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Apply for the Signal to Noise Award from @UnionDocs, deadline June 28

From the fine folks at UnionDocs:
We’re excited to announce a new audio grant we are co-presenting with Gilded Audio! Celebrating creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design, The Signal to Noise Award will support one applicant in pursuing their project or series.
Due on June 28th and open to all styles of production, the award includes: $5000 for production, plus production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design, editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs, and a celebratory event at the UnionDocs space in Brooklyn.
You can check out more details + apply here:
If you know anyone who is interested, feel free to pass this opportunity along! I have included sample promotional materials below.
Looking forward to receiving your application!
Abby Lord
Programs Assistant
Attention all audio makers! UnionDocs and Gilded Audio are pleased to announce The Signal to Noise Award, celebrating creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design. The winning applicant will receive a $5000 production grant to pursue their project or series, plus production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design, editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs and a celebratory event at the UnionDocs space in Brooklyn.
Applications are due 6/28! You can find more information + apply here:
Audio makers! @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio have announced The Signal to Noise Award to give your project the chance to come to life! Apps are due 6/28:
Do you have an audio project that combines doc + experimental sound design? Apply to @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio’s Signal to Noise Award for the chance to get your project funded. Due 6/28!

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call for pitches – AfroQueer Podcast

From one of our members!

Call for Pitches – AfroQueer Podcast
Hi All – We are looking for stories about queer Africans on the continent and in the diaspora loving, living, thriving and surviving. (Right now we are particularly looking for love stories) Think narrative driven, surprising, even investigative. If you're an experienced radio reporter – great! If not we can also work with you to help you report the story. We pay standard freelance rates published on the Association of Independents in Radio website. If you have a pitch or questions please email producer Maeve –

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the latest podcast courses from @WritingPadUS

Hey all. Happy spring! See below for the latest offerings from Writing Pad. As always , the special freelance café discount FREELANCE (15% off) is in full effect.



Take a Podcasting Class at Writing Pad in San Francisco or Los Angeles and craft your show with an NPR Producer of a prominent podcast ( with Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short), There Goes The Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to the radio from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. Use the coupon code FREELANCE for 15% off.



Catherine Girardeau is currently a Senior Producer with, producing a podcast with author/journalist Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short) about fairness and the people who try to enforce it. She's also worked with, the Stanford Storytelling Project, APM's Marketplace, KALW, and PRI's The World.

In this class, Catherine 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. 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/ Catherine Girardeau (Senior Producer

Jun 20, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 18, Jul 25 (5 Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)



Anna Scott is a reporter and producer for KCRW, focused on housing. She works on Press Play with Madeleine Brand and reported for KCRW's podcast There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. Before that, she produced Warren Olney's news programs To the Point and Which Way, LA?

In this class, Anna 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. 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/ Anna Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)

Jul 21, Jul 28, Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 25 (5 Saturdays, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM)

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applications open for the 2018 New Voices Scholarship to attend @ThirdCoastFest, deadline May 31

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Are you the New Voice we're looking for?

Applications are now open for the next class of producers, journalists, and storymakers to join AIR at the 2018 Third Coast Conference in Chicago, October 4-6, 2018.

Every year, New Voices scholars bring diverse ideas, insights, and experiences from across America to challenge how public media is conceptualized, produced, and delivered. AIR’s commitment to cultivating vibrant talent in the industry has led to a far-reaching—and still growing—network of 175 New Voices alumni. Now's your time to join them.

We seek: Daring makers from all corners of the country, especially individuals from underrepresented communities and groups.

If chosen, you receive: A travel stipend up to $1,500 to attend the 2018 Third Coast Conference, a complimentary one-year AIR membership, and special opportunities and support at the conference.

Apply now, or send this message along to rising story-makers on a mission to change the face of public media.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 31, 2018, at midnight PT.

Please note: You do not have to be an AIR producer to apply.

Applications must be completed by midnight PT. Submissions in progress at that time will not be saved and cannot be considered. You may read through the New Voices FAQ here before completing the application.

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Break boundaries, make stories with @AIRmedia’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive @UnionDocs, app deadline 4/27


We at AIR are searching for talented storytellers for our Summer 2018 class at AIR’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive with UnionDocs.

Over the course of one week, Full Spectrum will expand your definition of what multimedia can be, while imparting concrete skills to add to your producer tool kit. Lead producer Emanuele Berry from Gimlet Media 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, The New York Times, This American Life, WNYC, and more.

We are 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 storytelling media.

Ready to break that barrier? Learn more and apply here. Applications close at 5pm PT on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The AIR Team


Ngoc-Tran Vu
Program Director
P.O. Box 220400
Boston, MA  02122
Looking for Talent? Check out AIR's Talent Directory!

Help AIR grow talent.

We’re hiring! Our new Story & Talent Curator (STC) will connect mission-focused producers across America to editors and talent seekers.

Find out more about the position and our other openings: Engagement Strategist (ES) + Content Director (CD).

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.@KALW now accepting applications for their FREE Audio Academy 9-month training program

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Application deadline: May 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT.

KALW is calling for applicants for our nine-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production and journalism education, tuition-free. 

Participants are asked to make a 20 hour a week commitment to the program from September 2018 to June 2019, including one eight-hour shift per week at our studios. Participants will also be required to attend a Wednesday evening class from 6:30-9pm weekly from September-December, and then occur once per month through the end of the program in June.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers, or budding audio engineers, with a passion for covering diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area. Some experience with audio production and/or journalism is preferred. Slick dance moves appreciated, but not required. This is an unpaid fellowship opportunity. 

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.

For more information, including how to apply:

Application deadline: May 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT.

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.

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Producer Job at @Making_Contact, location flexible, job open until filled (ideally end of April)

Part time producer job at Making Contact. Details below! NOTE – they regularly accept freelance pitches and while they prefer the producer be located in the Bay Area, they are open to other options. Focus on community storytelling. These are good folks!



Please spread the word about this job opening:


FT  32 hrs/ 80%  based in Oakland/Bay Area –Remote work possible for right person

Pay is $48,000 a year, as 80% of $60,000.

Do you love to produce and edit audio, to highlight voices and stories of progressive social change, justice and liberation? Are you interested in doing your own reporting, as well as working with freelancers or curating existing audio material and podcasts? Would you like to team-up with Making Contact producers, freelancers or community members to create radio stories that have impact?  If so, apply to join our core team of producers. Tell us what you’ve done, what you know and how you want to grow.

Making Contact, seeks a radio and podcast producer with a passion for what non-commercial public media could be. We amplify the voices of community members who are seeking solutions and taking collective action. We skill-share with our community storytelling fellows whose stories show “the personal is political,” and is about power. We cover issues of racial,economic, gender, environmental and social justice– globally and locally.

We seek an energetic, passionate, well-organized team-player. The candidate should understand the craft of long-format feature radio production and the art of a good in-depth interview. Strong audio editing and sound mixing skills preferred.

The main role of producer is to produce and mix editions of Making Contact.

Approx. 80% of their time is spent producing episodes of Making Contact and managing multiple projects, 20% of their time is dedicated to communicating and strategizing with organization staff regarding online distribution/audience engagement, marketing, and fundraising/development. You will be responsible for 10 episodes a year, four enterprised episodes and six simpler ones. This position reports to Making Contact’s executive director.

We are looking for someone who is highly productive and enjoys contributing to many facets of community journalism including fostering collaborations with other media outlets and community groups, helping to experiment with our digital delivery methods and podcasts, and engaging our listeners. Great post for someone who’s as adept at managing their own time and projects — and asking for help when they need it. Our work is not a solo sprint but a relay race to put out great episodes each week.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Produce original radio content and adapt others’ work

Edit and mix segments and shows

  • Apply journalistic standards of fairness, accuracy, due diligence in reporting and fact-checking

  • Invite input from community members to help identify topics and conceptualize pieces that inform, inspire, and move people to take action

  • Upload the radio show/podcast

  • Review pitches, commission, manage and edit freelancers’ work

  • Meet with the production team once a week, and the whole team 2 to 3 times a month to discuss editorial plans and strategize about organizational initiatives

  • Participate in show review/evaluation, and work-in-progress listening sessions

Producers rotate the roles of reviewing pitches and planning and facilitating of weekly production meetings and updating our Podio project management system. Key job performance metrics are quality of your 10 shows, and communications and teamwork.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Writing and script editing skills

  • Audio editing and multitrack sound-mixing skills

  • Track record of delivering pieces on deadline

  • Experience managing, coaching and editing freelance reporters is a plus

  • Strong voice-craft skills and experience

  • Track record of journalistic work; dedicated to fairness, accuracy and fact-checking

  • Ability to read and synthesize research

  • Familiarity with key issues of our times and timeless issues

  • Highly organized and communicative

  • Commitment to building Making Contact as a whole, and participating in a team process

  • Ability to work on collaborative productions and promotions with other media and groups

  • Enthusiastic about participating in fundraising and audience engagement

Tell us about any additional skills such as:

  • Multimedia experience: video, photography, radio-plus-print packages

  • Experience with online distribution methods and audience engagement

  • Experience working with social movements and community groups

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit

  • Energetic and able to think on your feet

  • Sense of humor

  • Can work well under pressure/deadlines

Making Contact is an affirmative action employer. We actively recruit applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, and disabled people.

Position open until filled. Aiming for start date in late April. Job location is flexible, but Oakland/Bay Area is preferred. {freelance story pitches accepted ongoingly}

Please email resume, cover letter, writing sample (radio script preferred) and links to several radio work samples to


More info

Our podcasts are a blend of evocative storytelling with analysis, and explore the power and relationships between individuals, groups and systems. Our weekly radio programs alternate between storytelling and hot speeches or unique film adaptations. We’re looking for someone committed to our greater social justice mission and who wants to strengthen Making Contact's non-profit organization as a whole.

Our high quality public-affairs and documentary radio programs are broadcast on 141 radio stations in the U.S., Canada, and Australia; thousands more listen via our website and podcasts. Our award-winning work has repeatedly been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, among others.

Making Contact has produced a nationally broadcast, weekly radio series for over 20 years; its form and content continue to evolve — and that’s where you come in!

Lisa Rudman, Executive Director, Making Contact 

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@Spotify’s Sound Up Bootcamp, FREE podcast training for #WOC, application deadline April 10


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    • Women of color have been breaking ground in podcasting well ahead of the latest boom. But there's plenty more to be done — a recent study showed that only 22 percent of podcasts are hosted by women, and the number’s even smaller when it comes to women of color. To move towards equity for women of color in podcasting, Spotify is launching the Sound Up Bootcamp, a weeklong intensive program for aspiring female podcasters of color. Over the course of five days in New York City, ten hand-selected attendees will learn about the art of podcast creation, from initial ideation to editing, producing, and marketing from experts in the field. On the final day, attendees will have the chance to pitch their podcast ideas to a panel of experts and professionals — and the top three pitches will have the pilot process funded, up to $10,000. All expenses for the week will be paid by Spotify.

      Training for the week will be led by radio and podcast veterans Rekha Murthy and Graham Griffith. Rekha and Graham have spent decades working with the industry's top shows, and smaller ones too. They are passionate about raising up new voices, and helping podcasts reach new, big, and devoted audiences.
      When and where: June 25-29, 2018, at Spotify’s New York City offices.
      Who’s eligible: Anyone who self-identifies as a woman of color, is passionate about podcasting, and has a great idea. No prior experience is required — we’re looking for the best ideas. Attendees are required to attend all five full days of programming, as well as after-hours events on MondayWednesday, and Friday (including mixers and dinners). Please note, programming will be targeted towards first-time and amateur podcasters. Applicants are also required to apply as individuals, rather than as shows / groups, and are required to be residents of the US. 
      What does it cost: The program is free. 
      What does it include: Five days of workshops, panels, and activities around podcasting, led by experts and professionals. Travel to New York City, six nights of hotel, and breakfast and lunch each day are included. 
      When are applications due? By 11:59pm EST on April 10, 2018

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NEW SUMMER WORKSHOPS: Oral History Summer School 2018 in Hudson New York, May and June

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Oral History Summer School is offering two new workshops in Upstate New York (Hudson), this spring/summer.

Experimental Ethnographies: Oral History Remixed (May 15-24, 2018)
Instructors: Suzanne Snider (Oral History Summer School), Todd Shalom (Elastic City), Michael Garofalo (Storycorps), LJ Amsterdam (Ruckus Society)

Oral History Intensive + Oral History & Care (June 18-29, 2018)
Instructurs: Suzanne Snider (Oral History Summer School), Ry Garcia-Sampson (Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University), Daniel Cogan (NP, Aspire Health)

Additional workshop details and application forms can be found, here


Oral History Summer School
is a cross-disciplinary program in Hudson, New York that offers training in oral history methodologies and documentary approaches. We host foundational workshops as well as advanced training on focused topics such as memory loss, mixed ability interviewing, song collection, family history, and trauma narratives/testimony.

*Because summer is a busy season, upstate, OHSS has reserved a number of housing options well below market rate; early applicants will have widest range of affordable options.


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Suzanne Snider
Founder/Director, Oral History Summer School

t: @OH_SummerSchool

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KALW Summer Radio Journalism Program, deadline March 15

Hey folks! You want to know how to break into audio/podcast? This is a great option. KALW just announced their upcoming summer radio journalism program. Gain hands-on experience at a local NPR radio station in the gorgeous and amazing Bay Area. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT. More info and the link to apply is below. Go for it!


KALW is calling for applicants for our four-month summer radio journalism program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for reporting on diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area. Experience with audio production and/or journalism is highly preferred.

We’re looking for:

  • Computer literacy, especially with Macs and Google Docs
  • Experience with digital audio editing, print/audio/tv/video journalism, radio or audio production.
  • Self-starters who can work independently and also enjoy collaboration
  • Ability to commit to one regularly-scheduled work day (Mon-Thurs) at KALW’s studios, in addition to reporting time outside of those hours
  • Slick dance moves appreciated, but not required

You will be:

  • Pitching, reporting, and producing original feature stories for broadcast and online distribution
  • Interviewing potential guests/sources
  • Researching topics
  • Fact-checking
  • Building skills in story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design
  • Helping with administrative and production duties

The program will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom, located in San Francisco's Portola district. You’ll be an integral part of the production of our daily news magazine show, Crosscurrents.

Participants will be asked to make a four-month commitment from end of May to beg. of September 2018, minimum 16 hours per week (at least one regularly scheduled eight-hour shift at our studios and another eight hours working in the field). If you’re not able to commit to the entire four months, or the 16 hours, some exceptions may be possible — please explain more in your application. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.  

More information and the link to apply is here:

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