Visual Storytelling for Radio.

Course Brief

Stories with powerful photos and video consistently perform better on social media – but how can you get extra mileage from audio stories if you work in radio or podcasting?

This intensive one-day workshop will help you create powerful visual content using simple smartphone video and photography apps and low-cost desktop production tools.

Designed and led by former BBC journalist Corinne Podger, this course is ideal for radio journalists and podcasters, and will also interest anyone working with audio storytelling, including PRs and comms teams, NGOs and charities.

Course Content

This one day workshop will cover the following :

  • Guidance on photography and video shoot-editing for audio storytellers
  • Adding text, quotes and animations to photos and video to bring stories to life
  • Tips for optimizing multimedia posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram
  • Resources including guidance on apps and equipment
  • Best practice in social audio and social video storytelling


Course Schedule


Introduction to Visual Storytelling
  • Online and social formats
  • Social audio: best practice
  • Apps and Equipment


Smartphone Photography

  • How to get the best from a smartphone camera
  • Tips on narrative photography
  • Adding text, animations and a logo to your images


Smartphone Filming

  • Introduction to filming with a smartphone
  • Capturing audio for your video
  • Tips for filming radio and podcast interviews



  • Tools for live-streaming audio to social formats
  • Examples of best practice





Smartphone Editing

  • Editing intervierws and narrative video
  • Adding branding and a logo


Desktop tools and workflow

  • Low cost visual tools for audio producers
  • Managing your social video workflow


Visual Curation for Audio Storytellers

  • Versioning audio stories for online and social platforms
  • Guidance on best practice for visual-first platforms (Instagram, YouTube)


Discussion : Next Steps
  • How will you implement what you have learned?
  • Further resources




About Corinne Podger

Corinne is a multimedia journalist with over 20 years’ experience working in radio, television, online and social media, primarily for the BBC and ABC Australia. Since 2013 she has taught multimedia storytelling for a wide range of clients including the BBC, Reuters, Journalism.Co.Uk and the Financial Times, and has lectured at universities and colleges in Australia, the UK and the United States.