Wednesday, August 29 2018 • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm • Mulberry Room

$80 three-week session

August 22 & 29, September 5


Do you dream about starting your own podcast or hosting your own radio show?  Then this is the class for you!  DIY Audio Documentary covers the basics of recording, structuring, and editing audio documentaries using cell phones and open source editing software. There will be an emphasis on experimentation that simultaneously acknowledges the nontraditional nature of using cell-phones and stresses the craftsmanship and conceptual framework of the final pieces.

An introduction to the following topics will be covered through the course:
-Storytelling (why, genre, ethics, structure)
-Ethics (disclosure, subjectivity, appropriation)
-Gathering sound (listening, asking questions, using the voice, using music, limitations of a cell phone)
-Editing (using the software, exporting,effects, etc.)

Required equipment:
-Cell phone with voice recording capabilities
-Laptop and the willingness to download audacity onto it
-Over-the-ear headphones


The Des Moines Social Club is passionate about creating accessible arts and culture opportunities for all members of the Des Moines community. For a scholarship application, please email

About the Instructor

Spivey Knapik is an avid podcaster and audio documentarian.  She produced and directed the audio-doc program at the UNC campus radio station, worked on post production for the Black Lunch Table, and currently produces two podcasts for the Downtown Disciples church in Des Moines.  More recently, her audio work appeared in the show Inter/Veil at Yellow Door Gallery. Since 2011, she has maintained a visual art practice as a printmaker. Spivey received her BA in Studio Art and Religious Studies from UNC Chapel-Hill.