In this course students will learn to produce documentary-style audio stories, as heard on Serial, This American Life, 99% Invisible, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, and Radiolab.


Amy Quinton, reporting for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento

You’ll practice hands-on recording and editing with both professional sound equipment and your cell phones, to develop your own podcast with direction from award-winning digital journalist, Meredith May.

You will learn to identify good radio story subjects and sources, the fundamentals of reporting and interviewing, how to write for the ear, create an audio script, and narrate with your own personal style and voice.

Students will upload, edit and mix sound using Audacity software, and finish the semester with one broadcast-worthy audio feature. All student podcasts will be published and promoted on the class website:podcastingatmills.wordpress.com, on SoundCloud and via the campus news outlet, the Campanil.

Professional audio journalists will visit for guest lectures and coaching. This class will have the collaborative atmosphere of a newsroom where students will share expertise, pitch and workshop stories together, and keep the conversation going on the class blog.

The textbooks for this course are:  Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production by Jonathan Kern, and Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio, by Jessica Abel.

Each week students will listen to Snap Judgment, an Oakland-based NPR podcast that blends reporting and edgy storytelling, and sets it to a beat.