Traveling Workshop 2017: Athens, Georgia

old post card of Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia: July 30 – August 5, 2017

For the second year in a row The University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting a week-long 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 $1,884 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.)
  • Lunch will be provided daily as well as two dinners during the six days.

Workshop participants will gather Sunday afternoon 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 the afternoon of Saturday, August 5th.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open February 14, 2017
  • Applications due March 24, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions April 3, 2017
  • Enrollment confirmation April 10, 2017
  • Tuition due in full April 21, 2017
  • Workshop takes place July 30 – August 5, 2017

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 Courtyard Marriott in downtown Athens. Cost for a single room with tax and fees: $117.86 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

“Rob is SO GOOD at what he does. So patient, funny, energetic. He explains things simply, he makes the boring stuff fun (like learning how to use Hindenburg), and doesn’t nerd out too much in an inaccessible esoteric way. I really trust his judgment.” – Athens, Georgia participant 2016

“I thought the week was really great. I learned more than I could possible imagine and I’m really excited to go out there and make more radio!” – Athens, Georgia 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.

Mary Helen Montgomery, Assistant Instructor

Mary Helen Montgomery is an independent radio and multimedia producer based in Chattanooga, Tenn. Recent work has aired on Here and Now, Nashville Public Radio, Gravy podcast, Neighbors podcast, and Slate’s Placemakers podcast. Mary Helen has won first place awards from the Tennessee Associated Press, won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and was on a small team nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. She has been the teaching assistant at the Transom Story Workshop and the Transom Traveling Workshop. She graduated from the first Transom Story Workshop in 2011. 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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