Evolve magazine looking for audio submissions!

Forwarded from the good people at AIR.

Evolve ( http://www.pursueyourevolution.com ) is a year-old, fully digital tablet and smartphone magazine, utilizing all manner of storytelling tools, from video, to the written word, photography, and audio. We are currently looking to commission audio stories for our 2014 publication schedule (see AIR's pitch page for compensation info).

Evolve celebrates life in motion. We believe challenges are to be chased and embraced, and that collecting experience is more important than collecting stuff. We believe that physical well-being is paramount, and that we are interconnected in ways far too complicated to comprehend, but far too important to ignore. We believe in the value of living outside our comfort zones.

We are looking for stories that would fit into three broad categories: Travel/Adventure, Food/Nutrition, and Sport. We're interested in both journalistic treatments and personal narratives.

If you have a story pitch you'd like us to consider, please email patrick@againfaster.com.

Patrick Cummings
Editor-in-Chief, Evolve Magazine

Pitch to Making Contact!

Hi Freelancers,


Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 140 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, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.


We are seeking pitches on these themes



“Turn it down!”- Noise pollution

Charter Cities and Special Economic Zones

2013: A Year for Criminal Justice Refor?m


Please scroll down for more detail on each theme. Please reply to pitches@radioproject.org.




We’re looking for reporters on, or near, the Navajo Nation, who can help us produce 2 sound rich segments about how each stage of the coal power production process impacts people.  The complete program will trace the impacts of energy production backwards, from the light-switch to the coal mine.                    


1. We want to hear from people working at, and living beside, the Navajo Power Station, about how the plant affects their lives. Follow the coal into the power plant and introduce us to the people along the way.

2. In this segment, we want to hear from miners and people living on lands beside the Peabody Mine on the Navajo Nation. What has it been like working in the mines? How has it affected their health, their families, their communities, and traditions? How have people still living on the land been affected? How have they remained on the land, despite pressure to leave, and what are their ideas for an alternative future?


“Turn it down!”- Noise pollution


What effects does noise pollution have on people? We want to hear stories from people living with consistently loud and intrusive noise. There should be good, clear evidence that shows how noise pollution is responsible for impacts people are experiencing on their health and/or well being. It could be communities living on the edge of an airport, whose lives are disrupted by the sound of jet engines; or children whose concentration at home is negatively impacted because they live in an actively noisy neighborhood. This 8 minute segment would fit into a program that looks at the wider effects of noise on people and animals. Your segment could also examine how people are coping with intrusive noise, and if they are organizing to try and stop, or mitigate the effects of it.


Charter Cities and Special Economic Zones—“Sure, You Can do that Here!”


The proposal to build a ‘charter city’ in Honduras, exempt from major, environmental, and other laws on the surrounding nation, appears to have been defeated for now. But the idea of creating such zones continues to gain strength, under many different names.  We are looking for on-the ground reports from Free Trade Zones, Special Economic Zones, proposed Charter Cities and elsewhere.  We’d like to know what its like to live and/or work in one of these areas, and how their development has affected the surrounding region and country. We’d also like to hear stories of resistance; of communities working to stop such zones from being created—or perhaps fighting to regain their rights from the inside of one that already exists.



2013: A Year for Criminal Justice Reform?


We are planning a show looking back at some major developments this year, which put the criminal justice system under a microscope, and appear to have led to some changes.


This show will likely look at:

-the successful ‘phone justice’ movement-giving more affordable access to phones in prisons.

-growing discontent with solitary confinement, and prisoner hunger strikes in California and Gitmo

-Attorney general Eric Holder’s talk of drug sentencing reform.


We have the phone justice segment taken care of, but maybe you have been gathering tape on one of the other two topics—or another theme you think fits within the frame of how the US’ criminal justice policies are changing.





This call for pitches is for segments of about 8 minutes, but we also occasionally take longer pieces (12 or 26 minutes). For shorter pieces we generally pay $350 per story. 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?


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!


Nancy Lopez, Andrew Stelzer & George Lavender

Making Contact producers

Audio Smut – Call for submissions

Make risqué radio with the folks at Audio Smut. Latest theme list is below. -Mia


We would like to present you with Audio Smut's latest theme list.  Please get back to us with your brilliant ideas!

All the info you need is below.
Kaitlin (and Mitra)

SEASON TWO of Audio Smut is upon us!

We are inviting you to share your ideas and stories with us.  In addition to stories, we also like radio drama, sound art, music and any artwork fitting the themes below.  

Get your pitches in ASAP!


Please be familiar with our style an approach before you pitch.  We seek first person narratives from a diverse range of voices.

We welcome raw tape, great sexy sounds or any story ideas you have.

Working with Audio Smut is an involved editorial process. But, we welcome different levels of involvement in story production to suit everyone’s time and needs.

We welcome submissions from artists across disciplines. If you have a piece of writing, a performance idea or an installation related to any of these topics, feel free to pitch.  We love collaboration.


There is currently no financial compensation involved in working with Audio Smut. This is a labor of pure love—we all donate our work to the cause of sexy radio. But we are applying for grants. When we get the dough you will be the first to know! That is a promise.


All pitches should be submitted by DECEMBER 1, 2013

SEND all pitches to audio.smut.radio@gmail.com


Coming of Age

This episode is centered around the traditions and rites of passage that surround entering into adulthood.  What did becoming a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ mean to you at the time and what does it mean now.

Getting your first period, having a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Quinceaneras, Purity Balls, getting your driver’s license and losing your virginity are just some examples.  

Dream story: Trans person’s perspective and reflection on their gendered coming of age ceremony.  For example, a trans man’s perspective on his Bat Mitzvah.

Fu*k Love

Romeo and Juliet was a fucking joke.  What kind of love story ends with two dead people?  The worst kind, that’s what. Romantic love is relatively new cultural obsession. How did we start using this extremely volatile element as a basis for determining who we start families with? Romantic love was not always the deciding factor for whether a relationship was worth a damn. We want to find stories that explore this history. We are also interested in stories that deal with interesting arrangements, heartbreak so severe that there is no recovery, failures (and successes) of marriage. Dream story: an arranged marriage that works out great.

The Talk

For this episode we are looking stories about ‘the talk.’  You know, the one that your parents had or attempted to have with you about sex.  We would like three very detailed and exceptional accounts of this talk.  Ideally, you would interview your parents about that very talk, and get their side of the story. After that, we’d like to hear about your first sexual experience—was it before or after the talk?  This could have been while you were playing house when you were six, or your first BJ at 16. Through this we’re looking to initiate discussion about the age of consent and parental approaches to sex education.

Sex In the Institution

An institution is any structure or mechanism of social order governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community. When your life is controlled by an institution, sex is rarely included in that, but goddamnit, isn’t sex a constitutional right?  We are looking for first hand stories of people fucking within the constraints of a system: Prisons, elderly homes, psych wards, boarding schools and hospitals.


Have you ever/do you know someone who has been very confused about what is happening in a romantic or intimate situation?  We are looking for a story/multiple stories of high stakes situations where there is a disconnect with a person’s perception versus what is actually happening.  For example, you are dating someone and you are under the impression that this is some serious-ass-love.  You later realize that this situation is nothing more than a casual hook up to your partner.  You are destroyed.  Or, you are driving yourself completely insane trying to figure out what is going on between you and another person.  Please tell us your stories.


Enable – enˈābəl verb, give (someone or something) the authority or means to do something.

In what ways do we affect our lovers, friends and the other significant people in our lives’ behavior.  Is it for the better or worse?  No matter the case, we want to investigate it.  Is your love so great and your dynamic so intense that nothing in the world matters?  Does anything matter when you have love?  This episode is meant to be a celebration of powerful bonds and completely non-judgemental, no matter what the issue at hand is.

We are looking for stories about (dis)functional dynamics, power dynamics, symbiosis (a la hippos and birds), drug addicts and any other destructive (or not) behavior that is enabled by partners.  Dream story: a hoarding couple.

Love Letters

We want to explore the idea of analogue love; how communication is different when you’re not using text, Facebook or email.  We want to hear your love letters.  Letters old and new.  Letters between strangers and the most intimate of partners.  Long distance or not.  Read us your letters and tell us how letters how this old school form of communication affected your relationship.  


How do you say it?  What does it actually sound like, when you are saying ‘No?’  Your ‘no’ might not sound as convincing as you think.  We are interested in the subtleties of consent; situations where you didn’t say ‘no’, but you didn’t really say ‘yes’ either.  We are interested stories of not feeling like you had an option, or felt it would be easier to just do it.  Conversely, we are interested in gaining insight from the other side of the perspective. So, a situation that you perceived as consensual but later you find out that your partner did not see it as such.  What went wrong you fool?  It’s not that complicated, or is it?


All pitches should be submitted by NOVEMBER 1, 2013

SEND all pitches to audio.smut.radio@gmail.com

WE <3 YOU!

FREE AAWW Food & Books Festival, Oct 5, Brooklyn

Sounds like fun! -Mia

PAGE TURNER: THE AAWW Food & Books Festival

Saturday, October 5th at Roulette and the YWCA in Downtown Brooklyn 
Half kid-friendly indoor street fair, half cultural happening, this free festival is possibly the most ambitious thing that AAWW has ever done. We'll have all-day dumpling-making sessions and a whole floor of food venders, like Bombay Sandwich Shop, Brooklyn Soda Works, and Big Bao. 
Our line-up includes more than 80 writers, intellectuals, and artists, including winners of the Pulitzer, Tony and Guggenheim, and artists who're in the Met and MOMA. We'll have interactive workshops like origami folding and butterfly-making. An NPR show will do live recordings. There will be live dancers. Sound installations. A food-related performance piece. A class on how to write comics by an X-men writer. A pop-up poster gallery. Tarot card readings with a well-known novelist. Free posters. Even a guy in a big dumpling suit. 
RSVPs on Eventbrite are already at 700, so please reserve your spot soon! 

This Saturday, October 5th at Roulette & the YWCA, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave, Brooklyn NY. 

11AM – 7PM FESTIVAL | 730pm – Midnight AFTER PARTY


1. Your stomach will love you for the rest of your life. We'll have a whole gallery of food venders including Bombay Sandwich Shop, Big Bao, Brooklyn Soda Works, Granola Lab, and Parantha Alley. And dumpling-making.

2. After a long week at work, don't you want to play? We're going to have stations where you can (yes) make your own dumplings, learn how to write a graphic novel, or learn how to write a poem–or just get one written for you. Origami. Poster-making. You can even bring your kids.

3. Your brain will explode from the sheer awesomeness. In a good way.Our line-up includes almost 80 writers, activists and artists over four spaces–like David Henry Hwang, Colorlines publisher Rinku Sen, Rumpus Founder Stephen Elliott, Monica Youn, Monique Truong, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Sergio de la Pava, Ayad Akhtar, Justin Torres, and Madiha Tahir, who's been interviewing drone attack survivors in Pakistan. And a guy dressed as a giant bao.



1. I'm taking it you already know about the AAWW Dumpling-Making Room.

2. Guggenheim Fellow Mark Nowak will be running a MAKE-A-POEM booth, where you too can write a poem.

3. But if you're shy, emerging poets from Kundiman will be taking poetry requests.

4. X-Men writer Marjorie Liu will teach you how to write a graphic novel.

5. Novelist Alexander Chee will be doing Tarot card readings at the AFTER-PARTY.

6. Which will also include live poster-printing by Felipe Baeza and an interactive food art installation by Alison Kuo.

7. A pop-up gallery of pro-immigrant posters at the YWCA Gallery.

8. Live audio recordings by NPR's Latino USA.

9. Did you know that Chinese Americans made up like 50% of the workforce in many states in the 1800s? David Henry Hwang, Brian Leung, and Karen Shepard discuss the Chinese American 19th Century.

10. A sound installation based on poems by Rabindranath Tagore, curated by ((audience)).

11. Hear about the people who disappear with an artist who's been documenting those abducted by the Gaddafi regime, a Guggenheim poetry fellow, and an activist whose grandparents were interned during WWII.

12. A war-time writing panel with Flavorpill Top 100 NYC Writer Said Sayrafiezadeh, Jadaliyya co-founder Sinan Antoon, AAWW homie Amitava Kumar, and Madiha Tahir, who's been interviewing drone survivors in Pakistan.

13. Make wearable butterfly wings with immigration rights activist Sonia Guinansaca.

14. These peeps will help you interpret Muslim American identity: Suheir Hammad, Sohail Daulatzai, Lorraine Adams, and Ayad Akhtar. The last two both won the Pulitzer. All four are badasses.

15. We commissioned a video artist to make filmic walking tours of NYC Asian American neighborhoods.

16. We're fracturing landscapes with legendary avant-garde poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Tamiko Beyer, Janine Oshiro, and Nicola López, whose art has been exhibited at MOMA, The Guggenheim and The Met.

17. The Dim Sum Warriors.

18. Did you know a little-known law requires that the US jail 34,000 immigrants a day? Rinku Sen and Jon Pineda discuss.

19. Is the City apocalyptic or utopian? Answered by Manil Suri, Jess Row, Youmna Chlala, and Tash Aw, the biggest writer of Malaysia.

20. Discover love with a gay manga artist, a biracial stoner, a gay desi, and a National Book Award finalist in poetry.

Did we mention it's free?


This Saturday, October 5th at Roulette & the YWCA, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave, Brooklyn NY. 

11AM – 7PM FESTIVAL | 730pm – Midnight AFTER PARTY

KUOW Program Venture Fund Announces New Round of Grants

KUOW Program Venture Fund Announces New Round of Grants 

KUOW is seeking project proposals for Round 24 of the Program Venture Fund (PVF). Projects funded by PVF can be a series of features, a long-form documentary or a variety of short audio pieces. There is no set format. This is your opportunity to dig into a subject, bring new voices to the air and share the history, culture and issues that impact the Puget Sound region.

To kick-start your brain storming here are a few subject areas that KUOW would like to cover in the coming year. But do not feel tied to this list of subjects; this is just meant to give you a little inspiration. Feel free to submit ideas on completely unrelated topics, whatever catches your interest.

1) How We Get Around
We are a society that is on the move. It’s all about getting from here to there. We’re looking for stories about getting around: on foot, wheel, rail or whatever moves people or things. You can view this as broadly as you like. Feel free to take this notion and run with it or walk or blastoff or…

2) Foraging
The definition of foraging is “to search for what one needs or wants.” All living things have certain needs and these needs can range from essential to extravagant to anywhere in between. And many times the need can be fueled by obsession which is always fertile ground for good stories.

3) Innovators
Who are the people who are challenging the way that we think and live and how are they shaping our future? Who are the ones to watch and why?

Important: Before submitting a full application you need to send me a short description of your project, no longer than one page. Once the preliminary idea is approved then you can officially submit the full application.

For application information or to check out previous PVF funded projects go to: http://kuow.org/topic/program-venture-fund

The application deadline is Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (PT)

Jim Gates

Senior Editor
KUOW 94.9 – Puget Sound Public Radio

Journalism Training Opportunity in NYC, Nov 13

FYI NYC folks. Great opportunity for students and pros alike to share ideas about reaching diverse communities. Details below. -Mia

Public Radio News Directors Inc. is teaming up with WNYC and the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to help journalists and media outlets better connect with diverse communities.  This FREE workshop was created by the Maynard Institute and is designed for reporters, student journalists, news managers, program directors, and sales/underwriting staffs.  Institute President Dori Maynard will lead the program and present ideas to:

• Use new tools to strengthen ties to previously underserved communities.

• Avoid technological/community mismatch.

• Create technology strategies to ensure that newsrooms are not inadvertently leaving potential audience members behind.

• Use the institute’s Fault Lines diversity framework to build a process of conceiving stories – business practices – that include a multiplicity of views across race, gender, generation, geography and class. 

• Leverage diversity to increase the bottom line.


Date:  Wednesday November 13, 2013
Time: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Place: The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR
44 Charlton St., New York, NY 10013

Seating is limited.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to PRNDI President George Bodarky at gbodarky@wfuv.org

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