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Southern Oral History Program Call for Submissions – The Sonic South, deadline March 9, @sohporalhistory

Dig into your archives for this NEW audio competition. Details HERE and below.


The Southern Oral History Program announces their first audio competition, The Sonic South. This year we're focusing on the voices of women from our archive. We're looking for audio and radio producers to dig into our archive to engage with the stories that tend to get stuck in the archive.

Here is a link to the audio competition, along with more information and rules. The deadline is Friday, March 9, 2018. We'll have the top five pieces aired live at a listening event at the Current Theater in Chapel Hill, NC in mid-May.

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KQED Podcast Producers mixer, Jan 19, with @annasale and @glynnwashington

Fun event/mixer for you Bay Area folks. Details below, and happy new year!


KQED is hosting a mixer for podcast producers featuring Anna Sale and Glynn Washington on Friday, January 19 in our atrium. We’re trying to help Bay Area podcast producers better connect with one another in real life.

Here’s the link:

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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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