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5-week podcasting in Jan/Feb, in SF, with @WritingPadUS discount for FC

New podcasting class from Writing Pad – details below!


Shaina Shealy is a producer of Snap Judgment as well as a radio journalist whose stories have been distributed by national news outlets including the PRI The World, and the New York Times online. 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, Shaina 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/ Shaina Shealy (Producer, Snap Judgment, NPR)

Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 (5 Mon. nights), 7:00pm – 10:00pm, San Francisco

Use the special freelance café discount FREELANCE for a 15% off discount.

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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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Apply for @AIRmedia’s 2017 New Voices Scholarship, deadline June 30

ATTN fierce storymakers: Apply for AIR's 2017 New Voices Scholarship! Deadline June 30th.
We're very excited to share that AIR is now taking applications for our 2017 New Voices Scholarship. We're looking for folks from all corners of America. Please consider applying if you're a rising voice in audio and public media. Or, spread the call for submissions far and wide through your many channels and networks.

AIR seeks: 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 2017 Third Coast Conference, a complimentary one-year AIR membership, and special opportunities and support at the conference.

Here are some sample tweets for sharing:

Apps open for @AIRmedia's New Voices Scholars! Attend @ThirdCoastFest & help shape media w/ your voice. Details:

Join AIR's #NewVoiceScholars revolution! @AIRmedia seeks diverse, daring makers who are fired up about audio/media:

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Enter the ‘Radio Is Yours’ Audio Contest, deadline Jan 15

Hello freelancers! It's been awhile… And it's with mixed feelings I announce that I've taken a regular full time job after 10 YEARS of freelancing. I'm very excited about this new venture (as Managing Producer of Panoply's original content – check out THIS and THIS to get a sense of the fun stuff I'll get to work on) but I admit I'm having a bit of an identity crisis after championing the freelance lifestyle for so long. 

In any case, I plan to keep FC going as much as I can, and am looking for someone to take over the posting if you or someone you know might be interested. And if you have an opportunity to share, you can always post it to the FB page or tweet us @freelancecafe
For now, check out the opportunity below, and thanks for the long-time support of FC!


Good news! is hosting it's 2nd Annual 'Radio Is Yours' Contest this winter with the theme of "What Now?"
If you or anyone you know would be interested, please spread the word! All skill levels are welcome, and this is a great opportunity for beginning producers or anyone wanting to experiment with other genres. 
The contest just opened up and the deadline for pieces is January 15th. Cash prizes are up for grabs! All information, including prize categories, piece requirements, and how to register can be found here.
Thanks, and happy radio-making!
Portland, OR
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