Vanport-De Vigal

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

The term podcasting has grown in popularity steadily the last couple of decades and is currently experiencing a significant boon in both the number of 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 of Stage and Studio (KBOO)
-Leah Sottile of Bundyville (OPB partnership)

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

Networking reception will immediately follow.



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Tuesday, April 9, 2019


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.