The Neon Hum Media Editors’ Bootcamp is for people who have historically been underrepresented as story editors. Black and Indigenous storytellers and other people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and Latinx folk. 

The audio industry needs you. 

No one person has all of the things that we’re looking for in a Bootcamp Editor, but here are some of what we’re keen on. 

  • Experience editing print reporters or editing newsy audio stories.  
  • Reporting experience 
  • Desire to work as a story editor for narrative podcasts after graduation
  • Thinks about what works in a podcast and what doesn’t 
  • Someone who has experience editing a narrative podcast but wants to pivot to making narrative limited run podcasts and wants to know how to do it from A to Z
  • Able to have difficult conversations with colleagues 
  • Decisive and opinionated but someone who gives a damn but is thoughtful. 

Course Details 

Eight participants will meet online for two classes a week. Each session will be about two and half hours conducted over Zoom. The first meetup will be on a weekend day, but the rest of the sessions will be Mondays and Thursdays at 6ish to 8:30pm EST. The idea is to give people who have day jobs an opportunity to participate. 

There is no tuition. 

Funding is made possible by Sony Music Group’s fund to support social justice and anti-racist initiatives and by Neon Hum Media. 

 

Why now? 

As the podcasting industry has grown, there is more and more of a need for editors who know how to improve stories so they have unforgettable characters, streamlined plots, and surprising twists that keep people listening. 

The audio industry is low on diversity, even more so when it comes to story editors.  Neon Hum Media wanted to start this Bootcamp to get underrepresented folks into the room where it happens. Story editors not only decide what stories to pursue but how to tell them once they are greenlit. You can have a big impact. 

With the rise of narrative podcasts, editors are in high demand. But there isn't a path for people who want to become editors to get their skills they need to break into the industry. Our hope is that this Editors' Bootcamp will help fix that. 

Participants will need to have a computer and steady Wifi. And you will need to commit to attending all sessions, barring emergencies. 

Each week you will have editing homework between classes. You will learn by doing and are expected to actively participate in class discussions. The idea is to not just learn from teachers but to learn from each other, too. So silent lurking isn’t going to work.

 

Participants will get hands-on learning designed to prepare them to take on editing jobs. 

  • You will learn how to edit actual scripts for structure and clarity. 
  • How to give constructive feedback that will motivate writers. 
  • How to make an outline for a limited-run podcast series. 
  • How to run a table read and triage comments from multiple folks so that your writer doesn’t get overwhelmed. 
  • What to listen for in a mix and what kind of notes to give at that stage of the process. 

 

An online orientation will be Sunday, March 20 (3 - 5pm EST).

The Bootcamp runs online Monday and Thursday nights starting March 21 6pm - 8:30pm EST for 8 weeks, ending in mid-May. A few times during the 8-week Bootcamp, there will be office hours for participants to sign up for one-on-one sessions with Catherine Saint Louis. 

In addition, each week, a different teacher will co-teach and give students feedback on their editing. No two story editors are the same, so you will learn different editor’s styles and best practices. Teachers work in the field right now and are committed to being the kind of editor who give constructive criticism and then offers solutions.

 

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