In the spring of 2013, Florida International University partnered with the WLRN – Miami Herald News team to offer a course on telling public radio stories in a multiplatform newsroom. The class is designed around a working newsroom. I was the anchor professor, but almost every class included topical guest lectures from reporters and editors at WLRN, the Miami Herald, NPR or other member stations.
Students spend the first few weeks of the class in a radio boot camp—learning field recording, audio editing and public radio sensibilities. Assignments are then structured to reinforce those lessons and are aligned with the main coverage areas of the newsroom: education, politics, arts and culture. The student-professor relationship becomes a reporter-editor relationship as the semester progresses. The most successful student pieces are broadcast on WLRN or published on WLRN.org.
Alumni of the class have gone on to intern at WLRN - Miami Herald News and NPR in Washington, DC. One alumnus has since been hired as a producer and reporter for WLRN - Miami Herald News.
You can read more about the class and hear student pieces here: Radio storytelling in the digital age.
Want to learn more? Email sammy[at]sammymack[dot]info.