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Storytelling in Radio and Podcasts

A Practical Guide

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Uses a clear and logical structure to describe every step of developing a strong audio story

  • Draws on popular and hugely successful podcasts and radio features, such as Serial, as examples

  • Includes pedagogic and practical features such as checklists, ‘7 steps to a story’ and ’10 story-problems and how to fix them’

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Acoustic Narration: A New Beginning

    • Sven Preger
    Pages 1-22
  3. A Good Story: Delivering an Experience

    • Sven Preger
    Pages 23-41
  4. Scenic Narratives

    • Sven Preger
    Pages 147-174
  5. Staging: From Script to Sound

    • Sven Preger
    Pages 195-217
  6. Work Routine for the Narrative Reporter

    • Sven Preger
    Pages 229-241
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 243-245

About this book

This textbook offers a practical guide to creating narratives in audio media. It is one of the most beautiful and complex tasks in radio and podcasting: how do you tell a compelling story and keep your listeners tuned in? In Storytelling in Radio and Podcasts, Preger offers practical answers to crucial questions: What material is suitable for long stories? How can I bind listeners to a real story for 15, 30 or 60 minutes? Or even get them excited about a whole series? How do I maintain suspense from beginning to end? How do I find my narrative voice? And, how do I develop a sound design for complex narratives? Richly illustrated using practical examples, the book guides the reader through various stages of developing a non-fiction narrative and examines structure, character development, suspense, narration, sound-design and ethics.

Keywords

  • storytelling
  • narrative
  • radio
  • podcast
  • audio
  • journalism
  • sound production
  • Serial

Reviews

“Storytelling for Radio and Podcasts is a gem of superb and timely information for any radio producer or student of the craft. But even more than this, the book is a motivator. The author believes in the art of storytelling and its potential in audio and helps to energize the process by presenting the best creative tools for anyone who wants to bring an audio story to life. The genre is alive and growing all over the world, and this book should be taken along for the ride by all who want to ride the great new wave of storytelling.” (David Berner, Associate Professor, Radio Program, Columbia College Chicago)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bonn, Germany

    Sven Preger

About the author

Sven Preger is a multi-award-winning journalist, story consultant and systemic coach, specialising in telling complex stories. His latest works include the German serial The Hitchhiker, the podcast Deep Talk for national German radio and the narrative science podcast StoryQuarks, of which he is reporter-in-chief. He enables others to tell a better story and find their own voice.        

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-73130-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)