CLASS - Tuesday October 4, October 11, October 8, October 25 from 3 - 5pm pT, 6 - 8pm ET

Developing Your Editorial Voice

How do you cultivate an environment that reflects the culture you want to build? Together, we will develop a guiding editorial philosophy, practice constructive feedback, turn limitations into opportunities for deeper collaboration, and think through navigating sensitive subjects that may arise in your projects.  
There is an opt-in homework component to this class. You'll get the most out of this class if you opt-in to receive tailored editorial feedback on your project from the instructor. 
Sliding scale pricing may be available for this class. If you are an AIR member experiencing financial hardship, please contact soundpath@airmedia.org to inquire about scholarship options. Eligible students may apply to The Podcasting Seriously Awards Fund for tuition reimbursement  after the completion of the class. 
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About this class

  • 15 student cap
  • Tuesday October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2022
  • 3-5pm PT / 6-8pm ET
  • 2 hours
  • $370 AIR members without Editorial Feedback
    $570 AIR members with Editorial Feedback
    $425 non-member price without Editorial Feedback
    $655 non-members with Editorial Feedback
  • Payment plans available for all levels and start as low as 4 payments of $93 ($370)
What makes your editorial voice unmistakable? What perspectives and approach do you bring to a project or newsroom that make you a great story editor? Becoming intimate with your editorial strengths and style, your values and voice, can help you create quality stories and content, and be a wellspring to draw from when navigating challenges.

Through in-class listening, group role-play and discussion, and generative creative writing prompts, you will leave this four-week workshop better equipped to share constructive critical feedback, navigate ethical story sourcing and sensitive subjects, and with clarity around your motivations and offerings as an editor and producer that you can communicate to teams and employers. 
This class comes with a highly recommended but optional homework review. With the added homework review component, you will receive guidance on transforming material generated in the workshop into a unique editorial ethics statement you can return to over time. 

You will get the most from this workshop if you bring your own experience to bear and opt in to receive feedback on your work.

Who is this class designed for?  

  • Reporters moving into an editor role
  • Editors having trouble in their newsroom 
  • Non-newsroom (production companies) 
  • Freelancers managing teams and client relationships
  • Useful for students at any stage of their career

    You will get the most from this workshop if you bring your own experience to bear.

Course Lessons

Meet the instructor

Noor Al-Samarrai

Noor Al-Samarrai is an award-winning poet and audio producer passionate about community memory. She got her start in public radio at the age of 17, and has since worked as an oral historian documenting Iraqi voices, and as a producer on Your Undivided Attention. A proud Transom alum, she lives in Berkeley where she raised three – and slaughtered one – roosters during the pandemic (she did it for the tape). 
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