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Neon Hum Unveils Participants and Instructors for Second Annual Bootcamp



Neon Hum Media, in partnership with Sony Music Global Podcasts, is proud to announce the selected participants and contributing instructors for its second annual Editor’s Bootcamp, which was created as a training bootcamp for aspiring podcast editors from underrepresented groups and designed to provide an opportunity for Black and Indigenous storytellers, the LGBTQ, Latino, AAPI, people with disabilities and all communities of color, to help drive their rarely heard, yet critical, stories in podcasting.

The course, led by Neon Hum’s Executive Editor Catherine Saint Louis, will kick off Monday, March 21, 2022. At the conclusion of the course, one graduate will be offered a staff editor position at Neon Hum. The program is designed to develop the selected students into top candidates for employers to also consider hiring as editors after graduation.

The immersive eight-week 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 2022 instructors:

  • Annie Aviles, VICE audio and worked on Painkiller, The Crisis and A Show about Animals
  • Emanuele Berry, Executive Editor of This American Life
  • Marlon Bishop, VP for podcasts at Futuro Studios and helped create LOUD: The History of Reggaeton, Anything for Selena, and La Brega.
  • Antonia Cereijido, Executive Producer of LAist Studios and Host of Norco ’80
  • Phyllis Fletcher, Senior Editor for Podcasts, The New York Times
  • Lynn Levy, of Resistance podcast, Gimlet
  • Sophia Paliza-Carre, Senoir Producer and Editor at LAist Studios and worked on LOUD and Anything for Selena.
  • Audrey Quinn has edited podcasts for LAist Studios, Futuro Media and Frontline

Meet the 2022 Participants:

  • Mayowa Aina (she/her) is a member of the Special Projects team at NPR member station KNKX, based in Tacoma, WA.
  • Oluakemi Aladesuyi (she/her) is an editor and reporter based in Brooklyn.
  • Miguel Contreras (he/him) is a journalist, writer and producer based on Los Angeles.
  • Ariana Gharib Lee (she/her) is a producer striving to tell bold, original stories that highlight marginalized voices and perspectives.
  • Lucy Kang (they/she) is a second-generation Chinese American radio journalist and artist.
  • Sasha Khokha (she/her) has spent 18 years as a public radio reporter, correspondent, and host.
  • Isabella Kulkarni (she/her) is a creator, producer and writer based in Los Angeles.
  • Jimmy Ramirez (he/they) was raised in Northern California by his mother. They spent their childhood in hair salons and community college classes.
  • Alejandra Salazar (she/her) is a producer and associate editor at the award-winning public radio show and podcast Latino USA.

Read about the 2022 cohort of Bootcamp participants, their full bios here.

Funding for the bootcamp is made possible by Sony Music Entertainment.


Neon Hum Announces Second Annual Podcast Editors’ Bootcamp



Neon Hum Media, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, announced the launch of its second annual free Editors’ Bootcamp, which will began accepting applications starting December 15, 2021.

Created as a free podcast training bootcamp for aspiring podcast editors from underrepresented groups, the eight-week course led by Neon Hum’s Executive Editor Catherine Saint Louis is designed 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.

The eight people selected for this year’s course will learn and develop relevant skillsets from some of the industries top editors and experts. At the conclusion of the course, one graduate will be offered a staff editor position at Neon Hum. The program is designed to develop the selected students into top candidates for employers and to also consider hiring as editors after graduation.

The eight prospective editors for this year’s bootcamp will be announced in early 2022 and the course will run from mid-March to mid-May 2022. The application portal for prospective editors is open now through January 21.

The first bootcamp series in 2021 received an overwhelming response with more than 250 applications from longtime producers, print reporters and editors, documentary filmmakers and people in public radio interested in switching to narrative podcasts. After participating in the course, Nevada based journalist Stephanie Serrano joined Neon Hum as a staff director in June and has worked on several top series for the Company, including Smoke Screen: The Sellout and the upcoming season of Spectacle. Other graduates of last year’s program went on to work on hit shows across the industry, including Snap Judgement’s Spooked and Witness Docs and VPM’s Seizing Freedom.

Catherine Saint Louis said, “The audio industry still lacks representation from so many groups and voices, so we are thrilled to be bringing back the Bootcamp for another year and creating a way for people to become story editors.” She added, “It’s free and an incredible opportunity to learn from peers as well as the industry’s top editors. And at the end of it all, one lucky graduate will get a full-time job working at Neon Hum.”

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


Neon Hum Announces Diverse Lineup of Podcast Editors for Bootcamp



Neon Hum Media, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, announced the eight talented participants who will attend its free Editor’s Bootcamp which starts next month. The first group was selected out of more than 250 applicants.

The course is led by Neon Hum’s senior editor Catherine Saint Louis, and was designed to provide a new and unique opportunity for marginalized storytellers who want to become story editors. The finalists will learn and develop relevant skill sets from some of the industry’s top editors and experts, including Emanuele Berry of This American Life, Annie Avilés of VICE Audio, Phyllis Fletcher of APM Podcasts, Nick White of Lost Notes, Ann Heppermann of Audible. Neon Hum founder and CEO Jonathan Hirsch will also co-teach a session.

At the end of the Cours, one of the Bootcamp participants will be offered a staff editor position at Neon Hum. The program is designed to develop the selected students into top candidates for other employers to also consider hiring as editors after graduation.

Congratulation to the finalists:

Zakiya Gibbons (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based audio producer and host who is currently a Senior Producer at Audible. In her career, she has taught an introduction to radio journalism class at Columbia University, was selected as an AIR New Voices Scholar, and is a co-founder of the POC in Audio Directory, a resource created to fight the lack of racial diversity in the audio industry. She was a producer at the WNYC podcast Nancy, which centered LGBTQIA experiences.

Corinne Gillard (she/her) began her professional life in television, then discovered a love of audio four years ago. As the Director of Development at Crooked Media, she produced and launched popular weekly podcasts, Keep It and Hysteria. In 2019, Corinne returned to independent producing, launching the Tamron Hall Show for Disney/ABC, The Oprah Conversation for Apple TV+ and freelancing on audio projects with Blue Wire Podcasts and OBB Media.

Jimmy Gutierrez (he/him) got his start in radio at his local NPR station in Milwaukee more than a decade ago. He went to Transom’s story workshop, then worked at New Hampshire Public Radio, and was a Third Coast Ragdale Artist in Residence. Currently, he’s directing audience at Outlier Media in Detroit, which includes overseeing the local Documenters program. Last year, he filled information gaps in low-wealth neighborhoods in Milwaukee for which he was recognized as a 2020 John S. Knight Community Impact Fellow at Stanford.

Davey Kim (he/him) is producer, sound designer and engineer based in Oakland, California. Most recently, he was the creator and senior podcast producer for Adult ISH, an interview and storytelling podcast by YR Media (aka Youth Radio) x PRX’s Radiotopia. Davey has also contributed to NPR, Marketplace, KPCC, KCRW, The World, The Dinner Party Download, and Self Evident, and his stories and scores have been recognized as exceptional by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, CNN, and more.

Oliver-Ash Kleine (they/them) is an audio storyteller focused on show development and shaping sound-rich stories. They developed and currently produce the trans news and culture show TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones, and recently launched Cancel Me, Daddy; a podcast that takes a critical look at the public tempter tantrums around cancel culture. Oliver-Ash was also instrumental in the creation of the Trans Journalists Association in 2020 and was an AIR New Voices Scholar in 2019. They also worked as a founding producer of The Mother Jones podcast.

Jennifer Lai (she/her) is an audio producer, poet, visual artist, and first-generation Chinese American. Her professional experience includes time at American Public Media, Panoply, and Slate, where she’s produced narrative, interview, scripted, and kit’s shows. She currently produces the daily poetry show The Slowdown, which is hosted by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and received a National Endowment of the Arts grant in 2020. And, for the last three years, Jennifer has been part of a storytelling initiative called Everyday Chinatown, which blends neighborhood engagement, art, and audio.

Stephanie Serrano (she/her/Ella) is an award-winning multimedia bilingual journalist based in Reno, Nevada. Her storytelling works to share the experiences of unserved communities in regards to education, race, and affordable housing. He work was honored with two 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for best sports reporting, which followed a resilient Div. I athlete who lives with type 1 diabetes, and continuing coverage on anti-Semitic incidents on a college campus. She is an alumna of NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project.

Afi Yellow-Duke (she/her) is an associate producer on WYNC Studios podcast Death, Sex & Money. She previously worked at StoryCorps, where she produced two episodes of the Peabody Award-nominated Stonewall OutLoud podcast series. Afi has also contributed to projects for Panoply Media, Audible Originals, and BRIC. She was an AIR New Voices Scholar in 2016, a 3-time AIR New Voices Scholarship Captain, and is one of the five co-creators of the POC in Audio Directory.

Funding for the bootcamp is made possible by Sony Music Entertainment, Neon Hum’s Media joint venture partner. The program will run from mid-March to mid-May.


Neon Hum Goes Behind the Scenes of Reality TV with Spectacle



Acclaimed podcast production house Neon Hum, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, today announced the debut of Spectacle, a new podcast tracing reality television back to its inception. The 10-episode series is hosted by writer and comedian Mariah Smith and the first three episodes are available now.

The show kicks off with a deep dive into the 1970’s series “An American Family” and continues on in episode two to tackle the complexities and lasting impact of “The Real World.” In each episode, Smith takes fans on a journey to relive the scenes that stuck with audiences, while talking to the people who were in the rooms where it happened, from “The Real World” season one cast member Norman Korpi to “Queer Eye” star Bobby Burke.

Spectacle will follow the evolution of reality TV in chronological order, as Smith explores the various ways in which reality programming has changed pop culture over the last 30 years. Upcoming episodes feature conversations around some of the biggest reality programs, including “Survivor,” “The Bachelor,” “Real Housewives,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “90 Day Fiance,” “Queer Eye,” “The Circle,” and “The Great British Baking Show.”

“I’m so excited for listeners to dive into the world of reality with me, because these shows are so much more than just a guilty pleasure,” said Mariah Smith. “We’ll cover everything from dating shows to baking competitions and analyze how and why ‘Housewives’ and the ‘Fab 5’ have become so central to shaping our culture.”
The series is produced by Mariah Smith and Joanna Clay at Neon Hum. Jonathan Hirsch and Shara Morris are executive producers and Catherine Saint Louis is the editor.

Listeners can subscribe to Spectacle on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on Spectacle and all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram.


Sony Music Entertainment Seeks Podcast Producer for Neon Hum Media



Sony Music Entertainment is seeking a Podcast Producer for Neon Hum Media, an emerging, passionate West Coast podcast production company that creates cinematic, top quality, and wide-appeal audio programming.

They are based in Los Angeles, and have helped create multiple podcast hits including the duPont Award-Winning Bag Man with Rachel Maddow, The Thing About Pam, Room 20, Crooked Media’s This Land, and L.A. Times Studios’ Larger Than Life.

We are currently looking for a producer with high-quality audio production and editorial skills to help develop and produce original and partner projects.

The ideal candidate for this position will bring leadership, organization, and exceptional storytelling skills to a wide breadth of podcast products.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Pitching story ideas for feature and interview programming
  • Booking guests
  • Producing and editing both talk-driven, mixed-format and documentary style segments
  • Writing scripts (examples: scripts for show and hosts)
  • Providing production and editorial support as-needed
  • And more!

    Qualifications Include:
  • 3+ years audio production or related storytelling experience
  • Experience producing audio in tight deadlines. Public media or journalism background a plus
  • Experience working with talent, including host coaching in studio
  • A clear track record of producing innovative, diverse, and complex audio works
  • Experience cultivating talent from multiple creative sectors and backgrounds
  • And more!

Those who want to know more about the responsibilities and qualifications of this job should visit the Sony Music Entertainment page where this job is posted. You can apply for the job through their website, but must sign in with LinkedIn to do that.