Aspiring podcasters can access professional recording equipment and advice thanks to Laurier’s new podcasting studio and first podcaster-in-residence, Avery Moore Kloss.
Located in One Market at Laurier’s Brantford campus, the studio will be open to students, staff and instructors as a teaching and learning tool, as well as to public podcasters. The new studio is a part of the Brantford campus Creativity Hub, an inclusive community space designed to encourage collaboration, creation and the presentation of digital stories.
“The podcast studio offers practical experience to students, faculty and the wider community by providing access to equipment, resources and skills development in an emerging creative medium,” said Tamara Louks, a coordinator of the Creativity Hub project.
Laurier’s podcaster-in-residence program offers a residency to Canadian podcasters creating stories that connect communities. Moore Kloss is the founder and lead creator at her podcasting and personal history company Folktale Studio. As a journalist, marketer, podcast host and award-winning radio documentarian, Moore Kloss’ passion is helping others tell their stories through audio. As host of the podcast Grown Up, she interviews regular people about the work they do and how their careers evolved. Moore Kloss will hold drop-in hours and lead faculty and community workshops as part of her residency.
“I do this work because I love hearing the stories of the people around me,” said Moore Kloss. “This residency gives me the rare opportunity to sit down with people outside of my own circle and help bring their ideas and stories to life through audio.”
Due to COVID-19, Moore Kloss has moved her office hours online. Individuals can sign up directly for help and support with audio and podcast projects.
Laurier's new podcast studio was made possible by a $15,000 grant from the Samuel W. Stedman Foundation.