Audio Journalism

Courses

J212 Advanced Audio

The goal of this class is to produce and broadcast sound-rich, captivating, narrative radio. Students will learn the fundamentals of creative radio, including: finding, mapping and planning compelling, narrative stories; successfully pitching major radio programs and podcasts; interviewing skills; editing and script writing for style. This class will leave students with a strong foundation for entering the emerging field of creative audio broadcast and podcast.

J212 Advanced Audio: Podcasting

The goal of this class is to produce and broadcast sound-rich, captivating, narrative radio. Students will learn the fundamentals of creative radio, including: finding, mapping and planning compelling, narrative stories; successfully pitching major radio programs and podcasts; interviewing skills; editing and script writing for style. This class will leave students with a strong foundation for entering the emerging field of creative audio broadcast and podcast.

J275 Intro to Audio

Write conversationally! Write powerfully!! Write for Radio!!!Hone your writing skills; learn how to be a narrator; tell stories with sound. J-275 is a hands-on, intensive preparation for the real world. Students are required to cover general news stories and produce a weekly half-hour magazine program on deadline including a live newscast. In addition, students create weekly news features many of which have been picked up for local and national broadcast. Students rotate among assignments as anchor, reporter and producer. You learn how to build a newscast, write for radio, read for radio, and how to use digital technology to produce audio that engages the listener.Be prepared for hard, but rewarding work that develops skills transferable to any medium!The Course Material fee for this class is $40. The fee is charged to the student account the fifth week of classes. Fees are used to maintain equipment used in the course.

J275 Intro to Radio

Write conversationally! Write powerfully!! Write for Radio!!!Hone your writing skills; learn how to be a narrator; tell stories with sound. J-275 is a hands-on, intensive preparation for the real world. Students are required to cover general news stories and produce a weekly half-hour magazine program on deadline including a live newscast. In addition, students create weekly news features many of which have been picked up for local and national broadcast. Students rotate among assignments as anchor, reporter and producer. You learn how to build a newscast, write for radio, read for radio, and how to use digital technology to produce audio that engages the listener.Be prepared for hard, but rewarding work that develops skills transferable to any medium!The Course Material fee for this class is $40. The fee is charged to the student account the fifth week of classes. Fees are used to maintain equipment used in the course.

Instructors

Anna Sussman

LecturerLecturer and Freelance Reporter

Lecturer, editor, producer.
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Ben Manilla

LecturerContinuing Lecturer, Director of Audio

I have spent my adult life telling stories in sound. It's something I continue to be passionate about. I truly enjoy sharing that passionate and exposing students to the fun and possibilities of audio journalism.
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Ethan Lindsey

LecturerIntro to Radio

Ethan is the managing editor for KQED News. He won a Peabody Award in 2009 as a correspondent at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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Kara Platoni

LecturerLecturer and Assistant Dean for Students

Laura Klivans

Lecturer

I'm a community health reporter at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco.
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Millie Jefferson

LecturerLecturer

Description

What was once called “radio” has been reinvented as a powerful, nimble and increasingly indispensable medium. Audio platforms are evolving, but the immediacy and intimacy of storytelling with sound make digital audio a dynamic vehicle for the best in journalism – locally, nationally and internationally.

The J-school’s audio training has evolved as well.

Berkeley's radio program began in 1983 under the tutelage of Professor William Drummond.

Old-fashioned reel-to-reel tape recorders have given way to high-speed computers and the latest audio-based software. In 2014, Continuing Lecturer Ben Manilla was named Academic Coordinator for Audio.

Intro to Radio students produce a weekly news-magazine show called North Gate Radio. This award-winning radio program can be heard here.

In addition to Intro, there are courses in Advanced Radio, Audio Storytelling, and Podcasting. One student podcast is The Bell Curve.

Audio students produce hard-news stories, investigative reports and cultural features. Plus, each and every J-School student receives basic training in capturing sound and creating audio narratives.

The program emphasizes professional editing, technical skills, and public interest journalism, along with top-quality documentary production, and helps with professional placement following graduation.

J-Grads have secured positions at major radio stations both public and commercial, podcast companies, and networks. In 2012 and 2015, alumni were selected for prestigious Kroc Fellowships at NPR.

Radio students learn their craft in the Madeleine H. Russell Radio Lab, using advanced digital editing equipment. From controlling and projecting their voices to writing concise and crisp audio scripts, the J-School prepares students to become audio journalists.

Advanced Audio students create their own podcasts, documentaries, or features. Established media outlets eventually broadcast student projects.

Students who elect to focus on audio story-telling are encouraged to pursue distribution partners by the fall of their second year and secure approved distribution partners by spring of their second year. The master's thesis project is incorporated into the curriculum of Advanced Audio.

Led by Peabody Award-winning producer Ben Manilla, the J-School course instructors have included Kelly McEvers (NPR), Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva (The Kitchen Sisters), Victoria Mauleon (KQED), Joshua Johnson (KQED), Anna Sussman (Snap Judgment) and Claire Schoen (Rise).

Regular guests have included Daniel Zwerdling, Tamara Keith, Neal Conan, Roman Mars, and Jad Abumrad.

AUDIO JOURNALISM

Student Work

North Gate Radio is a weekly radio show produced by the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. Listen to shows from the 2016-17 school year.

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