KALW News’ training program launching this fall, application deadline July 15

If you live (or want to live) in the Bay Area, KALW would be an AMAZING place to learn the art of audio journalism/storytelling. Application deadline July 15. Details below. -Mia


The news team at KALW in San Francisco is launching a brand new training program, and I wanted to spread the word in case you, or anyone you knew would be a good fit.

Here's the scoop…

"We’re looking for self-motivated individuals with a passion for non-fiction storytelling to participate in a 10-month, free radio journalism training program based at KALW, an NPR affiliate public radio station in San Francisco.

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce content for KALW’s award-winning daily news programs, "Crosscurrents" and "Your Call". Your voice and your work will be broadcasted on KALW during your time in the academy.

Training will include:

Working closely with reporters on developing stories, producing original feature stories for broadcast, interviewing potential guests/sources, researching topics, fact-checking, script writing, recording sound for pieces, story structure, voicing, live radio production, digital production, engineering, and sound design. The training takes place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom. Our editors and engineers, along with other Bay Area public media producers, will lead workshops on every aspect of production specifically for the Audio Academy.

Participation in the KALW News Audio Academy is unpaid, but you’ll be on-air, recording in the field, or creating in the engineering booth — not fetching coffee or making copies.

Selected participants will be expected to make a 10-month commitment (September 2013 – June 2014): minimum 12 hours per week (one six-hour shift at our studio and another six hours working in the field). The Academy includes a one-week break at Thanksgiving and another in mid-spring, also a two-week break in late December. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate. Applicants of all ages are encouraged to apply.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV and any audio/writing samples (as well as any questions) to:


Application deadline: July 15, 2013

We look forward to meeting you!

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity."

BBC RFP for “Real America”, deadline July 22

Great collaboration of public media orgs seeks proposals for a BBC program on Guns in America. Details HERE and below. -mia


It went so well the first time out, the BBC is announcing a second round for the Real America partnership launched last year with AIR and a consortium of public media organizations. With AIR, this year’s group includes the Third Coast International Audio Festival, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, WNYC/New York Public Radio, and American Public Media (APM).

The theme is “Guns in America.” Many of you know Tony Phillips. He’s the editor this year, and he’s looking for three 17-minute features that, together, will comprise a one-hour special to be distributed via APM later in the year. The budget for each feature is $9000.

The deadline for submitting your pitch is Monday, July 22 at noon ET.

Full details, including instructions for submitting and a timeline for their decision-making process is at:

You may want to have a look at our feature “BBC 101” published last June at

part-time producer gig with Making Contact in Oakland, CA

Great part-time gig in Oakland with some wonderful people. Details below! -Mia

Making Contact,  Producer 

work location: Oakland, CA

more info at www.radioproject.org


Making Contact seeks a part-time radio producer with a passion for public-interest media. We amplify the voices of community members who are seeking solutions to issues of economic, environmental and social justice.  This position is budgeted for 20 to 32 hours  hours/week, $20 per hour.


We seek an energetic, passionate, well-organized team-player with solid experience. The candidate should understand the craft of long-format feature production as well as the art of a good in-depth interview. They will join our two current part-time producers and our pool of freelancers.


Our program is a blend of evocative stories with analysis, and explores the relationship between individuals, groups and systems. We’re looking for someone committed to our greater mission and who is willing to do what it takes to produce our weekly show and to strengthen Making Contact's organization  as a whole.


Making Contact has produced a nationally-syndicated, progressive weekly radio series for almost 20 years. Our high-quality public-affairs and documentary radio programs are broadcast on 141 radio stations in the U.S., Canada, and Australia; thousands more listen via our website and podcasts.


We're looking to make exciting changes to our sound-design and revamp our website this summer/fall.


Our award-winning work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, among others.

Making Contact is more than a radio program. We thrive on the participation of volunteers and interns. We train community members in radio production, as time allows. We seek someone who can mentor others and is excited about growing and learning in their own work.


We’re looking for a journalist who respects the knowledge of community members, social movement activists and academics in helping to conceptualize and create pieces that inform, inspire, and move people to take action.


Required Skills/Experience

Demonstrated writing and script editing skills

Demonstrated audio editing skills

Track record of delivering pieces on deadline

Strong voice-craft skills and experience

Track record of journalistic work –dedicated to fairness, accuracy and fact-checking

Ability to read and synthesize research

Experience coaching and editing freelance reporters and producers

Familiarity with issues of our times and timeless issues

Commitment to building Making Contact as a whole, and to participating in a team process

Enthusiastic about participating in fundraising


Preferred Skills

Multimedia experience:  video, sound-slides, YouTube etc

Familiar with social marketing and online media distribution

Experience and enthusiasm for online distribution methods and audience building

Energetic and able to think on your feet

Sense of humor

Making Contact
is an affirmative action employer. We actively recruit applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, and disabled people. 


Position Open Until Filled–but aiming for July. Again, position is in Oakland California. if you are outside the Bay Area please pitch us freelancer pieces.


Please email resume, cover letter, writing sample (radio script preferred) and links to work samples to lrudman@radioproject.org

Above the Fray fellowship, deadline July 1

I may have posted this already but it's worth posting again. The John Alexander Project's Above the Fray fellowship – sending young radio journalists abroad to report important and under-represented stories. Deadline July 1.

above the fray

Above the Fray, a fellowship in conjunction with NPR, is the keynote program of THE JOHN ALEXANDER PROJECT.

The Above the Fray fellowship is designed to give a promising radio journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. One fellow will be selected each year based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR.

Above the Fray supports curious, truth-seeking, spirited individuals who wish to cover under-reported regions, but who do not have the financial means or professional support to pursue these stories. The fellowship is not about finding the most experienced candidate; it is about cultivating the next generation of international journalists. The fellowship strives to discover journalists who are at pivotal moments in their careers: those who are armed with the skills to independently tell stories and who possess the ability to take audiences off the beaten path.

Applicants should have 3-5 years of professional experience. Above all, the applicant must express sincere interest in innovative foreign reporting, a curiosity about global cultures and a demonstrated record of journalistic potential.

Please be sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay up-to-date. Fellowship deadlines and details here.

Resources for Independents Reporting in Conflict Zones

Important info for freelancers working in war zones. Thanks to Lu Olkowski for posting this on the AIR listserv.


As news organizations increasingly rely on freelance staff, a new effort in London as launched to help represent independent war journalists and photographers. You can read about it through this link at the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma: http://dartcenter.org/blog/frontline-freelance-register-launched#.UbtMj-uE5gV

Another resource for freelance conflict reporters is Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues. http://risctraining.org/ RISC was founded by Sebastian Junger after his colleague and friend, photographer Tim Hetherington, died while covering the conflict in Libya. At the time he was with a group of freelancers, none of whom had the training to save him from bleeding to death. Junger realized that the wave of journalists heading to conflict zones without institutional backing would need safety training to prevent more deaths like Hetherington's. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 40% of all journalists killed in Syria in 2012 were freelancers.

Polk Investigative Reporting Grants, rolling deadline begins NOW

Potential big money for your good deeds, or good reporting, anyway. Rolling deadline beginning NOW.
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Grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000.
Projects should center on themes of social justice.
Reporters should be experienced and have an idea of where their articles/TV productions should be placed.


The George Polk Investigative Grants are given to experienced reporters to pursue reporting projects relating to social justice. The intent is to promote public awareness of social problems in immigration, housing, welfare, health, employment and other areas and to promote investigative articles on the Web as well as in print.

Special consideration will be given to journalists who are no longer employed by their news organizations, but this is not an absolute requirement. Ideally, an applicant should have a proven track record as an investigative reporter and propose an article on a subject with which he or she is familiar. The program is intended as a resource for a reporter who always has wanted to dig into a particular topic or has developed useful expertise – who knows “where the bodies are buried” – in an area of social importance.

Grants will range from $2500 to $10,000, depending on the duration and complexity of the project. The Polk program will provide some editorial supervision and assist when necessary in helping to place the article, but the primary responsibility for this rests with the reporter. Any fees or payment will be retained by the reporter. We do not fund book projects. We request that recipients keep a record, whenever possible, of the circulation/viewership of the publication/production and of the number of hits the article receives on the Website.

An applicant must provide a detailed prospectus, along with a resume, two references and a letter expressing interest in the project from a news organization. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning June 1, 2013. All information will be confidential.