Thursday Meetups

If you're looking for community, solidarity, collective brain-power, or resource-sharing, Thursday Meetups (October 4) are for you.

If you're looking for community, solidarity, collective brain-power, or resource-sharing, Thursday Meetups (October 4) are for you.

Conference attendees: excited about these meetups? Click here to informally sign up (you can always change your mind, of course) and to get updates from facilitators before the Conference!

UPDATE: Thursday Meetups have moved - Join us at WBEZ on Chicago's Navy Pier for Thursday Meetups between 2pm - 4pm. First, we'll gather all together in WBEZ's Community Room, then each Thursday Meetup will take over their own corner of WBEZ + Navy Pier. You can float between Meetups if you want!

BLOCK A (1:30pm - 2:45pm)

Audio Educators Assembly: Kill the Workshop!
Okay, not really. But workshops modeled after professional group-edits sometimes result in student work that is sure-handed and... kind of blah. What are some other ways in? Sarah will present some high-risk/low-stakes audio exercises influenced by oral history, creative writing, and performance—and talk about how those lessons translate to documentary work. Plus, plenty of time for attendees to share their own strategies for helping students find their distinctive voices.
Facilitated by Sarah Geis (independent, Love Me, Radio Residency co-creator)

Using Audio Archives to Enhance Your Storytelling
Hit a roadblock while creating your latest podcast episode? Find out about the bounty of archival resources with content ready for mining. Come speak to archivists who can give you tips on audio archival navigation.
Facilitated by Allison Schein Holmes (Studs Terkel Archive, WFMT) and Leigh Armstrong (Armstrong-Johnston).

Queering the Mainstream
For radio producers & queer-identified facilitators Arwen & James: "everything I do is queer because I am never not queer. So every podcast I make is queer even if it has nothing to do with sexual identity." With this in mind, queering the mainstream means their queerness is a part of all their work even if wouldn't be categorized as part of the LGBTQI podcast playlist during gay pride. This meetup values queer space and queer visibility, and is a time to hear about what “Queering the Mainstream” means to all queer-identified audio producers/artists - how can we value queer space and visibility in our work? How can we create connections to amplify queer voices throughout the industry?
Facilitated by Arwen Nicks (KPCC) and James Kim (KPCC)

You Should Be Talking About How Much Money You Make: A Discussion For Audio Producers of Color
This meetup convenes audio produce of color to address the elephant in all rooms: money. How do you negotiate your pay when you're hired into a newsroom (or freelancing)? What can you do when you find a pay inequity — and how can you support (or seek support from) your colleagues in these situations?
Facilitated by Jenny Casas ( USA Today, Radio Residency'18) and Nishat Kurwa (Vox Media, Radio Residency Mentor '16, '17 & '18)

BLOCK B (3:30 - 4:45pm)

Interplanetary Storytelling
Putting the “international” in Third Coast International Audio Festival, this meetup is for all the fearless producers working outside the US, internationally across borders and universes.
Facilitated by Mariano Pagella (Argentina) & Jonathan Zenti (Italy).

Pop Up Radio Club
Never been to a Radio Club? Bring a 2-3 minute clip of what you’re working on or inspired by! We'll get to as many as we can, and get to know each other through our work.
Facilitated by Isabel Vazquez (Third Coast).

Dumbledore's Army
As a producer at a public radio member station, here are a few things you might overhear: “We don’t have the resources.” “We’re not WNYC.” “Broadcast is our bread and butter.” Sound familiar? Then this meetup is for you! Join the growing army of member station producers who are establishing a new playbook for podcast success. p.s. If you don't get the "Dumbledore's Army" thing, Google it! And read Harry Potter!
Facilitated by Sandhya Dirks (KQED) and Maureen McMurray (NHPR)

Branded Content: Not So Scary After All
The popularity of podcasts has created a whole new market for branded content. Come together with other makers to learn strategies and tackle challenges of working with advertisers and other clients. This meetup will get into how to write targeted pitches, build functional relationships with clients, and get paid like the boss you are.
Facilitated by Nicole Wong (Gimlet Creative) and Frances Harlow (independent).


Jenny Casas

Jenny Casas (@jnnsmn) is a California Chicana now based in Chicago and a producer for USA Today’s podcast The City .

Sarah Geis

Sarah Geis (@sarahegeis) is a independent radio producer and editor, and a former artistic director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Nishat Kurwa

Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan) is the executive producer of audio at Vox Media, where she leads audio programming across the company's house of editorial brands.

Maureen McMurray

Maureen McMurray (@Moe_McMurray) is Director of Content at New Hampshire Public Radio, where she oversees the station’s programming and original podcasts.

Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong (@nikiwongie) is a senior producer and creative director at Gimlet Creative, Gimlet Media’s in-house advertising agency that helps brands find their voice in audio.