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  • Dec 21, 2020
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  • Neon Hum Media Launches Free Training Bootcamp for Aspiring Podcast Editors From Underrepresented Groups

NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES – December 21, 2020 – Neon Hum Media, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, today announced the launch of its free podcast training bootcamp created for aspiring podcast editors from underrepresented groups. The application portal is now open for prospective editors to apply.

The eight-week course, led by Neon Hum’s senior editor Catherine Saint Louis, is designed to provide a new and unique opportunity for Black and Native American storytellers, other people of color, the LGTBQ+ community, and Latinx people. The 8 people selected will learn and develop relevant skillsets from some of the industry’s top editors and experts. The course will feature guest teachers from some of the most successful companies in the podcast industry, including Emanuele Berry of This American Life, Annie Avilés of VICE Audio, Phyllis Fletcher of APM Podcasts, Nick White of Lost Notes, and more. Neon Hum founder and CEO Jonathan Hirsch will co-teach a session, too.  

At the conclusion of the course, one student will be offered a staff editor position at Neon Hum. The program is designed to develop students into top candidates for other employers to also consider hiring in editor roles following course graduation. 

Funding for the bootcamp is made possible by Sony Music Entertainment, Neon Hum Media’s joint venture partner. To learn more about Sony Music’s commitment to supporting communities globally and locally, click here

“There is an urgent need in the podcast industry for editors who know how to structure podcasts and help make good podcasts great,” Saint Louis said. “Neon Hum wants to give aspiring editors from underrepresented groups the training they need to be able to work in the audio industry. This isn’t an ivory tower exercise. The idea is to encourage talented storytellers to choose audio editing, to help shape podcasts, to choose how to tell important stories. The social justice taskforce at Sony Music Entertainment helped make this program possible, and we’re thrilled to be working with them.” 

The application portal will remain open until Wednesday, January 20 at 11pm PST. Final participants will be announced on Thursday, February 25. The program will run from mid-March to mid-May. 

Click here for more information on the Neon Hum Editors Bootcamp.

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