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Full Spectrum

Brooklyn, NY

AIR’s Full Spectrum storytelling intensive is currently on hiatus, due to COVID-19. We encourage prospective students to review the courses AIR is offering online through SoundPath, and we hope that we’ll be able to plan on live, in-person intensive instruction again soon.


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. THE EMOTIONAL LOGIC OF EDITING 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. SAY SOMETHING BUNNY 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. MAKING CULTURAL COMMENTARY POP 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. SOUND DESIGN MAGIC 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. THE HOLISTIC INTERVIEW 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. PEER CONTENT REVIEW 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. PRE-PRODUCTION: THE WORK BEFORE YOU DO THE WORK 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! NETWORKING AND RESOURCES FOR FREELANCERS 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. THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THINGS Stephanie Kuo, Project Manager for Project Catapult, PRX Mark Pagán, Project Manager for Google Podcasts creator program, PRX

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