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#nprasw: Agenda and links

The Audio Storytelling Workshop was held on June 1-3. Below is the complete agenda with links to related posts and social details.

Links

Posts and slides from the workshop.

  • A blueprint for planning audio projects (link)
  • Get great sound: Production tips (printable card)
  • Digital inspiration for your audio project (slide deck)
  • Active sound: How to find it, record it, and use it (link)
  • 6 NPR stories that breathe life into neighborhood scenes (link)
  • How a small station (WWNO) made a big podcast (webinar link)

Social

We used the hashtag #nprasw. Follow workshop participants with this Twitter list.

Agenda

Wednesday, June 1

Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and team intros
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Eric Athas, Manager, Editorial Training
Anya Grundmann, VP, Programming & Audience Development
Chris Turpin, VP, News Programming and Operations

Hidden Brain: How a podcast gets invented
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Shankar Vedantam, Host, Hidden Brain
Kara McGuirk-Allison, Producer, Hidden Brain

Break
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Explaining the Project Blueprint
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Eric Athas, Manager, Editorial Training
Alison MacAdam, Senior Editorial Specialist, Editorial Training

Working time with mentors
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Work on your Project Blueprint:
• What are you making?
• Describe in detail a story or episode

Lunch: How NPR’s Code Switch engages its audience
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Break
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Working time with mentors
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Work on your Project Blueprint:
• Who are your listeners and what do they want?
• How will you engage them?

Break
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

The power of audio storytelling
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Guy Raz, Host, TED Radio Hour

Happy Hour/Reception
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
4th Floor Terrace


Thursday, June 2

Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

How audio stories begin
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Alison MacAdam, Senior Editorial Specialist, Editorial Training

Break
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Breakouts
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Digital inspiration for your audio project
Conference Room A (first floor)
Serri Graslie, Editorial Specialist, Editorial Training

Handling hot topics of difference
Conference Room B (first floor)
Keith Woods, VP, Diversity in News & Operations

Audio production: How to produce great sound
Conference Room C (first floor)
Rob Byers, Production Specialist, Editorial Training

Music: A powerful storytelling tool
Boardroom (first floor)
Michael May, Senior Producer, NPR Story Lab

Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Working time (mentors come at 2 p.m.)
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Work on your project blueprint:
• How will you measure success?
• What’s your project’s timeframe?
• Describe your project in one, memorable line

Break
3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Breakouts
3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Digital inspiration for your audio project
Conference Room A (first floor)
Serri Graslie, Editorial Specialist, Editorial Training

Handling hot topics of difference
Conference Room B (first floor)
Keith Woods, VP, Diversity in News & Operations

Audio production: How to produce great sound
Conference Room C (first floor)
Rob Byers, Production Specialist, Editorial Training

Music: A powerful storytelling tool
Boardroom (first floor)
Michael May, Senior Producer, NPR Story Lab

Working dinner
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Work on your Project Blueprint:
• Roadmap
• Prep for Friday morning presentation


Friday, June 3

Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Final working time
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Prep for presentation

Project presentations
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

5 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions and feedback

Structure of the presentation:
• Describe your project
• Describe something about your project that changed in the course of the workshop
• Articulate a storytelling challenge your team identified

Break
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch: What’s next and review
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Eric Athas, Manager, Editorial Training