Get a Scholarship to Make Radio!

I think I passed this along once before but it's worth re-sending – scholarships are now available to learn how to make radio at Transom. Go For IT! -Mia

Get a Scholarship to Make Radio! (via This American Life OCT 6, 2015)

Ira Glass writes:

Hi everyone! I’m proud to announce that we’re working with to expand the scholarship program for their Story Workshop. The Story Workshop is an eight-week live-there-and-do-nothing-but-learn course that teaches radio skills to people who aren’t in radio at all. They do it twice a year in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. It’s designed for people who want to change their lives and come make radio stories.

The next workshop runs from April 3 till May 26, 2016. I’ll be one of the guest teachers.

Our hope is that these scholarships will eliminate financial barriers for people who want to learn radio. We’re encouraging people of color to apply, along with anyone from any segment of the population that’s underrepresented in the public media workforce.

We’re glad to be partnering with Transom on these scholarships. Their news release about it is here.

One last thing to mention: individuals can also contribute to Transom’s scholarship fund. If you care about making public media more diverse, I hope you consider donating.

Apply for the Scholarship HERE

Donate to the Scholarship fund HERE

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KALW’s Public Radio Party, Sat. Oct 10, 2-8pm, SF

For you Bay Area folks – go see some fabulous speakers at this KALW celebration – sounds like a great time!

KALW is throwing our second annual Public Radio Party this Saturday, October 10th in San Francisco.

We'll have speakers (NPR's Laura Sydell, 99% Invisible's Katie Mingle, Your Call's Rose Aguilar, and Le Show's Harry Shearer), live music, light refreshments, and some amazing cake. Plus, it's a great time to meet radio and audio production folks from around the Bay Area, and connect with public radio fans who'd love to know more about what you're working on.

It's all going down from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the CCSF Mission Campus (on 22nd Street at Valencia) in San Francisco. All we ask is that you RSVP by following this link

Feel free to share that link with other radio-making pals in the Bay Area too. Also, you're welcome to bring flyers/swag for your own podcasts and/or radio projects to share.


Warm thoughts & hot tape,
Ashleyanne Krigbaum

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Applications Are Now Open for Voqal Fellowships, deadline Oct 23

Interesting fellowship for you techie types. Anyone want to take Freelance Cafe to the next level? :)

Big ideas create big change.

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Voqal is helping the brightest young innovators bring their ideas for social change to life through the Voqal Fellowship.

The fellowship provides funding and mentorship to tech-savvy entrepreneurs in their early careers. Ideal candidates have innovative solutions to social problems.

Candidates for the latest round of the Voqal Fellowship must have three to five years of career experience and may not be enrolled in graduate school. Fellows have six months to complete their project and will receive a $30,000 stipend in order to build out an idea that would not be possible to accomplish with a full-time job. Additional stipends may be available to offset health insurance costs for qualifying fellows.
Visit by Oct. 23 to apply, nominate and learn about how Voqal Fellows are making a difference in the world.

If you have any questions about the fellowship, please contact Michele Christiansen at

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AIR list of grants, fellowships, and awards for October and November

Passing these along from AIR. Join up for access to all of these posts, all of the time. It's well worth it if you're into public media. -Mia

• Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 13, 2015
Details: opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques and will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors.

• Soros Justice Fellowships in Media
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2015
Details: A stipend of $58,700–$110,250 as well as funding for project-related expenses and health insurance for media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues.

• American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Details: Up to $23,000 to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.

• American Academy in Rome Prize
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Details: Awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities: stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Winners of 6-month and 11-month fellowships receive stipends of $14,000 and $26,000, respectively.

• Luce Scholars Program
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Details: Stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars who have had limited exposure to Asia and are under age 30.

• American-Scandinavian Foundation Grants
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Details: Grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for 1-3 months

• Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Details: Equivalent of a year’s salary, a contribution towards expenses plus access to a travel allowance for social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and are looking for some support through an innovative social investment model

• Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Details: € 3,000 monthly stipend & compensation package, intensive German language training, during an in-depth understanding of issues facing the EU & Germany in this 9-12 month professional development program.

• JoLT (Journalism Leadership Transformation) Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 18, 2015
Details: Three funded Fellows simultaneously will earn a Master’s of Art in Game Design while working to reorganize the way media are communicated, analyzed and produced from a leadership perspective.

• ABOG Fellowship For Socially Engaged Art
Deadline: Nov. 23, 2015
Details: Project support of $20,000 with minimal restriction for artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. Proposed projects will be judged on artistic excellence, capacity to enact social change, viability in everyday life, and fit with fellowship resources.

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UCB J-school seeks two audio instructors for spring term, application deadline Oct 15

The Graduate School of Journalism is recruiting 2 lecturers to teach courses in the Radio /Audio program beginning spring semester, January 2016.

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 15, 2015.

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.).

In the past radio reporters (Kelly McEvers), 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 15, 2015.


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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Very, Very, Short Short Stories deadline Oct 15

Hey radio fiction fans! Just a reminder that The Sarah Awards' Very, Very, Short Short Stories Contest  deadline is October 15th. 
Check out this related podcast – Serendipity – for inspiration. It features a piece by Eliza Smith of NPR's Snap Judgment. 
Good stuff breaking the radio mold!

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Journalism Conference in NYC, Sat Nov 7, $15 (including lunch!)

Check out this great line up of sessions and panelists for a journo conference at Fordham U on Saturday, Nov 7. Just $15 including lunch!! This is for both students and media professionals. Spread the word.
Here's a registration link.

And here's the agenda, also copied below:

“Quality Journalism in Today’s Digital Age”

Sponsored by
New York State Associated Press Association
Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies

Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:30 AM:        Attendee Registration
8:50 AM:        Welcoming Remarks

Sally Carpenter Hale, AP Director of Regional Media, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York
Jacqueline Reich , Chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies
George Bodarky, News Director, WFUV FM

9:00 – 10:00 AM:   Opening Session

The New Normal: The opening panel will feature a wide-ranging discussion of the state of the media today.  Panelists will be asked to discuss the latest trends in digital journalism so students can make sure they are prepared to work in the industry today.  Journalism, after all, has been changing with such speed it can be hard for students to know where the industry actually stands.  For instance, how are legacy news organizations continuing to adjust to digital realities?  How do news organizations balance the need for serious journalism with “clickbait”?   Where is digital journalism expanding and where is it contracting?  What skills must students have to make it as digital journalists today?  The panel will be drawn from a wide range of news organizations to offer students a wide view of how news organizations create quality journalism today.

10:10 – 11:15 AM:  BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age: Digital technology allows us to tell stories in innovative new ways. But, how can you best flex your creative storytelling muscle on-air, online and/or on mobile? This session will provide plenty of tips and inspiration to sharpen your skills, and make the most of the various storytelling tools at your disposal. Our panelists include Robert Smith, a correspondent for NPR’s Planet Money, New York Times’ Deputy Editor, Digital New Design Meghan Louttit, FiveThirtyEight podcast host, radio reporter, and former WNYC producer Jody Avirgan, and Noah Rosenberg, the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively, a platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories. This Session is moderated by Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio.

Media Policy Matters: The recent battle over Net Neutrality brought an uncommon level of attention to the role that government policy plays in shaping our media environment. But Net Neutrality is by no means the only policy issue that has an impact on the quality, accessibility and diversity of media and journalism. This session will feature panelists who explore the past, present and future of government intervention, corporate power, and citizen activism in the media policy landscape, providing both journalists and scholars insights into the possibilities and pitfalls of media reform in the public interest. Panelists include Victor Pickard, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy, Steve Waldman, former Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and co-founder of Beliefnet, and Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines.

11:25 – 12:25 PM   MAIN SESSION

Data Journalism: Journalists have always relied on data to tell compelling stories about the world, but the unprecedented amount of data available to journalists and the public alike make for changing norms of reporting and presenting the news. Panelists include Susan McGregor, Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, ProPublica’s Lena Groeger and John Keefe, WNYC’s Senior Editor for Data News.

12:30 – 1:30 PM                Lunch, 12th Floor Lounge

1:40 – 2:25 PM        GENERAL SESSION

Investigations in the Digital Age: There have never been as many tools as there are today to help reporters with investigative reporting.  Yet the best investigative reporters today usually credit hard work and perseverance as their most important skills in turning out great stories.  Our panelists, who have won a wide range of prizes including Pulitzers and Emmys, will discuss what really makes for great investigative reporting in the digital age, and why investigations remain imperative for serious news organizations.


Metrics, Metrics Everywhere!: When it comes to analytics, what numbers matter for a newsroom? And how does the use of metrics affect newsroom culture and a journalists’ daily work? Join us for a lively discussion into the role of metrics in journalism. Panelists include Caitlin Petre, Post-Doctoral Associate at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, WNYC’s Executive Editor for News Sean Bowditch, and Nik Nadolski of the web analytics company Chartbeat. This session is moderated by Tim Scheld, Director of News/Programming WCBS Newsradio 880.

Reporting on Diverse Communities: How do you tell stories about a community you aren’t a part of? Is it the job of the reporters from those communities to tell those stories? How do ethnic and local media handle coverage of racially and politically sensitive issues? This session will offer tips on how to develop sources in unfamiliar territory, as well as provide insights into the world of ethnic media. Panelists include Associated Press Reporter Deepti Hajela, Rong Xiaoqing of Sing Tao Daily, New York Times reporter Sarah Nir, Jiha Ham of the Korea Times and NLGJA Stylebook Editor Sarah Blazucki.

3:45 – Closing Remarks, 12th Floor Lounge

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Latino USA Call for Pitches, rolling deadlines

Latino USA is looking for story ideas for the upcoming shows listed below.
To pitch, please use the link, which will ask you for particular details about your idea, including the story arc, scenes, characters and ambi. 
If you’re pitching for the first time, please include a sample or two of your work.
The show holds pitch meetings on Friday afternoons, and we do our best to get back to you by early the following week.

Leda Hartman
Editor, NPR’s Latino USA

TURF WARS – AIR DATE 10/23/2015
Stories about displacement, friction between neighbors, communities jostling with each other, people trying to build bridges. Also think about the differences between two things – juxtapositions between beliefs, ideas, actions and results.

Heard any spooky tales from your grandmother or anyone else?
Share them with us, just in time for El Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. We are especially looking for traditional folk stories and such from Latino families (think La Llorona even though we are already aware of that one). Or creepy tall tales and urban legends from regions that are heavily Latino in population or history.

Stories about the experiences and perspectives of Latinos in the service. Both current and historical are welcome. We’d like to hear about current recruitment efforts to forgotten soldiers from World War 2 and more.

Ai vay! Stories that shine light on this unique intersection of culture and religion. Where are Latinos and Jews similar and different? Think big, in terms of faith, immigration, representation, etc.

The US Commonwealth is on the brink of bankruptcy. We’re looking for stories from the island and also responses from Puerto Ricans living stateside. Since the news revolves largely around the financial issues, we are looking to hear from REAL PEOPLE.

PAIN – AIR DATE 12/18/2015
Stories about managing injuries or disabilities, both physical and emotional. Think of struggles and challenges that people have to push through to get to the next level.

Stories about violence towards Latinos at the hands of police or government, including history pieces.

Wide open! We are looking to explore the idea and role of machismo in the Latino community and on individual men and families as well.

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Snap Judgment Theme List

Call for pitches from SNAP!

At long last, it has returned … the Snap Judgment themes list. And, because we have yet to improve upon it, we're cutting and pasting our pitching advice the from last time. To refresh your memory:

Pitch us an audio movie from the point of view of someone facing a unique struggle with a thought-provoking (or just plain entertaining) resolution. And, as always, no profiles or topical stories. Of course, we welcome stories with interesting characters and interesting topics, but we also need a plot driving the narrative forward. Ideally, the story should be told mostly by the main character.

And please make sure to include the ending of your story in your written pitch. (We will not listen to any audio submission unless it is accompanied by a one page – or less – description of the story arc, including the ending.)

Send your pitches to We try to respond to all pitches within two weeks. If you haven't heard from us by then, by all means bother us about it!

Okay, onto the themes.

***Any Really Good Story***
We will never stop saying this. If your story is amazing, it will make it on the air, theme or no theme. In fact, we'll build a theme around it. Seriously.

***Long Distance***
Stories about that time someone went the extra mile with unexpected results. Long distance competitions, adventures, relationships, etc. Just remember, there’s gotta be a darn good reason for going just that far.

***Shangri La/Atlantis/Paradise Lost***
A childhood fantasy world or a grown up’s Eden, we want your stories about that hidden utopia that no one else knows about, or maybe just that one else else cares about!

***Water Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink***
Sometimes we’re surrounded by a bounty that’s just out of reach. Bring us your stories of famine during feasts, the virgin at the sex party, the blind juggler in a circus tent. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

***Albatros/My Cross to Bear***
Stories of people carrying around something (either figuratively or literally) that weighs them down. A duty. A debt. A reputation. A lingering question. Do they shake it off or learn to live with it? Let us know.

***The Tax Man***
Yup, stories about taxes. Fair or unfair. Collecting them. Dodging them. And not just government taxes. Crushing loans. Protection money. The makeup tax. But remember: no exploring an issue for the sake of exploring an issue. We need plot, people.

***Rising Tide***
Do you know someone who is denying a change that’s happening all around them? Or something that's going to happen whether they want it to or not? Stories of confronting, fighting or fleeing a mounting force of nature, stories that inch towards something big, really big.

*** Mystery Box***
Stories which only work because of what we don't know. An unopened letter. A relationship that only works because of what goes unsaid. The room you weren't allowed to enter as a child. Stories in which some people want to open the box, and others don't, because — this time — the truth just might not set them free.

***Sell Out***
What’d they do? Why did they do it? Calling all stories of backroom dealings and record label signings.

***The Tape***
Stories in which a recording – once seen or listened to – has the power to change everything. 

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Call for stories! Bad Advice/Second Chances at Audio Under the Stars, deadline Sept 12

Call for story submissions for Audio Under the Stars. Details HERE and below! – Mia

Audio Under the Stars, Durham, N.C.'s summer-long audio festival, is looking for audio stories for the final show of the summer: Bad Advice and Second Chances.

Some of us have actually paid cash money for a 1974 Dodge Dart. Tell us your stories about when you listened to your Uncle Leo rather than your common sense and a Consumer Reports review . . . or any other time you told that small voice in your head to shut up and sit down, and how you've lived to tell the tale.

We love sound-rich stories that make us think, make us laugh, and take us to places near and far. Share your work or work you find compelling made by someone else. We want to hear it all, even if it's not a perfect fit for the theme.

We need your help to find the best of the best. Use this form to submit a story for consideration— submit as many stories as you'd like! The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on September 12, 2015.

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