Applications open for Resilience Journalism Fellowship

Good opportunity for mid-career journos who cover the environment. Details below! -Mia

Applications are now open for our newest grant program, the Resilience Journalism Fellowship. Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Fellowship is designed for mid-career journalists who have some background reporting on environmental issues.

It will run from Oct. 22-27.

Fellows will focus on the science of climate change and resilience — defined as a system's capacity to absorb disturbance and still retain its basic function and structure.

For more info:

Here is the direct link to the application:

The program director is Dale Willman. You can email him at or call him at 518-583-7247.

part-time GM position with community station in Sun Valley, ID, ski pass included!

Interesting opportunity from a community radio station in Sun Valley, Idaho. This is a part-time gig – with some unique perks! Details and contact info below. -Mia


KDPI Community Radio General Manager

KDPI is looking for a highly motivated and inspired person to manage our day-to-day operations, establish sustainable standards and practices and grow the station to its full potential. With an intense passion for narrative and public radio, the ideal candidate brings experience, vision and strong management skills.

KDPI 88.5 FM is a young but established community station in the vibrant resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Benefiting from a community with a strong economic base, nestled in the majestic Sawtooth Mountains, Sun Valley is a place of unparalleled beauty and opportunity. With a strong devotion to the arts and education, our valley is a draw to anyone seeking an active lifestyle and a sophisticated, intellectual community. We are a uniquely situated resort town with local flair. Our valley serves as a virtual playground for adventure junkies and solitude seekers alike, while still offering abundant opportunities for the arts and education. It is a diverse hyper-local environment with incredible places to enjoy every passion.


Compensation: Because of the unique environment within Sun Valley, KDPI is offering a creative compensation package that will include salary, a ski pass and a half time position that allows for the opportunity to experience the incredible outdoor life that our town provides.


Contact: Ellie Newman


August Podcast School @UnionDocs, Aug 21-25, just a few spots left!

There are just a few spots left at UnionDocs August Podcast School, Aug 21-25. Their presenter line-up is truly stellar. Spread the word! Details and shareable links below:
Our stellar line-up includes: Ben Calhoun (This American Life), Molly Webster (Radiolab), Mitra Kaboli (The Heart), Alex Goldman (Reply All), Andrea Silenzi (Why Oh Why) and more!
Dates: August 21 – 25
To learn more and register, please visit:
Sample tweets below:
Join @UnionDocs Podcast School this Aug w/ audio pros from @ThisAmerLife @Radiolab @theheartradio @replyall & more! [INSERT PODCAST.GIF]
Work on your audio practice w/ @uniondocs @samgreenspan @99piorg @replyall @ThisAmerLife @Radiolab & more this Aug!

Expand your editing toolkit, the latest from @AIRmedia

I've been an AIR member for a long time and I found this most recent newsletter to be especially useful. See below for some editing tips and gigs, and become a member if audio production is your thing! And just a reminder, applications for their Better Edit Fellowship are due this Friday.


Reading List: Sharpen your editing skills,
then sharpen them some more

Editor’s Note: AIR is looking for candidates interested in becoming better editors through our Better Edit Fellowship—brought to you in partnership with PRNDI, the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Read on for contributing writer Emily Boghossian’s best picks for learning how to work the editing game, then apply to Better Edit! The deadline to submit is this Friday, July 14, at 5 p.m. PT.

Listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first cut of “My Shot,” and you’ll hear it in the first few bars. Editing matters.

Any audio producer who has gone back and forth with a good editor knows that “most things that are great get great through editing,” (Ira Glass, Longform). But not every producer has access to a strong editor. Lately, the “good editor” is becoming more and more of a unicorn—high in demand and, according to NPR Training’s Alison MacAdam, low in supply.

And while we need to correct the industry-wide shortage by building clearer, more inclusive pipelines for editors, maybe this dearth is an opportunity for producers to sharpen their knives. If great storytelling = great editing, we should all strive to be better editors.

So, this week we are listening to the editors in our lives. Here's a list of resources guaranteed to grow your toolkit. Now, go forth and slash.

Editing from the get-go:
Front-end editing: The "secret ingredient" of great audio storytelling | Andrea De Leon for NPR Training
Before you pack your TASCAM and hit the road, ask yourself: What introduction do you hear in your head? How could this story unfold? Who is the main character?

Structuring your story:
How to Construct a Compelling Story | Brian Reed for The Conference
Action. Reflection. Stakes. S-Town's Brian Reed breaks down good storytelling by relaying the most boring story he can think of. Additional reading from the audio canon: Ira Glass explains storytelling in four parts.

Lessons from Making a Historical Documentary | Alex Lewis (Localore '15) and Yowei Shaw (New Voice '11) for
Structuring a longer-form documentary? Find macro and mini story structures. Alex Lewis and Yowei Shaw’s first-ever historical doc yields all kinds of useful tips. Bonus: Insights on mixing via Jeff Towne.


Read on!
1. Looking for an excuse to move to Italy? The Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. is searching for a radio coordinator to make audio stories in Rome. (Public Media Women in Leadership Facebook group)

2. “100 Days in Appalachia” is looking for an experienced and courageous part-time contributing editor to take the lead on stories about race relations and religious divides. (Public Media Innovators Facebook group)

3. ATTN: Break ground as a multimedia health care reporter and find stories at the intersection of policy and people. (Nashville Public Radio)

4. Start your thumb exercises! Public Radio International is on the hunt for a social media editor to post quality work at lightning speeds. (Twitter #pubjobs hashtag)

5. You’re a multitasking communications specialist and Detroit Public Television is in need of your superpowers. Write, report, edit, repeat. (CPB Jobline)

AIR + PRX Podcast Garage this Wednesday

AIR and the fine folks at Podcast Garage are kicking off July with our second Maker Mingle of the season. We're gathering in Allston, Massachusetts this Wednesday, July 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to trade stories, share ideas, and make new friends. Swing by if you're in the neighborhood!

This time we want you to come with an answer to the question: What was the first podcast you listened to or loved?

AIR … a network of independent producers 
who create collaboration, diversity, and excellence 
in audio and media craft.

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new workshop from @writingpadus starts next Sunday, July 16

The latest from Writing Pad SF. See below!


Writing Pad’s SF podcasting course starts NEXT Sunday July 16 w/ Snap Judgment’s Eliza Smith. Friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount.


15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.



Eliza is a producer at NPR’s Snap Judgment who got her start with the Kitchen Sisters. She will help you conceive, develop & produce an outline for your podcast & record a teaser. She will teach you interviewing techniques, sound editing, using music, archival material + more. Class includes a recording session at a professional studio as well a session with the head sound person at Snap. For a more about Eliza, check out our interview with her here:




PODCASTING 5 WK w/ Eliza Smith (Producer, Snap Judgment)

July 16, 30, Aug. 13, 20, 27 (4 Sun., 1 recording session), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., SF

@AIRmedia’s Better Edit Fellowship, application deadline July 14

Attention all wannabe editors! AIR has just launched their Better Edit Fellowship and is looking for aspiring audio editors to apply for one-on-one mentoring. There's an incredible group of mentors in this bunch – so sign up and spread the word! NOTE: you must be either an AIR or PRNDI member to apply. But you can find other mentorship opportunities and resources in the links below. Application deadline is July 14th.


Up your editing game with the AIR hive mind

One of AIR’s greatest assets is our collective brain trust—from the knowledge shared on the AIRdaily to the meet-ups hosted to gather regional AIRsters. Our peer-to-peer mentoring program is another way AIR orchestrates this passing of expertise. In this vein, AIR is pleased to announce that we are looking for candidates interested in becoming better editors through our Better Edit FellowshipWe’re pleased to be partnering with PRNDI—the Public Radio News Directors Inc.—on this initiative.

What is The Better Edit Fellowship and how can I apply?   
The demand for good editors in podcasting, public radio, and audio stories outpaces the availability of ready talent. AIR hears this, so we’ve tapped some of the best editors in the business to give focused attention to 12 aspiring editors chosen through a competitive selection process.

If you’re chosen, we’ll match you with an editor. You’ll work for four hours over the course of 90 days to whip your project into shape and upskill your editing. Think of it as an extended story meeting where a great editor gives you insight into how their mind works and into how they help a producer structure a story or project. To read the full details and apply, visit: 

What skills can I expect to touch on during the fellowship?
The Better Edit Fellows will learn how to pull diamonds out of the rough. Your editor-mentor will work with you to identify how to unfurl the pieces and then tie them back up together into something great. You’ll come away from the fellowship ready to apply this understanding of listening for editing and structuring audio stories to yours and others’ work.

Who can apply?
You must be either an AIR or PRNDI member in good standing. As an AIR member, you must also have been in the network for at least six months. Please read more about Fellowship eligibility here. Not a member yet? Learn more about joining AIR here. The strongest candidates are expected to be working on a specific audio project with concrete goals.

@KALW seeks part time Digital Editor, deadline July 10

Reminder! The deadline to apply for KALW's Digital Editor gig is Monday, July 10. Details below.


KALW is looking for a digital editor to manage KALW’s growing digital audience. The editor will be responsible for day-to-day tasks such as website management and social media, as well as long-term projects such as metrics tracking and audience development. You can find out more info about the job posting here: 

Journalism award for collaborative work from @hostwriter, deadline July 31

An award that focuses on collaborative journalism – love it! Details at and below. Go for it!


We are giving out over $5.000 for journalistic pieces and pitches that were done collaboratively, meaning that at least two journalists have to be in the byline. 
Tweet it out!
Journalists worldwide can compete for cash prizes & story funding from @hostwriter! Send in a story or pitch by 7/31
You can find detailed information, FAQs and the online application form here.

If you need some inspiration check out last year's winners on our blog. Thank you so much for your support. We would love to see some applications from your network. – collaborate with journalists worldwide
Apply for the #hostwriterPrize for your collaborative pieces and pitches by July 31st.