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Designing for the Ear: The Best of Podcasts and Audio Storytelling

Podcasting has steadily grown in popularity over the last two decades and its growth is now booming in both producers and listeners. As with many emerging and evolving industries, standards and guidelines remain elusive while experimentation is wonderfully abundant. From daily news segments to fictional long-form stories, the growing number of high-quality podcasts is vying for the attention of the listening public.

In this session, Designing for the Ear, we will present and discuss the current trends and needs to help us better understand this new ecosystem of podcasts and audio storytelling. We invite thoughtful podcast producers and audio storytellers to share their storytelling craft in using audio interviews, script writing for the ear, and sound design.

Confirmed Speakers

-Kaitlin Prest of The Heart (Radiotopia) and The Shadows (CBC)
-Peter Frick-Wright of Outside Online
-Dmae Roberts, a 2-time Peabody Award-winning audio producer of Crossing East
-Leah Sottile of Bundyville (collaboration with OPB & Longreads)

Moderated by Andrew DeVigal, Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement at University of Oregon and Associate Director, Agora Journalism Center

Draft Schedule

5:00 pm - Doors Open/Registration

5:30 pm - Welcome/Introductions

5:40 pm - Program

6:35 pm - Q&A from the audience and from Twitter

7:00 pm - Beer & Wine Networking Reception

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication - Portland

SOJC PDX is home to the industry-facing Agora Journalism Center, two professional master’s programs, and our new Oregon Reality (OR) Lab.