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Call for Applicants: Amplify Podcasting School

Five days of hands-on podcasting workshops and seminars for graduate and emerging scholars.

Where: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia

When: April 22-26, 2024

Who: Hannah McGregor and Stacey Copeland (Amplify Podcast Network); Milena Droumeva (Glenfraser Endowed Professor in Sound Studies at SFU); Vinita Srivastava (Don’t Call Me Resilient at The Conversation Canada); David Gauntlett (Canada Research Chair in Creative Innovation and Leadership at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University); Martin Austwick (Song by Song); Helen Zaltzman (The Allusionist)

What: We are delighted to invite proposals to participate in the first Amplify Podcasting School, to be held at the Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University, April 22-26, 2024.

As part of a cohort of 15 students, participants will take part in five days of hands-on workshops and presentations with scholars and professional podcasters, participants will gain practical experience in creating their own podcasts based on their own research. Participants will gain skills in:

  • Communicating your research in compelling and expressive forms

  • Figuring out who you want to be on the podcast

  • Recording audio, microphone technique, editing and sound design

  • Writing for audio and interviewing

  • Project planning and collaboration

  • Identifying and building an audience, and publishing your podcast

And of course, participants will engage with the theory and context of scholarly podcasting, and its potential as a creative route to open and accessible scholarly communication!

Participants will also receive one-on-one mentoring and feedback on their work, to produce creative and engaging podcasts that will reach diverse audiences. We will also support participants in identifying potential publishing platforms for their podcasting work.

If selected, participants will receive financial support for their travel to and from Burnaby, BC, of up to $850, as well as free accommodation and hospitality throughout the week. There is no other cost to the event.

Who can apply: You will be hoping to connect your research with people – but do not need any previous experience of podcast production. You must be a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or emerging scholar working in the arts, humanities or social sciences. You must be affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary or research institution (but you don’t need to be Canadian). Priority will be given to applicants from equity-deserving groups, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled scholars.

Selected participants will be notified by January 15, 2024

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