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SESSION 10: like the radio, but online: how to podcast

INSTRUCTORS: VICKY MOCHAMA AND KATIE JENSEN OF VOCAL FRY STUDIOS
WHEN: Tuesday, January 8 - Tuesday January 29, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (see below for individual dates)
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 1-4
WHERE: Room 214, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto
COST: $99 + HST per workshop, $350 + HST for all four workshops

So you have a story to tell, but how do you keep people listening? This series of workshops will teach you how to make different forms of podcasts. Whether you want to learn how to have a scintillating conversation on air or to record that true crime story you've been wanting to tell, these classes will provide you with the tools and practice to make a strong podcast. You will learn how to turn topics into stories, to turn stories into great audio, and to turn great audio into a podcast that people love to listen to. Anyone can have a podcast but not everyone can make a listenable one. Experienced podcast producers from Vocal Fry Studios will teach you how to make your voice and your stories really resonate.

“What Happens Next”: Narrative
January 8

In this workshop, students will learn the elements that go into a good audio story. Whether it’s a deep dive, a live story series, or a documentary, we’ll get into the mechanics of what keeps a story going. Students will learn how to develop narratives, how to script towards them, and what makes for good audio.

“We Talk Good”: Conversational
January 15

In this workshop, students will learn how to develop a chat show-style podcast. Students will learn how to figure out what role hosts should play, what the audience needs to know, and how keep the conversation from lagging. The best conversations are ones that people want to keep listening to. Let’s talk about it.


“Tell Me About It”: Interview
January 22

In this workshop, students will learn how to make interview podcasts. From researching your interview subject to writing questions they can answer to pushing through a tough interview, this course will teach you how to ask smart questions, shape conversations, and get interesting answers. Tell us why you wouldn’t take this course.


“News You Can Hear”: Current Events
January 29

In this workshop, students will learn how to make news-based podcasts. Whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly news show, students will learn how to think like a journalist while listening like the audience. Learn how to turn a hed, dek, and body copy into an audio experience. Is your recorder on?  

Katie Jensen is a freelance multi-platform journalist who produces podcasts for a diverse client roster—from small tech start-ups to one of Canada's largest daily newspapers. She has made podcasts for CBC, The Globe and Mail, StarMetro, St. Joseph Media, VICE Motherboard, The Atkinson Foundation, and Canadaland. Currently, she’s producing CBC’s The Secret Life of Canada, Polaris Prize Podcast, No Little Plans, and The Globe and Mail's I’ll Go First. Katie is also an instructor for Camp Tech and a mentor for Ryerson's Transmedia Zone. She is the co-founder of Vocal Fry Studios, a crowdfunded, accessible podcasting studio in Toronto.

Vicky Mochama is the national columnist for StarMetro and a columnist for the Toronto Star. She has written for Vice, the Globe & Mail, and Hazlitt. She is the cohost of Safe Space and former cohost of Canadaland Commons. She is the co-founder of Vocal Fry Studios, a crowdfunded, accessible podcasting studio in Toronto.