Podcasting: Narrative and Tech for Beginners with Julia Scott (KQED)

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Writing Studio, California College of the Arts
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CCA's MFA in Writing presentsA One Day Master Class onPodcasting: Narrative and Tech for Beginnerswith KQED's Julia ScottSaturday, January 27, 201810am - 5pm
KQED's Julia Scott teaching a Master Class in Podcasting. The goals of this one-day course include familiarizing students with the basic skills used to create podcasts and how to make smart editorial decisions around narrative, interviews, and reporting. On completion of this master class, students will know how to begin work on a pilot for their podcast. Class size is limited to 12. 
This is a great class for anyone who is an experienced podcast listener --  and is ready to take the leap into creating in this hugely popular form of storytelling. 
Students should bring

An informal written overview of what their podcast might be about -- who might your audience be? what sorts of stories might you tell? who might you interview? 

Their own laptops with Audacity pre-downloaded onto them. It's a free download for Mac or PC. http://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Students interested in the course who do not have laptops can reach out to Ben Austin ([email protected]) to discuss options. 

Personal digital audio recorder other than a smartphone (like a Zoom), only if you already own it/have access to it -- do not purchase for this class.

If you don't have a digital audio recorder, a smartphone will do

Headphones or earbuds.

BYO lunch; tea and cookies will be served for the afternoon break.

About Julia Scott
Julia Scott is an award-winning journalist and radio producer whose work has been featured in Best American Science Writingand on Good Morning America. She has slathered herself in bacteria in the name of science, profiled giant pumpkin-growing fanatics and reported from the inside of an iron lung.Scott’s stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Modern Farmer, Nautilus, OZY, Salon, Canadian Geographic and on radio shows like The World and Marketplace. She produced two hour-long Detours for adventurous walkers in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Mission District neighborhoods. Her BBC World Service radio documentary, BON VOYAGE, aired on more than a dozen NPR stations nationwide and was nominated for a 2013 Sony Radio Academy Award.
Scott is an editor with San Francisco NPR member station KQED Radio and a former editor at KALW Radio. Before that, she reported on science and natural resources for the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, where her work was recognized with awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
She is the editor of DRIVEL: Deliciously Bad Writing By Your Favorite Authors (Perigee, 2014).Scott hails from Montreal, Canada. She lives in San Francisco and is a proud member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Follow her on Twitter @juliascribe.


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