Traveling Workshop 2017: New York, New York

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New York, NY: January 8 – 14, 2017

Transom and New York University’s Literary Reportage program are hosting a weeklong Transom Traveling Workshop on audio storytelling. Ten beginning-level students will get six days of intensive training in New York City. The Workshop will take place from January 8th – 14th.


Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $1,836 and includes:

    • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Audrey Quinn.
    • 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 five days.

The Workshop will start with dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday night, January 8th (location TBD), followed by an evening class. For the rest of the week students will 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 New York City. The Workshop will end mid-day on Saturday, January 14th.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open August 25, 2016
  • Applications due September 30, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions October 10, 2016
  • Enrollment confirmation October 17, 2016
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full October 28, 2016
  • Workshop takes place January 8 – 14, 2017

The Selection Process

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. Ten participants will be selected.


A block of rooms is being held at the Marriott Courtyard in Soho. Cost for one single room with tax and fees: $159 per night. Participants are also welcome to find their own housing.

Additional Costs

Students will have to cover:

    • Travel to and from NYC
    • Cab, subway, or taxi fare in NYC
    • Meals when the three group meals aren’t offered

From Previous Traveling Workshop Participants

“The thing that made this course so valuable for me is the confidence I walked away with. I really feel like I can and should be making radio and bravely pitching stuff on my own. Thanks for finding a way to show me that…” – Interlochen participant, 2016

“I am not exaggerating when I say that this was the best time and money I’ve ever spent on anything. I got incredible perspectives, expert instruction, great company, and experience making a story I’m really proud of. I am so lucky to have been included in this program.” – St. John participant, 2015

“Rob is awesome!! Such a great teacher. Really works with you no matter your skill level.” – Catalina participant, 2016

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast on radio storytelling — a joint project of PRX and Transom. 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.

Audrey Quinn, Teaching Assistant

Audrey Quinn is a Brooklyn-based radio journalist and editor. Her investigative work has been awarded by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund, and has been published in the New York Times. She’s helped launch podcasts at Gimlet Media, BuzzFeed, Slate, and Runner’s World, and she spent last winter as a guest reporter at NPR’s Planet Money podcast. She teaches audio reporting at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU.



Contact us with your workshop questions: info [at] transom [dot] org.

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