Three-day Audio Essentials Boot Camp | Columbia Journalism School

Three-day Audio Essentials Boot Camp

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Program & Pricing

In this intensive three-day boot camp, you will learn the essentials to creating compelling audio stories. On-campus course time will be devoted to working with professional equipment, learning how to write for radio, editing in Adobe Audition, and developing a winning audio package. This course is designed for journalists and storytellers with little to no experience in audio but with a passion for narrative and reporting in the audio form. Participants will leave with concrete skills and the elements for one complete audio story.

This course is $750. Journalism School Alumni save 10%; Columbia University students, faculty, and staff receive a 5% discount, as do those who have previously taken a course offered by the Professional Development department at the Journalism School.

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Day One


Introduction to Process & Review of our 12 Step Check List

Interview technique

Intro to Tascam DR-100 mklll

Record vox pop audio 

Day Two


Introduction to Adobe Audition

Edit vox pop audio with short host intro 

Critique of vox pop

Reporting for 3:00 minute piece, per pre-reporting with instruction team

Day Three


Import Audio for 3:00 piece, write script

Edit 3:00 piece with narration

Listening party w/ critique 


Kristin Schwab is a producer at Transmitter Media, a creative podcast company that partners with media outlets to make news and narrative audio. She produces The Argument for The New York Times and recently produced Tabloid for New York Magazine. She has also made radio and podcasts at WNYC, Marketplace, and The Wall Street Journal. Her reporting has been read or heard on NPR, The Guardian and ESPN, among other publications.

Kristin received her master's from Columbia Journalism School in 2017. Before making the leap to audio, she spent five years writing about dance, theater and music at Dance Magazine.