Life of the Law is accepting story pitches for their new season, deadline Dec 5

Life of the Law wants your stories. Pitch deadline Dec 5. Contact info below.

Life of the Law is looking for producers and investigative reporters with compelling human stories to tell about the law for our next season, April through July 2015.

Possible themes: food, immigration, social contracts, technology, morality, religion, theater, peer pressure, mistakes and rules.

We provide great editors, producers, and support, and pay $800-1000 when the story has published.

Life of the Law is distributed by American Public Media's Infinite Guest network of podcasts and PRX Public Radio Exchange, and is heard on public radio stations throughout the US.

The best way to know what we're looking for in a pitch is to listen to our podcasts. Please send your pitch by 12/5 to And thank you.

Nancy Mullane
Executive Producer

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2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship, deadline Dec 1

The deadline is approaching for for the 2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship, March 1-5 in Los Angeles. Details HERE and below. Deadlines Dec 1. -Mia
Apply now for the all-expenses-paid 2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship and spend five days in Los Angeles March 1-5, 2015 learning about how Obamacare is — and isn't — working for Californians and what other factors, besides health care access, contribute to good health.  
Who Can Apply: 

The program is open to all journalists interested in health reporting, not just those on the health beat. We invite participation from print, broadcast and multimedia journalists working for or contributing to mainstream and ethnic media outlets in California. 

Program Description: 

Taught by prize-winning journalists, community health leaders, policy analysts and health care experts, the 2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship will focus on two broad themes:

– how neighborhood life, social inequities, race, education and the environment influence health, and

– the promise of health reform and health system innovation.

This year, for the first time, we are pleased to be able to provide a $1,000 reporting stipend to participating journalists to help pay some of the costs associated with ambitious reporting projects.

The Fellowship will begin with a reception and keynote dinner on Sunday evening and end midday on the following Thursday. During five days of field trips, workshops and seminars, fellows learn about new data sources, hear about effective community engagement strategies and gain new perspectives on pressing health issues. They return home with great sources and new ideas for how to tell complex health stories.  A midweek Fellowship project workshop benefits from the participation of Fellows’ assigning editors or producers, whom we bring to Los Angeles at our expense.

During the Fellowship week, Fellows get plenty of time to discuss with experts, and with each other, strategies for covering health news with authority and sophistication. In the six months after the seminars end, Fellows confer by phone and e-mail with veteran journalists who guide them through work on major Fellowship projects.

What Past Fellows Say about the Fellowship

Fellows from the 2014 California Fellowship described it as a “boot camp for health journalism” and “a career-changing event.”

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TAL is hiring a producer in NYC, application deadline Nov 21

OK – this is not a freelance gig. But if you’re a radio nerd like me, this is big news, and a big opportunity. More info here and below. Application deadline Nov 21 (soon!). Good luck.  -Mia


The public radio program This American Life is looking for an experienced and inventive radio producer, someone with strong reporting skills.

What makes This American Life different from most broadcast journalism is that it’s a home for narrative reporting, meaning its stories are organized around plot. They have strong central characters, surprising twists, funny moments, emotional arcs and original ideas. Narratives on the show take many forms: interviews, personal essays, investigative reporting, comedy, fiction and audio diaries. The voice and approach of the show are distinctive enough that the American Journalism Review declared it’s “in the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.”

It’s also hugely popular, the most popular documentary radio program in America, heard by 2.2 million listeners each week on over 500 public radio stations in the U.S., plus Canada, Australia, Ireland and Germany. It’s also the number one podcast on iTunes most weeks, with more than a million downloads per episode.

Our staff producers create the stories on the show. Some they commission. Some they report themselves. Some they produce with contributors or the show’s host doing the reporting. These stories include small personal stories and reporting that takes on bigger national and international issues. Producers oversee tape gathering, edit audio, structure and write stories. They direct talent in the studio and do the final digital audio mixes that end up on the air, including scoring the stories with music. Producers take on occasional special projects: interactive web features, videos, print pieces, live performances. They generate ideas for stories and for full episodes. They design and produce entire episodes. An important part of the job is editing: listening to drafts of other producers’ stories and giving notes. The culture of our production team is very collaborative.

  • We will only consider candidates who have demonstrated experience doing journalism like the stories on our show. This means narrative journalism, stories that unfold with a plot and emotion and humor, with relatable, surprising, three-dimensional characters
  • At least three to five years producing radio, preferably for a nationally-distributed show. We’ll consider comparable film or TV documentary experience only if it involves crafting stories in a style similar to those on our show
  • Digital audio editing and mixing skills are essential
  • Ability to think about big picture approaches to covering issues and ideas, while also executing the many small details and tasks involved in producing a weekly show
  • A proven ability to meet deadlines and balance multiple duties at the same time
  • Ability to collaborate. Must work well with others
  • Knowledge of public radio and podcasts is a plus

This position is based at the This American Life office in New York City. Please include online links to your work (You Tube, Soundcloud, Portfolio sites, etc) in your cover letter. CD’s or MP3’s will not be accepted.

This American Life is produced by Chicago Public Media.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that seeks diversity in the workplace.


Application deadline is Friday, November 21, 2014.

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Bay Area Freelance Cafe gathering TONIGHT! (Mon, Nov 17)

Don't forget – Bay Area meet up TONIGHT!!
Just a reminder that we'll be meeting up tonight at The Trappist for a drink and a chat. The meetup is from 6-8 though I personally may have to duck out a little earlier. We'll try and nab a bigger table and if you can't find us give me a call (207) 807 6152


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[news] FC email subscriptions are moving to MailChimp

Hey folks. This move is long overdue and since I'm a one-woman-show over here, I expect there to be a few bumps before I get it all sorted out. If you have any trouble with your subscription or things look weird, please let me know! You can reach me at mia [at] freelancecafe [dot] org. I'm also going to send out some test emails, so you might get a couple dupes today. As always, I welcome any and all feedback.
(note to self: sent via postie)
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FC email subscriptions are moving to MailChimp

Hey folks. This move is long overdue and since I’m a one-woman show over here, I expect there to be a few bumps before I get it all sorted out. If you have any trouble with your subscription or things look weird, please let me know! You can reach me at mia [at] freelancecafe [dot] org. I’m also going to send out some test emails, so you might get a couple dupes today. As always, I welcome any and all feedback.

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Radiolab Call for Stories

Happy Friday freelancers. Here's a call for pitches from Radiolab. Woot!

Hey folks,

Jad here. Just want to let you guys know that Radiolab will be commissioning a lot of stories in the next year. So if you’ve got a great one, we’d like to hear it. No matter the topic.

We’re looking for stories. Not topics, not ideas, not scientific findings. We want a character who goes through a series of events that create emotional ups and down and transform them in some way. A couple things we think about when it comes to story hunting (and probably none of this will surprise you):

• It needs to be surprising. Really surprising. The story or the way you tell it or the thought at the end needs to feel like something we haven’t heard before.

• It should hopefully play out an idea, lend insight into some problem, or just raise a question.

• It should strike a balance between big thoughts and real human consequence. Or it should just be over-top joyful.

• It should ideally have an element of the universal that reflects on all of us in some way.

• You should have access to the voices that can tell it well. Show us that you can get inside the experience of the story.

You can throw anything at us, but in case it helps, here are some things we've been thinking about lately

Empathy…can it be engineered?
Punishment…can it be avoided?
Football…can it be less-violent or will that make it suck?
Courtrooms…just courtrooms.

And here are some open-ended phrases or words that we’re hoping might gather a crowd

born pregnant
memory hole

We just like those words.

If any of this sparks a story idea please write us a few paragraphs and send it to Please put PITCH in the subject line. If we’re interested we’ll discuss it internally at a Friday pitch meeting and let you know within a month if we’d like to take next steps. If we’re not interested, we’ll let you know that too.


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next FC Bay Area gathering Monday, Nov 17, 6-8pm, Oakland

Hey Bay Area folks! The next Freelance Cafe Bay Area gatherings is coming right up:

WHEN: Monday, November 17, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Trappist - 460 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607
CONTACT: Ana Adlerstein <>

I'll be with you in spirit.
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Transom Story Workshop Spring 2015, deadline Jan 3

Meeting so many amazing producers at Third Coast who got their start at Transom. There is no better place to learn the art of audio production. Deadline Jan 3.

Transom Story Workshop Spring 2015: Applications Open *

Applications for the Spring 2015 Transom Story Workshop are now available. The Workshop will take place from March 30th – May 21st here in Woods Hole, MA. Lead radio instructor Rob Rosenthal will run the 8-week program for nine beginning producers. Special guests will include NPR's Deborah Amos and This American Life's Ira Glass. Applications due January 3rd by midnight EST. For more information including links to our Workshop FAQ and the application itself, go here:

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Managing Editor Position at The Stanford Storytelling Project

This appears to be full time, not freelance, but I love the Stanford Storytelling Project and thought this could be a great opportunity for one of you. Details and contact info below. -mia

The Stanford Storytelling Project at Stanford University is looking for an energetic, experienced radio producer in the San Francisco Bay Area to act as Managing Editor of its award-winning radio show *State of the Human* and student documentary projects. The primary duties of this academic-year, half-time position are:

• conceptualizing and developing themed, hour-long shows with other staff (some student, some part-time professional)
• identifying, soliciting, and developing stories
• managing assignments and production cycle of shows in development
• editing pitches, scripts, and audio drafts of stories
• overseeing production meetings and show team meetings
• training staff and contributors in interviewing, scripting, and audio editing
• mentoring grant recipients and other students making documentaries

Experience teaching or mentoring students is highly desired. For information about the Storytelling Project and *State of the Human*, please visit Pay will aim to be competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. If you are interested, please send a resume and short statement of interest and qualifications to Jonah Willihnganz at

Jonah Willihnganz
Director, The Stanford Storytelling Project
Bruce Braden Lecturer of Narrative Studies
Stanford University

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