Editing for Editors

12:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

The role of an editor is a tricky balance, helping shape a story that ultimately belongs to someone else. It is a job that requires both story skills and people skills, knowing both how to structure a story and how to guide a reporter.

In this class, we will work through both sides of the editor equation. We’ll talk in-depth about the elements of a good story, common mistakes reporters make in reporting and crafting stories, and practical tools for fixing those mistakes. And we’ll dive into the human side of editing, tips and tools for assessing the individual needs of your reporters, and how to best support and motivate them.

The class will be very practical, using examples from instructor Karen Duffin’s experience helping edit stories at Planet Money and This American Life, along with series like Wild Boys. We will also leave time to talk through any editing dilemmas you’re currently facing. If you have taken Karen’s Story Structure class, some of the material may be familiar though will be addressed from a different angle.

Bonus: Registration comes with a free, three-month license for Hindenburg audio editing software!

Who's this class for?

This class is for you if you're either new to editing or if you have a little experience under your belt and are looking for more tools to diagnose and fix story problems.

About Your Instructor

Karen Duffin

Karen is a longform journalist, editor and host, whose stories blend in-depth reporting with narrative storytelling. Most recently, she was a host of NPR's Planet Money and, before that, a reporter at This American Life and More Perfect. Karen's stories have appeared on Radiolab, Reply All, Rough Translation, On the Media, The Rumpus and others. She is also a live storytelling performer with shows like The Moth and Pop Up Magazine. Karen has taught audio documentary at the Columbia, NYU and CUNY Graduate Schools of Journalism, and live storytelling as a story coach for The Moth. Before becoming a journalist, Karen spent several years as a speechwriter, working in more than 20 countries.

Notes on this Class

Refund and recording policy: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class. If you are unable to make a class, you are welcome to sell or give away your ticket and email the name of the new attendee to info@radiobootcamp.org. You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins.