[trainings] KALW news’ training program looking for applicants – Deadline 5/1

I can't imagine a better place to learn the ropes. Application deadline May 1!

Enrollment now open for the KALW News Audio Academy

KALW is calling for applicants for our 10-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a graduate level audio production education, tuition-free.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for covering diverse communities, and ideally have some knowledge of the Bay Area.

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio 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 in the field, and learning story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design. The training will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom. Our editors and engineers, along with other public media producers, will lead workshops on every aspect of production specifically for the Audio Academy. Previous featured speakers have been: Roman Mars, Hansi Lo Wang, Daniel Alarcón, Marianne McCune, and Jason DeRose (to name a few).

Selected participants will make a 10-month commitment (September 2014 to June 2015): minimum 20 hours per week (one six-hour shift at our studios and another 14 hours working in the field). The Academy includes a one-week break at Thanksgiving, a two-week break in late December, and a one-week break during the spring. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV and any audio/writing samples to:


Application deadline: May 1, 2014, 11:59 PT

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.

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