Trust Me, I'm an Editor

Producers come to editors with their tape, a vision, and a piece in various stages of completion. Editors bring their skills, a fresh set of ears, a fat red pen, and often the mandate of an established show format.

Producers come to editors with their tape, a vision, and a piece in various stages of completion. Editors bring their skills, a fresh set of ears, a fat red pen, and often the mandate of an established show format.

In this panel, two pairs of producer/editor teams (Emily Botein & Ben Shapiro, and John Biewen & Deb George) with the assistance of moderator Gwen Macsai, discuss the editorial process from both sides of this collaboration, and the not-so-simple process of refining a piece into its strongest form.


Featuring

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro has been producing and editing programs and series for public radio for over 20 years.

Deborah George

Deborah George was on the staff of NPR News for more than 15 years and since 1996 has edited the Radio Diaries series which airs on NPR's All Things Considered.

Emily Botein

Emily Botein is Vice President for On-Demand Content at WNYC Radio in New York.

Gwen Macsai

Gwen Macsai hosts Third Coast's radio programs Re:sound and Best of the Best.

John Biewen

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he teaches and produces the Scene on Radio podcast.