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@ThirdCoastFest Radio Residency for diverse voices seeks applicants, deadline Jan 5

Hey FC folks – happy almost holidays! I'm writing to tell you about the Third Coast Radio Residency: a unique opportunity for radio and podcast producers from diverse backgrounds to spend a week immersed in work, sonic camaraderie & mentorship, now open for applications thru January 5, 2018!


Here's more info:


The Third Coast Radio Residency is a rare opportunity to take a week away from the craziness of daily life & make progress on an audio story or documentary project. This year’s Radio Residency takes place May 1-6, 2018 at Ragdale, a woodsy artists’ community just outside Chicago. Producers receive their own private living and work space, one-on-one editing sessions from mentor Nishat Kurwa & additional workshops from Third Coast alum Sarah Geis. This week is for the producers to use however they’d like: with plenty of time to work, wander, commune & share expertise. Plus, Residents share (delicious) family dinners. 

Note: this Residency is generously subsidized, and the total cost to each participant will be $210, for six nights (+ all travel).

Read about the alums from our 2017 Radio Residency (alums from both ’16 & ’17 continue to stay in touch & support one another!) 

Producers of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.

And if you'd like to help spread the word, here's a sample tweet:


Call for applications: the 2018 @ThirdCoastFest Radio Residency @Ragdale is seeking producers from diverse backgrounds (& all experience levels) to submit their project proposal by January 5.  Spend a week immersed in audio-making, with support/community:

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GM Opening at KALW San Francisco: rare opportunity for the right person

Great gig available in the Bay Area – a big one!! Spread the word.

KALW's beloved General Manager Matt Martin is leaving and we're looking for the next GM. This is a rare, unique opportunity for the right person! Do you know someone who can lead and grow this scrappy, creative gem in the public radio world? We're open to people inside and outside of public radio; non-profit/business management experience is a must.

Please share widely! Thanks!

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amazing lineup for @UnionDocs Podcast School, Jan 12-14, application deadline Dec 20

Hey FC friends! The folks @UnionDocs want to let you know about the next session of their sought-after workshop, Podcast School. Held on January 12-14th and lead by Megan Tan, this seminar offers mid-level to advanced producers skill sets for creating and navigating their own path in podcasting.

They're encouraging people to sign up now while there’s still space, as this workshop usually sells out fast, especially with their killer line up: Andy Mills (The New York Times), Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time, This American Life), Caitlin Kenny (Gimlet), Sruthi Pinnamaneni (Reply All), and Tobin Low (Nancy, More Perfect)

You can learn more and register at:

And here are some sample Tweets and Facebook posts if you want to help spread the word:


Our friends @UnionDocs are bringing together Andy Mills (The New York Times), Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time, This American Life), Caitlin Kenny (Gimlet), Sruthi Pinnamaneni (Reply All), and Tobin Low (Nancy, More Perfect) for Podcast School! From Jan 12-14th, join lead instructor Megan Tan (Millennial, Radiolab) for this seminar that offers mid-level to advanced producers skill sets to expand their creation and production processes behind podcasting. Early deadline:December 20th

Learn more and register at: 
Are you an experienced audio producer who wants to expand your skill set? Register for PODCAST SCHOOL @UnionDocs w. @meganleetan before it sells out!

Join our friends @UnionDocs for PODCAST SCHOOL 1/12-14! w. @meganleetan ‏@tobinlow ‏@sruthiri +more! Join this in-demand crew+sign up:

Thanks all, and happy Turkey Day!

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latest course offerings from @writingpadUS

Here are the latest offerings from WritingPad – get 15% off classes with the discount code FREELANCE.


Bob is the host and producer of Unfictional on KCRW. Not only is he an amazing teacher with a great ear for story, he is supportive and inspiring.

10 of our students have sold stories to the radio from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. Our most recent student to get on air is Caitlin Biljan with a moving tale about her obsessive search for a high school self-defense tape that contained some strange advice. Listen to it HERE.

In this class you will develop a story using the secret UnFictional guidelines, upcoming themes and record it at KCRW. At the end of class, you get  a professionally recorded clip that you can use to get on Bob's show, This American Life, Moth Main Stage, Snap Judgment and launch your storytelling career.

RADIO STORYTELLING w/ Bob Carlson (Producer, KCRW's Unfictional) 5 Wk

Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, 10, 17 (4 Sun. nights, 1 recording session) 6:00-9:00 p.m, Westwood


Eliza Smith is a producer of Snap Judgment and it’s spinoff, Spooked as well as a radio journalist who has been on multiple NPR shows including the Kitchen Sisters. Not only is she an amazing teacher with a great ear for story, he is really supportive and inspiring! Also, because of our radio storytelling classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to the radio from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. Our most recent student to get on air is Caitlin Biljan with a moving tale about her obsessive search for a high school self-defense tape that contained some strange advice. Listen to it HERE.


In this class, Eliza 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 and field recording techniques. Eliza is even bringing in the head sound person from Snap for one class and for the recording session. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

PODCASTING w/ Eliza Smith (Producer, Snap Judgment)

Nov. 5, 12, Dec. 3, 10, 17 (5 Sun. nights), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., SF

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@AIRmedia’s Full Spectrum Storytelling intensive Dec 11-15, Brooklyn

Hey folks – spread the word!! There's a phenomenal line up of presenters here… Application deadline Oct 10.



AIR is searching for talented storytellers for our Winter 2017 class at AIR’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive with UnionDocs. The upcoming session runs December 11-15, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY.

Over the course of one week, Full Spectrum will expand your definition of what audio can be, while imparting concrete skills to add to your producer tool kit. Multimedia producers Isaac Kestenbaum and Josephine Holtzman of “Frontier of Change” from Localore: Finding America will lead an interdisciplinary group of accomplished specialists to take you on a journey from storytelling to interactive design to composing—and beyond. Our line-up includes instructors from RadioLab, Latino USA, This American Life, The Guardian, WNYC, and Pineapple Street Media.

AIR is looking for producers and story-first technologists from all walks of the media industry and beyond who have demonstrable skills in digital sound gathering, editing and mixing and are dedicated to pushing the boundaries to make great audio.

Learn more and apply here. Applications close at 5pm P.T. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

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three random opportunities from @apmreports, @shareable, and @panoply

Hello all. Three random offerings here – details and links below.
Cheers, Mia

APM Reports, the documentary and investigative arm of American Public Media is hiring for its 9 month fellowship program for early career radio producers. The fellow will mostly be working with APM Reports' education documentary and podcast team but with some opportunity to work on other projects as well.
Shareable is looking for a temporary, contract social media manager. The position details can be seen here: 

And finally – not freelance and not even really a media gig, BUT, my own company is hiring an administrative assistant. Pass along to your podcast loving people with great organizational/administrative skills. I can guarantee it's a very fun place to work and I'm happy to answer any questions.
Have a lovely day!

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2017 CA Documentary Project Funding Opportunity, deadline Nov 1

Hey folks. First – sorry about that extra post yesterday. I had a mailchimp hiccup. Second, see below for the latest call for submissions from California Humanities. They fund a lot of great indie projects. Go for it!
Happy weekend,



Grants for film, audio and interactive documentaries

Deadline: November 1, 2017


California Humanities is pleased to announce the 2017 deadline for the California Documentary Project (CDP), a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective, be suitable for California and national audiences, and seek to reach, inform and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and more. California residency is not a requirement for eligibility.


Funding is available in two categories:


·        Research & Development Grants up to $10,000

·        Production Grants up to $50,000


For more information on grant guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously supported projects, please visit the California Documentary Project grants page.


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Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, deadline Sept 30

Come do a fellowship up in my neck of the woods! Interestingly, the mentor for this year's fellowship happens to be the subject of this episode of one of my gigs, Revisionist History.

Logan Nonfiction fellows at the Carey Institute are provided all the necessary tools to complete their critical work. Lodging, work space, sophisticated technological support (including Wi-Fi, a state-of-the-art screening room and dedicated space, equipment and software for video, film and radio editing) and meals are provided. Fellows may also benefit from the mentorship of Tim Weiner, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning writer, as well as Carey Institute Vice-Chair Josh Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

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IRP group reporting trip to Senegal, application deadline Sept 24

Applications open for IRP reporting trip to Senegal. Details below.




Photo by IRP deputy director Glendora Meikle.

Apply today for IRP group trip to Senegal

The International Reporting Project is now accepting applications for a group reporting trip focusing on gender, development and civil society issues in Senegal from November 10-20, 2017.

Senegal, one of Africa’s most prosperous and democratic countries, has enjoyed an economic boom since the late 1990s, primarily reliant on agriculture. Political stability, religious tolerance and rich culture bind together the country's 15 million citizens, though large segments of the population lack equal access to economic, health and educational resources. Its capital, Dakar, is the western-most point of the African continent, and standards of living vary greatly between the coast and the rural inland communities.

In this context, IRP fellows to Senegal will explore issues that tend to affect women and men differently, including education, infrastructure, agriculture and health. We will especially focus on areas of inequity and the advancement of women’s rights.

Fellows on the 10-day reporting trip will look at these issues and many more in Senegal, and possibly spend a few days in neighboring Gambia. We will meet with key government leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations, members of the education and health communities, religious and media leaders, and others.

How to Apply

This trip is open to experienced, full-time journalists and media professionals, including print and online journalists, writers, photographers, videographers, data journalists, social media
producers and others. This trip is not open to students. Citizens of all countries are eligible.

All candidates must complete an application form, including a detailed essay of at least 800 words describing the types of stories they might pursue in Senegal and which outlets may publish their work.

This is a working trip, and participants are expected to produce stories and/or other reported content in the form articles, slideshows, video, audio, blog posts, infographics, social media posts and more.

More Details

The IRP will purchase the fellows’ round-trip air tickets to Senegal and will pay for visas, hotel costs, local transportation and most meals. Fellows who wish to extend their stay after the fellowship will have the option to arrange that at their own expense.

All fellows on the trip are required to participate in the sessions arranged for the group program. Much of the value of a group reporting trip comes from a combination of IRP-arranged meetings and the interactions the fellows have with each other. Some independent reporting time will be included in the schedule. However, if you prefer to have more flexibility in your reporting schedule, we strongly encourage you to extend your trip or to apply for our individual reporting fellowships instead.

All stories produced by the fellows will be re-posted on the IRP site after publication and co-owned by the fellow (or his/her distribution partners, depending on arrangements) and the IRP. In addition, the work produced as a result of the trip may be posted on the social media channels of the IRP funders. This trip is supported by a grant from the Foundation for a Just Society (FJS).

Read our frequently asked questions and apply for the trip by 11:59PM (EST) on Sunday, September 24, 2017!


Check out our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more stories, photos, opportunities and updates!

About the International Reporting Project (IRP)

IRP was created in 1998, making it a pioneer in the nonprofit journalism movement that seeks to fill the gap left by much of the mainstream media's reduction of international news. The program has provided opportunities to more than 630 journalists to report from more than 110 countries and produce award-winning stories. In 2016, IRP moved its headquarters to New America, a nonpartisan research institution with offices in Washington, DC, New York, and California.

About New America

New America is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. Our hallmarks are big ideas, pragmatic policy solutions, technological innovation, and creative engagement with broad audiences. Read the rest of our story, or see what we've been doing recently in our latest Annual Report.

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MacDowell Colony seeks applicants for long-form Journalism Residencies, deadline Sept 15


MacDowell is seeking applications from writers working on long-form journalism projects to apply for a Winter Spring 2018 residency. Journalists should submit an application under our literature – nonfiction category and list the Art of Journalism as how they learned about MacDowell.

The application deadline is this Friday, September 15th.

The MacDowell Colony provides time and space for artists to work on creative projects. MacDowell has expanded its support for journalists by providing additional residencies and project funding of up to $2,500 in addition to financial aid for accepted artists engaged in long-form journalism projects. Since launching this initiative in 2015, we have provided residencies to more than 30 journalists, including Mario Kaiser, Alia Malek, Jessica Stern, Andrea Elliott, Jen Percy, and Shane Bauer. We've also awarded $13,872  in project funding thanks to a generous grant from the Calderwood Charitable Foundation.

MacDowell's Art of Journalism initiative is advancing our legacy of supporting some of the finest voices in non-fiction, from the essays of James Baldwin to Frances Fitzgerald's investigations into the Vietnam War. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity by forwarding this email or sharing this link:

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