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Audio Podcast Fellows: The Schedule

First Semester

Students spend the first semester at either the Southampton or Manhattan locations, where they receive the most current instruction from leading industry professionals. Topics include storytelling & narrative construction, writing for the ear, adapting writing for audio and episodic production, as well as strategies for branding, marketing, distribution and more. Students develop mastery in all phases of podcast production: in-studio and on-location sound recording, microphone techniques and recording technology, editing and mixing stories with the latest digital technology.

Second Semester

Students develop ideas for innovative programming, shepherd those ideas through the proposal/pitch process, and create a completed pilot that is ready to bring to market. Students participate in regular critiques of their work-in-progress, and receieve guidance and mentorship from industry professionals in frequent lectures. Additionally, students have an introduction into the podcast job market and a range of internship options, enabling them to collaborate on actual programming with some of the country’s leading artists and cultural institutions. Students may choose to work on existing podcasts from the program’s own in-house roster of shows; with the program’s production partner, WSHU Public Radio; or with other affiliated podcast producers and distributors, such as WNYC Public Radio in New York City, StoryCorps, Ask Me Another, The New York Times, Gimlet, Studio 360, On-Air Fest, The Moth and Midroll.