When Your Podcast Team Is You

In this intimate class, you will learn from the unique experiences of several independent podcasters (including Lead Instructor Roifield Brown, Nia Hamm Clark of Dreams of Black Wall St., James Kim of Moonface and Tuck Woodstock of Gender Reveal) about how to create a podcast using insider tips from industry experts. Many podcast producers take on the role of host, researcher, producer and editor and it's a lot of work. This class will teach you how to navigate wearing many hats and how to overcome production obstacles from the viewpoint of industry independents who have created and sustained renowned shows.

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About this class

  • Jan 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
  • 4pm PT / 7pm ET
  • 2 hrs
  • $625 non-members/
    $545 AIR members/
    $325 AIR sliding scale
  • 15 students
Students are expected to complete one assignment as part of this class. 

This class is open to all levels.
This series of seminars will give you insight into the tools and strategies required to produce your own independent podcast. Instructors will provide practical resources, tips and techniques on bringing your podcast to life. You will learn from the first hand testimonies of seasoned professionals who have produced successful and sustaining podcasts. 

This class is led by Roifield Brown, creator of How Jamaica Conquered the World and podcasting instructor at UC Berkeley. He will be joined by special guests Nia Hamm Clark (Dreams of Black Wall St.), James Kim (Moonface) and Tuck Woodstock (Gender Reveal) who will share their own learnings from independent podcasting.
Each instructor will share their personal experience of creating a show from the ground up and will answer the questions you need answered to produce high quality content. Where do you get copyright free music? What are the legalities of using audio clips from YouTube and how can you quickly write a script which is compelling? This class will get your questions answered and get you planning and producing your own podcast. 

This class also examines budgeting, what show formats work best for one person or small teams and opportunities for growth and distribution exist for independent podcasters. 

You will be assigned a creative task to be evaluated by lead instructor Roifield Brown.

Class Overview

Meet the instructor

Roifield Brown

After working in pop promos, TV production and running a large UK website, in 2012 Roifield turned his professional attention to podcasting, creating the series How Jamaica Conquered the World. The first episode was awarded the accolade of iTunes podcast of the week in May 2012 and opened the door to an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable career in the field which has spanned almost 10 years to date. Roifield currently produces 10 American Presidents, Dumteedum, Map Corner, Mid Atlantic, How Jamaica Conquered the World and Intelligent Speech, which cumulatively have amassed over 5 million downloads. Roifield specializes in creating non-fiction podcasts and has a reputation for supercharging his client's podcasts from the drawing board to iTunes. Current work: Roifield teaches podcasting at the University of California, Berkeley, is the story editor for Audio Up's Beyond28 podcast and is a History director for Podcast Magazine. Roifield is also an AIR mentor.
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Nia Hamm Clark

Nia Hamm Clark is a television news multimedia journalist with more than 13 years of experience in the television news industry, most recently as a general assignment reporter for NBC10 Boston. Her passion for news extends beyond the newsroom into her daily life and she takes pride in using creativity and imagination to produce compelling stories.

Nia is a graduate of Rutgers University, as well as the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to working at NBC10 Boston, Nia worked as a general assignment reporter for Fox 61 News in Hartford, Connecticut. She has also worked as a general assignment reporter for WNYT-TV NewsChannel 13 in Albany, New York as well as a multimedia journalist for News 12 Networks, The Bronx and Brooklyn and Fios1 News (WRNN) in Rye Brook, New York.

Before Nia’s career as an on-air journalist began, she worked behind the scenes in television news as an associate producer for News 12 New Jersey before taking a job and working her way up from a writer, regional producer and eventually a package producer for Fox News. Nia then worked as a video producer and online writer for CNBC News and later as a writer for CBS Radio News Network in Manhattan.
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Nia has written about a variety of issues for a number of publications and websites, including, The Huffington Post,, and

In addition to her work as a news reporter, Nia is also the host and producer of a podcast called Dreams of Black Wall Street, which focuses on enterprising African American communities formed in the years following the Civil War/Reconstruction and the struggle of African Americans in these communities to achieve full-citizenship.
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James Kim

James Kim is a Los Angeles based podcast creator. This year he co-created the audio fiction piece, Vermont Ave., which won Tribeca Festival's inaugural "Best Fiction Podcast" award. Previously, he worked on Radiotopia, Marketplace, Deadly Manners, and Gimlet Media. He made the fiction show, MOONFACE, which the New York Times called "cinematic" and the Wall Street Journal hailed as, "the Sundance hit of fiction podcasts." The show also landed on the "Best of 2019" lists from Vulture, Spotify, Time Magazine, and The A.V. Club
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Tuck Woodstock

Tuck Woodstock is a journalist, audio producer, and equity educator based in Portland, Oregon. They produce and host an award-winning weekly podcast called Gender Reveal, which has released more than 100 episodes and distributed upwards of $218,000 in grants and mutual aid. He is also a co-founder of Sylveon Consulting and has been featured as a gender educator by the New York Times, NPR and the Washington Post, as well as at universities such as NYU, UC San Diego, Reed College and the New School. Tuck holds a BFA in documentary film and has previously worked as a protest reporter, vegan food writer and editor of the Portland visitors guide.
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