Traveling Workshop 2016: Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia: August 1 – 7, 2016

The University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting a weeklong Transom Traveling Workshop on audio storytelling. Ten beginning-level students will get seven-days of intensive training.


Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $1,630 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Mary Helen Montgomery.
  • Your own copy of Hindenburg Journalist audio editor to keep.
  • Use of quality field-recording equipment. (Or bring your own if you like.)
  • Three group meals total during the six days.

Workshop participants will gather Monday evening and for the rest of the week be immersed in field recording, interviewing, digital editing, script writing, and narration. By the end of the week, each participant will have produced a short profile of a creative person living in or around Athens. The Workshop ends on Sunday, August 7th.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open February 16, 2016
  • Applications due March 25, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions April 1, 2016
  • Enrollment confirmation April 8, 2016
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full April 22, 2016
  • Workshop takes place August 1 – 7, 2016

The Selection Process

Ten participants will be selected to attend the Workshop. Selection is competitive. We want creative, dedicated newcomers seeking a strong set of entry-level skills. Previous experience isn’t needed, but helps: preference goes to those who’ve tried audio storytelling before.


A block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn Express in Athens. Cost for one single room with tax and fees: $104.18 per night. Participants are also welcome to find their own housing.


Out of town participants will need to fly into Atlanta airport and take a shuttle to the University.

From Traveling Workshop Previous Participants

“I felt like I was living the dream this past week. I love audio-storytelling. I’m passionate about it…. I am so thankful I got to take this class. It was life-changing.” – Bloomington, Indiana participant 2014

“Rob is gifted at instruction. Honestly, I am in awe of his ability to teach, with patience and insight, given the tight timeline, different personalities in the class, etc. Rob is a true guru… If he taught any class not just radio, if it was something else he had expertise on, I would hop to the opportunity. I was never great at sitting in a classroom, had college been more like Rob’s class, I may have gone on to be a lawyer… so thank goodness, Rob wasn’t my undergrad professor.” – St. John participant, 2015

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast — a joint project of PRX and Transom — on radio storytelling. He started and then ran the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies’ radio track for 11 years. He is now the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, which launched in the fall of 2011.

Mary Helen Montgomery, Assistant Instructor

Mary Helen Miller is a digital journalist who uses different media — audio, video, code, and words — to tell stories, mostly about the South. She works at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and was part of a small team there that was named as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. She has also worked as a radio producer at WUTC, the NPR affiliate station in Chattanooga, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2013. She is a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop. You can find more of her work on her website.



Contact us with your workshop questions: info [at] transom [dot] org. For information about other Traveling Workshops happening this summer, go here.

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