AIRdaily challenge: Record a feast? 

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Questions posted to the AIRdaily are rarely boring.

And, although the private community for AIR producers is a great place to find tape synchs, to post (and read) calls for pitches, and to discuss the vagaries of life and business as an independent producer, the technical questions are where the conversations get specific, weird and wonderful.

Catherine Girardeau, an associate producer for “Marketplace” and the creative director for Earprint Productions, posed a fun question in April: How to record a dinner party?

We’re reposting the conversation with permission from all parties:


A headshot of Catherine Girardeau, a blonde woman wearing a gray-and-yellow sweater in front of the oceanCatherine Girardeau: I’m producing a feature that involves a reporter sitting down for dinner with 10 people around a long table. (I’m hoping it’s round, but it might be rectangular. TBD.) I need to capture her conversation, but also want to capture the side conversations happening.

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Five jobs if you're ready for a change

1. What kind of tickets do 🚓  philanthopy officers 🚓  write? Gala tickets. Send your license and registration to Oregon Public Broadcasting. (OPB)

2. Spring spree: WAMU's newsroom is growing like dandelions. Editorial director? Live events producer? Managing editor of digital? More? Click the link, make a wish. (WAMU)

3. Brooklyn's too expensive, but you still want artisanal mayonnaise. May we recommend this news director job at WCQS in Asheville? (CPB Jobline)

4. Fun fact: Fulbright fellows can take their entire families abroad for a year. Do you have five years' journalism experience and a great project? Apply. (U.S. Department of State)

5. Libraries + public media meet at the apex of nerdery. May WBEZ's new archivist position go to someone with avant hosiery and art nouveau hair. (WUWM)

AIR Presents: Creative Project Management

Join us Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. ET for "AIR Presents: Creative Project Management," an exclusive professional development webinar for AIR members.

Before Sarah Alvarez (AIR New Voices 2014) became a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 2015-2016, she was a reporter and senior producer for Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity Project, a project focusing on low-income families and children in Michigan; a civil rights lawyer in New York; and a consultant to social justice organizations in New York and California.

On May 31, Sarah will explain how to successfully manage creative projects without wanting to launch yourself out a window. Borrow the lessons she’s learned and the tools she’s developed to manage creative projects. Whether you have a new podcast project, a freelance consultancy or just need to organize your news reporting workload, the themes Sarah brings from her years of public media making will inform you.

There will be a question-and-answer session after Sarah's presentation, which is produced and moderated by Bec Feldhaus Adams.

AIR webinars and the opportunity for consultation with our experts are an exclusive benefit of membership; a recording of the webinar will be made available to the public.

To register, click here.

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