The second CDS summer audio institute, Hearing is Believing II: Making it Sing, starts August 6; click on the link to register.
An intensive six-day workshop for students who’ve recorded interviews and gathered sound and are ready to construct a six-to twelve-minute audio documentary. This course is designed for those who have a basic grasp of audio editing software, or for individuals who have completed Make That Audio Doc and/or the one-week Hearing Is Believing I summer institute and are ready to try a more ambitious project. This time you’ll bring your own recordings to the institute, logged, transcribed, and ready to go. You’ll get lessons and personal guidance from seasoned radio documentary producers as you structure and script your piece, record your narration tracks (if any), and mix your documentary on CDS’s Hindenburg workstations or, if you prefer, on your laptop with your own editing software. The institute will be led by CDS audio director John Biewen along with other staff members of the Center for Documentary Studies and guest instructor Shea Shackelford.
John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Besides teaching summer audio institutes and undergraduate courses, he produces documentaries and features for NPR, PRI, American Public Media, and other public radio audiences. Biewen has been making radio since 1983, including eight years spent producing documentaries for American RadioWorks. His work has won many honors, including two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Radio Impact Award.