AIR's Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive
In partnership wth UnionDocs

Brooklyn, NY
July 7 - 11, 2014
December 15 - 19, 2014

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 (Photos from top left, clockwise: John Keefe, Janet Cardiff walk, Jonathan Mitchell, Christopher Allen)

Is your skillset stretching to its full dynamic range?

Would a prism of expert experience help your story find its true colors?

Explore our Full Spectrum Storytelling intensive.

These audio-first intensives designed by AIR in partnership with UnionDocs expose producers to a broad range of creative approaches to storytelling and an expanded set of technical skills. They offer key ideas and sharpened tools for navigating your own path through the 21st century multimedia environment.

Over the course of a week, producers will learn from a team of accomplished guest speakers -- experts drawn from public broadcast journalism, network technology, and media art who will take up to 14 producers (for each intensive) on a week-long excursion through storytelling to sound processing to interactive design and more. Hands-on exercises and work-in-progress critique will put this new knowledge into practice.  

Guest speakers for our 2013 intensives included: Emily Botein, Jocelyn Gonzales, Ann Heppermann, John Keefe, Michael May, Jonathan Mitchell, Bayeté Ross-Smith, Ben Rubin. <<<Check out their bios below.>>>

STAY TUNED for our line-up for 2014!


All classes take place at UnionDocs in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. There will be an evening excursion (Wednesday), a happy hour (Monday), and a UnionDocs event (Friday). Participation is encouraged, but optional.

July 7 - 11, 2014
December 15 - 19, 2014

Who is eligible? 

We are looking for mid-career producers and story-first technologists from all walks of the media industry and beyond who have demonstrable skills in digital sound gathering, editing and mixing. Filmmakers and those whose primary focus has been visual or moving image are strongly encouraged to attend, as well. AIR membership is not required, though AIR members are eligible for a small travel stipend. A work sample is required with your application.

Please note: Participants *will not* be producing a piece during the week. Focus is on listening and discussion.

The fee for the intensive follows the schedule below. A non-refundable deposit of $350 is due upon application to the program. The balance is payable two weeks in advance of the intensive.

December Session Deposit Deadline/Rates:
$750 - Early Bird Registration
$800 - Regular Registration
$850 - Late Registration.

Please note: If you pay by PayPal, you will be charged a $20 processing fee. Check or money order is encouraged.

AIR members living outside of NYC are eligible to receive a stipend ($100) to help underwrite fees and travel. First come, first served. If you’ve received a stipend or mentorship opportunity in the past two years from AIR, you may not be eligible.  

If you’d like to join AIR to become eligible for the travel stipend, go here. Participants coming from outside NYC are responsible for their own transportation and room and board during the intensive. UnionDocs can provide assistance in locating housing and guidance for getting around town for those not native to New York.

Refund Policy:

The deposit is non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until June 15. After June 15, the fee is non-refundable.

How to register:
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+++Full attendance is mandatory. If you are unable to attend each day of the intensive, please do not apply. Class meets from 10AM - 5:30PM, Monday through Friday. Lunch is on your own except for Monday. Snacks provided.+++

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2013 Class Overview:

You know that radio is uniquely suited for storytelling, but why? The first session of our week-long program is an in-depth look at the ways we both listen and hear.

There are thousands of ways to tell the same story. How do you decide what goes first? Where do you end? In this session we look at our successes, failures and best attempts in telling creative narratives.

Our ears provide localization and direction. Midweek we consider how audio can both represent and interact with place, architecture and the physical environment.

Thursday: BIG DATA
The era of big data is upon us. But what does that have to do with media? We discuss how to incorporate the latest data into your storytelling both on air and online.

Where are we going? What the web? New storytelling opportunities abound online, and audio producers are blazing new trails. Closing the intensive, we will foray into interactive design and the narrative potential in networks.

Each day follows this general structure, with some minor variations and substitutions:

10:00a    Warm up, inspiring references, listening exercises, ear training.
11:00a    Presentation
12:00p    Exercise / Hands on / Tutorial
12:30p    Share / Discuss Exercise
1:00p      Lunch (on your own - lunch will be provided on Friday)
2:00p      Seminar Presentation
3:15p      Seminar Discussion
4:00p      Workshop Exercise
5:00p      Workshop Critique
5:30p      End 

Instructors and Guest Speakers

These are our instructors for our 2013 intensives. Stay tuned for the 2014 line up!

AMANDA ARONCZYK, Lead Instructor

Amanda Aronczyk has been a public radio reporter and new media producer for over 15 years, and has worked at Radiolab, Marketplace, Weekend America and The Next Big Thing. As a freelancer, she has produced podcasts for the The New Yorker and Slate, as well as reported and produced for a variety of programs, including the BBC World Service, Freakonomics and Studio 360. She's also an adjunct faculty member at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a Soros Justice Media Fellow, and is currently working on The Cost of Crime, a multimedia investigation, into the financial repercussions of imprisonment.


is a founder of UnionDocs and is currently the Artistic Director. After graduating from Columbia University and studying at Trinity College Dublin, Allen worked as a social entrepreneur, documentary director, and new media artist. His individual works and collaborative projects have been exhibited at the MoMA, Harvard’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, the Volksbühne Theatre, DirektorenHaus in Berlin, Independent Film Week, Sonár, DIVA, and Conflux Festivals, among many other venues. He directed the interactive documentary Capitol of Punk, which was part of “Design and the Elastic Mind” at the Museum of Modern Art, and he is currently in post-production on the feature Diamond Vehicle, shot in Tibet, China, Nepal, and India. Christopher was founding-partner of Counts Media, and played a leading role in the invention and execution of many art & entertainment concepts there, such as The Ride NY, a live theatrical and cinematic experience on the streets of the city, and Yellow Arrow, a place-based storytelling project exhibited online and in galleries and museums internationally.

is an award-winning independent radio producer based in New York, with a focus on documentaries and cultural programming. She has launched national shows, produced pilots, pieces, and series. Her work has been broadcast on a range of shows and institutions, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Metropolitan Opera, National Public Radio, The Next Big Thing, Studio 360, Weekend America and WNYC Radio. Currently she produces WNYC's Here's the Thing.

is an Associate Teacher in the sound design department of the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and producer and technical director of Feet In Two Worlds, a multimedia ethnic journalism project that trains and mentors reporters in blogging, audio/video reporting, and social media. She is an engineer and former public radio producer whose work has appeared on WNYC, Studio 360, Soundcheck, Marketplace, Weekend America, Sound Money, Radiolab, Musicians Radio on XM Satelilite, Ear Studio, and Minnesota Public Radio, and she is a producer for the weekly Tech Talk, Popcast, Book Review and Science Times podcasts for the New York Times. She was the post-production sound engineer for the documentary feature films, Living Yoga (directed by Shiva Kumar); Kid Creole and My Coconuts (directed by Adriana Kaegi); Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque (directed by Gary Beeber), and is an associate producer for music, media and live performances with Peppergreen Media.

is a Brooklyn-based, independent radio/multimedia documentary producer and educator. Her work has aired on numerous public radio stations, including: This American Life, Radiolab, Studio 360, Marketplace and many others.  A Peabody Award-winning producer, she also has received awards from the Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow, and Third Coast International Audio Festival. From 2010-11, she was a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellow, reporting on perinatal depression and pre-teen eating disorders for NPR and Ms. Magazine. In 2011, she was named a United States Artists (USA) Fellow with Kara Oehler. Recently, she has been a series producer for Marketplace's Economy 4.0 series with David Brancaccio, WQXR and Studio 360. She is also a faculty member teaching radio writing and radio drama at Sarah Lawrence College.

is the Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology. He's part of WNYC's Data News Team, which helps our journalists use and analyze data, and also builds interactive maps, charts and database projects. He tweets at @jkeefe. John Keefe is the Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology at WNYC, New York Public Radio. Keefe infuses WNYC's journalism with data reporting and interactive news applications, including census analysis, map mashups, news charts and SMS-based crowdsourcing projects.  Previously, Keefe led WNYC's news operation for nine years and grew its capacity for breaking news, election coverage and investigative reporting. His career also includes time as a police reporter at two Wisconsin daily newspapers, as science editor for Discovery Channel Online and as president of a small digital production company.

MICHAEL MAY teaches radio documentary at the Salt Institute in Portland, ME, and lives and freelances from his home in Cambridge, MA. Before that, he was the managing editor of the Texas Observer and a print and radio freelancer based in Austin, where he investigated an idiosyncratic FBI informant named Brandon Darby, heard Willie Nelson sing “Amazing Grace” a capella and discovered that a police “bait car” can snare good Samaritans. His stories ended up on Studio 360, This American Life, Marketplace, The American Prospect and others. He has also worked as an editor for the national radio show Weekend America and a news reporter at the Austin NPR station KUT-FM. For his radio work, May has won a Third Coast Audio Festival Gold Award and a National Headliners Grand Award.

is the creator and producer of The Truth, a podcast that makes short films without pictures. He's contributed a wide range of pieces—documentaries, fictional stories, non-narrated sound collages, and original music— to all sorts of public radio programs: Radiolab, Studio 360, This American Life, Hearing Voices, Fair Game, The Next Big Thing, and All Things Considered, to name a few. His work has won many awards, including the Peabody, Third Coast, and the Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio. He studied music composition at University of Illinois and Mills College, and lives in New York City.

BAYETÉ ROSS SMITH is an artist, photographer, and educator living in New York City. He is represented by beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary. He began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation. Bayeté has exhibited with organizationsand institutions such as the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, MoMA P.S.1,Duetsche Bank, Rush Arts Gallery, the Leica Gallery, the Utah MOCA,the Patricia Sweetow Gallery, the Goethe Institute (Ghana), and Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland). His collaborative projects“Along The Way” and “Question Bridge: Black Males” have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, respectively. His work has also been featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest in Sheffield England and the L.A. Film Festival.

BEN RUBIN is a media artist based in New York City.  His work transposes texts of all kinds into light, sound, space, and motion. His work takes forms ranging from public art installations to theatrical projections and sound design. Rubin designed the visual projections for "Arguendo," (2013) which premiered at the Public Theater in New York. His latest public artwork is a site-specific sculpture called “Shakespeare Machine” (2012), also at the Public Theater. He frequently collaborates with UCLA statistician Mark Hansen, and their joint projects include Moveable Type (2007), a commission for the lobby of the New York Times Building, and Listening Post (2002) which won the 2004 Golden Nica Prize from Ars Electronicaas well as a Webby award in 2003. Mr. Rubin’s work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, the Chicago Art Institute, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Fondation Cartier in Paris, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Mr. Rubin holds a B.A. from Brown University (1987) and an M.S. in visual studies from the MIT Media Lab (1989). Mr. Rubin has taught at the Bard College MFA program, NYU, and the Yale School of Art, where he was appointed critic in graphic design in 2004.



UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas. We bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.


AIR is a vibrant, tightly networked association of more than 900 journalists, documentarians, technicians, media entrepreneurs, and sound artists spanning 46 states and 20 countries worldwide. Founded in 1988, AIR has emerged as a force for identifying, cultivating, and deploying talent to accelerate public media innovation and expand service to more citizens across the U.S. AIR's mentorship and training programs, unique in the industry, were launched in 1995 with a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and continuing support from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYSCA, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.