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Audio Storytelling & Podcasting

June 8 - June 12

$875 – $1230

The power audio team of Michael May and Nora Saks is back! Over the course of five days, NPR Story Lab senior producer Michael May and MTPR reporter Nora Saks will guide participants through reporting, editing and mixing an audio feature. This workshop will cover interviewing and gathering sound, writing and editing a script, and cutting and mixing audio. We will also discuss what makes a podcast successful, and participants will create a blueprint for planning, producing and marketing their own podcast.


Michael May, Senior producer, NPR Story Lab

Nora Saks, MTPR reporter and host of the “Richest Hill” podcast



  • Who is this workshop for?
    Anyone starting out in radio who wants to make a podcast or learn the fundamentals of quality audio storytelling. If you’ve dabbled in audio storytelling (or even had something on air), but want to learn proper reporting, editing and production techniques, this workshop is also for you.
  • Who are the instructors?
    Michael May is the senior producer of the NPR Story Lab in Washington, D.C. He works with NPR newsroom staff to pitch and produce podcasts, videos, web stories, and new series for broadcast. Previously, he taught radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and is the winner of three National Headliners Awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards and a Third Coast Audio Festival Gold Award for his radio work. Nora Saks is an award-winning reporter for Montana Public Radio and host of the “Richest Hill” podcast about the past, present and future of one of America’s most notorious Superfund sites
  • When is this workshop?
    June 8-12, 2020
  • How long are workshop days?
    Class starts at 9am each day and usually finishes around 5pm. Final production days may run later since our goal is to make sure you have a finished, broadcast-quality audio piece by the end of the workshop. Plan to work hard and leave tired.
  • What will I leave the workshop with?
    A 3-6 minute broadcast quality audio profile about an interesting person in the community and a project blueprint to launch your own podcast.
  • Will my final audio piece be published?
    Most students’ final radio stories have aired on either Montana Public Radio, KFGM Missoula community radio or KBMF Butte America radio. Some students’ final stories have been picked up and aired by National Public Radio.
  • What equipment is provided? What do I need to bring?
    We will provide audio gear, desktop computer (Mac) and editing software for the duration of the workshop. You’ll need to bring a Mac-formatted external hard drive (500GB is plenty) to save your work.
  • Can I use my own laptop instead of the desktop computers?
    Yes, as long as you have the latest version of Adobe Audition installed on your laptop.
  • What audio editing software will I learn?
    Adobe Audition
  • What about meals?
    We provide lunch on day two of the workshop. All other meals are on your own. Missoula has lots of great restaurants and cafes within easy biking and walking distance of the Montana Media Lab.
  • Do you provide housing?
    Housing is not provided. However, we offer low-cost accommodations at the University of Montana dorms ($35/ night for a single room or $23/ night for a double room), or you can pursue housing through AirBnB or local hotels.
  • Will I need a car?
    That depends on you. We have bikes available for check out to help you with getting to and from the Lab. If you want to report your audio profile on someone outside of Missoula, you will need a car. Otherwise, Missoula is incredibly bike friendly and has a no-fare bus system that will get you just about anywhere.
  • What is the maximum enrollment for this workshop?
  • Can I take this workshop for college credit?
    Yes. You can earn two undergraduate or graduate journalism credits from the University of Montana for an additional $155 processing fee.
  • I’m a teacher. Can I earn OPI renewal units for this workshop?
    Yes. You will earn 35 renewal units for this workshop.
  • What’s your refund policy?
    The Montana Media Lab will issue a full refund, minus a $150 administrative fee, for cancellations made more than 45 days prior to the start of the workshop. Cancellations made within 45 days of the start of the workshop are not eligible for a refund. If the Montana Media Lab cancels the workshop for any reason, you will be issued a full refund.
  • This sounds great, but I still have a few questions. Could I talk with a past participant about his/her experience?
    Yes! Just reach out to us using our contact form, and we’ll connect you with a past workshop attendee.


June 8
June 12
$875 – $1230
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