Announcing: Summer Full Spectrum Intensive Class of 2018

“More than inspiring, this experience gave me the tools and vision to bring my projects to fruition. This Full Spectrum gave me the confidence and support to realize my biggest audio dreams and bring them to life.” — Annie Bartholomew, Summer ‘17 FS class

Fifteen producers, journalists, digital strategists, and artists have won spots in AIR’s Summer 2018 Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive. They come from across the United States, Australia, and Canada. Their work spans from visual documentary and community organizing to marketing and moonlighting as a DJ.

The weeklong intensive, held in collaboration with UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts and with support from the New York Council on the Arts, is led by 2014 New Voices Scholar Emanuele Berry, who will draw from her work with various shows at Gimlet Media including The NodUndone, and StartUp. She will head an interdisciplinary group of accomplished specialists to take you on a journey from storytelling to interactive design to composing. Our instructors come from RadioLabThis American LifeThe New York Times, Gimlet Media, independent backgrounds, and beyond.

Questions? Contact Program Director Tran Vu at tran@airmedia.org.

Meet the Full Spectrum class of summer 2018!

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Lisette Alvarez is a storyteller, globetrotter, and digital strategist in the DC metropolitan area. She is the producer of the modern fantasy audio drama Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services and is an aspiring creator across storytelling mediums. You can find out more about her and her work on her website.

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Bethany Chafin is a reporter and producer at 88.5 WFDD in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Between undergraduate studies and graduate school, Bethany served as the intern for Talk of the Nation at NPR. Before becoming a reporter, Bethany was Associate Producer for WFDD’s Triad Arts and Triad Arts Weekend.

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Lulu Cheng has worn many hats over the course of her career—investment banker, marketer, and product manager. She also loves to tell stories as a writer, illustrator, and performer. She’s endlessly curious about what makes others tick, can observe someone’s unique strengths, and loves creating things with strong emotional resonance.

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Joseph Fischground is a director, producer, and editor of non-fiction radio stories and documentary films. He is drawn to the fringes of society, shedding light on marginalized issues. Joey’s work intends to interpret individuals from their place in communities, telling small stories in big ways.

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Thanh Hằng Phạm is a radio producer from Melbourne, Australia. She is a producer for Women on the Line and the associate producer for The Rereaders podcast. She has produced radio documentaries We Weren’t Born Yesterday and Remotely Intimate. She facilitates radio workshops, writes sound poetry, and sees radio as an intimate act of relating.

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DaLyah Jones is an assistant producer for All Things Considered and an evening host. She’s also co-host of the Two&Fro podcast. She graduated from Texas State University with a degree in electronic media and minor in communication studies. She has interned for KUT, Texas Standard, NPR’s Next Generation, CUNYJ Fellowship, and WNYC.

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Laine Kaplan-Levenson is the host and producer of TriPod, WWNO’s history podcast. Formerly, she was the station’s Coastal Producer, covering Louisiana’s land loss crisis. She also freelances for NPR, Marketplace, Latino USA, and more. She occasionally DJs under the name DJ Swimteam, and runs a live storytelling series called Bring Your Own.

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James Morrison is a national award-winning broadcast reporter with more than seven years experience working in radio and podcasts. His work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and multiple other radio outlets and podcasts.

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Melissa Olson (she/her) is an independent producer of public media. Her recent audio documentary Stolen Childhoods aired on KFAI Radio 90.3 in November of 2016.

Melissa is a tribal citizen of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her boyfriend John and American Bulldog Bronson.

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Vanessa Quirk is editorial manager at Sidewalk Labs. She was previously at Metropolis Magazine and ArchDaily in Santiago, Chile. 

Before that, she was a fellow for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, where she studied the podcasting industry. She holds an MA in Arts & Culture Journalism from Columbia University.

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Omme-Salma Rahemtullah has been involved with community radio in Toronto for over ten years at Fusion, CKLN, and CHRY. She has also been the News and Spoken Word Coordinator at CHRY. She is currently GroundWire Community Radio News’ National Coordinator and founding board member of the Community Media Advocacy Center.

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Caro Rolando is a freelance audio producer. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Caro is passionate about cross-cultural perspectives on identity, human rights, and mountains. Her work has been featured in Radio Ambulante, CBC, IFEX, Daily Nation and GIJN. She lives in Toronto.

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Maddy Russell-Shapiro is a digital producer and documentarian based in New York and San Francisco. Her podcast about tenacity, Relentless, tells stories about the pursuit of farfetched ideas and unusual aspirations. All her work is grounded in respect for the quiet poetry of everyday lives and the power of perseverance.

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Preeti Mangala Shekar is a feminist journalist and a communications specialist. Since 2006, she has been a regular radio producer with Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, California (KPFA 94. FM). Her program amplifies the voices and perspectives of the progressive South Asian diaspora. She is on the board of San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR).

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Kristin Torres, originally from Fresno, California, is the producer of Eurasian Enigma, a podcast from Harvard University about Russia and the former Soviet Union. She cut her teeth at KQED, St. Louis Public Radio, and the Arts Desk at NPR. She was a 2017 NPR “Next Generation Radio” fellow.