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Writing for Radio

  • Experimental Station 6100 S Blackstone Ave Chicago (map)

How do the folks at WBEZ, Serial, or [insert your favorite radio program/podcast here] craft their stories? There's a lot that goes into making an audio story, and while the tape you collect in interviews and in the field is important, the voice-over narration you write is the glue that holds it all together. In this workshop, learn the basics of audio story structure and how to write for the ear to hear. It's way more fun than writing for print! Come and find out why!


Erisa Apantaku is the executive producer of South Side Weekly Radio. She's produced numerous stories for the Weekly, including an hour-long documentary about the history of Robeson High School that you can listen to at

Jenny Casas (@jnnsmn) is a Chicago-based audio reporter and producer. She's investigated environmental crimes and local government corruption for USA Today’s podcast The City. She's reported on class and power for St. Louis Public Radio and covered restorative justice on the West Side and criminal law in Cook County for City Bureau. 

Earlier Event: March 9
Fundamentals of Fact-checking
Later Event: March 30
Reporting Basics