07 / 23 / 14
Deadline is next week! 
teamvocalo:

Vocalo está buscando 8 personas que sirvan de voz a las comunidades marginadas. Las clases serán instruidas en parte por profesionales de radio de nuestra estación hermana WBEZ 91.5FM y por Rocío Santos de Domingos en español, quien guiara la clase y proveerá asistencia editorial. El taller tomara lugar en nuestra espacio en la Villita localizado en 2710 W. Cermak Ave, cada sábado de 10am-2pm. 
La fecha límite para solicitar al taller de Vocalo es el 30 de julio a las 12PM. Los participantes seleccionados serán notificados el viernes, 1ro de agosto. 
Haz clic aquí»>Taller de producción radiofónica en español
ZoomInfo
Deadline is next week! 
teamvocalo:

Vocalo está buscando 8 personas que sirvan de voz a las comunidades marginadas. Las clases serán instruidas en parte por profesionales de radio de nuestra estación hermana WBEZ 91.5FM y por Rocío Santos de Domingos en español, quien guiara la clase y proveerá asistencia editorial. El taller tomara lugar en nuestra espacio en la Villita localizado en 2710 W. Cermak Ave, cada sábado de 10am-2pm. 
La fecha límite para solicitar al taller de Vocalo es el 30 de julio a las 12PM. Los participantes seleccionados serán notificados el viernes, 1ro de agosto. 
Haz clic aquí»>Taller de producción radiofónica en español
ZoomInfo

Deadline is next week! 

teamvocalo:

Vocalo está buscando 8 personas que sirvan de voz a las comunidades marginadas. Las clases serán instruidas en parte por profesionales de radio de nuestra estación hermana WBEZ 91.5FM y por Rocío Santos de Domingos en español, quien guiara la clase y proveerá asistencia editorial. El taller tomara lugar en nuestra espacio en la Villita localizado en 2710 W. Cermak Ave, cada sábado de 10am-2pm. 

La fecha límite para solicitar al taller de Vocalo es el 30 de julio a las 12PM. Los participantes seleccionados serán notificados el viernes, 1ro de agosto. 

Haz clic aquí»>Taller de producción radiofónica en español

Source: teamvocalo

6radio publica, chicago, latism, vocalostorytellers, vsw,

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,

05 / 14 / 13
Cooking with my eyes closed
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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,

11 / 20 / 12
Classical Music Fan

vocalostorytellers:

Sam Zelitch

Why did you want to become a Vocalo Storyteller?
Radio storytelling has always been an important part of my life. But mostly the $3,000 cash prize.
 
Your piece in 20 seconds:

How easy is it to be a serious (not ironic) fan of classical music? Is it any harder than being a serious (not ironic) classical musician? My piece interweaves these two narratives: the lonely classical music fan alongside the never lonely musicians of Chicago’s Spektral Quartet.

 
Why did you decide to tell this story?

Next to rap and country, classical music may be the most misunderstood genre of music. No one’s going to magically gain an appreciation of classical music by listening to my piece. But they might want to come to a concert with me. (That’s the real reason I did this story — to get dates.) (And the $3,000 cash prize.)
 
In what ways are you a better storyteller and/or producer?
I’ve become a much better interviewer. I’ve cut the word “awesome” out of my vocabulary. I’m less afraid to not know what I’m doing. I finally understand what an equalizer does. And, next time, I won’t leave my editing till the last minute. Promise.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6Vocalo, Classical Music, Spektral Quartet, Chicago, Storytelling, vsw,

08 / 18 / 12
Yazmin Dominguez

Why did you join the Vocalo/ Mash storytelling workshops?

I joined because I wanted to increase my knowledge and experience in storytelling and broadcast journalism. Storytelling through social media has been recently capturing my attention. I thought the Vocalo/Mash storytelling workshop would be a great opportunity to temporarily satisfy my curiosity in this area.

Your piece in 20 seconds:

This piece gives listeners a chance to see what other benefits, besides the money, that can come from performing in the streets of Chicago. 

Why did you decide to tell this story?

The general concept of street performers has been on my mind for a while. Originally, I wanted to write a print article on them but I realized that was not the right medium for the story, when the Vocalo storytelling workshop presented itself I realized it was a good form that fit this story. 

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

I think I am a better storyteller/producer since I have a better grip on how to edit and put together a story from a good hour of audio and recorded interviews to a polished 4 minute and 30 second piece. As well, seeing what story ideas work better for newspapers and which ones for audio/ video. In that case I think I gained more experience but I know I still I have a ton to learn!  I am looking forward to that in the future.

 

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6street performers, storytellers, the mash, vocalo, Chicago, music, vsw,

08 / 18 / 12
Emmie Rizvi

Why did you join the Vocalo/ Mash storytelling workshops?

I joined the mash storytelling workshop because I did not have a lot of experience with audio so I figured it would be a good place to get comfortable with it. 

Your piece in 20 seconds: 

My piece is simply trying to educate people on arranged marriages in the Muslim faith. 

Why did you decide to tell this story? 

I decided to tell this story because I know a lot of people don’t know a lot about it. 

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

I now can add more depth in a story by not only using words, also songs, and inserts and other things that can bring my story to a whole new level.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6Vocalo, Storytellers, Arranged Marriages, Islam, vsw,

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