Working with Music in Audio Storytelling at CDS Nov 22-23

Course on using music in production at CDS next month. Course description and link to sign up below. -Mia
What happens in the alchemical moment when a voice telling a story is transformed—whether suddenly or almost imperceptibly—by the music placed underneath it? When is the use of music honest? When is it essential? When is it dishonest or distracting? In this weekend workshop, we’ll explore techniques for using music to enhance audio storytelling, whether your primary interest is in podcasting, personal storytelling, oral history, or radio journalism. 

How many times have you been stumped by the question of what music to use in a piece? This is your chance to develop an ear for what to use, and a resource list of where to find it. 

The weekend of Nov 22-23 at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, I'm set to again offer my workshop on "Working with Music in Audio Storytelling." We had a great group last fall, with participants from NC, VA and MD, coming to the workshop with a wide range of backgrounds in production and audio work.

For more info, and to register, scroll to the bottom of this page:

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Soup to Nuts 2-day documentary radio training, Dec 6-7, Bay Area

The incomparable Claire Schoen is offering her 2-day doc radio production training in December. Don't miss it! Details below. -Mia


Dear Radio People,


I'm offering my Soup-to-Nuts weekend again in the San Francisco Bay Area on:

December 6 & 7. 2014.

Please see the description below.


If you are interested in attending, please do get in touch ( as the class sometimes fills quickly.


AND… check out my website!


Under “Teaching” you can find feedback from previous “Soup-to-Nuts” students.

Under “Biography” you can find out more than you’d ever want to know about me.

Under “Productions” you can listen to the past 25 years of my audio work.


I hope you can join us in December.

Best, Claire Schoen


Claire Schoen Media






"From Soup to Nuts"

A 2-day intensive

on documentary radio production

offered in the San Francisco Bay Area



This seminar will be held December 6 & 7, 2014.

Each day's class will run from 10 am to 5:30 pm,

including 6 hours of class work, plus lunch and breaks.


It will be held at Claire’s studio in Berkeley, California

Class will be limited to 8 students.

The cost of the 2-day seminar is $250.


The Course:

Through lectures, group discussion, Q & A, written handouts, and lots of audio demos, this two-day class will explore the ins and outs of creating a long-form radio documentary. Designed to meet the needs of mid-level producers, this seminar will also be accessible to individuals who have little or no experience in radio production.


Compelling audio documentary incorporates a creative weave of elements including narration, interviews, music, vérité scenes, character portraits, dramatizations, performances, archival tape and ambience beds. Students learn how these elements serve to paint a picture in sound.


Emphasis will be put on the production process. To this end, the class will examine the steps of concept development, research, pre-production, recording techniques, interviewing, writing, organizing tape, scripting, editing and mixing required to create an audio documentary.


Most importantly, we will focus on the art of storytelling. We will discuss dramatic structure, taking the listener through introduction, development and resolution of a story. And we will explore how character development brings the listener to the heart of the story.


The Teacher:

Claire Schoen is a media producer, with a special focus on documentary radio. As a producer/director, she has created over 25 long-form radio documentaries and several documentary films, as well as numerous short works. As a sound designer she has recorded, edited and mixed sound for film, video, radio, webstory, museums and theater productions. Her radio documentaries have garnered numerous awards including the SEJ, NFCB, Gracie, Clarion, PASS and New York International Festival. She has also shared in both a Peabody and a DuPont-Columbia award.


Claire has taught documentary radio production at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, AIR's mentorship program, the Third Coast Festival Conference and other venues.


To Register:

Contact Claire Schoen    510-882-6164


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ABC’s Creative Audio Unit seeks pitches for upcoming shows, deadline Oct 27

Pitch down under! The folks at ABC's Radiotonic and Soundproof want your pitches for their next round of shows. Details and pitching guidelines in the links below. Go for it!
We're coming up on a deadline (October 27) for our next round of commissions, so if you've been thinking about pitching:

Best to send your short pitch sooner than later, so you have time to develop a full proposal if we're interested.

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New project from The World seeks pitches on the status of women and their communities, deadline ASAP

Holy WOW – what a great opportunity from PRI's The World. (Important topic! Travel budget! Multimedia!!) The word from the acting editor is that they're looking for a very high level of reporting here, so not for newbies. Details and contact info below. -Mia
We wanted to let you know about an exciting new initiative The World and our partners at are undertaking over the next 18 months.
It’s working title is Across Women’s Lives, and it will focus on the relationship between the status of women around the world and the status of their larger communities and societies. In particular it will examine the questions of whether, and if so how, particular improvements in the status of women leverage improvements in “development” and quality of life indicators for everyone. (And if not, why not?)
Our working project summary is below. The reason I’m writing to you now is that we’re looking for pitches. The series will have a special focus on India and sub-Saharan Africa, but we’ll be looking for stories everywhere. And while the focus here is specific, the kinds of stories we’re looking for are the same as always: driven by strong characters, strong voices, strong sound and strong writing.
We’ll be paying our usual rates for these pieces but we do have a healthy budget for travel. That doesn’t mean you should think first of big trips away from your home base—there might well be great stories right in your local areas—but if you’ve got a great idea for a story that would require travel, and can sell us on it, we might well be able to make it happen.
We’re also planning to build a significant multimedia component into every story, including a fully-produced stand-alone video. Sometimes the same reporter could produce both of these, other times it would involve pairing the radio reporter with a video journalist. And of course if the same reporter produces both, you’ll be paid for both.
We’re in the process of hiring a dedicated editor for this project, but until we do, please send any story ideas to me.
And we’re on a pretty aggressive timetable to launch, so if you have a great story along these lines that you’ve been itching to do, send along a pitch as soon as you can.
As always, thanks for thinking of us and we look forward to working with some of you on this project.
Best, from Boston,
Peter Thomson
Acting Editor, Across Women’s Lives
PRI’s The World and are launching a high-profile, 15-month reporting project on the status of women around the world. The “Across Women’s Lives” project (working title) will deploy radio & multimedia producers working independently and together to produce top-quality feature stories on:
* Efforts to improve the well-being of communities by raising the status of women and girls, especially in India and sub-Saharan Africa;
* Links between the status of women and girls in developing countries and broader social indicators of health, education and economic opportunity for society;
* Women, men and organizations making a difference in the lives of their families and communities by working to improve the status of women.
The reports will be broadcast on The World and featured on starting in December, 2014 and will be clustered around five stages of women’s lives: birth and infancy, early childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, middle age, and old age.
Peter Thomson
Environment Editor, PRI's The World
Author, Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal

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Destination DIY Seeks Pitches For December Episode

Great show seeks pitches. Details below! -Mia
Destination DIY is seeking pitches for our December episode. Please have a look at our pitching guidelines on the AIR pitch page: and send your pitch to 
As you may know, the show is monthly, and we typically showcase one longish (10-12 min) feature per episode. We recently joined the Maximum Fun network and we're excited to be sharing the show with a whole new audience. 
Thanks so much,

Host, producer and creator of Destination DIY
Twitter: @DIYgirl

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Studio 360 seeks spring interns, application deadline Oct 19

Intern at Studio 360! Details below. -Mia


Studio 360 interns make radio, not coffee. The also write for and help produce our new blog and podcast, sideshow.


We’re looking for interns for our winter/spring term – roughly Jan-May. We don’t pay much (it’s more of a meal stipend situation), which is unfortunate. But we do teach you things. We’re super serious about making sure our interns learn a ton of stuff while they’re here.


If you or someone you know might be a good match, please apply! The deadline is October 19.


Application info:

Term: roughly Jan-May


Studio 360’s internship is a hands-on experience. Interns sit in on editorial meetings, gather research, pitch ideas, collect materials for the website, and learn a variety of tasks involved in producing a weekly program. Over the course of the term, they gain fundamental radio skills (including audio editing) and will assist staff mentors with producing segments for the show.

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Poynter Environmental Journalism Workshop with SEJ, Nov 3, FL

Wish-I-could-be-there environmental journo training program with Poynter and the SEJ. Details below.

DATE: Nov. 3, 2014
APPLY BY:  Oct 13, 2014

Poynter Institute, 801 3rd Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida

Making Science Storytelling Engaging and Accurate

 This is a one-day intensive workshop that will help science and environmental journalists, bloggers and students produce engaging and informative content.

With increasing demand to produce compelling science stories, journalists are also faced with entertainment successes, such as "Shark Week" and "Sharknado," that can confuse scientific fact and fiction. As the need for science stories continues to grow, it has left the American public more misinformed about science than ever.

Join us for a comprehensive day of learning how to pitch, investigate and 

Kelly McBride
Vice President 
of Academic Programs
Poynter Institute 

craft compelling science-based stories in a competitive media landscape to accurately inform the public while keeping them engaged.

You'll learn how to:

  • breathe excitement into your stories
  • pitch to editors
  • tap into research tools that make data accessible
  • begin an investigation into an individual or organization

The day's schedule: (subject to change)
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. ~ Welcome

Jennifer BogoExecutive Editor, Popular Science

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ~ Session 1, The Pitch with 
Jennifer Bogo
Whether you are a freelance writer pitching various editors, or a staff writer pitching your boss, your pitch must be on target. In this session faculty will walk the workshop audience through the various methods for developing a story ideaand sounding it out to editors.

Angela Posada-Swafford
Freelance Science and Exploration Writer

10:45a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ~ Session 2, Getting it Right with Angela Posada-Swafford  
There's so much to get wrong. And it's so difficult to find the right sources to provide the foundation for the best information. In this session, we will describe the methods for judging an expert's appropriateness for contributing to a story, translating scientific jargon into the vernacular and fact-checking the work before publication.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ~ Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ~ Session 3, Longform Science Journalism with 
Angela Posada-Swafford
A time-tried way to engage the public is by telling a good tale. But that requires the ability to organize and execute a complicated project, often within a short time frame. In this session, we will lay out the methods for organizing a long project from conception to publication.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ~ Session 4, Character-driven Stories with 
Jennifer Bogo
Science is often complicated and inaccessible to the audience. One of the best ways to get readers over that hurdle is a character-driven story. In this session we will describe how reporters find characters and bring them to life in stories about science.

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ~ Wrap-up

Who Will Benefit: Science and environmental journalists, bloggers, students and anyone interested in reporting about science and the environment.

Price: $79.00
(Lunch is included.)

Price for SEJ members and students: $59.00

Email SEJ HQ  or call 215.884.8174 for the promo code.


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2 positions teaching radio at UC Berkeley Grad School of Journalism this spring, deadline Oct 17

Teach radio at my alma mater this spring. Application deadline Oct 17.

Job Postings for January 2015


The Graduate School of Journalism is recruiting 2 lecturers to teach courses in the Radio /Audio program beginning spring semester, January 2015.


J-212 – ADVANCED RADIO (15 weeks)

Required Qualifications:  Minimum of five years professional radio experience. 

Recommended Qualifications:  Teaching experience at college level or higher.  The ability to facilitate publishing student work on a professional outlet.


Course description: This course is designed to bring students, who are already familiar with basic radio/audio/reporting and production, to a new level of expertise.  Past instructors have arranged for student work to be broadcast locally on KQED-FM or KALW-FM, or nationally on Making Contact.  It's important for the Advanced Radio instructor to guide student work from pitch through final production and provide a pipeline for qualified student work to be published professionally. 

Past syllabi are available upon request, but new proposals with fresh approaches are encouraged. Applications are due October 17, 2014.


J-298 – TELLING STORIES ON AIR (15 weeks)

Required Qualifications:  Minimum of five years professional media experience. 

Recommended Qualifications:  Teaching experience at college level or higher.


Course Description:

The focus of this course is not solely on audio or production, but rather on the many ways to craft a story.  The course is open to all graduate students, regardless of skill level or platform concentration.  Any instructor applying for this position should be prepared to help students with story-telling skills in a variety of platforms (TV, Documentary, Multi-media, narrative writing, etc.). 

Over the past two years radio reporters and producers (the Kitchen Sisters) and a foreign correspondent with radio and print experience (Annie Murphy) have taught the class.

Past syllabi are available upon request, but we are encouraging new proposals with fresh approaches. Deadline for applications is October 17, 2014.




To be considered, you need to formally apply for the position through the university's academic recruitment website.

Enter the portal through "Applicants"

Enter "Journalism" in the search bar and our open lecturer recruitment should come up right away.


Upload your CV including a summary of teaching experience, broadly defined as:

Delivering instruction in a university or college classroom;

Providing mentoring in the field for which you are applying;

Editing the work of others in the field for which you are applying;

Guest lecturing in the field for which you are applying.


The statement of teaching needs to include the time you spent in each activity (i.e. I led a week long workshop on radio in March 2010.)


In your cover letter, please include a few sentences on what the course might look like if you were teaching.


You will be contacted if your experience is a match for what we need.

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Snap Judgment Looking For Magic Stories

Snap Judgment needs your MAGIC stories ASAP. Details below!
Snap Judgment is looking to fill a hole in an upcoming episode all about magic and trickery.  If there are any good radio features featuring magic and/or trickery and/or mysticism you know of that might work for the Snap format (a plot-driven narrative arc in which a character encounters an interesting source of tension that resolves in an unexpected way) let us know at  Keep in mind, this doesn't need to be your story.  If there's something you've heard that you love and would simply like to bring to our attention, by all means do so!
Also, support the Snap Judgment kickstarter if you're so inclined. It's a really good show.
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Call for Entries – 2014 PaleyDocs Pitch Workshop Contest, deadline Oct 1

$5K grant available for a work-in-progress doc from the fine folks at the Paley Center for Media. Extended deadline Oct 1. More info HERE and below.

The Paley Center's Pitch Contest offers a $5,000 grant for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker.

The Paley Center for Media is using this contest, now in its eleventh year, to choose five finalists who will pitch their unfinished films to a panel of experts and producers in front of an audience. This event, the Pitch Workshop, will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014, in New York.

To Enter Pitch Contest:

To enter this contest, you must submit no more than ten minutes of footage from an UNFINISHED or WORK-IN-PROGRESS feature-length documentary that you hope to pitch to our panel. You must also send in a printed and filled-out entry form (below). 

We will judge entries based on the originality of your vision and the viability of the concept. At the pitch workshop, finalists will be judged by originality, viability, and the persuasiveness of their pitch to our panel.

Deadlines to Enter:

Entries must be postmarked by deadline. Deadlines and fees are as follows:

• Earlybird Deadline: August 20, 2014 ($25 regular submission fee / 
   $20 for Withoutabox members submitting through Withoutabox)

• Regular DeadlineSeptember 3, 2014 ($30 / $25 for Withoutabox members)

• Late DeadlineSeptember 17, 2014 ($35 / $30 for Withoutabox members)

Special Extended Deadline
October 1, 2014 ($45 / $35 for Withoutabox members)

Withoutabox Extended Deadline
October 8, 2014 ($55 / $40 for Withoutabox members) 

There Are Two Ways to Submit Your Entry:


1) We accept entries through Withoutabox.


2) To submit on your own, download the following PDF forms.

Overview |  Official Rules |  Entry Form & Submission Agreement

Then print out, sign, and mail a complete and fully executed copy of the Entry Form & Submission Agreement, along with your DVD, submission materials, and a check for your entry fee made out to The Paley Center for Media to:

Pitch Workshop

c/o The Paley Center for Media 

9th Floor 

25 West 52 Street 

New York, NY 10019

2013: The Age of Love directed by Steven Loring
2012: Eleven directed by Laura Paglin and Kahlil Pedizisai
2011: The View from Bellas Luces directed by Christa Boarini
2010: Charge directed by Mike Plunkett
2009: The Iran Job directed by Till Schauder 
2008: Circo directed by Aaron Schock
2007: The House that Herman Built directed by Angad Bhalla 
2006: Whatever it Takes directed by Christopher Wong 
2005: Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary) directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

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