Edit Mode: Story Editor Training for Narrative Audio

A new 7 week paid intensive program from SoundPath and the Editors Collective.

Applications have now closed and are under review.  If you are interested in this program but have missed the application deadline, keep an eye out this summer for the next session.

The Details

This workshop is intended to diversify the editing landscape and set you up for future employment.
  • Intensive workshop over three weekends: Sat 9am-3pm PT/12pm-6pm ET, Sun 12pm-3pm PT / 3pm-6pm ET
  • Followed by a month-long mentorship with a minimum one meeting/week with your mentor. Participants will shadow an editor at a news organization or podcast network, gaining first hand experience in the editing process
  • Participants receive a stipend of $1000
  • Applications will open here on March 8 and close April 2
  • There will be an info session on 3/10 at 9am PT/12pm ET
applications open

Edit Mode info session

On March 10, 2021 AIR hosted this Edit Mode info session with the Editors Collective. Be sure to check it out before applying. The presentation used in the session can be viewed here
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Frequently asked questions

Who should apply?

The ideal candidate is someone who has been working in audio narrative and/or journalism for a while already, and who feels drawn to the work of story editing: helping to shape, refine, support and guide reporters and producers in making narrative audio pieces. If you’re new to audio, this probably won’t be a great fit. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in similar programs.
Our program is aimed at diversifying the pool of editors in the audio industry, and as such we are looking for people who identify with groups who are currently underrepresented. We are primarily thinking about this in terms of racial/ethnic identity, but this could also be based on a candidate’s sexual orientation, gender identity, class background, disability status, geographical location or some other factor. We are aiming to build a vibrant, supportive cohort that can learn, grow, exchange skills, inspire each other and have fun together!

What do you mean by story editor?

We are defining story editor as someone who helps to shape, refine, support and guide reporters and producers in making narrative audio pieces. It involves working with scripts, thinking through story structure, listening to tape, and interacting with people. This is different from producing or reporting work, and is not primarily about mixing or working in audio editing software. 

Does this program cost money?

No! The program is free. What’s more, participants and mentors will each receive a $1000 stipend for their full participation in the mentorship component. Payments will be made in the name of the participant, no exceptions.

What equipment will I need to participate?

Participants will need a computer with a webcam and microphone setup for participating in Zoom meetings; a reliable internet connection; and access to Google docs. Useful to have: some kind of DAW for evaluating/listening to tape, post-its in varying colors, funny hats to wear in Zooms.

What is the time commitment?

The initial training will span two and a half weekends, with a commitment of about 6 hours a day on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday. Participants should also expect to dedicate several hours in the intervening weeks to working on edit assignments and meeting with their mentors. There will also be four 90-minute weekly meetings after the program concludes for the cohort to check in about their mentorship experiences, ask questions, and learn from additional guest speakers. 

Participants will also be working with their mentors on real-world edits during the month following the training, and should expect to dedicate at least 3-5 hours a week to that experience.

Total commitment for the full program will vary but a good ballpark estimate is around 60-70 hours. 

What if I have to miss a class?

In order to achieve our goal of creating a cohesive learning cohort that can hopefully serve as the basis for an ongoing community, we expect you to commit to attending every session. We understand that life happens, and we’ll work with participants individually in the case of unforeseen circumstances. However, part of the strength and success of the program will come from the full presence of all participants. 

How many people will be in the cohort?

Our first cohort will have 10 participants. 

Will you accept international applications?

We hope at some point to open up to international participation but for now we are accepting applications only from US-based candidates.

I wasn’t selected. Is there another way for me to take part? 

There is! We are planning to offer another training later this year to a new cohort; you can let us know if you’d like us to consider your application again at that time. We are also planning a few open public offerings, stay tuned for announcement of those.  

Do fellows get to choose their mentors? 

No, but we will try our best to pair you with someone whose work matches your interests. Program mentors work with outlets including NPR, Wondery, Reveal, This American Life, Snap Judgment, and others.

I have more questions

Great! Contact Ngoc-Tran Vu: tran@airmedia.org

Jen Chien

Jen Chien is Executive Editor for Lantigua Williams & Co. Previously, she was Senior Radio Editor at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and Managing Editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Awards recognitions include Third Coast, Peabody, Gracies, ONA/OJA, and SPJ Sigma Delta Chi. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, arts teacher, and massage therapist.
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Julie Caine

Julie Caine is senior editor for NPR’s Throughline podcast. She led podcasting and on-demand audio at KQED Public Radio, overseeing strategy, new show development, and a vibrant portfolio, including Truth Be Told, Rightnowish, and The Bay. She helped found Jetty Studios, an international podcast unit for the Al Jazeera Media Network, where she launched Closer Than They Appear and Game of Our Lives, and developed The Take. She’s a founding producer and editor on The Stoop and The Specialist podcasts, and was managing producer for Crosscurrents at KALW Public Radio.
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Casey Miner

Casey Miner is an award-winning narrative audio editor, producer, and writer who's worked with outlets including Wondery, Reveal, 70 Million, The Stoop, NPR, Slate, Pop-Up Magazine, and Mother Jones. Previously, she led creative teams for Al Jazeera and KALW; taught audio production and narrative structure at the University of California, Berkeley; and launched and hosted The Specialist, a podcast about work we don't think about and the people who do it. She does her best work when collaborating with other members of the Editors Collective.
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Leila Day

Leila Day is an award winning audio producer and editor, currently editing stories for Pineapple Street Studios. She's the co-creator and co-host of The Stoop podcast, stories about the Black diaspora, and she's the Executive Producer of Stoop Talks. Leila began her audio career as a reporter and editor at KALW in San Francisco and since then she's taught multiple audio workshops, produced longform content for various media outlets, and edited stories for Marvel, NPR, NBC and more. When she's not making podcasts she's often working with new producers to help them create their own stories.
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