new podcast classes from @writingpadUS begin soon (first one next week!)

Hi all. New podcast classes from Writing Pad start soon. Details below!


Here's a couple great Podcasting Classes starting THIS Tues. 10/22 and Tues. 11/5 at Writing Pad. Take them Online or in Los Angeles and craft your show with an NPR Producer of a prominent podcast–David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts) or Rico Gagliano (NPR, Safe For Work, Zoom, Dinner Party Download). Because of our radio journalism classes, 11 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 snagged freelance producer gigs. Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.




Freelance Podcasting w/ David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts)

Oct 22 (THIS Tuesday, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM)



Want to hear your stories on one of your favorite podcasts? Learn how to sell your stories, identify the right outlets so you can build up some impressive clips, and build a successful freelance radio journalism career. Learn David Weinberg's ((99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts) secret to pitching your segments & you'll hear yourself on the radio before you know it!  David will cover the mechanics of being a professional freelancer: how much to charge, time management, where to pitch your ideas, and how to avoid the rookie mistakes. You’ll get to pitch an idea to David, find out which podcasts or shows to target and how to approach them. Note: it's a LIVE ONLINE 1-Day class so you can take it from anywhere in the world! This is what they look like:


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 and Below The Ten. He has won multiple journalism awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting for "Mr. Fries Man." His story "Grace of the Sea" was named "One of the 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015" by The Atlantic. His print work has been published in The New York Times.





Podcasting 1 w/ Rico Gagliano (NPR, Wondery Podcast, Dinner Party Download)—Starts Tues. 11/5

Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10 (5 Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

LA – East


In this class, Rico teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and learned how to create a recording of your show teaser.


Rico is a print and radio journalist, producer, & host. He currently co-hosts the Wondery podcast "Safe For Work," & is Senior Producer of Focus Features' film history podcast "Zoom." He also serves as a backup host for L.A. NPR public radio giants KPCC-FM & KCRW-FM. In 2008 he co-created and began co-hosting American Public Media's "The Dinner Party Download," which was downloaded 30 million times and aired on nearly 200 public radio stations nationwide. His personality profiles for that show and for KCRW have earned him three Southern California Journalism awards from the L.A. Press Club, along with three National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards. He was a reporter for "Marketplace," his arts and culture writing appears regularly in The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles magazine. He's a great person to work with & can teach you all the industry secrets. 


Marilyn Friedman

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