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How to be an Audio Producer

August 3 - August 7

$875 – $1230

You’ve heard the credits at the end of your favorite podcast, or maybe you’ve seen job listings looking for producers to work on new shows. But what does an audio producer do, anyway? This course will train you in the most important producer skills: developing an ear for quality recording, interviewing, booking, cutting tape, and telling a story in sound. We’ll also discuss the nitty gritty of planning a production budget and what it takes to launch a successful show.


Lacy Roberts
Managing producer, Transmitter Media



  • Who is this workshop for?
    Anyone interested in carving out a piece of the podcast storytelling boom for themselves. That might mean you want to apply for a producer job at a show you like, or you’re developing your own show idea and want to know more about proper production techniques and workflows.
  • Who is the instructor?
    Lacy Roberts is an audio producer and documentary filmmaker. Currently she’s the managing producer at Brooklyn-based podcast production company Transmitter Media, where she develops and produces original shows for clients like The New York Times, New York Magazine, and First Look Media. Check out Radiotopia’s Over the Road and the first Transmitter original Rebel Eaters Club to hear her most recent work.
  • When is this workshop?
    August 3-7, 2020
  • How long are workshop days?
    Classes start at 9am each day and usually finish 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?
    Two longform (20-30 minute) broadcast quality interviews – one you hosted, and one you produced.
  • Will my final audio pieces be published?
    Most students’ final radio stories have aired on either Montana Public Radio, KFGM Missoula community radio or KBMF Butte America radio. You’re welcome to pitch your pieces to additional outlets.
  • What equipment is provided? What do I need to bring?
    We will provide audio gear, a desktop computer and editing software during the workshop. You’ll need to bring an external hard drive (500GB is plenty) to save your work.
  • What audio editing software will I learn?
    Adobe Audition
  • Can I use my own laptop instead of the Media Lab’s desktop computers?
    Yes, as long as you have the latest version of Adobe Audition installed on your laptop.
  • What about meals?
    We provide lunch one day during 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. Missoula has lots of hotels and AirBnB’s in close proximity to the Montana Media Lab though.
  • Will I need a car?
    That depends on you. We have a limited number of bikes available for check out to help you with getting to and from the Lab and exploring Missoula. If you want to report your audio interview 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.


August 3
August 7
$875 – $1230
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