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Full Spectrum

Brooklyn, NY

Because of challenges emerging as a result of COVID-19 and logistical difficulties, AIR has made the difficult decision to postpone our Summer 2020 Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive. After the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, we had hoped to move the training online for June 2020. However, the availability of instructors has been impacted by the pandemic, and we realize we need to postpone until we can ensure our skilled instructors have the resources they need to bring high quality courses online with confidence. 

This is disappointing, but we believe offering the best training and support for our members requires more time.  We’re committed to ensuring that a virtual Full Spectrum is just as valuable as an in person intensive. Please stay tuned for updates: we'll communicate them as we have them. If you’ve already applied online we will reach out when we have an update to share.

In the meantime, AIR has ramped up our free webinar offerings. You can find a complete list of upcoming workshops on our Jobs and Training page. Members can find the webinar archive with AIR’s freelancer tools.


AIR’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensives started with Localore and Makers Quest 2.0, two experiments in public media that challenged a handful of talented, creative producers to come up with new ways of finding and telling stories.

The Full Spectrum curriculum emerged from our findings. The result: An audio-forward week of intense training with workshops covering experiments in writing and interviewing, sound in space, community stories, and the future of audio.

Geared toward mid-career audio producers, the training will include a combination of hands-on instruction, workshops, lectures, pitch sessions and experiments. We’re looking for producers with the desire to expand their skills and their minds.

Take your audio storytelling chops to the next level and learn from some of the best producers working in audio.




Who should apply?

We are looking for producers and story-first technologists from all walks of the media industry and beyond who have demonstrable skills in sound gathering, editing, and mixing. This training is a great fit for mid-career producers with at least three years experience working in audio.

AIR membership is not required. A work sample is required with your application.

Is financial aid available?

AIR and UnionDocs are proud to offer a scholarship to two Full Spectrum attendees who can demonstrate financial need. Please submit your request for the scholarship, which waives the full tuition for the Intensive, on the Full Spectrum application form.

What kinds of sessions will be offered?

Here is a sample curriculum from our December 2019 session. A full curriculum for the June 2020 session will be available in the coming weeks.

Chiquita Paschal, independent editor and podcast consultant
This session is about how to respond to the truths that emerge from your tape and craft an honest portrayal of complex personal, interpersonal and societal narratives. We’ll listen and discuss examples of audio featuring various types of tone and also cover the basics of ethical storytelling.

Christopher Allen, Founder, UnionDocs
Alison Kobayashi, Multimedia Artist
Christopher Allen and Alison Kobayashi will present the first act of Say Something Bunny, an immersive performance based on found audio, followed by a presentation and discussion of UnionDocs’s expansive documentary production Living Los Sures.

Veralyn Williams, WNYC
What do we mean when we say producer? Veralyn will lay out the different ways it can play out — from making an interview pop, to booking “by any means necessary,” to turning around an episode quickly —and how to be successful at each. Because ultimately, a producer is making sure “the show goes on — excellently.

Julia Alsop, independent producer
Learn how to use sound design to turn radio pieces into true compositions. Julia Alsop will lead this session on how to shape the sound of your pieces.

Keisha TK Dutes, podcast producer, consultant, Eeucator
TK takes us through different angles of interviewing through tech, prep, and communication before and during the interview process; as the interviewer and/or producer that may be working with a host.

Annie Russell, AIR Project Editor
AIR’s Project Editor Annie Russell invites producers to present audio work currently in progress. The group will weigh in, providing questions and feedback.

Cher Vincent, independent audio producer and editor
Did you really think you could just go outside with a mic and start making radio? NOPE. Cher Vincent will go over all the steps you will need to take before you actually start collecting tape. From format development to pre-interviews, she will breakdown the almighty “check-list.” Hope you like spreadsheets!

Tran Vu, AIR Deputy Director & An Uong, AIR Engagement Strategist
This session will focus on introducing AIR and our resources to the Full Spectrum Cohort. AIR Deputy Director Tran Vu and Engagement Strategist An Uong will guide participants through AIR’s programming, resources, and membership benefits. Get to Know AIR will provide attendees with a bird’s eye view of what AIR offers to its members, including newest additions to benefits like editorial support for podcasters/producers and direct connection to NPR, local stations, and bigger podcasting networks.

Stephanie Kuo, Project Manager for Project Catapult, PRX
Mark Pagán, Project Manager for Google Podcasts creator program, PRX

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