Your Podcast is a Story: Finding and Telling Strong Narratives

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Good stories are the key to any form of audio storytelling. This is especially true for podcasts and interview based audio stories.

Join Tracy Wahl, the former executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition, for a full-day workshop designed to acquaint participants with the basics of podcasting and the art of interviews and audio storytelling.

Interviewing and being interviewed is an essential part of presenting one's work or the work of others. In this workshop, participants will get help with interviewing of all types, including conference moderation - useful even for those not interested in creating their own podcast.

Wahl, who was instrumental in starting the podcasts Hidden Brain and Invisibilia will talk specifically about podcasting and how to create simple short podcast segments.

Attendees will learn recording techniques using iPhones. Veteran NPR senior producer, Rebecca Davis will lead a session on how to tell compelling stories.

This will be a collaborative workshop, where participants will be given listening assignments and will get to practice interviewing and recording. .


9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Coffee & introductions.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Insights into podcasting.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Interviewing techniques - how to find compelling stories w/ Rebecca Davis.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (included)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Break into small groups - practice interviewing and recording.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Play examples, and get feedback.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What next? How to market your podcast and pitch to NPR.

Tracy Wahl
In her nearly 20 years at NPR, Tracy Wahl established herself as a champion for innovation in the newsroom. She was among the first at NPR to embrace social media as a way to engage audiences and deepen our journalism through crowd-sourced reporting. She is passionate about experimentation, and incubating new ideas and talent. During her tenure, as Executive Producer of Morning Edition she made the program a start-up space for great work. She launched the Morning Edition Book Club, oversaw the ambitious, award-winning cross-network "Borderland" series, and inaugurated The Race Card Project with Michele Norris as a regular feature of the program.

She partnered with the Science Desk and Shankar Vedantam to develop "Hidden Brain" on Morning Edition, which spun off as a podcast in 2015. She was also part of the team that launched Invisibilia as a broadcast segment and podcast. In her most recent position as Executive Producer for Editorial Franchises, Tracy conceived of and executive produced A Nation Engaged - a collaboration with more than sixty member stations about issues related to the 2016 election. She is now a public media consultant focused on content and engagement.

Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Davis has been a senior producer on NPR’s Science Desk for 15 years. In that time, she’s produced stories on topics as varied as the health insurance system in Switzerland to live coverage of NASA’s final shuttle launch to the mysterious deaths of dolphins along Florida’s gulf coast. She has covered the early use of AIDS drugs in Haiti, the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the oil industry’s off shore infrastructure and the Vietnamese government’s dramatic transformation of that country’s chicken industry in response to a bird flu threat. During the Ebola outbreak, Ms. Davis told the powerful story of one doctor’s discovery of the first Ebola patient in his hospital, “Panic in the Parking Lot”. That story formed part of NPR’s Peabody winning coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Prior to the Science Desk, Ms. Davis was a show producer and director of All Things Considered (Weekend). Working with then host Daniel Zwerdling Ms. Davis produced documentary length segments on the use of torture by police in Turkey, the post genocide months in Rwanda and the story of Oscar, a young Honduran teenager who fled Honduras for a better life in the U.S. Before starting at NPR in 1994, Ms. Davis was a freelance reporter for Monitor Radio and before that on staff at Pacifica Radio News in Washington, D.C.

All funds will be deposited with the ASU Foundation for A New American University, a nonprofit organization that exists to support Arizona State University (ASU). Gifts in support of ASU are subject to foundation policies and fees. Your payment is not considered a charitable contribution.

When & Where
Mar 25
25th March 2017
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Washington, DC
2017-03-25 09:00 AM 2017-03-25 04:00 PM America/Phoenix Your Podcast is a Story: Finding and Telling Strong Narratives 1834 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, United States 20009

Arizona State University, Washington Center