The need to write effectively for audio coincides with the industry’s overall shift toward digital storytelling. Audio matters in broadcast and online ― and to every newsroom with a digital presence. Writing well for audio ultimately means telling compelling stories and communicating information to time-pressed listeners ― core skills for a 21st century journalist.
This requires a dramatic shift in the way we have been taught to write. In school, our teachers rewarded long, complex sentences with multiple commas and parenthetical clauses that showed we have mastered the basic rules of grammar, spelling and syntax while exhibiting critical thought, nuanced arguments and SAT-level vocabulary. Great writing, we have been taught, is meant to be read ― silently.
“Writing for the Ear” will teach you that great writing can also be spoken.
What will I learn
- Introduction to audio stories – How audio stories are different from their print counterparts and examples of great audio stories
- Picking and pitching stories – Generating story ideas that work well in audio form and pitching stories and sharpening their focus
- Writing the story – Everything you need to write effectively at the story, scene and sentence levels
- Revising the story – Strategies for applying the tools of revision to audio writing
- Voicing & special topics – How to perform an audio story and other topics, such as “translating” a print story to audio form
Who should take this course
This course is for anyone interested in improving their audio storytelling skills ― radio and TV reporters, print journalists shifting to digital storytelling, multimedia correspondents and more.
About self-directed courses
In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.
Dan Grech a digital marketing, strategic communications and storytelling specialist who works with startups, nonprofits and universities to tell their story for maximum impact and effectiveness. He founded the MarketHack digital marketing training program at the Idea Center at Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest college. He has worked as an award-winning print, radio and digital journalist, including his work at The Miami Herald and Marketplace, and as a university educator. You can follow him on Twitter at @dgrech.
He has master’s degrees in nonfiction storytelling and Spanish-language journalism. He is a graduate of Princeton University. He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Spain.