“Working Now” looking for your working stories

This is a cool new project – part of the SoundCloud Fellowship. Share your working stories in honor of Studs Terkel (one of my heroes). Details below!

We need your help!

“Working Now” (http://www.workingnow.org) is an online collaborative
project about the working lives of people today around the world. We
also want to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the book “Working” by
oral historian/radio producer Studs Terkel
(http://bit.ly/StudsWorking). The project is supported by a SoundCloud
Fellowship so we have funding to pay producers for the first seven
pieces of new original work. The project is being “seeded” by alumni
of the Transom Story Workshop but we welcome contributions from other
radio producers, storytellers and working people themselves.

Here’s what we’re looking for: Audio stories that are

Length: Ideally three-five minutes long. We’re also open to even
shorter stories, i.e. audio postcards or sonic IDs.

Language: in English (possibly also Spanish in the near future)

Subject matter: Interviews with
– Workers (or recently unemployed people) whose jobs have changed
since being profiled in“Working”
– People with unique or unusual jobs that did not exist in 1974 (when
“Working” was published)
– Individuals profiled in “Working” (or their surviving families)
– Raw audio files submitted by workers themselves.

Style: We are open to all styles of radio stories but kind of prefer
non-narrated oral history-style pieces.

Originality: We want both original and existing radio stories. We
welcome pieces that have already been broadcast or posted online. For
the purposes of the project, however, we can only pay producers for
new original work that has not yet aired or has been posted online for
more than six months. Once new work has been posted on this website,
producers are then welcome to seek other outlets for their pieces. We
also encourage you to upload your work to PRX.

Format and how to submit tracks:
– For previously aired or existing online stories, please email the
weblink to an embeddable player (i.e. SoundCloud, PRX, etc.) to
– For original stories, please upload MP3s that are 46 KHZ 16 bit to
our Dropbox http://soundcloud.com/workingnow/dropbox

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