Podcasting: Finding the Story

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Friday, November 23, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018

Learn radio reporting and audio storytelling in this podcasting primer with producer-journalists Madeline Taylor & Alex de Boerof UBC radio CiTR 101.9 FM!

This workshop will enable you to start your own podcast series by introducing the fundamentals of writing, interviewing, listening, recording, and editing for radio story production. Through hands on exercises, each student will work toward creating the first episode of their new podcast series.

Topics covered:

  • Podcast styles and genre structures
  • Hosting and engaging an audience
  • Structuring your time with a listener
  • Writing for radio/podcasts
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Basic audio recording using a handheld recording device or smartphone
  • Basic editing with Audacity and narrative pacing
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Alex de Boer is a journalist and nonfiction storyteller based in Vancouver. Alex is the Podcast Coordinator at UBC Radio CiTR 101.9FM where she heads the station’s Spoken Word Department. She is a reporter and producer on CiTR’s weekly news show, Democracy Watch and the Vancouver current affairs podcast, At-Large(formerly Seeking Office). Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and a Master’s of Journalism from the University of British Columbia. She won the 2017 Norman Lidster Prize in Documentary Filmmaking, received the 2018 award for Best in News Programming at the National Community Radio Awards for a radio piece, “The Controversy Over Temporary Modular Housing in Marpole” and an honourable mention for her audio documentary “Lhamo & the Princess” at the same ceremony. She regularly teaches the popular podcasting workshops at VIVO Media Arts Centre, and hosted a workshop on Politics and Podcasts at the 2018 Vancouver Podcast Festival presented by DOXA.


Madeline Taylor is a radio/podcast producer with a passion for social commentary. She has worked in Campus and Community radio since 2013, is the current Programming Director at UBC Radio CiTR 101.9FM, and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Campus/Community Radio Association. Her credits include ABC, the BBC, and various community radio stations. She organized and ran the Intravenus Women’s Collective at SFU’s Campus Radio CJSF 90.1FM, and mentored the Museum of Anthropology’s Native Youth Program in podcast production. Madeline graduated from Simon Fraser University with Honours in History, focusing on the Oral History of women in Vancouver’s early punk movement. Madeline lives and works on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh territory in Vancouver.

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