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Rural Radio


Free Resources

for learning to make radio at home

Transom features free articles, interviews with audio storytellers, and workshops.

HowSound is the bi-weekly podcast on radio storytelling produced by Rob Rosenthal for the Public Radio Exchange. From fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics, HowSound explores the ins-and-outs of radio storytelling.

Some free articles, some require membership.

NPR Training Site and Newsletter

A directory of resources to learn about making radio curated by This American Life

Great training videos (free access with local library membership)

Low-cost Resources

for learning to make radio at home

Out on the Wire is an investigation into the narrative techniques and ideas of the new generation of great American journalists/storytellers on the radio and podcasts. Inside, you’ll discover the nitty-gritty of how shows like This American Life, Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Planet Money, the Moth Radio Hour, Radio Diaries, and 99% Invisible weave their magic spell.

Programs--remote and in person

You don't have to be admitted to Duke to attend these continuing education courses. They offer a wide range (up to a hundred annually) of onsite and online courses, summer intensive institutes, and short workshops for adults who are interested in doing their own documentary work, whether starting a first project or refining an existing one. Most classes are offered during the evening or on weekends to accommodate the schedules of working adults. These hands-on courses, available via open admission and with reasonable fees, involve instruction in photography, video, audio, writing, and other creative media. Special topics integral to conducting and presenting documentary work are covered, such as documentary traditions, techniques, fieldwork theory, and ethics. 

The Association for Independents in Radio has yearly membership fees, giving you access to a large library of resources, talent directory, access to mentorships and more. You can also apply for a week long intensive in Brooklyn NY, or a fellowship.

Transom offers week-long traveling workshops, nine-week residential program of full-time training in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, and six-week distance learning story mentorships.

SALT offers intensives specifically for podcasting. These workshops are associated with the SALT Documentary Studies department, but are separate from the SALT Graduate Certificate Program. Registration is open to the general public. 

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