Transom Adelaide: August 25th – August 31st, 2019

We’re so excited that the CMTO will be hosting Transom‘s first ever international, week-long Traveling Workshop in audio storytelling. Ten beginning-level students will get seven days of intensive training in Glenelg, Adelaide, on Australia’s southern coast.


Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $998 AUD (Australian Dollars) and includes:

• Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Georgia Moodie.

• Your own copy of Hindenburg Journalist audio editor to keep.

• Use of quality field-recording equipment. (Or bring your own if you like.)

• Morning/afternoon tea and lunch during the seven days as well as one group dinner.

• Eligible for $45 USD one-year, student membership with AIR.

*Note: The fee does not include housing, meals beyond what’s stated above, or flights and ground transportation.

The Workshop will start on Sunday at 2 p.m. For the rest of the week, students will be immersed in field recording, interviewing, digital editing, script writing, and narration. By the end of the week, each participant will have produced a short profile of a creative person living in or near Adelaide. We finish with a Saturday night listening event which will be free and open to the public. The Workshop itself will take place at the Glenelg Surf Club. The listening event will be held at Radio Adelaide.

Dates and Deadlines

• Workshop and Scholarship applications open April 11, 2019

• Workshop applications due May 17, 2019 (11:59 p.m. AEST)

• Applicants notified of selection decisions May 29, 2019

• Enrolment confirmation June 5, 2019

• Tuition costs due in full June 21, 2019

The Selection Process

There will be ten participants in all. Eight will be selected from around the country (or world!) and two seats will be held for Australian participants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and a young person (under 26) broadcasting in a language other than English. These two seats will be subsidized by CMTO. Selection is competitive. We want creative, dedicated newcomers seeking a strong set of entry-level skills. Previous experience isn’t needed but helps: preference goes to those who’ve tried audio storytelling before and volunteer in Australian community radio.


Participants are responsible for finding their own housing. Students in the past have had luck with AirBnB’s and sharing housing with other students in the Workshop.


Out-of-town participants will need to fly into Adelaide Airport and take public transportation or car service to Glenelg.

From Previous Workshop Participants

“Thanks for an exhausting, yet brilliant week! It was a challenge, but that’s a positive. It meant I learned a lot and improved quickly.” – Allston, Massachusetts USA participant, 2018

“Rob is the most thoughtful, strategic and generous teacher I’ve ever had. I learned more from a week with him than an entire year of graduate school.” – Catalina, California USA participant, 2018



Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast on radio storytelling — a joint project of PRX and Transom. He started and then ran the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies’ radio track for 11 years. He is now the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, which launched in the fall of 2011.


Georgia Moodie, Assistant Instructor

Georgia Moodie is a reporter and producer at Australia’s ABC Radio National, where she makes long-form stories for RN’s documentary programs, Earshot and The History Listen. Since she began at RN in 2012, she has worked as a literature and arts reporter for RN’s national Books and Arts program, and as a producer on RN’s national evening news and current affairs program, RN Drive.



Contact Transom with your workshop questions: info [at] transom [dot] org. You can also contact the CMTO on info [at] cmto [dot] org [dot] au, or call the office on (02) 9218 9626.

The Transom Traveling Workshop in Adelaide is presented in partnership with the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO), with the assistance of the Department of Communications and the Arts via the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

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