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  • Neon Hum Unveils Selected Participants from Across the Audio Industry for Third Annual Podcast Editors’ Bootcamp
  • Dec 12, 2022

Top Leaders from Across Podcast Industry to Serve as Contributing Instructors

New York – December 12, 2022 – Neon Hum Media, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce today the selected participants for its third annual Editors’ Bootcamp, a multi-week training program for aspiring podcast editors from underrepresented groups.

Led by Neon Hum’s Executive Editor Catherine Saint Louis, the course will kick off on January 12, 2023, and is designed to develop the selected students into top candidates for employers to also consider hiring as editors after graduation. The Editors’ Bootcamp was designed in 2020 to provide an opportunity for Black and Indigenous storytellers, LGBTQ+, Latino, AAPI, people with disabilities and all communities of color, to help drive their rarely heard, yet critical stories in podcasting.  At the end of the Bootcamp, one graduate will be offered a freelance editing gig.

“Now more than ever it’s important to not just work towards one’s own goals, but to give back to people who are coming up,” Saint Louis said. “Bootcamp helps talented people pivot to story editing and learn by editing actual podcast episodes and mixes.”

The immersive program will be led by experienced professionals across the audio industry. Neon Hum’s Jonathan Hirsch and Stephanie Serrano (who was hired after the inaugural Bootcamp) will also offer critical guidance. 

Meet the 2023 Participants:

  • Morgan Givens (he/they): is a storyteller, writer and performer based in Washington, DC. He works as a developer and consultant from public radio stations to Hollywood.
  • Danielle Hewitt (she/her): is a podcast producer based in Brooklyn where she produces narrative documentaries for Prologue. She used to produce Slate’s What Next.
  • Eunice Kim (she/her): is an audio producer, journalist, and 1.5-generation Korean Canadian. She’s produced, developed, and helped launch over a dozen award-winning shows.
  • Thomas Lu (he/him): is a Vietnamese American producer based in Washington, DC who currently produces for NPR’s science podcast, Short Wave.
  • Stephanie Werner (she/her): is a journalist and podcast producer hailing from the Pacific Northwest who until recently produced Every Little Thing at Gimlet.
  • Sarah Whites-Koditschek (she/her): is an investigative reporter at covering inequality issues. She previously worked in public radio as a reporter and producer and produced Points South podcast.

Read more about the 2023 cohort of Bootcamp participants here

Meet the 2023 Instructors:

  • Phyllis Fletcher (she/her): is a senior story editor for Wondery. She is a decorated editor, mentor, teacher, and coach with two decades of distinguished service in journalism.
  • Audrey Quinn (she/her): has edited podcasts for LAist Studios, Futuro Media and Frontline and won a Pulitzer as part of the team that made Suave.
  • Sophia Paliza-Carre (she/her): is a senior producer and editor at LAist Studios and worked on LOUD, Anything for Selena and Norco ‘80.
  • Antonia Cereijido (she/her): Executive Producer of LAist Studios and Host of Norco ’80.
  • Emanuele Berry (she/her): Executive Editor of This American Life.
  • Marlon Bishop (he/him): VP for podcasts at Futuro Studios and helped create LOUD: The History of Reggaeton, Anything for Selena and La Brega. He was the executive editor on Suave.
  • Ruxandra Guidi (she/her): Ruxandra is new to Bootcamp. She is a long-time contributor to the Fonografia Collective and producer for the first season of Foreign Policy’s The Catchand edited Bone Valley.

Neon Hum has welcomed an overwhelming response to the return of the Bootcamp, with applications received from longtime producers, print reporters and editors, documentary filmmakers and people in public radio interested in switching to narrative podcasts. Graduates of the first two years of the program have gone on to work at Neon Hum and other top podcast companies across the industry including Crooked Media, Snap Judgment, Audio Collective at TED, Virginia Public Media, and KNKX.

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