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02 / 19 / 13

A New Vocalo Storytelling Workshop f

We’re recruiting 8 to 10 community-minded folks to participate in Vocalo’s free storytelling workshops. The classes will be taught by multimedia professionals from Chicago Public Media (Vocalo/WBEZ) and will take place at 848 E Grand Ave at Navy Pier, every Saturday from 12-4pm. 

Selected participants will come together to identify current events/community issues that impact our communities-at-large. In this season of the workshop, we will produce stories to be pitched to Vocalo shows. We’ll work with this group to craft unique stories for radio and/or digital platforms.

In addition to learning about principles in journalism, audio production, and digital distribution-participants will have the opportunity to have their work featured on 89.5 FM. 

Do you think you have what it takes?

Source: morningamp

6Vocalo, Storytelling, Workshops,

11 / 21 / 12
Aleah The Diamond Dealer

Diamond Dealers.  They exist.  Meet Aleah the diamond dealer.  


Jamie Smith

Why did you want to become a Vocalo Storyteller?

Becoming a Vocalo Storyteller fed into my goal of creating an audio story at some point over the next year. More specifically, I love the way a radio story can draw you in. The narrative and music give you a little bit more of a boost than can reading a book. But without the often tacky and single-minded vision of many movies. In other words, radio stories fall in that blended space of a Book Reading vs. Movie/TV watching Venn Diagram.

As a performer, I wanted to give people something to listen to. Something to excite them in hopefully the same way radio stories excite me.

Your piece in 20 seconds:

Aleah is an amazing and complex person that you really have to hear more about to understand what exactly that means.

Why did you decide to tell this story?

It’s what was chosen? No. That’s the answer jerks give. I wanted to tell this story because I wanted more people to hear about this person who is so engaging and has amazing stories to tell and loves to tell stories. It’s one thing to talk to other people about this person. It’s another thing to be able to bring her to them through a story.

In what ways are you a better storyteller and/or producer?

I much better understand how to go into a story and what the expectations should be. For example, your story will very likely not turn out the way you wanted it to and that’s ok. Go with what you have, be open to change, and it will be ok.

I also now know that there isn’t enough editing you will be able to do. You can get it as close to perfect  as you can or know how and at a certain point you’ll just have to let go and let the editor. It’s going to be fine.

I am also MUCH more conscious of what a room sounds like and mic usage.Thank you to everyone from Vocalo and WBEZ. This is just the beginning of my Storytelling journey.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6Diamond Dealer, Chicago, Vocalo, Storytellers, Workshops,

11 / 19 / 12
Willams Consent Decree


Nick Walker

Why did you want to become a Vocalo Storyteller?
I wanted to begin to learn how to give voice to those stories and story tellers in our society who are frequently not given a hearing by the wider public.

Your piece in 20 seconds:

I interview mental health consumers and advocates to discuss the process of leaving nursing homes (IMDs as their called) to pursue independent life in the community and the impact of the recent Williams Consent Decree on the current mental health system in Illinois.
Why did you decide to tell this story?
I felt that this story was important not only because it effects a large portion of the population but also because it is an interesting example of how public policy frequently has mixed results when enacted on a large scale.  Also, I felt that the mainstream coverage of this story frequently left out the stories and voices of the people directly impacted by this ruling.

In what ways are you a better storyteller and/or producer?
This experience really taught me the importance of focus in a story.  You have to really have a specific idea of what you’re aiming for in a story and not lose sight of it even when you may be presented with all sorts of interesting tangents that may detract from your primary focus.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6Mental Health, Advocates, IMDs, Independent Life, William Concent Decree, Vocalo, Workshops,

11 / 15 / 12
Text me... Maybe?

Meet Arika. She’s our new Vocalo Storyteller. If you only txt and facebook the person you’re in a relationship with…is it really a relationship? Arika asked herself that question….listen to her story.


Arika Rogers

Why did you want to become a Vocalo Storyteller?
Well I’ve always felt like I’m storyteller at heart, so becoming a storyteller for Vocalo seemed like it would be a good experience. It has been a good experience and much more. I also wanted to learn more about what goes into producing stories for the radio so that that could be another medium I could use to better get a story across.

Your piece in 20 seconds:
My piece is basically a personal narrative. It’s about my relationship with someone that’s quite unusual.

Why did you decide to tell this story?
I always felt like our relationship could be a story. My problem has always been, will other people care? So I guess this is a way to test it and to see how people will react. This is a story for other people who have unusual romantic relationships, to show that they are not alone. It’s also for people who don’t quite understand relationships like mine, so that they may better understand it after they hear my piece.

In what ways are you a better storyteller and/or producer?
I am better in every way. I learned how to condense everything and still produce a story, I learned more things about the computer (since I’m not very technically savvy) and  much much more. But anything you can think of that a storyteller or a producer does. I’ve probably improved in it!

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6Storyteller, Workshops, Vocalo, WBEZ, Relationships, Social Media,

10 / 19 / 12

Let Us Celebrate Human Foible! f

How not to conduct an interview :) 


This is the sound of a man losing focus. 

Last weekend I interviewed a Serbian music student about her experience in the audience at the Spektral show. Today I listened to the WAV file and realized that her answers are almost unusable — and it’s completely my fault. She gave general, yes-or-no answers because I asked general questions, most of them yes-or-no. And it’s clear I wasn’t listening. (I sound like a cheezy dude talking to a girl at a bar — and she’s totally not interested.)  

Anyway, let’s hope you and I both learn from this example. 

(via vocalostorytellers)

Source: dailyzee

6Radio, Storytelling, Workshops, Vocalo, Interviewing,

10 / 17 / 12

SMELLitch: Two Interviews, Three Tips f

Storyteller gems. 


Hopefully not sounding condescending here, but I had two back-to-back interviews today and I wanted to share some lessons learned. My first tip is this: Schedule multiple interviews in the same day. This is especially helpful if the interviews are with people who serve a similar purpose for your…

Source: dailyzee

6Storytellers, Vocalo, Workshops,

10 / 07 / 12

Worldwide Jamie: Let me tell you a story... f

Welcome, Jamie. 


Is it psyche.?..or siiiike? 


Psyche. I tricked you, Vocalo. I’m not very great at telling stories. At least, not on the fly or in any kind of raconteur capacity. My suspicion is that my brain moves faster than my mouth and I start leaving out details that I assume people are going to fill in the best parts of the story; the…

Source: worldwidejamie

6Chicago, Vocalo, Media, TeamVocalo, Storytelling, Workshops,

10 / 07 / 12

Day One. 


Learning the digital recorder:
1) always wear your headphones
2) always test your levels and keep an eye on the meter
3) red light ON - not blinking
4) AA batteries for days

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Source: otraletra

6Vocalo, Storytelling, Workshops, Chicago, Pubmedia,

04 / 02 / 12

Become a Vocalo Storyteller! Applications due April 16th f

Become a part of #teamvocalo!  Applications are April 16th.  See below for deets.


So, check it out: We’re recruiting 8 to 10 community-minded folks to participate in Vocalo’s free storytelling workshops. The classes will be taught by multimedia professionals from Chicago Public Media (Vocalo/WBEZ) and will take place at 848 E Grand Ave at Navy Pier, every Saturday from 12-4pm, from May 5th-June 2nd.

Source: vocalostorytellers

6storytelling, vocalo, wbez, pubmedia, workshops,