From shows like This American Life to projects such as StoryCorps to excellent local projects like Minnesota Public Radio’s Young Reporters Series, some of today’s best storytelling is being
From shows like This American Life to projects such as StoryCorps to excellent local projects like Minnesota Public Radio’s Young Reporters Series, some of today’s best storytelling is being done in sound. In this class, you’ll learn the basics of producing audio stories: conducting recorded interviews, gathering sounds, and editing your audio. Students will collaborate with at least one other classmate to produce a short audio piece on a topic of personal or local interest. When appropriate, sounds may be paired with images taken by students or provided by subjects. These pieces may be considered for public presentation by Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) and/or Twin Cities Daily Planet.
Dave Engen and Robert Jersak have been collaborating on audio projects for nearly a decade. Dave teaches Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and started producing and publishing audio stories after attending several workshops at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. Robert teaches in the Communication Department at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and has worked with students on campus audio projects about veterans’ experiences and influential teachers in their lives. Together, Engen and Jersak recently completed the first phase of Dreaming by Degrees, an audio-based multimedia presentation on students who are starting college.