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. If you purchase your class on CourseHorse, our cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you need help canceling or have any questions, please visit CourseHorse 


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 


Collin Campbell has been a reporter, editor and producer for local and national news organizations on many platforms. He is the co-creator of The Takeaway, Freakonomics Radio, and The Frame, three popular public radio programs and podcasts. His audio and radio work has appeared on NPR News programs, WNYC, KPCCThe World, and Marketplace. Over the last 15 years, he has held leadership roles at two of the largest public radio stations in the country, on both coasts. Collin is now an Executive Producer for Original Content at Audible, where he creates new on-demand programs and podcasts, like "Sincerely, X," "Ponzi Supernova."

Collin is a Northern California native, where he attended the University of California, Berkeley. He was one of the first News Editors at SF Gate, an early multimedia collaboration between the San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner and NBC News. In 2006, he was based in Mexico City and reported on the Mexican presidential election for a variety of outlets, including NPR News and the Houston Chronicle. Collin has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism (where he earned a Master's degree) and Brooklyn College.