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CPD 120-S23-2 | SALT: Casco Bay Audio Bootcamp, In-person

CPD 120-S23-2 | SALT: Casco Bay Audio Bootcamp, In-person

7/24-7/29 Mon-Sat ROOM: 304 Porteous Building

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description

Spanning Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine is one of the world's most productive marine environments. It's also one of the fastest warming bodies of water on the planet. What does a rapidly changing Gulf of Maine mean for the human and non-human species who call it home? 
With an emphasis on experiential learning and boots-on-the ground field reporting, this unique week-long intensive offers a chance to develop and practice basic audio storytelling and production skills while getting to know one inlet of the Gulf of Maine - Casco Bay
While visiting with regional environmental and climate change experts, exploring Casco Bay and the Calendar Islands by ferry and foot, and building relationships with local community members, students will learn how to record and gather sound in dynamic outdoor environments. By the end of the week, students will produce short place-based audio pieces that contribute to our collective understanding of and connection to the globally significant Gulf of Maine.
Students should have basic editing skills with a digital audio workstation of their choice before class starts.
In-person Intensive
Tuition: $1500
7/24-7/28 (5 day intensive)
9-5 pm *
CEUs: 4
*it is best for the students to dedicate the full five days to the class.

Nora Saks is a journalist, audio producer, and educator based in Portland, Maine. Her work has been heard and read on NPR, Here & Now, 99% Invisible, Outside/In, the Outside Podcast, Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio, Alaska Public Media, the Coast Alaska network, Down East Magazine, and The Missoulian.

Most recently, Nora has been working as a producer at WBUR‚ Boston's NPR news station, where she's involved in developing and producing a range of narrative podcasts including Last Seen, Endless Thread, Circle Round and other projects.

Before joining WBUR, Nora was a host, reporter and producer with Montana Public Radio, where she created Richest Hill, a series about the past, present and future of one of America's most legendary Superfund sites in Butte, Montana. The New Yorker called Richest Hill a "must-listen" and one of the best podcasts of 2019.

Nora also worked on Season 1 and Season 2 of Threshold, a Peabody Award-winning podcast that tackles one pressing environmental issue each season.

She holds an M.A. in Environmental Science and Natural Resources Journalism from the University of Montana, and is also a proud graduate of the Salt Institute. 



We will provide the audio recording kits, but students should bring: a personal laptop if possible, over the ear headphones, extra AA batteries, a reporting notebook, pens.

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