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Two positions at KALW: Development Director and Executive Producer

See below for two job postings at KALW – a fab station in the Bay Area. Help spread the word!
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We’re looking for a development director for KALW and an executive producer for our daily public affairs show, Your Call.
Seeking energetic people who can bring news ideas and lead their teams through exciting transitions. Please send to your networks (Bay Area and beyond) and post these links widely! 
Many thanks,
Tina
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Tina Pamintuan
General Manager
91.7 KALW, San Francisco
415-841-4121 x3003
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Blue Ridge Public Radio seeks Director of Content

More gigs! Blue Ridge Public Radio in lovely Asheville, NC is seeking a director of content. Details below.
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https://www.cpb.org/jobline/blue-ridge-public-radio/director-content

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.@KALW’s Your Call seeks executive producer

Hello FC – happy summer! Just passing along that KALW in San Francisco is seeking an Executive Producer for their show – Your Call. Info in this link and pasted below. https://www.kalw.org/post/kalws-your-call-seeks-executive-producer

Cheers,
Mia

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Your Call is a syndicated listener participation program broadcast weekdays from 10-11am PT on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco. Our aim is to engage with listeners in conversations about current events, politics, arts and the media, with a focus on the ways people can get involved, make change, and build community. We strive to be welcoming, curious, skeptical, and solutions-oriented. You can learn more at our website, www.yourcallradio.org.

Questions we’ve addressed recently include:

*What’s being done to address inhumane conditions in detention centers?

*How are sex trafficking survivors supporting each other and healing?

*How are moms across the country taking on the powerful gun lobby?

*What will it take to hold religious leaders accountable for clergy abuse?

*What is life like in Iraq, 16 years after the US invasion?

*Canada acknowledges genocide against MMIW. What’s next?

*How should California tackle its child poverty crisis?

*What’s being done to save the bees?

Every Friday, we host the popular media roundtable, which brings together journalists from the mainstream, alternative, and international press to critique the week's news coverage. And for the past year, we’ve broadcast our One Planet series, which explores the interconnected crises facing humanity and the planet we share. 

KALW was the first FM station west of the Mississippi, one of the first NPR affiliates, and the first public broadcaster to bring BBC programming to the San Francisco Bay Area, the nation’s 5th largest media market.  

WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO:

*Is a self-starter who brings ideas on how to develop funding streams for the program through underwriting, dedicated foundation fundraising, and listener/ membership engagement.

*Understands how to take a well-established program to the next level by assessing the program’s strengths and challenges, surveying the existing radio/audio market and increasing listener reach and engagement.

*Is immersed in news and current affairs and has new ideas about facilitating dialogue and bringing listeners into conversations that matter.

*Has excellent writing, editing and fact-checking skills, as well as sound editorial judgment.

*Maintains high standards for all written materials, especially show and web copy.

*Can handle daily deadlines and the pressures of live radio.

*Works well independently, on a small team, and enjoys creative collaboration.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

*Successfully manages a small team and annual budget with clarity and creativity.

*In consultation with development director and general manager, sets direction for a strategic fundraising plan for Your Call.

*Works with the host and senior producer to syndicate Monday’s One Planet series and Friday’s Media Roundtable.

*With host, runs weekly editorial and production meetings.

*Produces two shows per week: Schedule, pre-interview, and prepare guests for the broadcast; provide preparatory and research materials for the host; write script intro and questions, next day promos, and the show posting (description, headline, and links) for the website; work with social media producer to raise awareness about each show.

*Oversee the broadcast in-studio 2 days a week: Screen phone calls, direct engineers, and communicate with host.

*Track potential guests coming to town, order books, and reach out to publicists.

*Come up with creative ideas to promote the show, the Your Call podcast, and grow our social media presence.

*Set up the studio for our guests and enable our Facebook live broadcast.

EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

*Three+ years radio experience in news and/or public affairs programming.

*News reporting experience preferred.

*Fundamentals of digital audio editing.

*Experience with show syndication; planning and implementation of social media strategy in coordination with producers and host. 

*Experience identifying and researching possible funders and underwriters for journalistic projects, track record of successful grant writing. 

*Demonstrated ability to manage a small, highly motivated team under tight deadlines. 

START DATE: Immediate

PAY & BENEFITS: Independent contractor. Compensation commensurate with experience, in the market range for comparable positions in public radio.

PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS BY JULY 31, 2019:

*Resume, including your e-mail address.

*A short personal statement about what you’d bring to Your Call and KALW. What creative ideas do you have for reaching new audiences and fundraising streams for Your Call?

*Three examples of your radio/audio work: Shows or podcasts you have hosted or produced, reporting, and/or promos you have scripted or produced.  (Share as MP3, CD, or online link)

*Three examples of your writing.  Can include radio scripts.

*Three professional references.

All application materials must be RECEIVED by close of business on July 31st.

Please submit all materials to:

ATTN: Tina Pamintuan/General Manager

KALW-FM

500 Mansell Street

San Francisco, CA 94134

OR

tina@kalw.org

KALW and the San Francisco Unified School District is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. KALW/SFUSD does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Current seeks freelance writers

Did you know? Current takes pitches from freelance writers! Details in this link and pasted below:
https://current.org/writing-for-current/

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Who reads Current?

Current’s primary audience is made up of people who work at public radio and television stations, networks and production companies. 

Our readers typically expect more details and context in coverage of public media than what other publications usually provide. They also expect reporting that takes them behind the scenes to explore developments that affect their work and helps them understand the thinking behind decisions that shape programs, policies and special initiatives.  

We aim to provide public media professionals with valuable insights and information that helps them and their institutions reach new levels of success.

Submissions from freelance journalists

We are particularly interested in these kinds of stories:

If you’d like to explore our website to get a sense of what we usually cover and review all the reporting shared as links above, we can grant temporary access behind our paywall.

Submit your pitch to pitch@current.org

Submissions from public media professionals

Current frequently publishes contributions from people working in public media. We are especially interested in:

We don’t pay public media professionals for submissions unless the piece requires unusual levels of research, travel and/or gathering of data. Commentaries that are too self-promotional — written to market a show or service to public media — will not be accepted. It’s okay to describe your successes, but be sure to explain the challenges, setbacks or learning process that informed your approach.  

If marketing and promotion are what you’re after, consider placing advertising in Current, including sponsored content.

Send your pitches or completed drafts to pitch@current.org.

Rewind

Rewind, our series about the history of public media, specializes in essays illuminating people, institutions and milestones in public broadcasting history that still resonate today. Many of our Rewind pieces are derived from research and writing projects undertaken by scholars in media history. Submit ideas, excerpts and completed drafts to series co-editor Mike Janssen at mike@current.org.

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Job postings from @KALW’s The Spiritual Edge

Gigs available at KALW – a fab station!
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KALW's award-winning reporting project The Spiritual Edge is seeking an experienced editor(s) for three exciting projects. Email judysilber@gmail.com for more information.
The three positions are the following:
1. KALW Public Radio seeks an experienced part-time audio editor to work on an exciting project that will profile leading human rights activists around the globe.

KALW’s The Spiritual Edge is partnering with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture to produce 18 audio stories about “Spiritual Exemplars” around the world. Spiritual Exemplars are defined as extraordinary people working on humanitarian causes, such as poverty and human rights, who are inspired and sustained by their spiritual beliefs and practices. We imagine that these will be sound-rich, strong human-interest stories of 8-20 minute in length, produced in a variety of audio styles. Final products will air on KALW and will also be put together as a podcast series.


We just finished selection of a small group of seasoned and talented journalists and are now seeking an editor to help guide the reporting, edit scripts and mixes, and help design the overall sound and feel. The ideal candidate will have past professional editing experience, is a creative thinker, works well collaboratively and is interested in telling nuanced stories about religion that neither vilify nor exalt. International reporting or editing experience is a plus. Bay Area residence is preferred. Second best would be within the Pacific standard time zone. And if you’re really good, and are located elsewhere, we still want to hear from you.

This is a part-time position that will pay $36,000 to edit 18 in-depth feature stories over the next two-plus years, and up to 10 additional short, non-narrated, StoryCorps-like pieces. Other than reporters, with whom you’ll work from pitch to completion,  you will be working with KALW sound engineers and the executive editor of The Spiritual Edge. We anticipate a rigorous editing process, including group edits, to ensure stories of the highest quality.

KALW is a chill, fun, creative working environment where audio journalists are encouraged to experiment and grow. Women and POC encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 23. Please include a resume and cover letter that tells us why this project appeals to you and why you think you’re qualified. Please also include clips that you’ve edited and a note about how you contributed to the final product. Send to thespiritualedgeradio@gmail.com.


2. KALW Public Radio seeks a part-time editor to become part of a team working on an eight-part broadcast/podcast series about a Native American tribe in Northern California.


The project is complex and ambitious in the ground it hopes to cover. The tribe is fighting to save its sacred sites. In addition, the series will wrestle with how the state and federal government approach water resources, land ownership, and recognition of tribes and their religious rights.

Our ideal editor has great storytelling skills and journalism chops to help guide two reporters as they do original reporting. The reporting will cover questions about the tribe’s loss of land, the reasons for its non-federally recognized status and a water district pushing policies that would irreversibly harm sacred sites. Once the reporting is done, the editor will be expected to work with the journalists on structure, script writing and sound design.

We’re looking for someone with previous professional editing experience. S/he has edited complex subjects that involve cultural sensitivity and has experience working with the Native American community. The candidate enjoys getting creative when it comes to sound. Bay Area residence is preferred. Second best would be within the Pacific standard time zone. And if you’re really good, and are located elsewhere, we still want to hear from you.


Total compensation is $24,000. We anticipate doing regular check-ins with the editor through about October, which is when we plan to start writing scripts and when the work of the editor will become more intense. Release of the podcast is planned for early 2020.  


KALW is a chill, fun, creative working environment where audio journalists are encouraged to experiment and grow. Women and POC encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30. Please include a resume and cover letter that tells us why this project appeals to you and why you think you’re qualified. Please also include clips that you’ve edited and a note about how you contributed to the final product. Send to thespiritualedgeradio@gmail.com.


3. KALW Public Radio seeks a part-time editor to become part of a team working on a seven-part broadcast/podcast series about Muslim converts in the United States.

The series is part of KALW’s reporting project The Spiritual Edge which began airing stories in 2014. We’re launching a podcast in which we’re using religion as a tool to tell complex stories and go deep into one of the fastest growing religions in the world.

Our ideal editor has great storytelling skills and journalism chops to help guide an experienced KALW reporter and one-two freelancers as they do this original reporting. The series about Muslim Converts will center around personal stories, but also investigate trends such as the religious dilemmas faced by many American women converts, the Black Muslim movement and online radicalization.

We’re looking for someone with previous professional editing experience. S/he has edited subjects with cultural sensitivity and ideally knows something about the Muslim community. The candidate enjoys getting creative when it comes to sound. Bay Area residence is preferred. Second best would be within the Pacific standard time zone. And if you’re really good, and are located elsewhere, we still want to hear from you.

Total compensation is $24,000. We anticipate that the total length of the project will be about a year. This will include regular check-ins followed by bursts of more intense activity as stories are being scripted and edited. Release of the podcast is planned for spring of 2020.


KALW is a chill, fun, creative working environment where audio journalists are encouraged to experiment and grow. Women and POC encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30. Please include a resume and cover letter that tells us why this project appeals to you and why you think you’re qualified. Please also include clips that you’ve edited and a note about how you contributed to the final product. Send to thespiritualedgeradio@gmail.com.


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two jobs available at San Francisco Public Press

Bay area gigs! Details below.
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https://sfpublicpress.org/blog/2019-04/san-francisco-public-press-seeks-radio-host-reporter
https://sfpublicpress.org/blog/2019-04/san-francisco-public-press-seeks-radio-producer

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San Francisco Public Press Seeks Radio Host / Reporter

The San Francisco Public Press is a nonprofit news organization that provides independent analysis of government and other powerful interests through in-depth investigative reports published online and in a quarterly print edition. We cover politics, housing, education, environment, labor, economics, immigration, health, public safety and a range of other topics. You can learn more at our website, sfpublicpress.org. We are expanding the scope of our work with more frequent, detailed coverage of local government by adding podcasts and terrestrial radio broadcasts via a new independent radio station.

We are seeking an experienced radio / print journalist to host a daily audio program and post news articles focused on San Francisco City Hall. The radio program will consist of one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions about timely topics with elected officials, city employees, subject-matter experts and community members who care about important local issues. Segments will audio and video stream online and go live on KSFP, a low-power FM radio station that begins broadcasting on 102.5 FM in San Francisco this summer. Segments may also run on local and regional partner public radio stations.

The show will guide listeners through the daily news of local government and provide context and depth for complex, evolving policy stories, well before they’re placed on a ballot or presented publicly by agencies. The show also will tackle civic education topics. Our goal is ambitious: To create the essential audio news source about the inner-workings of one of the world’s great cities. And you will have a role in collaborating to build an audio news product from scratch, and continuing to refine it based on responses from listeners and the community.

WE’RE SEEKING A RADIO / PRINT JOURNALIST WHO

* Is a news hound, with an insatiable appetite for and familiarity with local current affairs.
* Has experience and fluency in sparking open and in-depth conversation and dialogue.
* Can be welcoming while maintaining a critical distance from sources who may opine on controversial topics.
* Knows how local government works and who the key players are.
* Maintains high editorial standards and sound news judgment.
* Can work independently and can collaborate with others in a small team.
* Demonstrates excellent writing, editing, and fact-checking skills and can work on short deadlines.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

* Hosting a daily show featuring live on-air interviews, with introductory scripts based on research.
* Generating guest lists and show ideas, and pre-recording interviews when necessary.
* Reporting on local policy issues when news breaks and coordinating with senior editor on web and print stories.
* Working with a producer to refine, post and promote podcast segments and Facebook Live broadcast.
* Collaborating with Public Press editorial staff to facilitate in-depth reporting projects.
* Assisting with social media, community engagement and live events.
* Making occasional public appearances consisting of interviews and panel moderation.

EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

* Three+ years radio experience in news reporting and public affairs programming.
* Mastery of, and comfort with, on-air live interviewing techniques.
* Advanced digital audio editing skills.
* Familiarity with crafting social media posts.

PAY & BENEFITS

* Full-time compensation commensurate with experience, in the market range for comparable positions in nonprofit local independent news.
* Health insurance and flexible spending plan.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

* Resume, including your e-mail address and phone number.
* A thoughtful cover letter about what you’d bring to the Public Press and its radio startup, KSFP. We want to hear your ideas for making civic policy into relevant, engaging audio. How would you create distinctive local news content that connects with listeners? Do you have experience in entrepreneurial journalism, program creation and audience development? Can you thrive in a small-team environment? What stories are under-reported in the city? What voices have been excluded from the airwaves?
* Three examples of your radio/audio/print work: Shows or podcasts you have hosted or produced, reporting, and/or promos you have scripted or produced.
* Three examples of your writing. Can include radio scripts.
* Three professional references.

All application materials must be RECEIVED by close of business on Friday, April 12.

Please submit all materials to:

ATTN: Michael Stoll, Executive Director
San Francisco Public Press
44 Page St., Suite 504
San Francisco, CA 94102

OR

jobs <at> sfpublicpress <dot> org

The San Francisco Public Press is committed to diversity and seeks to reflect the cultural richness of the Bay Area in its editorial content production, community engagement and work environment. The Public Press encourages and actively recruits applicants representing a broad diversity of backgrounds including but not limited to age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.

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San Francisco Public Press Seeks Radio Producer

The San Francisco Public Press is a nonprofit news organization that provides independent analysis of government and other powerful interests through in-depth investigative reports published online and in a quarterly print edition. We cover politics, housing, education, environment, labor, economics, immigration, health, public safety and a range of other topics. You can learn more at our website, sfpublicpress.org. We are expanding the scope of our work with more frequent, detailed coverage of local government by adding podcasts and terrestrial radio broadcasts via a new independent radio station.

We are seeking an experienced radio producer to develop, record and distribute a daily audio program focused on San Francisco City Hall. The radio program will consist of one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions about timely topics with elected officials, city employees, subject-matter experts and community members who care about important local issues. Segments will audio and video stream online and go live on KSFP, a low-power FM radio station that begins broadcasting on 102.5 FM in San Francisco this summer. Segments may also run on local and regional partner public radio stations.

The show will guide listeners through the daily news of local government and provide context and depth for complex, evolving policy stories, well before they’re placed on a ballot or presented publicly by agencies. The show also will tackle civic education topics. Our goal is ambitious: To create the essential audio news source about the inner-workings of one of the world’s great cities. And you will have a role in collaborating to build an audio news product from scratch, and continuing to refine it based on responses from listeners and the community.

WE’RE SEEKING A 3/4-TIME PRODUCER WHO

* Is well versed in the issues in local news, passionate about public affairs and committed to diverse community programming. 
* Can multitask many jobs that span technical editing, equipment management, journalism and people management.
* Is up to date with current technologies for live and time-shifted broadcast distribution.
* Can work independently and can collaborate with others in a small team.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
* Managing communication with audience during the show via phone, email and social media.
* Supporting host during shows and subbing in for the host when needed.
* Working with host to produce podcast segments.
* Writing summaries of segments and posting to sfpublicpress.org and social media.
* Managing college interns.
* Coordinating with and assisting director of membership and community on live events.

EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

* Three+ years experience in audio engineering, production and content creation.
* Mastery of digital audio editing and digital asset management.
* Expertise in audio studio equipment setup and maintenance.
* Demonstrated competence in interviewing for audio broadcast.
* Familiarity with crafting social media posts.

PAY & BENEFITS

* Thirty hours per week compensation commensurate with experience, in the market range for comparable positions in nonprofit local independent news.
* Health insurance and flexible spending plan.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

* Resume, including your e-mail address and phone number.
* A thoughtful cover letter about what you’d bring to the Public Press and its radio startup, KSFP. We want to hear your ideas for making civic policy into relevant, engaging audio. How would you create distinctive local news content that connects with listeners? Do you have experience in entrepreneurial journalism, program creation and audience development? Can you thrive in a small-team environment? What is your technical editing background? Have you ever set up or renovated an audio studio?
* Three examples of your radio/audio/print work: Shows or podcasts you have hosted or produced, reporting, and/or promos you have scripted or produced.
* Three examples of your writing. Can include radio scripts.
* Three professional references.

All application materials must be RECEIVED by close of business on Friday, April 12.

Please submit all materials to:

ATTN: Michael Stoll, Executive Director
San Francisco Public Press
44 Page St., Suite 504
San Francisco, CA 94102

OR

jobs <at> sfpublicpress <dot> org

The San Francisco Public Press is committed to diversity and seeks to reflect the cultural richness of the Bay Area in its editorial content production, community engagement and work environment. The Public Press encourages and actively recruits applicants representing a broad diversity of backgrounds including but not limited to age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.

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USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture seeks audio reporters to profile spiritual exemplars, deadline March 10

See below for an opportunity from the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. $5,000 per profile, plus a stipend for expenses. More info below.
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https://crcc.usc.edu/journalists-apply-for-spiritual-exemplars-project-international-religion-reporting/

Journalists: Apply to Profile Exemplars Around the World

CRCC is seeking applications from journalists to profile spiritual exemplars around the world. About 12 journalists will receive stipends and travel expenses to produce profiles, and will have editorial freedom to publish them with CRCC or outside media organizations. 

Click here for more information and the application form.

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help covering the aftermath of the Camp Fire

Bay Area radio reporter friends – a station in Northern CA seeks help with fire coverage. Info below.

North State Public Radio — based in Chico, CA, — has been run ragged
covering the Camp Fire, the largest wildfire in California history. We'd
love help covering the fire, the aftermath, the human cost, and other
stories that need to be told to the listeners in northern California.
Contact Phil Wilke, NSPR General Manager, pwilke@csuchico.edu,
530-898-6100

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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!

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Please spread the word about this job opening:


RADIO PRODUCER

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, www.radioproject.org 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 lrudman@radioproject.org.

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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!




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Lisa Rudman, Executive Director, Making Contact 
 


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pitch do-gooder media outlet @Making_Contact; many themes, tiered rates

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Do you have a story with perspectives on an ongoing local, national, or global issue? Do you have access to voices and perspectives that get lost in mainstream media landscape? How are people working to cope, and change things?


If so, consider pitching to Making Contact!  We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes. See list below.  


Seeking Pitches


Immigration: We want your pitches! We’re looking for character-driven stories that focus on how immigrant communities are organizing.


Here are some themes we’re interested in exploring:

  • The Muslim Ban is in effect, Southeast Asians have been swept up in large numbers to private prisons, how are communities responding?

  • How are communities organizing outside of the electoral process to influence politics locally and/or nationally?

  • How are groups working against far right politics?

Got an idea, let us know!


Climate Change: “Climate Resilience” and “Just Transition” are terms used by environmental justice advocates and academics to mean various things. We want sound-rich stories that explore these terms in practice. How are communities working not just to survive but thrive? How are low-income communities of color, expected to be hit hardest by climate change developing ways now to cope “later?” Unequal impacts of climate change on women?


International Stories and communities…


We’re looking for stories that break out of the gloom and doom,and makes policy discussions accessible and instead give a glimpse of people coming together to take steps now.  Pitch us stories about various bottom-up and grassroots organizing methods and tactics against privatization, land grabs, U.S. military presence, economic experiments.


In addition to the above, we’re always interested in pitches on any of our ongoing beats: prisons, poverty, reproductive health, racial justice, climate change and environmental justice.


Specifications

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 120 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.  Amplifying voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events with an emphasis on creative ways to solve problems.  We’re interested in pitches for sound-rich segments of approx. 7 minutes.  


As with any pitches you send us, please check out our show and read our guidelines before you pitch. http://www.radioproject.org/production/submission-guidelines/ Consider the following. Does the story: Link grassroots issues and human realities to national or international trends? Give listeners a historical, political, or social context of major national and international events? Shed light on social and economic inequities? Explore any alternatives or solutions?


Current rates!


Level 1. $800 plus travel reimbursement up to $100

“Involve research and original reporting • Require the reporter to have substantial subject matter expertise • Involve time-consuming reporting • Have a sophisticated narrative • Require travel by the reporter • Have sound that does not involve phone tape • Be rich in a variety of sounds demonstrative or supportive of the story.”


Level 2. $500 plus travel reimbursement up to $100

“Involve multiple interviews • Involve interviews conducted where the interviewee is carrying on activities relevant to the story • Involve sound, scenes, and advanced radio storytelling techniques • Involve reporter having good prior knowledge of subject matter”


BTW:  Full 26 min Documentary  $1000 for veteran producers to do a full documentary edition. An exclusive is not necessary but air dates need to be discussed.  


Send pitches to pitches@radioproject.org. Please be detailed but succinct, and include a description of your idea, narrative/story arc, interview subjects, scenes, and sounds/ambi.  If you’re pitching to us for the first time, please include a brief bio and relevant audio clips. We look forward to hearing from you!  


— RJ Lozada, Marie Choi, Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez


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