Learn to tell compelling stories using sound and clear, conversational writing.
A good audio story whispers in your ear and takes you on a journey. Audio storytelling combines clear, conversational writing and the texture of voices and sound. At its best, it has the scope of documentary filmmaking and the narrative quality of The New Yorker.
What We Offer
With the growing popularity of podcasts and the continued reach of terrestrial radio, there has never been a better time to pursue a career in audio. The Journalism School prepares students to work in any of the finest public radio newsrooms or on the most successful shows and podcasts.
M.S. students go through a brief audio training in August as part of their introduction to multimedia reporting. Even in those early classes, students receive technical instruction, one-on-one editing and constructive in-class feedback on their work.
In the fall, students interested in audio can take Writing for the Ear and/or an Image & Sound class in audio reporting. In the spring, Radio Workshop provides real-world training that ensures students interested in pursuing a career in radio have the skills to quickly make themselves valuable in any work environment. Radio Workshop has been a staple of the spring schedule for nearly two decades. Its network of graduates work in many of the best public and commercial radio and podcast companies in the United States and beyond.
Students interested in audio who meet the prerequisites can submit proposals for audio Master’s Projects. A hybrid audio-print project includes an 810-minute audio piece and a 2,500-word story. A full audio project is a 2,030-minute documentary or a series of three 79-minute related segments with no written component.
Regular guest speakers in audio classes include: Robert Smith (NPR), Stacey Vanek Smith (NPR), Alex Blumberg (Gimlet), Tim Howard (Gimlet), Luis Trelles (Radio Ambulante), Zoe Chace (This American Life), Ailsa Chang (NPR) and Joe Richman (Radio Diaries).
In addition to these classes, many instructors encourage students to incorporate audio elements into their reporting.
Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions.
Sara Aridi '15 M.S. looked at Middle Eastern musicians who address events in the region from abroad.Listen to her master's project.
Elizabeth Hunt Brockway '16 M.S. reports on the update to Topps baseball cards.Listen to her report that aired on WNYC.
A master's project by Ariel Ritchin '16 M.S. takes a hard look at what it takes to make bail.He talks about his Audio Storytelling experience.
Cassandra Basler '15 M.S. followed two students from The Bronx as they decide if an intrauterine device is right for them.Listen to her master's project.