.@AIRmedia Winter 2019 Full Spectrum @UnionDocs open for apps, deadline Nov 4

Hey FC! Applications are now open for AIR's Winter 2019 Full Spectrum happening at UnionDocs in NYC, December 9–13. I know all four of these instructors personally and can tell you that you are in VERY good hands. Details below!


We're thrilled to have Chiquita Paschal returning as our Winter 2019 lead instructor. She brings experience from her independent background and past work with Gimlet Media, BuzzFeed, and beyond. Successful applicants will learn from Veralyn Williams (WNYC’s The Stakes), Julia Alsop (indie sound design), Keisha TK Dutes (Hear to Slay), AIR staffers, plus more to come. It's five days in Brooklyn to push indie and station-based producers and podcasters to next-level craft.

Submissions for our 2019 Winter Full Spectrum storytelling intensive close on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 5 pm PT.

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new podcast classes from @writingpadUS begin soon (first one next week!)

Hi all. New podcast classes from Writing Pad start soon. Details below!


Here's a couple great Podcasting Classes starting THIS Tues. 10/22 and Tues. 11/5 at Writing Pad. Take them Online or in Los Angeles and craft your show with an NPR Producer of a prominent podcast–David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts) or Rico Gagliano (NPR, Safe For Work, Zoom, Dinner Party Download). Because of our radio journalism classes, 11 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 snagged freelance producer gigs. Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.




Freelance Podcasting w/ David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts)

Oct 22 (THIS Tuesday, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM)




Want to hear your stories on one of your favorite podcasts? Learn how to sell your stories, identify the right outlets so you can build up some impressive clips, and build a successful freelance radio journalism career. Learn David Weinberg's ((99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts) secret to pitching your segments & you'll hear yourself on the radio before you know it!  David will cover the mechanics of being a professional freelancer: how much to charge, time management, where to pitch your ideas, and how to avoid the rookie mistakes. You’ll get to pitch an idea to David, find out which podcasts or shows to target and how to approach them. Note: it's a LIVE ONLINE 1-Day class so you can take it from anywhere in the world! This is what they look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr4kyqDkSOs


David Weinberg is a Los Angeles based journalist and radio producer. His stories have been featured on 99% Invisible, Radiolab, The World, Love and Radio the BBC. He was a staff reporter at Marketplace and is currently a reporter at KCRW and host of the podcast Welcome to LA and Below The Ten. He has won multiple journalism awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting for "Mr. Fries Man." His story "Grace of the Sea" was named "One of the 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015" by The Atlantic. His print work has been published in The New York Times.





Podcasting 1 w/ Rico Gagliano (NPR, Wondery Podcast, Dinner Party Download)—Starts Tues. 11/5

Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10 (5 Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

LA – East



In this class, Rico teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and learned how to create a recording of your show teaser.


Rico is a print and radio journalist, producer, & host. He currently co-hosts the Wondery podcast "Safe For Work," & is Senior Producer of Focus Features' film history podcast "Zoom." He also serves as a backup host for L.A. NPR public radio giants KPCC-FM & KCRW-FM. In 2008 he co-created and began co-hosting American Public Media's "The Dinner Party Download," which was downloaded 30 million times and aired on nearly 200 public radio stations nationwide. His personality profiles for that show and for KCRW have earned him three Southern California Journalism awards from the L.A. Press Club, along with three National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards. He was a reporter for "Marketplace," his arts and culture writing appears regularly in The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles magazine. He's a great person to work with & can teach you all the industry secrets. 


Marilyn Friedman






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The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing & Podcasting Workshop comes to KCRW, Nov 12

My favorite ladies of radio take their interviewing and podcasting workshop to Los Angeles. Details below!


Hi All,

The Kitchen Sisters are coming to KCRW to present The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop on Tuesday, November 12, 2:00-5:00 pm in the spanking new KCRW Annenberg Performance Studio in Santa Monica. This 3-hour session is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects — radio, podcasts, online stories, oral histories, family histories, news, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

In the Workshop, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva cover interviewing and miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, how to listen (which is harder than it looks) and how to build a narrative. And we talk podcasting. Serious talk about getting your podcast going and giving it a real sound.

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made. Of course, snacks will be served.

Thanks to KCRW for hosting this workshop for the community.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: $160.00

Tickets available through our friends at Eventbrite.

Please pass this announcement along to your Southern California community.

Expand your skills, meet new people, see KCRW, See you there.

The Kitchen Sisters

P.S. Our new podcast just dropped, the latest in our Keepers series — The Kitchen Sisters Present: Lawrence Weschler—Archivist of The Odd, The Marvelous, The Passionate and Slightly Askew

Weschler, author of the new book How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks, leads us into the mind of David Wilson and the Museum of Jurassic Technology and into the making of Bill Morrison’s film, Frozen Time, about the discovery of a cache of thousands of reels of old nitrate films buried in the permafrost in Dawson City, the heart of the Gold Rush in the Klondike. Weschler weaves stories of memory palaces, archives of misery, the early history of museums, obsessed collectors and more.

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SF-based newspaper @SFPublicPress is hiring

TWO SF-based newspaper gigs. Details below!

The San Francisco Public Press is hiring for two positions.

The managing editor is a full-time staff position with health benefits. The graphic designer is a seasonal, contract position. You can find full descriptions here:

• Managing editor: https://sfpr.es/2019-joblisting-editor
• Graphic designer: https://sfpr.es/2019-joblisting-designer

The Public Press is a small newsroom known for punching above its weight, seeking out ambitious, exclusive stories with high social impact. We dive through data and documents to produce local investigative news about City Hall and life in San Francisco. We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit powered by memberships, donations and philanthropic funding — we don’t accept ads — and we’re growing. Find out more at sfpublicpress.org.

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