Anna Sussman is the Senior Producer and Managing Editor of NPR's Snap Judgment, a weekly narrative radio program airing on over 300 stations nationwide. She is also the Advanced Radio lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism.
Julia is a senior producer at NPR's Snap Judgment. Her work has also appeared on This American Life, 99 Percent Invisible, and Love + Radio. Before coming to radio she was a bartender, National Geographic Young Explorer, and ardent traveler. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.
Loved this training---plenty of great takeaways from women who've done the hard work, done it successfully and well, and know how to share that with others. Especially enjoyed:
1. Their clear story checklist (Compelling lead, Unique angle, Who will listen?, Who will speak?)
2. Their hammering home of continuing to ask yourself throughout the process why YOU love your story, so that that passion helps to drive it
3. Their emphasis on the dynamism of storytelling and its taking shape between the producer and the audience
Great stuff---thank you!
PS Could commenters here please focus on content, rather than the presenters' voices? I liked both myself, but if you didn't, that's really not the point of this review section. Also, please see: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/545/if-you-dont-have-anything-nice-to-say-say-it-in-all-caps?act=2#play.
Three hours and 10 1/2 pages of furious note-taking later, I'm feeling encouraged and excited to get back into some story projects I'd put on hold. Julia DeWitt and Anna Sussman brought to my memory some great concepts I've interacted with in my previous work and gave me fresh information to help me evolve and become a better storyteller. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and helpful resources.
My high hopes for this class were exceeded. Co-instructors Anna and Julia did an excellent job conveying what story collection is like in the field, offering pointers for capturing necessary tape, and explaining the building blocks of narrative that's strong enough to keep the attention of distractible listeners. I loved that they're seasoned producers who get the human elements of storytelling and understand that it's a messy, challenging process, but shared the paths they've mapped out that work. Also appreciated the pointers on pitching, which was one of the most useful part of the session to me. I second the comment of another reviewer that the moderator's interjections distracted a bit from the flow of the instruction, though understand why CreativeLive wants to do this.