01 / 28 / 14
vocalostorytellers:

Vocalo Storytelling Workshops 2014 Winter Class [Latino USA Edition].(back) LaToya, Ivonne, Ayana [instructor], Hana, Nayeli, Ericka, Blas, (front) Silvia [Vocalo Managing Director], Olivia [baby], Justyna, Luis [instructor], & Victoria.

These are the storytellers that will take part in this seasons 5-week radio workshop at Vocalo! The stories will be produced with editorial oversight by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. 
We’re looking forward to helping turn the awesome ideas pitched into awesome radio stories.
Pa’lante!
-Luis
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vocalostorytellers:

Vocalo Storytelling Workshops 2014 Winter Class [Latino USA Edition].
(back) LaToya, Ivonne, Ayana [instructor], Hana, Nayeli, Ericka, Blas, (front) Silvia [Vocalo Managing Director], Olivia [baby], Justyna, Luis [instructor], & Victoria.

These are the storytellers that will take part in this seasons 5-week radio workshop at Vocalo! The stories will be produced with editorial oversight by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. 

We’re looking forward to helping turn the awesome ideas pitched into awesome radio stories.

Pa’lante!

-Luis

Source: vocalostorytellers

6pubmedia, vocalo, storytellers, Latino USA,

08 / 17 / 13

One of our storytellers is doing a story on #bopping culture on the west side of Chicago. WBEZ producer/reporter asked, “what’s bopping?” Shantell offered to demonstrate. And this is how #teamvocalo makes good radio.

6wbez, vocalo, storytellers, chicago, west side, bopping, pubmedia, public radio, vsw,

07 / 10 / 13

Vocalo Storytellers looking for new members f

vocalostorytellers:

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6vocalo, storytellers, training, pubmedia, public radio,

05 / 14 / 13
Cooking with my eyes closed

vocalostorytellers:

Ashton Mitchell 

Why did you want to become a Vocalo Storyteller?

I had reported for radio before on a news program ,but never had the opportunity to create a long form story that I could get really creative with. There are a lot of stories that daily news doesn’t get to tell because of time constraints, so I thought the workshop was a perfect way to produce a story in a deeper, more intimate way. Also I was so grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from professional radio journalists. Having them share their journalistic process and give me a crash course in the more technical side of audio production was a great learning experience.

Your piece in 20 seconds:

A non-for-profit, social service agency teams up with a renowned cooking school to help provide meals to the visually-impaired and blind. But one of the chef’s who is learning to cook through the program is visually impaired himself after losing his site later in his life during a holdup. What’s it like to cook blind and what does it say about the greater issues of the staggering unemployment rate of blind people?

Why did you decide to tell this story?

When I first went to the Chicago Lighthouse I didn’t know exactly what my story would be on. While interviewing Darren, an extern for the Sunlight Cafe, which is the Lighthouse’s cafeteria , he popped out his eye to illustrate how he lost his vision . That was the moment knew Darren was a great character who could act as a gateway bigger issue: Why the unemployment rate of people who are blind is so high.

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

I think the biggest lesson I learned was to keep it simple. Add layers to your piece as you go instead of getting overwhelmed by over analyzing or thinking you have to be perfect. Also, following your instincts is really important. I went into my story not knowing exactly how it would end up and that turned out to be a wonderful thing because I allowed myself to adapt to the situation and go with my gut.

Source: SoundCloud / shtona

6Vocalo, Storytellers, Chicago Light House, le cordon bleu, Chefs, Cooks, Training, Blind, Visually Impaired, vsw,

05 / 09 / 13
Sneakerheads R Us

vocalostorytellers:

Alexis Thompson

Why did you want to become a Vocalo Storyteller?
I thought this workshop would be a great way to learn a new skill. I had a radio internship last semester and have been very interested in experimenting with audio as a storytelling medium for a while now.

Your piece in 20 seconds:
At some point or another we’ve all known a person that’s really into shoes, but have you ever met a “sneakerhead”? My piece is an exploration of sneakerhead subculture and the definition of the word sneakerhead. I spoke with a handful of folks who consider themselves tried and true lovers of sneakers. Take a listen to what they have to say!

Why did you decide to tell this story?
A friend of mine told me about how he sold a five year old pair of Jordan’s for $100 more than he paid for them. That blew my mind—how could a used pair of sneakers be worth so much? I’ve always known people who are really into sneakers but never bothered to pick their brains about why they love the shoes so much. I thought it would be interesting to record the findings.

In what ways are you a better storyteller and/or producer?
Now I know the basics of editing audio. Interviewing and writing techniques for an audio piece can be significantly different than interviewing and writing for a written piece. Now I can do both!

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6vocalo, storytellers, sneakerheads, sneakers, culture, Jordans, vsw,

02 / 15 / 13
Los Crudos 2

illvillskill:

LOS CRUDOS 2nd Profile. This is the second part to Los Crudos profile. This part covers the latter years of Los Crudos while also exploring significant themes and the influence they had on a new generation of punk bands from Pilsen and Little Village.

https://soundcloud.com/illvillskill

Part 2 of Los Crudos story by Alex Rojas. Alex was in our last storytellers workshop. Just think of what you might be able to produce by applying!

Source: SoundCloud / illvillskill

6vocalo, los crudos, storytellers, vsw,

01 / 24 / 13
The Williams Consent Decree Brings People in Illinois out of Nursing Homes & into the Community

morningamp:

Williams v. Quinn was a class-action lawsuit filed in 2010, and resulted in the Williams Consent Decree, which will allow more than 4,000 people to transition to independent living from the nursing homes where they had been confined.

Nick Walker is a Community Support Specialist with the mental health agency Thresholds. He was a part of our last session of community media training, called the Vocalo Storytellers.

Today, Nick brought the Morning AMp the personal stories of three women who would have been affected by this change in Illinois law: they are living with mental illness and had previously been court-ordered to stay in nursing homes. Most of them transitioned about ten years ago and Nick interviewed them to get a picture of what life will look like for the thousands of people making these changes in the next five year. We also talked about the daily benefits and drawbacks to the individuals and also to the state’s healthcare system..

To check out the original cut of his story and get to know more about Nick, please visit the Vocalo Storytellers Tumblr page.


Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6Vocalo, Storytellers, Williams v. Quinn, vsw,

11 / 21 / 12
Aleah The Diamond Dealer

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

vocalostorytellers:


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, vsw,

10 / 18 / 12
nvrohr:

Yesterday, I spoke to Eli Williamson, Director of Veterans Programs at the McCormick Foundation. He gave me a lot of really great info on resources that veterans can use in Illinois when beginning the process of accessing their benefits (health, housing, employment, education).
I also found out mid-interview that Williamson is a veteran, too! He spent 10 years serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. His personal experience really added to the story.
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nvrohr:

Yesterday, I spoke to Eli Williamson, Director of Veterans Programs at the McCormick Foundation. He gave me a lot of really great info on resources that veterans can use in Illinois when beginning the process of accessing their benefits (health, housing, employment, education).

I also found out mid-interview that Williamson is a veteran, too! He spent 10 years serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. His personal experience really added to the story.

(via vocalostorytellers)

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6Vocalo, Storytellers, Eli Williamson, Veterans, Health, Housing, Employment, Education,

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