Southampton Graduate Arts Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Audio Podcast Program

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Audio Podcast Fellows director Kathleen Russo. Photo by Christian McLean

Audio Podcast Fellows director Kathleen Russo. Photo by Christian McLean

Beginning in August 2018, a new one-year Audio Podcast Fellows program will be launched at Stony Brook Southampton/Manhattan in association with producing partner WSHU Public Radio. The first of its kind in the U.S., the Audio Podcast program will offer students advanced training in all aspects of podcasting while they develop their own podcasts, from proposal to pilot to pitch.

With the number of podcasts produced more than tripling in the past five years (to over 300,000) and the number of passionate listeners continuing to rise, there is significant demand for producers, editors, writers and other professionals with the requisite skills for competing successfully in the marketplace.

“Audio podcast is not only tied to the future of broadcast radio,” said Robert Reeves, the Associate Provost for the Southampton Graduate Arts program, “but also increasingly aligned with the future of storytelling and intellectual discourse. That makes it a perfect fit for our programs’ existing interests. And building exciting new partnerships, such as with WSHU, means we can offer students experiential learning opportunities that can’t be matched anywhere.”

Stony Brook Southampton’s Kathleen Russo, a producer of Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing podcast, will direct the new Audio Podcast Fellows program.

audio podcast fellowsThroughout the program, students will take advantage of two Stony Brook classroom and recording locations: The newly renovated David Rakoff Studio on the Southampton campus, and in Manhattan, the Center for Creative Writing and Film, at 535 Eighth Avenue.

The Fellows program is also uniquely positioned to leverage the existing strengths in storytelling within the highly-regarded Southampton MFAs in Creative Writing and in Film. Fellows accepted into the program will join a thriving community of storytellers, including some of the country’s most distinguished novelists, poets, memoirists, filmmakers, playwrights, screenwriters, actors, and directors.

Read the complete press release at the Southampton Arts website.

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