode by the end of class and the tools to finish many more.

10 students got on the radioon Unfictional1 on All Things Considered from our radio journalism classes. After taking podcasting classes, 3 students were recently hired as podcast producers: 1 for Pandora, 1 on The RFK Tapes and Freakonomics, 1 on NPR's Unfictional!

Class deets:

PODCASTING 2 w/ David Boyer (KALW, award-winning podcast)–Wed. 1/30/19. 1 SPOT!
Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 (5 Wed.) 7-10pm. 


Prerequisites: Podcasting 1 at Writing Pad or elsewhere (if you haven't taken Podcasting 1, please email a sample to info@writingpad.com for review).

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