Wednesday Workshop: NPR’s Audio Storytelling Workshop


NPR’s Audio Storytelling Workshop

August 21, 2013

What makes a good audio story? Whether your goal is to do a full-blown radio story, use audio clips in your blog, accompany photos on the web, or create a podcast, this one-day workshop will show you how to understand audio’s storytelling strengths, select the best sound, write for the ear, and write to sound. You’ll also get an opportunity to use audio recording equipment to record interviews, sounds and scenes and to do digital audio editing. You will need to bring your own laptop and to download audio editing software in advance. (We will advise you on the process.) The session is limited to 6 people.

  • Where: New York Hilton Midtown
  • When: August 21, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Course Outline

  • Learn the necessary concepts and skills for editing audio
  • Produce an audio piece


Sora Newman
Senior Trainer, NPR
Sora Newman is Acting Director of Training for National Public Radio. She works with radio journalists at NPR as well as reporters throughout the NPR system. She teaches seminars in writing for radio, on-air delivery, and editing. She also runs a mentoring program within the newsroom, and oversees technical and production trainers. As an editor, Newman has won a DuPont Columbia Award and a Peabody Award.

Rolando Arrieta
Producer, NPR’s Jazz Profiles
Rolando has been working as a producer in NPR’s Cultural Programming for 8 years. He shared a Peabody award for his work on trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’Making The Music. In addition, the Panamanian native is a retired professional in-line speedskater. During his 6 years as a competitor, Rolando had been ranked first in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, second on the East Coast and 6th nationwide. He took a 6-month leave of absence to train with speedskater Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen and to try to make the U.S. Olympic Team, his ultimate goal. Not being able to reach that goal, Rolando retired from speedskating to become a white water kayaker.

  • What attendees should bring: Laptop (PC or Mac) with Audacity or your own audio editing software
  • What attendees will take away:  Experience and basic audio production skills

This workshop is full. To add your name to a wait list, please email us.

To add your name to the wait list, please email AAJA your full name, media organization, list of any media organizations to which you belong, your job title and cell phone number. Include ONE web link to recent work plus a brief bio with career goals (maximum 500 words). Please do not send attachments. Put NPR Audio Workshop in the subject line. 

Requirements: This workshop is for professional journalists in print, online, TV or radio.