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  • Nick Hanson, Unalakleet Alaska

    Meet the North: An expedition that listens for the true north, one person at a time

    by Jennifer Kingsley, with photos by Eric Guth

    Meet someone, listen to their story, ask to be introduced to someone else, repeat — how Jennifer Kingsley's simple formula is transforming her perception of the Arctic.

    Posted: Nov 06, 2017 4:59 PM ET read comments audio
  • Rignam and Sonam Wangkhang

    The awkward art of voice coaching your uncle

    by Rignam Wangkhang

    As a first-timer when it comes to voice coaching, I'd heard from other producers that it could be a pretty challenging endeavour. Trust me: It's even more challenging when the person you're coaching is a family member … not to mention one who's tasked with reading his late brother's memoir, which documents a harrowing escape through the Himalayas to flee Tibet.

    Posted: Apr 17, 2017 7:22 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017 9:43 AM ET
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    Make a radio doc Mentorship Program: 5 Easy Steps to Making a Radio Doc

    by The Doc Project

    The CBC Doc Project Mentorship Program is helping create the next generation of audio doc makers at the CBC. The next application deadline will be in early 2018.

    Posted: Apr 06, 2017 10:45 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 17, 2017 3:39 PM ET
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    Make a radio doc Mentorship Program Step 1: Make Sure You're Eligible

    by The Doc Project

    If you're an up-and-coming audio producer, then the Doc Project's ongoing Mentorship Program may be an unparalleled opportunity for you.

    Posted: Apr 06, 2017 10:42 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 06, 2017 12:46 PM ET
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  • Step 2 think about the mentor that's right for your doc

    Make a radio doc Mentorship Program Step 2: Choose a Mentor/Show

    by The Doc Project

    The Doc Project's ongoing Mentorship Program is a great chance for emerging producers to work with veteran documentary makers/editors. Which mentor and CBC show is the right home for your doc?

    Posted: Apr 06, 2017 10:40 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 07, 2017 2:56 PM ET
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    Make a radio doc Mentorship Program Step 3: Reach Out to Your Mentor

    by The Doc Project

    The Doc Project Mentorship Program pairs up-and-coming audio producers with experienced doc makers. Before you apply, you may want to reach out to the mentor you want to work with.

    Posted: Apr 06, 2017 10:39 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 07, 2017 2:57 PM ET
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    Make a radio doc Mentorship Program Step 4: Application Guidelines

    by The Doc Project

    The Doc Project Mentorship Program teams veteran documentary makers/editors with emerging producers, to bring fresh and innovative stories to life. Here you'll find everything you need to know about the application process.

    Posted: Apr 06, 2017 10:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 06, 2017 12:48 PM ET
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    Make a radio doc Mentorship Program Step 5: Submit Your Application

    by The Doc Project

    You've come this far... so send us your Doc Project Mentorship Program application already! The next deadline is in early 2018.

    Posted: Apr 06, 2017 10:24 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 17, 2017 3:41 PM ET
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  • Arielle Piat-Sauve and her grandmother

    Producer's notebook: tips for interviewing someone with memory loss

    by Arielle Piat-Sauvé

    What are the ethics around interviewing, and recording, someone with dementia? This question was on my mind when I started working on my documentary, that, through the theme of memory, retells my grandmother's story of surviving the Holocaust.

    Posted: Apr 05, 2017 2:02 PM ET read comments
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    How to talk to strangers: 5 tips on nailing impromptu, in-the-field interviews

    by Kalli Anderson

    As a doc maker, a lot of the interviews you do are with people you've already talked to before showing up, mic in hand. But there's another kind of interview that doesn't involve any of these things: on-the-fly interviews in the field with strangers (aka, basically winging it).

    Posted: Mar 27, 2017 4:31 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 5:24 PM ET
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  • The Millennial Brady Bunch

    Have you been faking it? Recent grads share their cringe-worthy money confessions

    by The Doc Project

    Money. Let's talk about it. It's been elusive for younger generations since — well, forever. Have you ever worn an outfit to a job interview ... and then returned it? Yeah, we thought so. We talked to six millennials about their money confessions.

    Posted: Mar 07, 2017 11:07 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 08, 2017 1:58 PM ET
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  • British Government U-Turn On Euro Constitution

    What do you do when the story you pitched isn't the one that's unfolding?

    by Jess Shane

    As documentarians, we know we can't control what we'll discover when we're in the field. Sometimes the story we find diverges from the story we anticipated. And since making a doc is a negotiation between recording life accurately and rendering it artfully, it's dangerously easy to put up blinders to the reality of what's occurring in front of the microphone.

    Posted: Feb 28, 2017 11:51 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 01, 2017 4:29 PM ET
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  • Doc structure - headline

    Doc structures: how to create tension, action and a narrative arc in your story

    by Julia Pagel, Associate Producer, The Doc Project, with Lynda Shorten

    Making a documentary can be an overwhelming experience. So much tape ... so many scenes ... how do I put this together?! It's structure my friend, structure. Effective structure will help you produce a cohesive item that contains tension, action and a narrative arc.

    Posted: Feb 23, 2017 2:33 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017 4:15 PM ET
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  • New Mentees, February 2017 (updated)

    MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Meet our new mentees!

    by The Doc Project

    The Mentorship Program is an ongoing professional development initiative that teams veteran documentary makers/editors with emerging producers to bring fresh and innovative stories to life. We regularly review applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in the program.

    Posted: Feb 23, 2017 10:13 AM ET read comments
  • Stuart McLean - Blog Headline

    Stuart McLean's former radio students remember his most unforgettable lessons

    by Kaj Hasselriis

    Stuart McLean's radio documentary class at Ryerson University was one of the best courses I ever took. As a teacher, Stuart was the same "national treasure" you got to know on the radio: a humble, witty raconteur who loved to pass on what he learned.

    Posted: Feb 16, 2017 9:54 AM ET
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  • the-albatross

    The albatross: does distance make the heart grow fonder?

    by Doc Project staff

    Long distance relationships are anything but easy; they often involve a lot of planning, constant travel and ultimately compromise.

    Posted: Feb 13, 2017 6:05 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017 2:15 PM ET
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  • 14 Things in Your Go bag

    14 things every audio producer needs in a go bag

    by Cesil Fernandes

    Whether interviewing someone in a foreign country or recording streeters close to home, there are some things you should never leave the office without. Veteran producer Cesil Fernandes shares what you need to have in your kit to guarantee a great sounding doc.

    Posted: Feb 02, 2017 9:29 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 02, 2017 10:42 AM ET
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    The Schwartz technique: how to get vivid colour and riveting detail from your interview

    by Julia Pagel, Associate Producer, The Doc Project

    The Schwartz interviewing technique, originated by Stephen Schwartz, is a strategy for cracking those tough interviewee nuts. Veteran CBC doc maker Steve Wadhams describes why he was so drawn to Schwartz's alternative interviewing techniques.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2017 11:45 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 02, 2017 10:44 AM ET
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  • Live Blog Women's March Headline

    Why we march: journey to the Women's March on Washington

    by The Doc Project

    The Doc Project’s Julia Pagel is in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. She is producing a documentary chronicling Anne Jackson and her journey from '70s-era Vietnam War protester to the Women's March on Washington.

    Posted: Jan 20, 2017 3:43 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017 11:50 AM ET
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  • Not By Accident - Headline w/ logo

    How to live your life as a single mother, raise a daughter — and record it all for podcast

    by Sophie Harper

    Sophie Harper, host and producer of the Not by Accident podcast series, offers tips and tricks for how to have a life, record it, and turn it into a podcast — all at the same time.

    Posted: Dec 15, 2016 9:45 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016 9:48 AM ET
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  • Rebecca Hass

    Producer's notebook: my quest to discover my Métis identity

    by Rebecca Hass

    After my dad died four years ago, while catching up with family, my cousin, Eddie Hass, shared a long-buried family secret: we were Métis.

    Posted: Dec 12, 2016 5:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016 5:03 PM ET
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  • TDP Quiz 3

    Producer's notebook: how to craft your story, so you're not in it

    by Karen Chen

    On the phone with my mentor Alison Cook in Montreal, it's easy to picture her as something of a radio sorceress, full of the secrets to making radio magic. And one of the most important lessons she taught me was how to erase myself from the piece to create the most immersive experience we could.

    Posted: Dec 05, 2016 4:07 PM ET
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  • Lindsay Sample - SA

    A working journalist abroad: lessons from using a 'fixer' in South Africa

    by Lindsay Sample

    As a foreign journalist reporting on a sensitive subject, Lindsay Sample wanted to make sure that she understood what was going on as much as she could. So she did what many journalists do when reporting abroad: she hired a fixer — a person to help navigate the language and norms of the local area.

    Posted: Dec 01, 2016 11:21 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 01, 2016 3:00 PM ET
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  • Cited guys

    Academic storytelling: how to make your experts sing

    by The Doc Project

    Avoid expert voices. It's something many audio doc producers are trained to do. But experts and academics can add value, context and even personality to documentaries — so long as your guests are produced with great thought and care.

    Posted: Nov 29, 2016 4:58 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 30, 2016 11:17 AM ET
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  • Cesil Fernandes Blog Headline 4

    Four smartphone tricks that every audio producer should know

    by Cesil Fernandes

    There's one tool that everybody has that can make doc making easier — and sound better. So grab your smartphone and veteran radio producer Cesil Fernandes will share four tricks that can save your audio life.

    Posted: Nov 23, 2016 3:47 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016 10:09 AM ET
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  • Make the move to radio - Blog headline

    So you want to make the move to producing radio? Lessons learned from three converts

    by Tanya Springer, Senior Producer, The Doc Project

    For the first time since Orson Welles took to the mic to announce a Martian invasion, audio storytelling is the cool kid on the block. We asked three CBC Radio staffers — who made the jump to radio from other mediums — to share some thoughts, tips and lessons learned while crossing over.

    Posted: Nov 16, 2016 4:06 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 22, 2016 3:40 PM ET
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  • Kalli Anderson Blog Headline

    'Your doc is great! Now shorten it by two minutes'

    by Kalli Anderson

    In radio, the material has to fit the time-slot so documentary and show producers often need to find a way to lose a few minutes. But the process of figuring out how to shorten a piece that feels like it's finished isn't easy. Kalli Anderson asked 3 doc producers for their best tips and tricks for shortening docs.

    Posted: Nov 07, 2016 4:25 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 09, 2016 11:32 AM ET
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  • Audio tech blog headline

    Audio tech guide: equip yourself to get the best possible tape

    by Julia Pagel, Associate Producer, The Doc Project

    Part of what makes interviewing so tough is you can't predict where things will go — you have to be nimble and ready to react appropriately as the story unfolds. But one thing that is within your power to control is your audio recording equipment.

    Posted: Nov 02, 2016 4:07 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 02, 2016 4:08 PM ET
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  • Tape sync headline

    How to defy geography with the tape sync

    by Janna Graham

    As an independent producer living in northern Canada, Janna Graham is often stuck in a small subarctic city far, far away from the person she wants to interview. Also known as a double-ender, the tape-sync is the next best thing to recording someone when you can't be in the same room.

    Posted: Oct 31, 2016 4:11 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 04, 2016 2:05 PM ET
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  • When the personal becomes public

    When the personal becomes public: the art of making intimate radio documentaries

    by Michelle Macklem

    How do producers build trust and navigate their relationships with their interview subjects/storytellers while making intimate radio documentaries? Michelle Macklem asked four experienced audio producers.

    Posted: Oct 26, 2016 4:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017 9:54 AM ET
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  • David Steinbuhler Workshop

    Producer's notebook: why I had to make the trip to Titusville, PA

    by Andrea Bellemare

    Travelling for a story is important but it's also time-consuming and expensive. Producer Andrea Bellemare talks about why the trip to interview David Steinbuhler and tour his factory in Pennsylvania was so vital to the making of her documentary.

    Posted: Oct 25, 2016 10:21 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 26, 2016 11:48 AM ET
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  • October Mentees

    Mentorship Program Meet our new mentees!

    by The Doc Project

    The Mentorship Program is an ongoing professional development initiative that teams veteran documentary makers/editors with emerging producers to bring fresh and innovative stories to life. We regularly review applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in the program.

    Posted: Oct 20, 2016 10:58 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 10:56 AM ET
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  • SANDELL BLOG NEW

    'He made me kill my darlings': inside the dark art of the documentary editor

    by Neil Sandell

    When you edit someone's documentary there are two crucial phases: The first is when you listen critically to a draft of the work for the first time, and the second is when you give the doc maker your feedback. Veteran radio producer Neil Sandell takes us through the role of the editor.

    Posted: Oct 19, 2016 12:40 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 25, 2016 10:35 AM ET
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  • VR Doc Headline

    Video Highway of tears: the making of a virtual reality documentary

    by The Doc Project

    Highway of Tears is a virtual reality documentary from CBC Radio One’s The Current about the story of one young woman, Ramona Wilson, who went missing in 1994 along British Columbia's Highway 16. As told by her mother Matilda Wilson, the immersive documentary transports the viewer to Matilda's home and then on to the notorious highway.

    Posted: Oct 17, 2016 9:27 AM ET
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  • Jessica Grillanda and Sister

    Producer's notebook: talking about my private parts on public radio

    by Jessica Grillanda

    When my sister was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer, I opted to have a prophylactic mastectomy. And, as you'll hear in my radio documentary, these 3-D nipple tattoos are the end product of two-and-a-half years of breast reconstruction.

    Posted: Oct 11, 2016 8:07 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 19, 2016 1:00 PM ET
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  • Scripting new

    To script or not to script: that is the [audio storyteller's] question

    by Veronica Simmonds

    It can feel like we all have our own personal systems for how we approach a script. How do other people go about it? We decided to ask three incredible radio producers about their scripting process.

    Posted: Oct 05, 2016 4:13 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 26, 2016 4:48 PM ET
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  • Carrie Haber - Headline

    Producer's notebook: doc making from the depths of the ocean

    by Carrie Haber

    How, in the face of catastrophic environmental changes, is the language of whales and dolphins being reshaped? Ideas contributor Carrie Haber joined a research expedition and spoke with the people who have spent decades at sea trying to solve what seems an unsolvable mystery ... and she invited The Doc Project aboard for the journey.

    Posted: Sep 28, 2016 3:35 PM ET
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  • Walking to Work - Headline

    A walk to work with Jonathan Goldstein

    by Julia Pagel, Associate Producer, The Doc Project

    Jonathan Goldstein, formerly of CBC Radio's WireTap, chats about his new podcast, how he feels about the future of audio production, and how you too can pitch a show that is way outside the box.

    Posted: Sep 26, 2016 2:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 19, 2016 1:10 PM ET
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  • Karin Wells Headline

    Video Over 40 years, more than 50 countries: a lifetime of lessons from docmaker Karin Wells

    by The Doc Project

    Karin Wells is an unrelenting reporter, ready to pack her bags to follow a story to its root. We sat down with Karin as she shares memories from some of her stories, and advice for those who will follow in her footsteps.

    Posted: Sep 19, 2016 5:06 PM ET
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    Document diving: secrets to filing access to information and privacy requests

    by Angela Scappatura

    One of the most challenging parts of being a journalist is the search for information. A lot of time is spent waiting for answers or searching for one useful nugget among piles of paper. This is particularly true for journalists who file access to information and privacy (ATIP) requests.

    Posted: Sep 15, 2016 9:31 AM ET read comments audio
  • Facebook Live - Headline

    Video Facebook Live: Ask a doc maker anything

    by The Doc Project

    The mind of a radio doc maker is a strange, at times confusing, but oh so interesting place ... so we invited you into the brains of three CBC doc creators with our first Facebook Live event! The Current's Josh Bloch, Sleepover's Veronica Simmonds, and The Sunday Edition's Ira Basen share their storytelling tips.

    Posted: Sep 08, 2016 3:41 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 20, 2016 11:24 AM ET
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  • Voicing - Blog Headline

    Video Voicing 101: expert advice from CBC Radio One hosts

    by The Doc Project

    Voicing script is often stressful and frustrating ... but always incredibly important. A read that draws the listener in, and assures them they are in good hands, can make or break your segment. We've gathered advice from some of CBC Radio's best hosts: Jeff Douglas, Piya Chattopadhyay, and Anna Maria Tremonti.

    Posted: Sep 08, 2016 9:53 AM ET
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  • Acey Rowe - Intro Blog Headline

    Meet the new host of The Doc Project, Acey Rowe!

    by Acey Rowe

    This fall, The Doc Project welcomes Acey Rowe as our new host. Acey is an award-winning radio producer with one eclectic resume: she co-hosted a drive-time radio show, did a stint on a reality show, and biked 2100 kilometres and lived to tell the tale.

    Posted: Sep 06, 2016 10:03 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 08, 2016 10:02 AM ET
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  • Gillian Findlay - Investigative

    Inside the world of investigative journalism with CBC's the fifth estate

    by The Doc Project

    It's a world that has you knocking on strangers' doors, and following tips that can lead to dead ends. Investigative journalism is tough work, so what makes someone choose this sometimes frustrating path? Co-host Gillian Findlay and producer Linda Guerriero take you inside CBC's investigative documentary program, the fifth estate.

    Posted: Aug 29, 2016 4:41 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 05, 2016 2:33 PM ET
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  • Julia Pagel Under the Bridge

    Pitch us!

    by The Doc Project

    We are always on the lookout for creative material to air on The Doc Project: documentaries that break the rules, that transport you to unexpected places or allow you to eavesdrop on someone's life.

    Posted: Aug 16, 2016 2:40 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016 9:42 AM ET
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  • Woofing Blog Headline

    Producer's notebook: doc­making on a farm (aka life on the lamb)

    by Felicia Latour

    When I pitched this doc, I never thought the CBC would go for it. Here I was, this novice docmaker, asking for three weeks of tape­-gathering while living (and working) on a farm in the middle of nowhere. But, by some miracle, they went for it. And I’m so glad they did, because this ended up being one of the single greatest adventures I’ve had.

    Posted: Jul 25, 2016 4:45 PM ET
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  • Anonymous meeting 2

    Anonymity, privacy and sensitivity when negotiating difficult subject matter

    by Christine Maki

    It may be an obvious point, but when you’re putting together a radio documentary, sound is essential. So what happens when the subject of your documentary limits your ability to capture those sounds? That's the challenge I ran into when I pitched the idea of putting together a documentary about a support group for mothers with children in jail.

    Posted: Jul 19, 2016 6:05 AM ET read comments
  • June 15 Mentees Headline

    Mentorship Program Meet our new mentees!

    by The Doc Project, June 15 2016

    Each month The Doc Project receives a number of applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in our Doc Mentorship Program. Congrats to our most recent round of successful applicants!

    Posted: Jun 15, 2016 10:05 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016 3:28 PM ET
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  • Cristal Duhaime and Mira Burt­-Wintonick

    Navigating working relationships: the importance of finding your special someone at work

    by The Doc Project

    When it’s good, work feels like play. When it’s not, well, it can feel more like a nightmare. We’re talking about the special relationships you cultivate with the people you work with. Radio producers and long-time collaborators Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime share their tips.

    Posted: Jun 14, 2016 10:50 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 3:38 PM ET
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  • Script-writing Blog Headline Collage

    The craft of writing for radio: 16 tips from a veteran script-writer

    by Chris Wodskou

    Writing is the bones and the sinew of the radio we make. And yet we spend little time talking about the craft of writing for radio — it's just the thing you do once everything else is done. Veteran producer and script-writer Chris Wodskou shares his tips and experience.

    Posted: Jun 01, 2016 9:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 05, 2016 4:26 PM ET
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  • Out in the Open - Blog Headline

    Video On the chase with producers from Out in the Open

    by The Doc Project

    'Chasing' is one of the most important skills in an audio producer's repertoire. It's exactly what it sounds like: identifying, tracking down and booking a guest for a specific segment or story. Regardless of a radio show or podcast's genre or format, chase producing is essential. It's also really hard.

    Posted: May 26, 2016 6:05 AM ET
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  • Casey blog headline

    Making film, art and music as a Filipino in Canada

    by Casey Mecija, May 25 2016

    Last week, as part of Asian Heritage Month, host of The Doc Project, Casey Mecija was invited by the Reel Asian Film Festival to speak in high schools about her experience of making film, art and music as a Filipino in Canada.

    Posted: May 25, 2016 3:18 PM ET
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  • Tunney family headline

    Producer's notebook: producing radio that's 'a cherry on top of a crap pie'

    by Catharine Tunney

    I had been circling around the idea of pitching an idea I had for years. I knew it had a story arc, it was interesting, original and the characters were all well spoken. But what kept me back for years was the fact that it’s my own family's story. I wanted to pitch a story I knew would cause friction in my family. Tension I wasn’t sure we would recover from.

    Posted: May 24, 2016 11:21 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 12:25 PM ET
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  • Group shot blog

    Producers' notebook: how to make a collaborative radio documentary

    by Julia Pagel, Craig Desson, Yasmine Hassan

    Hotel Limbo was a collaboration between three producers. We worked as equals — sharing in the work of reporting, writing and editing our documentary. This is unusual in radio documentary production and in media organizations overall, where job specialization and hierarchy are most common because, frankly, it’s an efficient way to work.

    Posted: May 17, 2016 9:27 AM ET
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    David Ridgen on the risks and rewards of real time investigations

    by Chris Oke, May 12 2016

    If you’ve been listening to the CBC’s hit podcast Someone Knows Something as it unfolds, you may already know some of the benefits of airing a true-crime investigation in near real time. There's mystery and excitement in not knowing what might come next — for audiences and producers alike.

    Posted: May 12, 2016 6:05 AM ET read comments
  • Steve Wadhams Blog

    Video 'Radio nut' Steve Wadhams on the audio that changed everything

    by The Doc Project

    An essential examination of the history of audio-storytelling from one of the industry's best, Steve shares the five pieces/producers/programs that he believes have propelled the art and craft of audio-storytelling to where is is today.

    Posted: May 09, 2016 4:51 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016 4:51 PM ET
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  • Willow Yamauchi - Headline

    The do's and don'ts of gathering ambient background, or harvesting 'wild sound'

    by Willow Yamauchi

    If the interview is the meat, and narration the potatoes, the B roll brings in the cilantro and smoked peppercorns. Ambient background, or as our author, Willow Yamauchi likes to call it, "wild sound," is what makes a radio production feel genuine and visceral.

    Posted: Apr 28, 2016 6:05 AM ET read comments
  • Audio vs Radio

    Video Audio vs. radio: Paolo Pietropaolo explains the difference

    by The Doc Project

    What's the difference between radio and audio? For Paolo Pietropaolo it's "elemental." Like gold, audio is something you can mold and craft. Radio is different: it's ephemeral, it's there and then gone. Watch and learn the power of knowing where you fall on this spectrum.

    Posted: Apr 26, 2016 10:27 AM ET
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  • April 25 Mentees

    Mentorship Program Meet our new mentees!

    by The Doc Project, April 25 2016

    Each month The Doc Project receives a number of applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in our Doc Mentorship Program. Congrats to our most recent round of successful applicants!

    Posted: Apr 25, 2016 11:39 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 1:06 PM ET
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  • Vogt - Headline

    'I hate it!' PJ Vogt of the Reply All podcast reveals his top five radio pet peeves

    by Mieke Anderson

    Yes is not an emotion! You're not a good actor! Toronto­-based radio producer and docmaker Mieke Anderson brings us the top five pet peeves in radio from the host of Gimlet Media's Reply All podcast, PJ Vogt.

    Posted: Apr 19, 2016 4:22 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 21, 2016 10:07 AM ET
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  • Hybrid Media Experiments w/ Sook-Yin Lee

    Video Hybrid media experiments with CBC Radio's Sook-Yin Lee

    by Sook-Yin Lee

    I was asked by The Doc Project to share some of the process behind the making of my hybrid video/radio documentary, Where Have All the Poets Gone? I explore new hybrid media experiments as a way of embracing platforms, pushing boundaries, breaking rules and moving culture forward.

    Posted: Apr 18, 2016 4:23 PM ET
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  • Laura Sullivan Headline Cropped

    Video Turning investigative reporting into artful radio, with NPR's Laura Sullivan

    by The Doc Project

    Dense information, data and details can make investigative stories seem like the least radio-friendly content on the planet. Three-time Peabody-winning journalist Laura Sullivan shares her lessons on breathing life into hard news radio.

    Posted: Apr 12, 2016 1:13 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 4:48 PM ET
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  • April Mentees Headline

    Mentorship Program Meet our new mentees!

    by The Doc Project, April 11 2016

    Each month The Doc Project receives a number of applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in our Doc Mentorship Program. Congrats to our most recent round of successful applicants! We look forward to hearing their stories come to life.

    Posted: Apr 11, 2016 4:23 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 1:05 PM ET
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  • Meg-Trisha-Hospital

    Producer's notebook:­ how stories can help us make sense of life

    by Trish Estabrooks

    As humans we tell stories to make sense of the world. This is a simple statement but one that I keep reflecting on when I think about why I decided to tell Meg Bernard’s story, the story of a woman in her 30s who is trying to make sense of why she has Parkinson’s disease and how the disease will continue to affect her relationship with music.

    Posted: Mar 29, 2016 9:44 AM ET read comments audio
  • Dick Miller - Headline

    The hidden character is you: Dick Miller on the role of the narrator

    by Dick Miller

    We don't often think about the narrator in our documentaries as a character. But the narrator, usually the producer of the doc, has already made editing, structure, sound, music and script decisions. Veteran host and producer Dick Miller takes us through the role of the narrator in documentary storytelling.

    Posted: Mar 24, 2016 10:25 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017 3:34 PM ET
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  • David Gutnick

    Video On the chase with David Gutnick: how to find a local story

    by David Gutnick

    So, it's morning and your kit bag is loaded: a couple of recorders, microphones, a windsock, cables, extra batteries. A camera, pen, notepad. You're dressed for anything that comes your way. Veteran documentary producer David Gutnick gives us his guide to finding stories where you live.

    Posted: Mar 17, 2016 9:39 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016 4:57 PM ET
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    Reporting in Indigenous communities: 5 tips to get it right

    by Angela Sterritt

    Reporting in Indigenous communities can be tough. It’s not just navigating sensitive issues like those surrounding stories about missing and murdered Indigenous women, but covering complex terrain in stories that include the Indian Act, treaties and land claims to name a few. Award­-winning journalist Angela Sterritt shares tips to help get it right.

    Posted: Mar 10, 2016 10:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 08, 2016 10:59 AM ET
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    Mentorship Program Meet our new mentees!

    by The Doc Project, March 9 2016

    Each month The Doc Project receives a number of applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in our Doc Mentorship Program. Congrats to our most recent round of successful applicants! We look forward to hearing their stories come to life.

    Posted: Mar 09, 2016 12:11 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 1:06 PM ET
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    David Ridgen takes us behind-the-scenes of a true-crime podcast series

    by Chris Oke, March 2 2016

    Season one of the new CBC podcast series, Someone Knows Something, focuses on the cold case of Adrien McNaughton, a five-year-old boy who disappeared while on a family fishing trip in 1972. We speak with the host of the series, David Ridgen, to find out his thoughts on true-crime stories, on reopening cold-cases (and old wounds), and what it’s like to conduct an investigation in his hometown of Arnprior, Ontario.

    Posted: Mar 02, 2016 11:18 AM ET read comments
  • Iris Yudai - Headline

    Video Land your next doc pitch by making focus your friend

    by Iris Yudai, executive producer of DNTO

    So, you have an idea for a story. You pitch the idea and your feedback is: "What’s the focus?" It’s something even the most veteran of producers get asked. So let’s get to the bottom of this, and turn focus from foe to friend, with Iris Yudai, Doc Project mentor and executive producer of DNTO.

    Posted: Feb 24, 2016 10:52 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016 4:58 PM ET
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  • Radio Atlas - Eleanor McDowall - Headline

    Cool people doing cool stuff with audio: Eleanor McDowall and Radio Atlas

    by The Doc Project

    The Doc Project profiles producer Eleanor McDowall and her new site, Radio Atlas — a place to hear inventive documentaries, dramas and works of sound art that have been made in languages you don’t necessarily speak.

    Posted: Feb 23, 2016 12:20 PM ET read comments
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    Lessons in getting an indie podcast off the ground

    by Kaitlin Prest, creative director of The Heart

    There are millions of ways for a podcast to be successful. For Kaitlin Prest — creative director of The Heart — success is making work she is passionate about and having support in doing that. She shares 10 things that turned a passion project into a funded indie podcast.

    Posted: Feb 18, 2016 9:39 AM ET read comments
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    Video Storytelling through sound: making radio sound 'real'

    by Mira Burt-Wintonick, producer of CBC's WireTap

    When you talk about blurring the lines between the real and the fake, people tend to get a little uptight. But there can also be great pleasure in walking along that tightrope between fact and fiction. Mira Burt-Wintonick, producer of CBC's long-running show WireTap, explains how fiction and documentary can learn a lot from each other.

    Posted: Feb 11, 2016 10:39 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016 5:00 PM ET
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    Mentorship Program Meet our new mentees!

    by The Doc Project, February 8 2016

    Each month The Doc Project receives a number of applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in our Doc Mentorship Program. Congrats to our most recent round of successful applicants! We look forward to hearing their stories come to life.

    Posted: Feb 08, 2016 11:06 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 1:07 PM ET
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  • Andrew Norton - headline

    Video Interviewers on interviewing: how to make great tape

    by Andrew Norton

    Filmmaker and freelance radio producer Andrew Norton sits down with Sean Cole, a producer at This American Life, to discuss interviewing techniques, why sounding smart isn't smart, and how to get the interviewee to "make that leap off the cliff into the valley of good tape."

    Posted: Feb 04, 2016 2:28 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016 5:00 PM ET
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  • Tara Henley - blog headline

    The making of '39': field notes from producer Tara Henley

    by Tara Henley

    I never set out to make a radio doc about my private crisis – about staring down 40, and being single and childless and baffled by my life. I didn't even really want to talk about it with family and friends. So if you'd told me six months ago that I'd produce something this personal, I wouldn't have believed you. But here's the thing: sometimes you don't go looking for a story, sometimes a story finds you.

    Posted: Jan 26, 2016 10:03 AM ET read comments audio
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    12 habits from a highly effective freelance audio producer

    by Veronica Simmonds

    The freelance life is not an easy life — it's a constant hustle with no guarantees, but if you are self-motivated, obsessed with sound & stories and have an insatiable curiosity, then maybe this is the life for you too! Freelancer Veronica Simmonds shares some of her hard-earned tips and advice.

    Posted: Jan 21, 2016 9:41 AM ET read comments
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    What is a radio documentary?

    by The Doc Project

    It may seem like a basic question, but the answer is incredibly important. If you can clearly understand what a doc is, then your pitching and storytelling will be that much more compelling.

    Posted: Jan 11, 2016 3:38 PM ET read comments
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    Video The art of pitching

    by The Doc Project

    Pitching ­— it’s where the whole doc process begins. It’s also where it can end. If you’ve written and rewritten pitches, or sat in front of a producer trying to sell your story, you know pitching can be tough. But you also know, when a pitch sings it’s impossible to turn down. So what’s the magic formula?

    Posted: Jan 11, 2016 12:24 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 03, 2016 11:26 AM ET
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  • New Mentees - Jan 2016

    Mentorship Program Meet our new mentees!

    by The Doc Project, January 5 2016

    Each month The Doc Project receives a number of applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in our Doc Mentorship Program. Congrats to our most recent round of successful applicants!

    Posted: Jan 05, 2016 1:15 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 1:07 PM ET
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  • Staying focused, staying inspired

    Video Making great audio: How to stay focused and inspired

    by The Doc Project

    We turned the mics on some of the most creative and talented audio producers in Toronto to find out where they discover stories, and how they stay inspired.

    Posted: Jan 04, 2016 1:24 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016 5:01 PM ET
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    Mentorship Program Resources for documentary makers

    by The Doc Project

    The Doc Project is committed to offers Open Learning Program opportunities to CBC employees, freelance audio producers and journalism students across Canada and the world.

    Posted: Jan 04, 2016 12:42 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 05, 2016 11:04 AM ET
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    Desert Island Docs

    by The Doc Project

    If you were stuck on a desert island, what radio doc would you take with you?

    Posted: Oct 20, 2015 9:42 AM ET read comments