Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

Located in Portland, Maine, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies offers a 15-week immersion program for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in documentary writing, photography, or radio.
This blog is an update of current Salt students insights and musings.


Tales from the Radio Lab

Almost every class we start by listening to radio pieces by prior Salt students and other unique pieces selected by Rob. This makes me curious to the discussions future students may have about my work. How will people hear me?
Thankfully Rob provides some context.

Today we analyzed beginnings.
Thoughts from the day...
Your first 30-seconds, you're selling the story, not establishing a mystery.
Often times the beginning starts with a thread and you follow that thread. You show "here is how things are and here is how things are different". A mystery leaves a person guessing and thinking ahead rather than letting them listen to what you are presenting. It's hard to start a story with a mystery. You risk losing your listener.

till next time,
Shane... Radio

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