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Podcasts and other formats of audio storytelling have become ubiquitous in recent years. They allow creators to tell their stories in a format that is inexpensive to produce, easy to distribute, and widely consumed by diverse global audiences. So what do you need to get started? Join George Lavender, Senior Vice President of Content at Wondery, in this three-hour Master Class covering the basics of audio storytelling. Special guests share what they have learned as creators and the challenges they have overcome to find success in this rapidly expanding field.

*This event includes explicit content that might not be suitable for all audiences


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Topics covered include:

    00:00 - Welcome and Introduction from Sundance Co//ab

    05:15 - Introduction to Audio Storytelling with George Lavender

    18:00 - From Visual to Audio Storytelling

    27:30 - Establishing Perspective and Point of View

    33:30 - Q&A with George Lavender

    42:15 - Creating a Space Through Sound

    55:30 - Q&A with George Lavender

    57:08 - Art of the Audio Interview with Lata Pandya

    1:11 - Q&A with Lata Pandya

    1:13 - How to Record Audio Remotely with Melissa Dueñas

    1:23 - You’ve Made a Podcast, Now What? with George Lavender

    1:27 - Q&A with George Lavender

    1:42 - Panelist Introductions: James Kim and Martina Castro*

    1:59 - Panel Discussion on Starting a Career in Audio, Hosting, and Finding Inspiration for Stories

    2:46 - Closing Remarks

    George Lavender is an Emmy award-winning journalist and the Senior Vice President of Content at Wondery. He is an executive producer on the network's hit mini-series including DR. DEATH, THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR, and JACKED. Before joining Wondery he reported stories for NPR, Marketplace, and 99 Percent Invisible among others. He was an instructor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and has taught audio storytelling and journalism in universities, high schools and community groups around the world. more...
    Lata Pandya is the Senior Manager of Miniseries at Wondery. She shepherded the reporting and production as managing producer on DR DEATH Season Two, JACKED, and KAMALA: NEXT IN LINE among others. She was also integral to the writing and reporting of Wondery's series DO NO HARM that took an in-depth look at Child Protective Services in Houston, Texas. more...
    Martina Castro (@martinacastro) is the founder and CEO of Adonde Media (@adondemedia), a globally-minded podcast production company based in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past fifteen years, Martina has produced and edited award-winning audio content in both the U.S. and Latin America. more...
    James Kim is a Los Angeles based podcast creator. Previously, he worked on Radiotopia's STRANGERS, MARKETPLACE, DEADLY MANNERS, THE DINNER PARTY DOWNLOAD, KPCC, and GIMLET MEDIA. Most recently, he made the fiction show MOONFACE, which landed on the "Best of 2019" lists from Vulture, Spotify, Time Magazine, and The A.V. Club. more...
    Melissa Dueñas is an Associate Producer at Wondery. She has helped produce “Jacked” and “The Apology Line.” Before joining Wondery, she was a Maximum Fun Production Fellow for NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, as well as a freelance journalist. She has published work for KPCC, KQED, LA Taco and Ampersand LA. Melissa received her M.A. in Arts Journalism from USC Annenberg, and her B.A. in American Studies from UC Berkeley. more...

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