Apply to the Signal to Noise Award!

Hey FC. Quickly dropping in to spread the word that the Signal to Noise Award is back! Co-presented with Gilded Audio, this grant celebrates creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design.
Information about the award, how to apply, and how to spread the news follows.
Best,
Mia
Due on August 31st and open to all styles of production, the award includes: $5000 for production, plus production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio, editorial consultation from the staff at UnionDocs, promotional support to UnionDocs and Gilded Audio communities, and a celebratory event!
Past awarded projects include: Ariana Martinez’s Para Cruzar el Agua/To Cross the Water, which documents the hopes, fears, and expressions of love that Puerto Ricans share from both the island and the U.S. mainland; and Sylvia Ryerson’s Derritiendo el Hielo/Melting the ICE, a bilingual podcast and radio show dedicated to sharing testimonials from people directly impacted by ICE detention.
You can check out more details + apply here:
If you know anyone who is interested, feel free to pass this opportunity along! I have included sample promotional materials below.
Looking forward to receiving your application!
Abby Lord
Programs Assistant
UnionDocs
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Attention all audio makers! UnionDocs and Gilded Audio are pleased to announce The Signal to Noise Award, celebrating creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design. The winning applicant will receive a $5000 production grant to pursue their project or series, production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design, editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs; and a celebratory event.
Applications are due 8/31! You can find more information + apply here: https://bit.ly/3fbFMxH
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Audio makers! @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio have announced The Signal to Noise Award to give your project the chance to come to life! Apps are due 8/31: https://bit.ly/3fbFMxH
Do you have an audio project that combines doc + experimental sound design? Apply to @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio’s Signal to Noise Award to win $5,000, production and technical support from Gilded Audio Design, editorial consultation + more! Due 8/31! https://bit.ly/3fbFMxH

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THIS WED. CRAFT A STORY TO SELL TO PODCASTS w/ MOTH WINNER/PODCASTER @WRITINGPADUS

Hey FC,

 

THIS Wed. 7/8 at 5:30 PST, SELL YOUR STORY to a podcast in Laura Cathcart Robbins’ Storytelling 102.

 

Deets:  https://writingpad.com/classes/online-storytelling-102-make-your-voice-heard-class-laura-cathcart-robbins

Use code followup30 for $30 off today.

 

In this workshop you’ll:
– Polish a 5 minute (or 600-800 word) personal tale to submit to a podcast or as an essay
– Practice and get performance tips
– Add detail and emotion to your story for maximum impact
– Get email feedback on your idea before class to ensure you’re exploring the right angle

 

You can watch Laura’s FREE Storytelling 101 here to learn how to craft your tale: http://ow.ly/h1gV50AdoBw


Laura’s powerful, beautifully crafted 9 essays in Huffington Post about race, recovery and divorce went viral. She’s a StorySLAM winner and host of the podcast, The Only One In The Room which Bustle magazine picked as a top show along with This American Life, Slow Burn and Reply All. Laura’s a fantastic teacher and storyteller who can help you unlock an unforgettable story inside that’ll grab listeners and viewers.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/white-parents-talk-about-racism_n_5ee4e1fec5b6afc128317d17

https://www.bustle.com/p/17-podcasts-to-listen-to-on-long-flights-red-eyes-22162381


4 students just sold related Op-Eds from our FREE CLASS: http://ow.ly/gRUj50AdoCW On Friday, Saj Sachdev just got an excellent piece in Huff Po & Ralinda Harvey got into the LA Times! 12 students sold stories to NPR and BBC, 166 sold essays & articles, 15 in the NYT, 4 published Modern Love Essays and 17 won the Moth. Trina Robinson performed her story re: finding out her ancestors were slaves at six Moth Mainstages for pay. Podcasts are looking for personal tales now–don’t miss out! We want to get your story out there next. Check out the Op-Ed’s below:

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/jagmeet-singh-racism_ca_5efdb99cc5b6acab284c189c

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-06-26/nextdoor-santa-monica-racism

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/16/i-was-first-black-model-cover-vogue-fashion-industry-still-isnt-fixing-its-racism/

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-06-12/gone-with-the-wind-hattie-mcdaniel-john-ridley

Questions? Email: hello@writingpad.com

 

Best,

Marilyn

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NEXT THURS. ONLINE PODCASTING w/ NPR PRODUCER @WRITINGPADUS

Hi FC,

 

I hope you are all doing well, are safe and healthy. Here’s a great Live Podcasting Class starting NEXT THURS 7/9 ONLINE. You can take it from anywhere. Class looks like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr4kyqDkSOs

 

NEXT Thus. 7/9, craft your show with an NPR producer of prominent podcasts–Anna Scott (Samaritans, There Goes the Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 12 of our students have sold stories to NPR and BBC10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered, 1 on BBC. 3 got freelance podcast producer gigs after class at The RFK Tapes, Freakonomics, Pandora & NPR’s Unfictional. Kevin McDonnell got this piece on BBC Radio (3 hrs, 16 min. in): https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08c7c58

 

Podcasting w/ Anna Scott (Samaritans, There Goes the Neighborhood)–NEXT Thurs. 7/9, 1 SPOT!

Jul 9, Jul 23, Jul 30, Aug 13, Aug 20 (5 Thurs., 7-10 PM PST), Online

https://writingpad.com/classes/online-podcasting-class-anna-scott

 

You’ll build your podcast from scratch by turning the germ of an idea into a high-concept radio-worthy show. Topics Include: interviewing methods, use of archival audio, miking & field techniques. By the end, you’ll have a solid outline of your pilot episode & a recording of your teaser.

 

Anna’s a top teacher whose students rave about her insight! This might be the last chance to study w/ her as she’s super busy (she’s producing and hosting her own podcast, Samaritans on KCRW! In the past, she’s produced and reported on There Goes The Neighborhood: LA and produced Madeleine Brand on Press Play and Warren Olney on To The Point. She reports regularly for NPR and has written for Bloomberg Businessweek and the Los Angeles Times.

 

Use the coupon code freelance or freelanceplan for 15% off ($74 off) 5+ week classes or freelance30 for $30 off short classes. 

 

Best,

Marilyn

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BBC Cultural Frontline – Request for Feature Ideas from Asia, Africa and Latin America

The Cultural Frontline seeks international pitches. Details below!

Best,

Mia

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The Cultural Frontline team is looking for great ideas for features from radio producers around the world.

 

Who are we?

 

The Cultural Frontline is a topical arts and culture programme, dedicated to seeing the world through the eyes of creative minds – we look at how art and culture address the biggest social, cultural, political issues we face. It’s presented by Tina Daheley on BBC World Service English.

 

What are we looking for?

 

We are looking for ideas for short radio features approximately 7’00 featuring Asian, African and Latin American artists of all types – writers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, designers, all cultural practitioners welcome.

 

We also welcome ideas from the rest of the world but our focus at present is on generating new ideas from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

 

In particular we are looking for stories of artists whose work as a bigger social, cultural or political impact or whose work is tackling a major issue faced by society today such as immigration, climate change, inequality, and discrimination.

 

Here is a link to our programme for further details: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0362l0f

 

If you would like to send us your pitches please email us at: theculturalfrontline@bbc.co.uk

 

Thanks

 

The Cultural Frontline team

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KALW is hiring an elections coverage manager

Short and sweet – KALW is hiring! This is a four-month contract position starting in August. Candidates must live in and/or have a strong understanding of the San Francisco Bay Area. The deadline to apply is Thursday, July 7. Learn more about how to apply here.

Good luck!
Best,
Mia
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THIS SUN. ONLINE PODCASTING w/ SNAP JUDGMENT PRODUCER @WRITINGPADUS

Hi FC,

I hope you are all doing well, are safe and healthy. Here’s a great Live Podcasting Class starting THIS SUNDAY ONLINE. You can take it from anywhere—it works for most time zones. Class looks like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr4kyqDkSOs

Marilyn

Use the coupon code creativitycorner65 or creativitycorner65plan for $65 offcreativitycorner30 for $30 off short classes.

THIS Sun. 5/31, craft your show with a producer of prominent podcasts–John Fecile (99% Invisible, Producer, Snap Judgment). Because of our radio journalism classes, 12 of our students have sold stories to NPR and BBC–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered, 1 on BBC3 got freelance podcast producer gigs after class at The RFK Tapes, Freakonomics, Pandora & NPR’s Unfictional. Kevin McDonnell just got this piece on BBC Radio (3 hrs, 16 min. in). https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p089jy8g

Podcasting w/ John Fecile (99% Invisible, Producer, Snap Judgment)THIS Sun. 5/31, 1 SPOT! May 31, Jun 7, Jun 14, Jun 21, Jul 12 (5 Sun., 2-5 PM PST), Online https://writingpad.com/classes/online-podcasting-class-john-fecile

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

 John’s podcast stories have appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, & Snap Judgment (where he’s currently a producer). Click the links and listen to his amazing segments! Jeff & I heard the 99pi piece about the attempted murder of a painting last year, & it’s one of the best podcasts we’ve ever heard. His story “Blink Once for Yes” had us in tears, it was so AMAZING! It was a collaboration between Snap & Love + Radio that won a bronze at Third Coast in 2017. We never dreamed that the creator of that story would be teaching at the Pad!

John also won the Gold & Bronze Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. He is also co-founder of The Trump Diaries Project (KCRW) & contributes regularly to 99% Invisible & Curious City (WBEZ). 

Here are some of John’s stories (including one about Rihanna’s tour):
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/snapjudgment/episodes/snap-814-blink-once-yes
https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-many-deaths-of-a-painting
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/snapjudgment/episodes/diamonds-in-sky-snap-judgment-podcast
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/snapjudgment/episodes/zoo-nebraska-snap-judgment

Best, Marilyn

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New podcast seeks to resolve your disputes

Hey FC. I know the posts have been few and far between recently (busy days!) but this is a fun one. Not a gig so much as an opportunity to be involved in a fun new project – as a guest! Details below.
Stay healthy,
Mia
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Is your roommate on your last nerve? Does your friend still owe you money for that thing they broke? Is your sibling refusing to talk to you and you have no idea why? Well, a new podcast from Endeavor Content (Hunted, Blackout) and Neon Hum (The Thing About Pam, Bag Man) is looking to help you out. Our high-profile host will listen to both sides of your dispute (yes, I’m sorry, it’s only fair), and give you the clear resolution that you and your rival have been craving. No issue is too small… as long as it’s a big frickin’ deal to you and whoever you’re disagreeing with. If interested, submit a brief description of your case to: shara@neonhum.com and mary@neonhum.com


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NEXT THURS. LA PODCASTING @WRITINGPADUS

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SF & LA @WRITINGPADUS PODCASTING CLASSES STARTING SOON

Hi FC,

 

Happy New Year! Here’s some great Podcasting Classes starting IN 2 WEEKS at Writing Pad San Francisco or LA.

 

Marilyn

 

Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.

 

Craft your show with a producer or contributor to prominent podcasts–John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment) or Anna  Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 11 of our students have sold stories to NPR–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 snagged freelance producer gigs.

 

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS NEXT TUES. 1/28 or NEXT THURS. 1/30 IN SF or LA

Podcasting 1 w/ John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment)

Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25 (5 Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

San Francisco

writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-1-class-john-fecile

 

OR

 

Podcasting 1 w/ Anna  Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)

Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 5 (5 Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

LA – West

writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-1-class-anna-scott-3/

 

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

 

John Fecile’s podcast stories have appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, & Snap Judgment. He won the Gold & Bronze Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. He is also co-founder of The Trump Diaries Project (KCRW) and contributes to 99% Invisible and Curious City (WBEZ).

 

Anna Scott has worked on big NPR Shows like There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. She’s also a reporter and producer for KCRW on Press Play w/ Madeleine Brand. Before that she worked w/ Warren Olney on To The Point & Which Way LA. Anna’s a top teacher whose students rave about her insight! 

 

Best,

Marilyn

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ONLINE, SF, LA @WRITINGPADUS PODCASTING/JOURNALISM CLASSES STARTING SOON

Hi FC,

Happy New Year! Here’s some great Podcasting and Journalism Classes starting THIS JANUARY at Writing Pad Online, in San Francisco or LA.

Marilyn

Use coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% offFREELANCE30 for $30 off a 1 Day Class.

Craft your show with a producer of a prominent podcast–John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment) or Anna  Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood), or your story with a successful journalist Sophia Kercher (NY Times 8x, Los Angeleno Editor), Terri Cheney (NY Times Modern Love), or Autumn Stephens (NY Times Modern Love).

Because of our radio journalism classes, 11 of our students have sold stories to NPR–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 snagged freelance producer gigs. From our essay and journalism classes, 152 Writing Pad Alums (13 of whom got into the NY Times) have sold essays and articles!

1 DAY LIVE ONLINE FREELANCE JOURNALISM CLASS THIS MONDAY 1/13

Freelance Journalism w/ Sophia Kercher (NY Times 8x, Elle)
Jan 13 (Monday, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST)
Online
writingpad.com/classes/online-freelance-journalism-class-sophia-kercher/

Want to sell an article or essay to your favorite magazine or newspaper? Learn how to sell your stories, identify the right outlets so you can build up some impressive clips, and build a successful freelance journalism career. Learn Sophia Kercher’s secret to pitching your stories & you’ll see your name in print or online before you know it!  Sophia will cover the mechanics of being a professional freelancer: how much to charge, time management, where to pitch your ideas, and how to avoid the rookie mistakes. You’ll get to pitch an idea to Sophia, find out which outlets to target and how to approach them. One student sold a 10 article series from this class, and one got into the NY Times! Note: it’s a LIVE ONLINE 1-Day class so you can take it from anywhere in the world! This is what they look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr4kyqDkSOs

Sophia Kercher has published 8 articles in the NY Times & pieces in Women’s Health, Elle, California Sunday, Variety, LA Weekly, Salon and LA Times. Plus, she’s got an extensive rolodex. We call her the publishing whisperer because she’s helped so many students get into huge outlets (8 out of 13 students who got into the NYT were her students) and she’s helped students publish pieces in Washington Post, Harpers Bazaar, Real Simple, New York Magazine, and 9 in Los Angeleno (where she’s the editor).

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LA OR SF IN JANUARY

Podcasting 1 w/ John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment)
Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25 (5 Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
San Francisco
writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-1-class-john-fecile

OR

Podcasting 1 w/ Anna  Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)
Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 5 (5 Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
LA – West
writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-1-class-anna-scott-3/

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

John Fecile’s podcast stories have appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, & Snap Judgment. He won the Gold & Bronze Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. He is also co-founder of The Trump Diaries Project (KCRW) and contributes to 99% Invisible and Curious City (WBEZ).

Anna Scott has worked on big NPR Shows like There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. She’s also a reporter and producer for KCRW on Press Play w/ Madeleine Brand. Before that she worked w/ Warren Olney on To The Point & Which Way LA. Anna’s a top teacher whose students rave about her insight!

5 WK PERSONAL ESSAY CLASS IN LA NEXT SUN. 1/19 or MON. 1/20 OR SF NEXT TUES. 1/22

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay w/ Terri Cheney (NY Times Modern Love, Psychology Today, 2 NYT Bestsellers)
Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 1 (5 Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
LA – West
writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-private-ny-times-worthy-personal-essay-class-terri-cheney/

OR

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay w/ Sophia Kercher (NY Times 8x, Los Angeleno)
Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 24 (5 Mondays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
LA – East
writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-private-ny-times-worthy-personal-essay-class-sophia-kercher/

OR

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay w/ Autumn  Stephens (NY Times Modern Love)
Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 19 (5 Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
*One on one meetings on February 19 will take place via web conference.
San Francisco
writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-private-ny-times-worthy-personal-essay-class-autumn-stephens-2/

In this class, you’ll find out what NY Times essay columns & Modern Love look for. Learn an easy-to-understand formula for publishable essays, how to write a pitch letter & identify the publications where your story fits. Plus, you’ll get help forming & polishing your essay so it’s publication-ready. Over 5 weeks, you’ll find your sexy idea, write the hardest parts, get detailed notes as well as advice on your pitch letter & finding your publishing outlet.

Terri Cheney’s NY Times Modern Love essay on her struggle with bipolar disorder was adapted into an episode of the new Modern Love series (she was played by Anne Hathaway!) & can be heard on the podcast voiced by actress Rebecca Hall. You’ve seen her work in Psychology Today (where she has a regular column), Glamour, & she’s published two NY Times bestselling memoirs, Manic (which was optioned by HBO) & a prequel, The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar. Her personal essay collection, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Manual to Modern Madness, will be published in fall 2020. Terri’s Modern Love: www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/style/modern-love-take-me-as-i-am-whoever-i-am.html

Sophia Kercher has published 8 articles in the NY Times & pieces in Women’s Health, Elle, California Sunday, Variety, LA Weekly, Salon and LA Times. Plus, she’s got an extensive rolodex. We call her the publishing whisperer because she’s helped so many students get into huge outlets (8 out of 13 students who got into the NYT were her students) and she’s helped students publish pieces in Washington Post, Harpers Bazaar, Real Simple, New York Magazine, and 9 in Los Angeleno (where she’s the editor).

Autumn Stephens is a Modern Love Alum & the author of over 20 books, including the popular “Wild Women” series by Conari Press. Autumn’s an incredible writer (her ML is one of the best I’ve read–it’ll make you cry), experienced teacher & a generous soul. Autumn’s Modern Love: www.nytimes.com/2004/11/07/fashion/a-body-scarred-a-marriage-healed.html

Best,
Marilyn
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