Daniel Schorr journo prize for pub radio superstars age 35 and under, deadline March 3

Hey youngsters – go for this prize! 

Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize: Call for Entries

daniel-schorrWBUR, invites public radio journalists age 35 and under to submit entries for the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Eligible works will have been broadcast or published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016. The $5,000 Schorr Prize – sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner – recognizes a rising star in public radio and seeks to inspire a new generation of journalists to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Submissions may focus on any local, national or international news issue significant to the listening public. The work may be presented in the form of a produced news story, podcast, news feature, documentary, series on a single topic or an investigative report. Complete guidelines are online at wbur.fm/schorrprize.

The award is named after the late Daniel Schorr, who gave American journalism a lifetime of commitment through his insight, intelligence and integrity. Schorr believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio. The selected Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize winner will be honored at the annual WBUR Gala which takes place on May 15 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Mass.

Past winners include WAMU Reporter Patrick Madden (2015); Reporter Devin Katayama, now a reporter for KQED, San Francisco (2014); WBEZ producer Becky Vevea (2013); KUNC reporter Grace Hood (2012); NPR host David Greene (2011); NPR reporter Ailsa Chang (2010); reporter Chana Joffe-Walt, who covers global economics for NPR’s multimedia project “Planet Money” (2009); former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, now the host of the “TED Radio Hour” (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).

All entries must be received at or before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3, 2017.


Media Contacts:


Karen Laverty

Phone: 617-275-6516


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learn better pitching and production from NPR Training guides, PLUS webinar on 3/22

Check out the amazing resources below from NPR Training. Plus, attend their March 22 webinar to improve your audio skillsSign up here. (Also, I got 6/6 on this audio quiz. How about you??)


There’s been a flurry of activity at NPR Training the past couple of weeks. We’ve been posting, hosting and sharing like crazy as we try to help you improve your craft.

How can you pitch effectively?
Learn from the pros. Our Training team colleague Alison MacAdam gathered advice from editors at NPR for this guide to story pitching. If you are involved in pitching — or fielding pitches — be sure to check it out.

Improve your ears!
We recently released The Ear Training Guide for Audio Producers, which covers two dozen of the most common audio problems.

There are many ways to use the guide:

  • New to audio production? Take your time moving through the guide and learn how to hear — and prevent — each problem.
  • Newsroom manager or experienced producer? Use the guide as a starting point for a larger conversation about audio quality. Listen to the examples together, discuss the problems you’ve encountered, the tools you have available and share tips. How might you help each other prevent these problems in the future?
  • Elbows-deep in production and running into a problem? Look it up in the guide and learn more about a potential solution.
  • Too busy to do anything right now? Come back to it when you have time. Try to listen to a new example each week to keep your ears sharp!

We will host a webinar about recognizing and preventing common audio problems on Wednesday, March 22Sign up here.

We also put out this fun audio quiz, meant to challenge your ability to hear audio problems. Did you pass? Let us know!

Rob Byers (@robbyers1)
Production Specialist, NPR Training

PS We always like to hear from you. You can always reach us via email (trainingteam@npr.org), our websiteTwitter, and Facebook.

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Feet in Two Worlds workshop focuses on immigrant FOOD stories, app deadline March 3

Feet in 2 Worlds is accepting applications for our second workshop focused on telling food stories from immigrant communities. It’s a great opportunity for food writers who want to produce audio, audio producers who want to report on food, and food professionals who want to focus on story-telling. Plus, food journalism is a powerful entry-point for reporting on immigrants in the current political climate.  
Attendees to our first workshop in 2015 produced stories for PRI’s The World, NPR’s The Salt, OkayAfrica and the Charleston Post and Courier among others.
Here is the link with more information and how to apply:

The New School

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99pi wants your pitches! Here’s how to do it.

Hey folks! 99pi wants your stories. See below for detailed instructions about how to pitch them. Go for it!



Sam from 99% Invisible here. I’m reaching out because I would like to encourage you to pitch our show, and help you do so successfully.

Since the beginning, 99% Invisible has benefited from freelance contributors. In years past, at least one or two stories a month would come from a freelancer; in 2016, we only had ten for the whole year. Why? Because we just aren’t getting as many pitches as we used to.

Our working theory is that it must be it’s because everybody has jobs now. Jobs are great! Yay jobs! But we miss you guys, and we miss your pitches. And so if you’ve ever wanted to get a story on 99% Invisible, read on, I’m here to help.

First, let’s talk about what we look for in a pitch:

We tend to go for stories that reveal something surprising about the built world. We tend to avoid stories about things that are cool in their own right—we look for the cool thing inside of the mundane or overlooked thing. And our “cardinal rule” is “no cardinals,” i.e. no stories about nature or science; we focus on things built by humans.

Consider a few freelance stories that worked well for us:

Awareness (reported by Audrey Quinn). Tells the surprising and moving story of the AIDS crisis through the history of a simple object, the awareness ribbon. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/awareness/

Longbox (reported by Whitney Jones). Reveals the surprising connections between an obscenity lawsuit and a massive voter registration movement, all playing out in the physical packaging of an REM album. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/longbox/

Pagodas & Dragon Gates (reported by Chelsea Davis). Revealed the surprising history of a thing we see everywhere—orientalist architecture in Chinatowns across the country—and how it actually first emerged as a tool to resist anti-Chinese politics. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/pagodas-dragon-gates/

America’s Last Top Model (reported by Ryan Kailath). Tells a story of a fascinating place, teaches us about physical watershed models, and reveals something surprising about technology: that physical models are still better than computers. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/americas-last-top-model/

What do all these have in common?
A designed object/building (or class of objects/buildings) + surprise + joy and wonder about the built world.

Now let’s say you’ve found something that fits the above criteria. Hooray! The next step is to write up a pitch. A good pitch tells us what the story is and who the people are you’d want to interview (ideally you will have already talked to them on the phone to hear if they’re good talkers and are game to be interviewed). You don’t need to have an ending or a structure totally worked out, but you should be able to show a richness of detail and get us to care about something we otherwise would not have thought twice about.

Pitches are usually about a page long, single-spaced. If we haven’t worked together before, please include some info about your experience level, where you’re based, and your phone number.

Once you’ve got your pitch written, head over the contacts page of our website: http://99percentinvisible.org/about/contact/. Paste it in the text field, and be sure to select “Reporter Pitches” from the dropdown subject tab. Click send and you’ll get an auto-response on the page telling you it’s been submitted.

Those submittals go into an email box that I check. I read every pitch. Seriously—every single one.

I generally check that inbox every 7-10 days, and when I come across your pitch, I’ll email you a pre-written form letter saying that we’ve received your pitch and that we’ll get back to you within two weeks if we’re interested. This email was sent by me, a real human, and I, a real human, will take it to the next pitch meeting. (If for some reason you submitted a pitch and didn’t get the form letter within two weeks, please write to me directly at sam@99pi.org. But please do allow us two weeks to get back to you).

Next, I take your pitch to the team, and if there’s interest, I’ll follow up with you to greenlight your story and we’ll discuss next steps.

If not, I’ll try to personally let you know that we’ve passed on the story, though I’m not always able; if it’s been two weeks since you got the form letter saying your pitch has been received, it’s safe to assume we’re passing on the story and you should feel free to pitch the story elsewhere. If you get an email saying that we’ve passed on your story, please don’t ask for more details why, as we generally don’t discuss our decision-making process with non-staffers. If there’s anything I can tell you about why we’re passing on the story, I’ll volunteer that info.

So, that’s the process. It can sometimes take about a month between submittal and a response, and I’m sorry for that, but that’s realistically the fastest we can go.

If you have any questions about the process, feel free to email me directly at sam@99pi.org.

I hope this was helpful, and I hope you pitch us soon!

Sam Greenspan

Sam Greenspan
Managing Producer
99% Invisible


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2017 Third Coast Radio Residency, deadline Feb 15

The amazing folks at Third Coast are offering a spring residency. Details HERE and below! -Mia

The 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency

Third Coast International Audio Festival and Ragdale welcome producers of all experience levels to apply for our second annual Radio Residency, April 17-23, 2017. Project proposals due Feb. 15th

Enjoy a week away from the demands and deadlines of everyday life to make progress on an audio project, commune, and share expertise. Mentor Nishat Kurwa (Youth Radio, Marketplace ) – will be onsite offering one-one-one guidance and editing sessions.

WHO: Third Coast seeks a vibrant group of 8-10 producers from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and levels of expertise who are mid-process on an audio project.

WHERE: Ragdale a stunning 30-acre artists' community just outside Chicago. Artists are given a private room and workspace, and all meals are provided including a family-style dinner each evening.

COSTS: Third Coast will cover residents’ flights and ground transportation. Ragdale is generously subsidizing the costs of room and board so that participants pay only $210 for the entire Residency.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit project proposals by midnight (CT) on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Those selected will be notified by March 1.

Read all about the Third Coast Radio Residency, and submit your proposal HERE.

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discount for CUNY J+ Spring Workshops

Hello FC friends, and happy new year! I hope you're off to a fruitful and happy 2017. Just a quick post to offer a 10% discount for FC folks on classes at CUNY J+'s spring academy. Details and discount code below and HERE: 





We would love to continue offering your members 10% off most of our classes with the code JPLUS10 in 2017 (full list here).


Coming up are classes in Adobe softwares including Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop, as well as Snapchat for News, Video for Social Media and more.

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California Humanities has a new funding opportunity, informational webinar Dec 16

$$ available for new CA-based projects. Informational webinar on Dec 16. Details below.



Attention, grantseekers! California Humanities, the nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity: Humanities for All Project Grants. Awards between $10,000 and $20,000 will be made twice a year for larger public humanities projects of up to two years duration sponsored by California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities. All awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources over the life of the project.

Guidelines, application instructions, and FAQs for the initial application deadline of February 1, 2017 are now available. The online application window will open on December 15 and an informational webinar will be held December 16. To learn more or to register for the webinar, visit http://www.calhum.org/grants/humanities-for-all

Developed in response to feedback received from humanities programmers and partners, and reflecting new organizational goals of increasing responsiveness and accessibility, Humanities for All grants will support public humanities projects that address the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promote understanding and empathy among all our state's peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Grants will support many of the same types of projects previously funded through our long-running Community Stories program, which had its last deadline in February 2016, as well as other types of projects, including experimental and innovative programming.

In addition to the Project Grants, Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will be awarded three times a year for smaller-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Appropriate formats include but are not limited to community dialogues, reading- or film-and-discussion groups, oral history or nonfiction writing or story-sharing workshops, and other types of activities. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. Note: A cash or in-kind match of the award is NOT required.

Our first Quick Grant deadline was October 25. Awards will be announced shortly. Guidelines for the March 2017 Quick Grant deadline will be available in January.

Please visit our website for more information about California Humanities and please help us by sharing this information with your colleagues and networks.

Happy holidays to all!

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pitche Afropop Closeups, deadline Jan 31

Afropop Worldwide is looking for pitches. I'm not sure about rates, but there's contact information below. Send a tweet or FB message if you get info about rates. Deadline Jan 31. Go for it! -Mia

Call for pitches: Afropop Closeups 2017

Peabody Award-winning media company Afropop Worldwide is calling for pitches for the 2017 season of Afropop Closeups

Pitches must relate to Africa (anywhere on the mighty continent), the African diaspora—in a broad sense—music and culture

We are looking for pitches with a compelling story, a strong plot, and potential to appeal to a wide audience.

Length—Between ten and twenty minutes.

Here are two examples from the 2016 season to consider for general style:

Haitian Radio on American Airwaves

Fees Must Fall: A Voice Of Change In South Africa

The 2017 season will use narrative-based journalism to tell stories that about identity, politics, economics, race, class and gender, through music. 

Themes to consider in your pitches:

Current events

Diaspora and trans-Atlantic connections

Amplifying voices of Africans and people of African descent

“Micro-musics”- regional popular music, as related to identity, ethnicity, religion, etc. 

Music as a transcendent factor that can unite across difference.

The editorial process will include pitches, scripts, basic audio demos and multiple rounds of feedback. We use a studio and engineers for production, so audio mixing skills are not necessary.

Deadline for pitches: January 31st 2017

Contact: st…@afropop.org modrums9@gmail.com

More info: 

In June 2016, Afropop Worldwide launched the Afropop Closeups podcast series, building on twenty-eight years of public radio programming. These succinct podcasts tell poignant and provocative stories from the African planet and feature the voices of curious and talented producers focusing on single topics. Our debut season featured episodes about underground Haitian radio stations in New Yorka young South African rapper and the #FeesMustFall movement; stories about social activism and music in post-conflict Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo, and much more. Each Afropop Closeup is a fresh, twenty minute window into history, culture and current events across Africa and the African diaspora, using music as a lens.

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Global Press seeks freelance fact checkers, copy editors, translators and multimedia folks

Hey FC folks. A new opportunity for you all… I'm not familiar with this organization, but from a quick glance at their website, it seems they're doing some important work. See for yourself: https://globalpressjournal.com/. Info about the gig is below.

Global Press is recruiting freelancers to join our on-call talent network! 

We are looking for passionate and experienced fact checkers, copy editors, translators and multimedia experts.

Global Press exists to create a more just and informed world by employing local journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world's least-covered places. 

We train and employ local journalists to report from their home countries and then employ a global network of editors, fact checkers, translators, copy editors and producers to ensure a world-class product.


If you are interested in applying to join the network, please email a resume, your availability, a letter of interest, and any questions to Ilana at Ilana@globalpressjournal.com

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The Kitchen Sisters Recording, interviewing and podcasting workshops, San Francisco, Dec 8

“>The AMAZING Kitchen Sisters are offering another interviewing and podcasting workshop in San Francisco, Dec 8. The price is definitely right to learn from some of the best in the biz. Details HERE and below. -Mia


At $150 per workshop, each three-hour session will cover radio, podcasting, film, documentaries, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news and other multimedia platforms. From the nitty-gritty of recording equipment to more abstract thoughts on how to build a story, The Kitchen Sisters have got you covered.

Morning Workshop: 10:00 – 1:00pm
Afternoon Workshop: 2:00 – 5:00 pm


Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Recording, Interviewing & Podcasting Workshop. Davia Nelson is holding a new one on Thursday, December 8 at Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope building in San Francisco. This three-hour session is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for radio, podcasts, film, documentaries, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news, and other multimedia platforms.

The Workshop covers interviewing and mic'ing techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, how to pitch a story, how to create a podcast, how to listen.

The session is customized to fit the projects you are working on. So come ready to talk about your stories and ideas too. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, farms, music, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, cheese-making and beyond.

The groups are always lively and surprising and good contacts are made.

Morning Workshop: 10:00 – 1:00pm / Afternoon Workshop:2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Come in the morning or come in the afternoon, just sign up for one.

The workshop is in North Beach at 916 Kearny St. on the 6th floor. Of course snacks from Cafe Zoetrope will be served.

Expand your skills, meet new people, support the work of The Kitchen Sisters.

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