The Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive


DECEMBER 9–13, 2019 at UnionDocs, Brooklyn, New York
The application period is CLOSED.

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.

Where: UnionDocs in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York
When: December 9–26, 2019

The Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Meet our instructors or look at our Winter 2019 Curriculum!


Winter 2019 Preview

From multimedia journalism to branded podcasts to live events, storymaking is pushing the boundaries. Now more than ever before, independent producers are in demand. But in order to succeed in a quickly evolving and growing media space, independent radio producers need to do everything from editing to branding, live event planning to contract management, and fact-checking to sound design. Over the course of this week, you’ll learn skills from an interdisciplinary group of specialists that will help to position you for the bright and exciting future of radio.

Full Spectrum will expand your definition of what storytelling can be, while imparting concrete skills to add to your producer tool kit. Lead instructor Chiquita Paschal will draw from her work with various shows and production houses, from Gimlet Media to BuzzFeed. She will head an interdisciplinary group of accomplished specialists to take you on a journey from storytelling to interactive design to composing. Our instructors bring experience from WNYC, Gimlet Media, Latino USA, independent backgrounds, and beyond.

The week will be a combination of hands-on instruction, workshops, lectures, pitch sessions, experiments—and even an excursion or two. We’re looking for producers with the desire to expand their skills and their minds.

Lead instructor Chiquita Paschal will draw from lessons learned from her work with various shows including Malcolm Gladwell’s new music history podcast, Broken Record, Gimlet Media’s Peabody Award-winning history show Uncivil, and Another Round from BuzzFeed.


All classes take place at UnionDocs in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. There will be an evening excursion (date TBD) and a happy hour (TBD). Participation is encouraged, but optional.


December 9–13, 2019

Full attendance is mandatory. If you are unable to attend each day of the intensive, please do not apply. Class meets from 10 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Lunch will be provided on Monday and light snacks will be provided throughout the week.


Who is eligible?

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.

Filmmakers and those whose primary focus has been visual or moving image are strongly encouraged to attend, as well.

AIR membership is not required, though AIR producers outside of the New York area are eligible for a small travel stipend. A work sample is required with your application.

Please note: Participants will not be producing new projects during the week.

Full Tuition Scholarship

AIR and UnionDocs are proud to offer a scholarship to one Full Spectrum attendee 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.


Application Period: October 15–November 4, 2019
Tuition: $850

Additional Travel Reimbursement for AIRsters

AIR members living outside of NYC are also eligible to receive a stipend ($100) to help underwrite fees and travel. If you’ve received a stipend or mentorship opportunity in the past two years from AIR, you may not be eligible.

If you’d like to join AIR to become eligible for the travel stipend, visit here. Participants coming from outside NYC are responsible for their own transportation and room and board during the intensive. UnionDocs can provide assistance in locating housing and guidance for getting around town for those not native to New York.

Refund Policy

Full payment from those accepted to Full Spectrum is due November 20, 2019. After November 20, tuition is non-refundable.

To learn more:

Questions? Contact Program Director Tran Vu at

Winter 2019 Curriculum Overview

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, Educator
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


Summer 2019 Instructors and Guest Speakers

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Chiquita Paschal, Co-Lead Instructor

Chiquita Paschal is an independent editor and podcast consultant. She is currently the editor of Malcolm Gladwell’s new music history podcast, Broken Record, which debuts in November. Before flying solo, she was a producer for Gimlet Media’s Peabody Award-winning history show Uncivil and a member of BuzzFeed’s illustrious Pod Squad where she helped produce Another Round. Chiquita also served as editor of the most recent seasons of Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn, Democracy in Color with Aimee Allison, and Essence Magazine’s celebrity pop-culture podcast Yes Girl. Before podcasting, she worked at public radio stations in New Mexico and Boston, as well as PRX, NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Cher Vincent, Co-Lead Instructor

Cher Vincent is an audio producer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she helped grow the Chicago podcasting community starting Postloudness, a collective of audio shows by people of color, women, and queer-identified hosts in 2016. She has gone on to develop and produce shows for One Illinois in Chicago, and produce for NPR, Gimlet Media, The New York Times, Pushkin Industries, Endeavor Audio, and the MLB in NYC. She is currently producing Slate’s Thirst Aid Kit.

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Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen is a founder of UnionDocs and is currently the Artistic Director. After graduating from Columbia University and studying at Trinity College Dublin, Allen worked as a social entrepreneur, documentary director, and new media artist. His individual works and collaborative projects have been exhibited at the MoMA, Harvard’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, the Volksbühne Theatre, DirektorenHaus in Berlin, Independent Film Week, Sonár, DIVA, and Conflux Festivals, among many other venues. He directed the interactive documentary Capitol of Punk, which was part of “Design and the Elastic Mind” at the Museum of Modern Art, and he is currently in post-production on the feature Diamond Vehicle, shot in Tibet, China, Nepal, and India.

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Julia Alsop

Julia Alsop is an award-winning journalist and radio producer. Her work focuses on creating immersive worlds to tell intimate, narrative-driven stories. She’s helped produced and develop shows for NPR, PRX, Red Bull Radio, Refinery29 and TED.  She most recently helped sound design Spacebridge for PRX and is a long time collaborator of the Peabody-nominated Radiotopia podcast The Heart, a groundbreaking series exploring sex and power.

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Keisha TK Dutes

Keisha “TK” Dutes is an independent audio producer and co-host of TK in The AM, recently celebrating 1000 episodes of live streaming morning radio on Bondfire Radio. With experience spanning terrestrial radio (WBAI-NY) , online, podcast (Buzzfeed’s “Thirst Aid Kit”) and audio drama, her life is in audio is all encompassing. TK’s production of audio drama The Weeksvile Project, a story about about a free Black community Brooklyn is her most recent pride and joy. She also spreads the gospel of radio and podcasting through workshops and mentorship, and was recently listed on’s “Black Talents in Public Media You Should Know.” Currently, she is an audio producer at Glitch, a technology company bringing back the open web; as well as working with Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan- Cottom as an Executive Producing Consultant on their podcast, Hear To Slay on Luminary.

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Alison S. M. Kobayashi

Alison S. M. Kobayashi is a visual artist working in video, performance, installation and drawing. She has exhibited and screened work widely in North America and overseas at venues such as Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Jakarta International Film Festival, The Power Plant Contemporary, Anthology Film Archives, Bilbao International Film Festival, and The Flaherty International Film Seminar. In 2012 she was commissioned by Les Subsistances (Lyon, France) to develop and stage her first live performance. Her most recent project is the extremely popular performance Say Something Bunny!, based on two audio spools hidden inside an obsolete wire recorder purchased at an estate sale. She was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario and is currently based in Brooklyn.
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Stephanie Kuo

Stephanie Kuo is the Project Manager for Project Catapult, a PRX initiative that trains public radio stations to make podcasts as a way of reaching new audiences. She is an award-winning public radio reporter, from Dallas, Texas, where she covered poverty and homelessness at KERA, the NPR affiliate of North Texas. Stephanie also produces and hosts Racist Sandwich, a James Beard-nominated podcast that explores the intersection of food, race, gender and class. She studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Mark Pagán

Mark Pagán is an award-winning filmmaker, podcast producer, performer, and educator. His work and performances have been shown at festivals and shows worldwide including Slamdance Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, Panoply’s Family Ghosts, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Charleston Comedy Festival, RISK!, The Moth, and Story Collider. Mark is currently Project Manager for Google Podcasts creator program, a PRX led podcast accelerator program aimed at removing barriers to podcasting and increasing the diversity of international voices in the industry. Mark also produces and hosts the award-winning podcast, Other Men Need Help, a playful docu-essay show dissecting masculine insecurities.

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Annie Russell

Annie Russell is a comedian and editor. Most recently, she was an editor at WBEZ in Chicago. She is an experienced public radio editor, reporter and producer. She’s worked on a variety of comedy podcasts, news stories and public radio projects.

She was previously deputy news director at Vermont Public Radio and host of The Pub, a podcast about public media for In past lives she’s worked as a freelance podcast producer, live sound engineer, music writer, social worker, music director, and video store clerk. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She was a recipient of AIR’s 2017 Better Edit Fellowship. She performs stand-up comedy all over the U.S. She’s opened for Marc Maron on the “Too Real Tour” and Al Madrigal at the University of Vermont.

She’s been featured in the Boston Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Festival, Floodwater Comedy Festival, Motor City Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, Cream City Comedy Festival, Waking Windows Festival, Tower City Comedy Festival and the Green Mountain Comedy Festival. She was a 2015 and 2017 finalist for Seven Days’ ‘Best Stand-Up Comic,’ a reader’s choice award.

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An Uong

An Uong is a writer invested in community-driven storytelling. Born in Vietnam and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in New England. An comes to AIR from WNYC’s community engagement and Diversity & Inclusion departments. She has also worked in arts administration with Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, where she spearheaded a project profiling the park’s exhibiting artists. She received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a creative nonfiction writing MFA at Emerson College. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Eater, CatapultWildness JournalBoston Globe Magazine, Roads and Kingdoms, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere.

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Ngoc-Tran Vu

Ngoc-Tran Vu is a Vietnamese American multimedia and transnational artist whose work and socially engaged practice draws from her experience as a community organizer and healer. She was born in Vietnam, grew up in Dorchester and Boston, and has lived in various cities and countries. Prior to joining AIR, Tran spent a year in Southeast Asia working on different arts projects and investigative narratives. Tran received her Master’s degree in Arts and Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts from Brown University. She loves creative storytelling that is accessible, inclusive, and communities-centered, with a focus on social justice and cultural practices. Tran works across borders and boundaries.

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Veralyn Williams

Veralyn Williams is a Peabody award-winning journalist and producer for Radio Rookies, which is a part of WNYC’s The Stakes.

Williams has been tackling questions on identity, social norms, and community since she picked up her first microphone in 2004. Previously, she was a member of Slate Magazine’s podcast team. While there, she launched and produced Slate’s film and TV podcast, Represent, revamped Slate’s feminist podcast, The Waves, and produced the inaugural season of Panoply’s Family Ghost. Williams has also worked as managing editor of Brooklyn Deep, a digital investigative news, analysis, and data website chronicling neighborhood change in Central Brooklyn.

Through all of her endeavors, Williams aims to amplify perspectives often forgotten in the media.


UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas. We bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.

AIR is a vibrant talent network of more than 1,200 makers powering public media, audio, and podcasting. Founded in 1988, AIR identifies, cultivates and deploys storymakers who create innovative work, challenge and inspire other media makers, and find resources in digital, broadcasting, and podcasting. AIR’s programs activate talent to accelerate public media innovation and expand service to more citizens across the U.S.

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Major funding for Full Spectrum is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.