D.I.Y. Radio
Joe Richman


Third Coast Festival, USA, 2001
Conference Audio
First Person, How to, Youth
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Do it yourself! This session is geared toward non-professionals and young people who want to learn more about telling stories for radio.

Joe Richman plays excerpts from his Radio Diaries series and other documentaries, to demonstrate how to make your own audio diary, get good tape, create scenes, and find the story within the story.


Joe Richman is the founder of Radio Diaries, a non-profit organization. Over the past 15 years, Radio Diaries has helped to pioneer a model for working with people to document their own lives for public radio. Richman has collaborated with teenagers and octogenarians, prisoners and prison guards, bra saleswomen and lighthouse keepers to create award-winning productions including: Teenage Diaries, Prison Diaries, My So-Called Lungs, New York Works, Thembi's AIDS Diary, Mandela: An Audio History, and Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair. Before Radio Diaries, Richman worked for many years as a freelance reporter and producer for NPR programs All Things Considered, Weekend Edition-Saturday, Car Talk, and Heat. He also teaches at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.


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