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America Abroad looking for Pitches on Entrepreneurship, deadline Feb 23

America Abroad seeks pitches on Entrepreneurship (PAID). Deadline Feb 23.
This upcoming month, America Abroad is focusing on how the government, whether it be municipal, state, regional or federal can encourage entrepreneurship in the United States. What incentives work? Should it be in the business of picking "winners and losers" or just creating the conditions for winners…how? Are there good examples where the government has helped innovation/entrepreneurship…are there examples where it hasn't? Please email either me at or Rob Sachs at with your pitches. Due date is the 23rd of February. We pay $150 a minute for 5-6 minute piece. Thanks! Martha Little.

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New Crime Podcast

A new show means a new potential outlet for your work. Details HERE and below. Contact info on their website.

After The Story with Dick Gordon went off the air two producers at that show, along with myself, decided to start a new podcast.  We chose the focus to be on crime.  The first episode went up yesterday and we will be releasing new episodes every couple of weeks.
The link is here-
We hope that the show will be a place to showcase all different types of storytelling.  If you have any ideas or pieces that might be right for the show we'd love to hear them.
Thanks very much.

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2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs — Apply Now!

For you filmmaker types. Independent Filmmaker Labs seeks first time directors with features in post. 



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BBC Media Action, Senior Radio Producer, South Sudan – 3 months

BBC Media Action, Senior Radio Producer, South Sudan – 3 months. Deadline is TODAY!

BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity, is looking for a Senior Radio Producer for three months to start as soon as possible.
The Senior Producer will work across two of our current projects in South Sudan.  The first is supporting the development and delivery of media outputs in response to humanitarian crises in South Sudan, which involves the reworking of current radio programmes in response to the current crises.  The second is overseeing the production and delivery of radio programmes and PSAs being made as part of an education project to encourage girls’ education.  This requires retaining an editorial oversight and providing technical leadership of all broadcast programming, ensuring systems are in place to support all aspects of production.  Building the capacity of national staff members within the team will be a large part of this job, as is building collaboration across departments to deliver the most creative programming possible.  The Senior Producer must ensure outputs are compliant with BBC guidelines as well as meeting project goals. Previous Hostile Environment training is necessary.
Please send CV’s to by Monday 3rd February 2014.

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Latino USA call for pitches

The latest from Latino USA.

Latino USA is seeking pitches for the following programs that will be coming up in the next few months:

  • Work It: Labor, working, being for or against unions. Example: a story about African American and Latino workers coming together in New Orleans.
  • Queer: Not only in the sexual sense, but also stories about odd jobs or odd experiences. Example: a piece about transgendered immigrant women who minister street medicine to each other, rather than trusting the medical establishment.
  • Larger than Life: Heavy hitters who fill up the page (or the sound file). Example: a profile of an octogenarian who fought for farmworkers alongside Cesar Chavez and survived being shot 7 times.
  • New Beginnings: Parenthood, getting free of addiction, first jobs, leaving home. Example: a profile of a family in Colombia trying to rebuild their village against all odds, after it was destroyed by paramilitaries.
  • Fiction: Write your own original stories for Latino USA. Example: a radio play with creative use of audio.
  • Space: Everything from outer space to personal space to mental space. Go the distance!

Please send your pitches to:

Pitch meetings take place every Friday and we try to respond to each pitch by early the following week.

The pay rate is $125 per broadcast minute. The show welcomes stories that include diverse accents and other languages.


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Reintroduction of NPR Liaison to Indy Producers

Hey FC folks far and wide. You may already know this, but NPR contracts with a "liaison" to indie producers to help the freelance community navigate the waters of NPR. He can help you figure out who to pitch and when, even help you better frame your pitches to up your odds of getting picked up by the network. He's a great guy and always willing to help. His own introduction is below (originally sent to AIR members but available to any indies). Reach out to him!



Once or twice a year, I like to reintroduce myself and my role to the
independent producer community, saying a special 'hello' to newer AIR
members and reminding veterans that I am here to help if I can.

As NPR's Liaison to Independent Producers, I am available 8 hours a week
to help you in any way I can with your efforts to be successful as a
freelance reporter/independent producer in public radio.

Primarily, I am here to help you connect with the proper editors at NPR
for a story you might be ready to pitch. While not being an editorial
gatekeeper for NPR, I am happy and eager to help you shape up the pitches
in a way that gives them the best chance to get fair attention from the
NPR regional and specialty desks.

Since NPR can't take every story that's offered, I am also happy to
brainstorm with you about other possible outlets for your story idea in
the public radio universe, be they NPR programs or not.

Having done a little of a lot of things in public radio (reporting,
managing, training, producing specials, producing series, finding funding
and marketing projects), when time allows, I am also happy to offer
whatever tips I can to help you with your project ideas that might not
necessarily be story-reporting based. I can talk with you more generally
about just trying to make a go of it in any way in public radio. NPR
feels it does everyone good to help develop and encourage the talent pool.

Over the years of doing this, I have kept an archive of conversations and
tips that continue to be useful (even when some of the individuals have
moved on from particular posts and some shows have sadly folded). You can
find that at and see more about
what I have been up to in radio at

The best way to contact me is by email. It's best to put the word PITCH
or LIAISON QUESTION in the subject line so I can pick your email more
easily out of the Airlist which I monitor daily. I'm usually good at
responding within about 36 hours or less – faster if you're working on
something very timely. We can set up phone chats as schedules allow.

I've corresponded with I'm guessing between 300-400 different producers
over the 8 years I've been in this post. It's a pleasure to try to help
the independent community. Feel free to contact me.

Note that once I put out one of my "reminders," I sometimes here from a
good number of producers so response time with my limited hours on the
clock might be longer if you are responding to this email… but we will

All the best,


Paul Ingles
Independent Producer / Reporter / Consultant
NPR Liaison to Independent Producers

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Hi-Tech Historical Display Project in Mountain View seeks collaborators

Hey Bay Area folks. Had an interesting opportunity cross my desk – a large multi-media project about Mountain View history and culture. They're looking to build a whole team and definitely have a budget available… Could be hourly, or a project rate of up to $7500 for the right person to head things up. Some details below. Contact Roger Burnell for more info: (650) 948-0300 <>
This from the Craigslist posting:

Hi-Tech Historical Display Project (mountain view)

*** NEW, Exciting History, Cultural & Technology Project Opportunity – in cooperation with the Mountain View History Association and the Mountain View Library, a special Hi-Tech project is now being launched to capture the history of Mountain View in a large Hi-Def Audio-Video Presentation that will be placed on permanent active display next to Castro Street in Downtown Mountain View.

This is an Invitation for you to participate if you are interested in and/or excited by making a significant contribution to the City and surrounding community of Mountain View, its past, its present and its technological future, and would like to be part of launching this project.

The Project Developers are now looking for and assembling key persons to contribute their talent(s) and interests to this wonderful project.

Needed person(s) and specialized talent(s) include:
• Teachers: current, prior, or retired teachers in the History, English, Sociology, General Education, art, visual arts, Graphic Arts, Photography, or extended community services fields;
• Current Cultural Event Opportunists: Art, Museum, Events, Tours, Topics of regional interest, Education, Sports, Special Events, Etc.
• Future, Hi-Tech Visionaries, Presenters, and Acolytes
• Content Developers and/or Graphic Designers: Presentation/Display Production Managers – amateur or professional, able to research, accumulate, and organize all relevant content/materials, and to produce and/or manage video content, as well as conduct studio Audio Session(s) for voice actors (or those with a "documentary-styled" speaking voice or ability)

This need is applicable to:
• Students: Current, Part-time, or recent grads; Internship for Credit available.
• Amateur or professional participants, historians, social scientists, cultural affairs enthusiasts, and creative-minded, visionary (Hi-Tech) supporters and applicants;
• Retired persons bringing pertinent background/experience or credentials in the areas mentioned, applicable to activating this project for the Mountain View / Sunnyvale / Los Altos Region

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Start-up storytelling site now accepting audio submissions [paid]

A new storytelling outlet! And a little bit of $ for work you've already done. (I admit, after a quick glance I'm a wee bit skeptical about all this, but might be worth a shot. Send an update if have any actual experience with these folks, good or bad.) More details below.

++++++++++++++++ celebrates the comedy in everyday life. Our site features funny true stories, videos, photos and podcasts. We're looking to ramp up podcast and audio content. Record your story!

You can send us a story that is completely new or something that is already out there. Email a link to your podcast or audio story to with the subject line reading: “Podcast Submission: [Title of Podcast]”

Content should be family-friendly, positive and upbeat. Upon acceptance you will be paid at least $80 depending upon the quality of the work (humor, nature of content, background music and other effects, etc.)

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Fulbright Fellowship/Award Opportunities, deadline Feb 28

Fulbright+National Geographic=my dream year. Details for their Digital Storytelling Fellowship HERE. (Note – this is open to all US citizens even though it's part of their Student Program.) 
The Fulbright-mtvU Awards are also very cool, but mainly for students. 

Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. Preference will be given to graduating seniors and recent graduates.

Deadline for both is Feb 28.

The Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online. These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures.

Through the Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on National Geographic media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team.

In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, and photography, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.

For the Fellowship’s inaugural year of 2014, applications will be accepted for the following themes: Biodiversity, Cities, Climate Change, Cultures, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water.

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Radio Editorial and Mentoring Trainer openings, Sierra Leone, deadline Feb 5

Amazing opportunity to work with the incomparable Prue Clarke and the BBC, supporting justice through radio in Sierra Leone. Details HERE and below. Deadline Feb 5.

BBC Media Action, a media development NGO, is looking for American independents who might be available for training jobs in Sierra Leone. Learn more: 

Apply by: February 5. 

Prue Clarke 
Africa Projects Manager 


BBC Media Action 
MC3A Media Centre, 201 Wood Lane 
London, W12 7TQ 


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