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Podcasting Start Your Podcast

San Francisco Jun 20, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 18, Jul 25 (5 Wed. Evenings)7:00pm - 10:00pm$495

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Is it your dream to create the next Serial, This American Life, or Startup? If so, this is the class for you! In this five-week San Francisco Podcasting Class, Podcasting expert Catherine Girardeau will teach you the fundamentals of this engaging new storytelling form. Through informative craft lectures, in-class writing exercises, deconstructing successful podcasts and hands-on technical training you will learn how top tier shows are developed, researched, written, and produced.

SlateIn addition, you will explore tools of the trade such as interviewing techniques, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have at least a solid outline of your pilot episode plus a recording of a short teaser. Pulitzer not included.

Required Equipment:
1. A WIFI ready laptop, onto which you’ll need to download a free audio editing software like Audacity or Garage Band or a paid program like Hindenburg.
2. An inexpensive audio recorder, or an iPhone or cell phone with a good voice recording app.

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Catherine Girardeau

Senior Producer, PRI's The World

Catherine Girardeau is currently a Senior Producer with, producing a podcast with author/journalist Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short) about fairness and the people who try to enforce it. She's also worked with, the Stanford Storytelling Project, APM's Marketplace, KALW, Antenna Audio and others. Her radio features have been aired on PRI's The World, Marketplace, Marketplace Tech, the Distillations podcast and public radio stations around the country. Recent work includes Viewpoints: Body Language, an audio and visual exploration of gesture for the Metropolitan Museum of Art; audio features on a Syrian expat orchestra in Germany and a UK company helping humans become cyborgs; and a series of guided meditations for San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. MORE