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Using Music: Andy Mills

April 10 2014

Radiolab's Andy Mills is next up in Transom's series on using music in radio pieces. Andy generously shares his list of scoring tips as a non-musician radio producer.

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Audio Danger: Digital Permanence

March 2014

Transom is teaming up with Nieman Storyboard to bring you Julia Barton's essays on life in radio journalism: Audio Danger. This time Julia riffs on perfectionism. We used to be able to fail productively in private; now everything is etched into our permanent record.

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A Brief History of Documentary Forms

March 2014

Our lead instructor for the Transom Online Workshop is a unique voice in American documentary, Scott Carrier. In this Craft Feature, he chronicles the history of approaches to documentary and riffs on some of his favorite things.

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Using Music: Brendan Baker

February 2014

Transom presents another in our series on using music in radio stories. This one - by Brendan Baker of the strange and inventive podcast, Love + Radio - includes a really deep breakdown of one of his audio sessions. Guaranteed to satisfy the serious students in the front row.

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Using Music: The Kitchen Sisters

February 2014

Here’s another in our new series on using music in radio stories. Transom’s friends, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva), tell you how they select and blend music into their signature rhythmic pieces.

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How To Shoot B-Roll

January 2014

The Transom Online Workshop asked videographer/director Slavik Boyechko, of the PBS series INDIE ALASKA, to walk us — also slide, pan, tilt, and rack focus us — thru the mysteries of making beautiful B-Roll visuals for feature stories.

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Using Music: Jonathan Mitchell

January 2014

For a long time, we've wanted to talk about the effects and techniques of using music in radio pieces. Now, we're beginning a series of short features with insights from some of the best public radio producers and podcasters and kicking it off with producer Jonathan Mitchell who is utterly musical in his approach.

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Radio Hustle

December 2013 | by Sarah P. Reynolds

Do you dream about making radio? Producer Sarah P. Reynolds provides some encouraging words and helpful tips on getting started in a career as an independent producer.

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The Camera Is Only A Tool

December 2013

For the Transom Online Workshop, we asked Mexican photojournalist Julián Cardona to share some secrets about framing a photograph. Transom is proud to present his enlightening essay.

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Edit: Send It to the Basement

November 2013 | by Larry Massett

So there you are with a jumble of sound you've recorded, or that somebody has. Now what? How are you going to turn this mess into a story, into an "audio piece?" Producer Larry Massett provides some helpful hints on editing.

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