Tools of the Trade (4/24): This is probably the most design-heavy episode we’ve ever done. We’re looking at the changing nature of work in American history, through the objects and technologies that shaped those changes (the office chair, the typewriter, the cubicle, etc. etc.). Got a “tool of the trade” (or a set of tools, technological systems, etc.) you think would fit this show? Be sure to tell us not only the history of the technology, but what it meant and how it changed the way Americans worked.
Speed! (5/08): How fast — and slow — has life moved in America? What big shifts in velocity did people witness in the 18th and 19th centuries? How did the new pace at which people and ideas move change the course of history? How have we measured speed, scientifically and culturally? We’re open to stories that look at the pace of life, the concept of speed and all of its cultural reference points (drugs, the Roadrunner, Speedos…?).
Infrastructure (5/22): On this show, we’ll explore how the physical foundations of life in America went from being highly visible to nearly invisible. Think burying power lines, air traffic control, alligators in sewers, tunnels, Internet cables, and more. We want your stories of building America from the ground up … only to put it ‘underground’ again.
Here’s a link to the pitch page on our web site, for info about what makes a good BackStory pitch: http://backstoryradio.org/producers/
BackStory is especially interested in freelance pieces that get out of the studio — that is, site-specific and sound-rich stories from around the country. Include what, if any, sources you would use in your story and how you would produce them. Give us an idea about what you imagine your piece would sound like (field tape, scoring, effects, readings, etc.). We’re open to non-narrated features, written essays, and reported pieces. Three to 10 minutes in length is ideal.
Email Associate Producer Kelly Jones at <khjones at virginia dot edu>, with “PITCH:” in your subject line. We’ll do our best to be in touch with you within a week of receiving your pitch. Thanks!
I'm working with a radio show and podcast called Modern Notion (an offshoot of the website of the same name) that's launching April 6. Modern Notion is all kinds of stories for the ultra-curious.
We want any interesting story from history and stories about emerging technology and its impact, and we have a few theme ideas below my signature (but feel free to submit a story even if it doesn't fall into any category).
It's a daily, hourlong show out of WCGO in Chicago, but we're looking for stories of national interest. Many of the segments from the radio show will also be podcasted in smaller, themed podcasts from Modern Notion.
Commentary/essay – $125
Most stories will be in that 2-5 minute range.
Thank God for Science – Stories and topics focused around the intersection of science and religion and the not-so-clear boundary that exists between the two
Heirlooms – The things we pass down: traditions, objects, morals, manners, etc.
Submit your work to Audio Under the Stars!
Durham’s favorite summer audio festival is launching its second season and to kick it off we’re looking for stories ranging from 2-15 minutes that (more or less) fit these themes:
Homecoming/Stories of Leaving and Return: submission deadline 4/19
At some point, we all leave home. Or do we? And who does the journey change–the ones who leave or the ones who stay behind? Tell us about your prodigal sons and why you can't go home again. Or about a really cheesy dress you bought for that high school dance.
Haunted: submission deadline 5/12
What is it you can’t let go? Who- or what- won’t let go of you? If you’ve got stories of obsessions, fixations, otherworldly encounters, or unwholesome interests, open your closet of skeletons and let us have a peek.
Dog Days of Summer: submission deadline 6/10
It’s not all lazy days and picnics. The Dog Days were once considered an evil time when “wine grew sour and dogs turned mad.” Send us the good and the bad: summer flings and overheated outbursts; stories of indolence and frenzy. Plus, dogs. We like dogs.
Alternative Love Stories: submission deadline 7/14/15
What if the person, place or thing that sets your heart strings strumming also sets you apart in some way? What if your Happily Ever After wasn’t? We want to hear about unorthodox cravings, unexpected endings, and love stories of all stripes.
Bad Advice & Second Chances: submission deadline 8/11/15
Some of us have actually paid cash money for a 1974 Dodge Dart. Tell us your stories about when you listened to your Uncle Leo rather than your common sense, or any other time you told that small voice in your head to shut up and sit down. Also, tell us about the aftermath and how you've lived to tell the tale.
We love sound-rich stories that make us think, make us laugh, and take us to places near and far. We especially love pieces based in Durham, in North Carolina, or made by local radio producers, but we're open to any great idea. Share your work or work you find compelling made by someone else. We want to hear it all, even if it's not a perfect fit for the theme.
We need your help to find the best of the best. Use this form to submit a story for consideration— submit as many stories as you'd like!
Audio Under the Stars is a summer audio festival in Durham, North Carolina. Each month from May through September we curate a playlist of the most compelling and fun audio and play it back in the cozy backyard of the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.
Wanted: New York Audio Broadcast Journalist for 100s of Media Outlets
*Flexible hours, home-based office, well-paid*
Report on Critical Issues in Long Island and New York: Reaching over 33 million people per week through 1,000s of other media outlets, the Public News Service has work for an experienced news producer/reporter who knows New York and Long Island, as well as the important issues of the day.
Currently, we need applicants with extensive and broad news writing experience, on-air reporting and skilled digital sound editing. Our successful producers have a minimum of five years of broadcast news writing/voicing/digital recording & editing experience. Please save yourself from the application process if you do not have excellent digital sound editing skills. Special focus on public interest issues; competitive pay and benefits; some night & weekend work may be required; preference given to reporters who already have a home recording studio.
— 3-5 years of experience working in a fast-paced news environment (commercial media and wire service work preferred)
— Demonstrated expertise with digital interviewing/voicing/recording and editing
— High comfort with technology and use of various software
— Strong communication skills and the ability to coordinate intense levels of e-mail correspondence and phone calls
— Passion for general reporting; Familiarity with the news environment, progressive politics, cultural trends, and emerging issues.
— Sense of humor and innovative spirit very important.
— Must be available for afternoon edits.
— Did we say….Ability to record high quality phone audio and voice wrap from a home studio!
Before you apply please visit our website for examples of our online content: http://www.publicnewsservice.org. If interested send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com – with “New York Producer (your last name)” in the subject line. We can offer both part-time or full-time work, please indicate which would be of interest to you in your cover letter.
We have a brilliant roster of guest instructors, all AIRsters. Glynn Washington, the creator, host, and executive producer of Snap Judgment, will be our guest teacher/presenter for Hearing is Believing (the intro-ish course). For Making it Sing, Deb George returns. The veteran editor and producer with NPR, Radio Diaries and now Reveal: there’s no better set of ears in the business. And as always the inimitable Shea Shackelford of Big Shed will be here along with me for both Hearing is Believing and Making It Sing — and of course for Digging In.
To register or to read more about all these courses, and a few others offered by CDS in video, photo, and writing, go here:
Any questions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers, and hope to see you this summer!
IWMF announces fund for women in journalism. Note: Special consideration will be given to freelancers, who operate without backing from media outlets. (Woot!) Deadline March 23.
Women journalists can apply for the Howard G. Buffet Fund.
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) launched the fund to support the ambitious ideas of women journalists seeking substantive backing for projects and opportunities related to the news media, including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.
The IWMF will make an annual total of US$230,000 worth of grants. Grant sizes will depend on the projects or opportunities in question, and the inclusion of a detailed budget. Special consideration will be given to freelancers, who operate without backing from media outlets.
The first round of funding opens March 2. The deadline is March 23.
For more information, click here.