Radio Boot Camp: London
Radio Boot Camp is coming to London! Join this in-person class hosted by the The Centre for Investigative Journalism and learn how to produce a podcast or radio story from start to finish.
Over the course of two days award-winning audio journalist Sally Herships will introduce you to the basic principles and craft of reporting for the ear. You’ll learn how to write with and for tape, how to use your voice as a tool and about the importance of the host intro. You’ll be introduced to audio interviewing essentials by trying out the real thing as well as strategies to employ with dry experts and best practices for sensitive sources. You’ll learn the basics of editing audio tape using Hindenburg: cut, copy, paste and fade and ethics will also be discussed. When is it ok to make internal edits to tape or not to identify a source by name?
This class is hands-on. You’ll do exercises, learn mistakes to avoid and finally put your new skills to the test with a short homework assignment. During the second day you’ll share your work and receive feedback as part of a group critique. Whether you want to report long-form or short, news or narrative, report for The Daily, The Missing Cryptoqueen or In the Dark, this workshop will give you the skills you need to get started.
Day One: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 13th, January
Day Two: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, 14th January
University of London
8 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6NW
Course Prerequisites & Technology
- Registration comes with a free, three-month license for Hindenburg audio editing software which you’ll receive one month prior to the start date.
- We will use phones as recorders, though participants with professional gear are welcome to use their own equipment, though they must know how to operate it.
- Students will use their own laptops and must be FULLY PROFICIENT at using and operating them.
*This class is capped at 12
Who's this class for?
About Your Instructor
Boot Camp was a perfect way to jump in and have an intense (in a good way), sleeves-rolled up & hands-on exposure to the process of creating a podcast. I walked away with a great first layer of understanding and experience, and am excited to do more. Sally [is an] excellent and generous teachers. It was a really fun, rewarding couple days. – Edelen McWilliams
For me, Boot Camp was inspiring and creatively stimulating. It was the perfect mix of instruction and hands on exercises, which allowed us to apply the knowledge and skills we acquired in class to produce our first audio story or podcast episode. My favorite part about the Boot Camp was learning from a seasoned professional in the industry. In addition to receiving high quality education, Sally gave us really helpful tips for pitching and provided us with additional resources that you wouldn’t necessarily receive in a traditional classroom setting. -Norah Tahiri
Thank you SO much for this experience. I wish WBUR/public radio stations could pay for EVERY employee to do this as part of on-boarding. I am starting my work week tomorrow with so much more confidence, and I just wish I had been able to go to a boot camp sooner! I’m excited to try tracking my piece, and I’m going to start using what I learned about recording and Hindenburg immediately. (In fact, I have a new Hindenburg session open right now!). -Grace Tatter