KALW Summer Radio Journalism Program, deadline March 15

Hey folks! You want to know how to break into audio/podcast? This is a great option. KALW just announced their upcoming summer radio journalism program. Gain hands-on experience at a local NPR radio station in the gorgeous and amazing Bay Area. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT. More info and the link to apply is below. Go for it!
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KALW is calling for applicants for our four-month summer radio journalism program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco.


We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for reporting on diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area. Experience with audio production and/or journalism is highly preferred.

We’re looking for:

  • Computer literacy, especially with Macs and Google Docs
  • Experience with digital audio editing, print/audio/tv/video journalism, radio or audio production.
  • Self-starters who can work independently and also enjoy collaboration
  • Ability to commit to one regularly-scheduled work day (Mon-Thurs) at KALW’s studios, in addition to reporting time outside of those hours
  • Slick dance moves appreciated, but not required

You will be:

  • Pitching, reporting, and producing original feature stories for broadcast and online distribution
  • Interviewing potential guests/sources
  • Researching topics
  • Fact-checking
  • Building skills in story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design
  • Helping with administrative and production duties

The program will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom, located in San Francisco's Portola district. You’ll be an integral part of the production of our daily news magazine show, Crosscurrents.


Participants will be asked to make a four-month commitment from end of May to beg. of September 2018, minimum 16 hours per week (at least one regularly scheduled eight-hour shift at our studios and another eight hours working in the field). If you’re not able to commit to the entire four months, or the 16 hours, some exceptions may be possible — please explain more in your application. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.  


More information and the link to apply is here: 
http://kalw.org/post/enrollment-now-open-2018-kalw-news-summer-journalism-program#stream/0


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pitch do-gooder media outlet @Making_Contact; many themes, tiered rates

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Do you have a story with perspectives on an ongoing local, national, or global issue? Do you have access to voices and perspectives that get lost in mainstream media landscape? How are people working to cope, and change things?


If so, consider pitching to Making Contact!  We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes. See list below.  


Seeking Pitches


Immigration: We want your pitches! We’re looking for character-driven stories that focus on how immigrant communities are organizing.


Here are some themes we’re interested in exploring:

  • The Muslim Ban is in effect, Southeast Asians have been swept up in large numbers to private prisons, how are communities responding?

  • How are communities organizing outside of the electoral process to influence politics locally and/or nationally?

  • How are groups working against far right politics?

Got an idea, let us know!


Climate Change: “Climate Resilience” and “Just Transition” are terms used by environmental justice advocates and academics to mean various things. We want sound-rich stories that explore these terms in practice. How are communities working not just to survive but thrive? How are low-income communities of color, expected to be hit hardest by climate change developing ways now to cope “later?” Unequal impacts of climate change on women?


International Stories and communities…


We’re looking for stories that break out of the gloom and doom,and makes policy discussions accessible and instead give a glimpse of people coming together to take steps now.  Pitch us stories about various bottom-up and grassroots organizing methods and tactics against privatization, land grabs, U.S. military presence, economic experiments.


In addition to the above, we’re always interested in pitches on any of our ongoing beats: prisons, poverty, reproductive health, racial justice, climate change and environmental justice.


Specifications

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 120 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.  Amplifying voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events with an emphasis on creative ways to solve problems.  We’re interested in pitches for sound-rich segments of approx. 7 minutes.  


As with any pitches you send us, please check out our show and read our guidelines before you pitch. http://www.radioproject.org/production/submission-guidelines/ Consider the following. Does the story: Link grassroots issues and human realities to national or international trends? Give listeners a historical, political, or social context of major national and international events? Shed light on social and economic inequities? Explore any alternatives or solutions?


Current rates!


Level 1. $800 plus travel reimbursement up to $100

“Involve research and original reporting • Require the reporter to have substantial subject matter expertise • Involve time-consuming reporting • Have a sophisticated narrative • Require travel by the reporter • Have sound that does not involve phone tape • Be rich in a variety of sounds demonstrative or supportive of the story.”


Level 2. $500 plus travel reimbursement up to $100

“Involve multiple interviews • Involve interviews conducted where the interviewee is carrying on activities relevant to the story • Involve sound, scenes, and advanced radio storytelling techniques • Involve reporter having good prior knowledge of subject matter”


BTW:  Full 26 min Documentary  $1000 for veteran producers to do a full documentary edition. An exclusive is not necessary but air dates need to be discussed.  


Send pitches to pitches@radioproject.org. Please be detailed but succinct, and include a description of your idea, narrative/story arc, interview subjects, scenes, and sounds/ambi.  If you’re pitching to us for the first time, please include a brief bio and relevant audio clips. We look forward to hearing from you!  


— RJ Lozada, Marie Choi, Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez


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Global Press Journal is hiring freelance fact checkers @GlobalPress

Hey folks. A very cool org – the Global Press Journal – is hiring a team of freelance fact checkers. Details below!

 

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About us

Global Press exists to create a more just and informed world by employing local journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world's least-covered places. We train and employ local women journalists to report on their own communities, and have more than 40 independent news bureaus across two dozen countries. Find out more about us, and the work we do, here: https://globalpressjournal.com.

 

The job

We’re currently looking for experienced freelance fact checkers to join our team. It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of a project that prioritizes accuracy and ethics in reporting. We have a unique method of fact checking that prioritizes local information over what’s available online, so open minds and people not afraid to hop on a Skype call with reporters around the world are required! Must have an expert eye for detail and willingness to leave no stone unturned. We’ve got expansions in the pipeline, so there’s lots of work to be done, and we pay well: $100/article to start. Skills in the languages our reporters file in – French, Spanish, and Nepali – are a big asset.

 

To apply

Send a resume and cover letter to me at carla@globalpressjournal.com. If we think you’d be a good fit, we’ll ask you to complete a brief fact check test, and if that goes well –  you’re hired. Feel free to contact me with any questions, and looking forward to seeing your applications!

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5-week podcasting in Jan/Feb, in SF, with @WritingPadUS discount for FC

New podcasting class from Writing Pad – details below!
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5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY

Shaina Shealy is a producer of Snap Judgment as well as a radio journalist whose stories have been distributed by national news outlets including the PRI The World, NPR.org and the New York Times online. Also, because of our radio storytelling classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to the radio from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. Our most recent student to get on air is Caitlin Biljan with a moving tale about her obsessive search for a high school self-defense tape that contained some strange advice. Listen to it HERE. https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/unfictional/running-away

In this class, Shaina teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser. 

PODCASTING w/ Shaina Shealy (Producer, Snap Judgment, NPR)

https://writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-bootcamp/

Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 (5 Mon. nights), 7:00pm – 10:00pm, San Francisco

Use the special freelance café discount FREELANCE for a 15% off discount.

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Southern Oral History Program Call for Submissions – The Sonic South, deadline March 9, @sohporalhistory

Dig into your archives for this NEW audio competition. Details HERE and below.

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The Southern Oral History Program announces their first audio competition, The Sonic South. This year we're focusing on the voices of women from our archive. We're looking for audio and radio producers to dig into our archive to engage with the stories that tend to get stuck in the archive.

Here is a link to the audio competition, along with more information and rules. The deadline is Friday, March 9, 2018. We'll have the top five pieces aired live at a listening event at the Current Theater in Chapel Hill, NC in mid-May.

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KQED Podcast Producers mixer, Jan 19, with @annasale and @glynnwashington

Fun event/mixer for you Bay Area folks. Details below, and happy new year!

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KQED is hosting a mixer for podcast producers featuring Anna Sale and Glynn Washington on Friday, January 19 in our atrium. We’re trying to help Bay Area podcast producers better connect with one another in real life.

Here’s the link:

http://bit.ly/2BziqQB

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@ThirdCoastFest Radio Residency for diverse voices seeks applicants, deadline Jan 5

Hey FC folks – happy almost holidays! I'm writing to tell you about the Third Coast Radio Residency: a unique opportunity for radio and podcast producers from diverse backgrounds to spend a week immersed in work, sonic camaraderie & mentorship, now open for applications thru January 5, 2018!

 

Here's more info:

 

The Third Coast Radio Residency is a rare opportunity to take a week away from the craziness of daily life & make progress on an audio story or documentary project. This year’s Radio Residency takes place May 1-6, 2018 at Ragdale, a woodsy artists’ community just outside Chicago. Producers receive their own private living and work space, one-on-one editing sessions from mentor Nishat Kurwa & additional workshops from Third Coast alum Sarah Geis. This week is for the producers to use however they’d like: with plenty of time to work, wander, commune & share expertise. Plus, Residents share (delicious) family dinners. 


Note: this Residency is generously subsidized, and the total cost to each participant will be $210, for six nights (+ all travel).


Read about the alums from our 2017 Radio Residency (alums from both ’16 & ’17 continue to stay in touch & support one another!) 


Producers of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.


And if you'd like to help spread the word, here's a sample tweet:

 

Call for applications: the 2018 @ThirdCoastFest Radio Residency @Ragdale is seeking producers from diverse backgrounds (& all experience levels) to submit their project proposal by January 5.  Spend a week immersed in audio-making, with support/community: http://bit.ly/2018RadioResidency

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GM Opening at KALW San Francisco: rare opportunity for the right person

Great gig available in the Bay Area – a big one!! Spread the word.
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KALW's beloved General Manager Matt Martin is leaving and we're looking for the next GM. This is a rare, unique opportunity for the right person! Do you know someone who can lead and grow this scrappy, creative gem in the public radio world? We're open to people inside and outside of public radio; non-profit/business management experience is a must. 

http://kalw.org/post/kalw-seeks-new-general-manager#stream/0

Please share widely! Thanks!

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amazing lineup for @UnionDocs Podcast School, Jan 12-14, application deadline Dec 20

Hey FC friends! The folks @UnionDocs want to let you know about the next session of their sought-after workshop, Podcast School. Held on January 12-14th and lead by Megan Tan, this seminar offers mid-level to advanced producers skill sets for creating and navigating their own path in podcasting.

They're encouraging people to sign up now while there’s still space, as this workshop usually sells out fast, especially with their killer line up: Andy Mills (The New York Times), Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time, This American Life), Caitlin Kenny (Gimlet), Sruthi Pinnamaneni (Reply All), and Tobin Low (Nancy, More Perfect)


You can learn more and register at: https://uniondocs.org/event/podcast-school-2018/

And here are some sample Tweets and Facebook posts if you want to help spread the word:

Facebook:

Our friends @UnionDocs are bringing together Andy Mills (The New York Times), Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time, This American Life), Caitlin Kenny (Gimlet), Sruthi Pinnamaneni (Reply All), and Tobin Low (Nancy, More Perfect) for Podcast School! From Jan 12-14th, join lead instructor Megan Tan (Millennial, Radiolab) for this seminar that offers mid-level to advanced producers skill sets to expand their creation and production processes behind podcasting. Early deadline:December 20th

Learn more and register at: 
Are you an experienced audio producer who wants to expand your skill set? Register for PODCAST SCHOOL @UnionDocs w. @meganleetan before it sells out!http://bit.ly/2zZyGJN

Join our friends @UnionDocs for PODCAST SCHOOL 1/12-14! w. @meganleetan ‏@tobinlow ‏@sruthiri +more! Join this in-demand crew+sign up:http://bit.ly/2zZyGJN

Thanks all, and happy Turkey Day!

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latest course offerings from @writingpadUS

Here are the latest offerings from WritingPad – get 15% off classes with the discount code FREELANCE.
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5 WK RADIO STORYTELLING CLASS IN LOS ANGELES IN OCTOBER


Bob is the host and producer of Unfictional on KCRW. Not only is he an amazing teacher with a great ear for story, he is supportive and inspiring.


10 of our students have sold stories to the radio from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. Our most recent student to get on air is Caitlin Biljan with a moving tale about her obsessive search for a high school self-defense tape that contained some strange advice. Listen to it HERE.


In this class you will develop a story using the secret UnFictional guidelines, upcoming themes and record it at KCRW. At the end of class, you get  a professionally recorded clip that you can use to get on Bob's show, This American Life, Moth Main Stage, Snap Judgment and launch your storytelling career.


RADIO STORYTELLING w/ Bob Carlson (Producer, KCRW's Unfictional) 5 Wk

https://writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-introductory-radio-storytelling-workshop/

Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, 10, 17 (4 Sun. nights, 1 recording session) 6:00-9:00 p.m, Westwood



5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO IN NOVEMBER


Eliza Smith is a producer of Snap Judgment and it’s spinoff, Spooked as well as a radio journalist who has been on multiple NPR shows including the Kitchen Sisters. Not only is she an amazing teacher with a great ear for story, he is really supportive and inspiring! Also, because of our radio storytelling classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to the radio from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. Our most recent student to get on air is Caitlin Biljan with a moving tale about her obsessive search for a high school self-defense tape that contained some strange advice. Listen to it HERE.

 

In this class, Eliza teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. Eliza is even bringing in the head sound person from Snap for one class and for the recording session. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.


PODCASTING w/ Eliza Smith (Producer, Snap Judgment)

https://writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-bootcamp/

Nov. 5, 12, Dec. 3, 10, 17 (5 Sun. nights), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., SF



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