New Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop, Monday, September 16 in San Francisco

Hey FC! My FAVORITE ladies of radio are offering their interviewing, recording, and podcasting workshop again. Don't miss this chance to learn from THE BEST. Details below.

Hi All,

Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop. Davia Nelson is holding two workshops on Monday, September 16th in 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 an array of audio projects — podcasts, radio, online stories, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

We cover interviewing and miking techniques, sound gathering, original, imaginative story structure, 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 find your voice and how to listen (which is harder than it looks). We also talk podcasting. Serious talk about getting your podcast going and giving it a real sound.

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, podcasting, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, beer brewing, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, film, cheese-making and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.

Sign up for one session on the 16th, whatever time works best for you.

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

Cost: $160.00

Tickets available through our friends at Eventbrite.

The workshop is in North Beach at 916 Kearny St. Of course, snacks will be served.

Please pass this announcement along to your community.

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

See you there,

The Kitchen Sisters

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Call for pitches from @Making_Contact

The latest call for pitches from Making Contact – below!

Making Contact produces media that analyses critical issues and showcases grassroots solutions in order to inform and inspire audiences to action. We are accepting pitches for 7-10 minute segments or 29-minute documentaries for upcoming shows in our Fall schedule.

We’re looking for both new radio pieces, or potential audio material that has previously aired non-exclusively (radio features, video docs, sound-rich podcasts etc.)

Although we’re always looking for stories on a variety of topics (so send those over, too), we’re particularly interested in the following list.

Please see our submission guidelines for more info on our style guidelines and pay rates. Your work will air on our 151 affiliate stations and on our podcast.

Please submit pitches to by September 16th


Prisons and People in Prison

  • Re-entry.
    • We’re seeking segments on post-release monitoring or surveillance – such as changes to the parole process, an exploration of monitoring and the use of algorithms, Life Without Parole, women in prison, and plea bargains.. What new solutionary approaches are there for success when our community members come back home? We’re more interested in stories of people working together than those finding individual one-off solutions.
  • Tech and prison. 
    • The modern prison system isn’t just a physical space – these days it’s virtual: breathalysers used in DUI cases; surveillance or predictive policing; tracking online activity are some examples.  How do we grapple with these new technologies and how do people fight them? 


  • New stories from the border
      • We’re looking for illustrative, character-driven, myth-busting stories. What’s happening at the border? Why are people immigrating and what’s it like when they get here? And we love historical context! So bring on the history, economics and politics! 
  • Climate refugees 
      • How have rising seas and temperatures forced people to move? how is the world responding to such an unprecedented mass migration? How are island communities or people of color and the poor living on the coastline fighting to secure their safety and homes?
  • Rise of right wing nationalism
    • White nationalists, but also hindu nationalists, buddhist nationalists etc have always used immigrants as a scapegoat. How are we seeing this echoed across the world? Who belongs where? What about stateless people? What’s being hidden when governments expel the most vulnerable from their borders?

Reproductive Justice and Women of Color

  • Abortion access.
      • We’re seeing attacks on abortion all across the US with access to abortion rapidly decreasing. What’s the role of religious fundamentalism or the role of Catholic hospitals? What’s happening on the level of schools and colleges and availability of birth control and abortion healthcare on campus? How are students organizing?  How are people organizing to maintain and expand abortion access. Stories need to empahsize the intersection of race and gender and the particular impact of abortion access on the young, poor+working class women of color. 
  • Criminalization of reproductive access.
    • Women are being criminally punished for miscarriage or inducing abortion. We want to hear about the push to punish women, especially women of color or women from states in which abortion is not readily available. Again, what’s being done to protect women? 
  • Comprehensive Reproductive Justice 
    • Beyond access to abortion or birth control, Reproductive Justice includes the right to raise any children we do have with dignity in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. Pitch us stories exploring ways women are dismantling health and social inequalities throughout our life cycles, and across our multiple realities of race, immigration status, queer and trans bodies, incarceration, age and geography.

White Supremacy and the Right Wing 

  • The historical roots of white supremacy.
    • The recent wave of white supremacy raging across the United States, and the internationally isn’t new “How are people confronting and dismantling it while exploring its history, financial backing, and the role police and governments? We’re seeking innovative stories about the history of white supremacy here and abroad and ways organizers are confronting that past.
  • Voter disenfranchisement and the ballot in 2020.
    •  How are people of color dissuaded or prevented from voting and exercising our/their political voice? How are white supremacists actively securing the voting booth again people of color in 2020. What are activists doing to stop voter disenfranchisement and protect the right to vote? 

Climate Change and Climate Justice

  • Grassroots Insurgency:
    • Pitch us stories that aren’t just about the coming apocalypse. Instead, stories that complicate the idea that we’ll be easily eradicated or that there’s no hope. How are people preparing to adapt to a changing climate? What’s going to make a difference in the coming decades? How are people organizing in their towns, communities or local jurisdictions? We’re looking for your stories that reframe the inevitability of global warming as a time for radical hope and imagination. 
    • Corporate Accountability and Water Privatization: We’re looking to build upon our past coverage of this issue spanning realms of environment, democracy and corporations attempting to privatize municipal water systems, and communities responding. We have a segment underway in ME and we’re interested in working with freelancers in areas such as Pittsburg, Flint, Lagos and your town.
  • Water Stories: 
    • Corporate Accountability and Water Privatization:   We’re looking for stories spanning realms of environment and democracy, in particular the corporations attempting to privatize municipal water systems, and how communities are responding. We have a segment underway in ME and we’re interested in working with freelancers in areas such as Pittsburg, Flint, Lagos and your town.
    • Got an update to the story of  Flint, MI? It’s one of the worst examples of water supply contamination and inadequate responses.  Also, one population that has endured generations of poverty, disputes over water rights, and a lack of plumbing infrastructure live throughout the Navajo Nation (Utah, New Mexico, Arizona), where nearly half of all people must get their water from pumps outside of the home. We’re looking for stories about the barriers to clean water access on Native American reservations, and what people are doing to improve access to clean water.

Looking forward to reading your pitches,

Salima Hamirani, Anita Johnson and Monica Lopez — Making Contact producers

Lisa Rudman, Executive Director, Making Contact 



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Opportunity for Journalists – Hostwriter offers €5000 in awards for collaborative journalism projects

Hello FC! See below for an upcoming opportunity from Hostwriter.

Application Process Opens for 2019 Hostwriter Prize

€5000 in Awards for Collaborative Journalism Projects


(Berlin, Germany) 3 September 2019 – Hostwriter is now accepting applications for its 2019 Hostwriter Prize, which grants €5000 in awards for collaborative journalism projects between members. The deadline to apply for the prize is 31 October 2019.


The Hostwriter Prize consists of two categories. The Story Prize presents awards for collaborative projects that have already been published, with €2000 going to the first prize winner and €1000 going to the second prize winner. The Pitch Prize awards €1000 each to two collaborative projects that have not yet been realized. Applications are accepted via the form at the Hostwriter Prize website.


Recent winners of the Story Prize include the first prize winners, Nathalie Bertrams and Ingrid Gercama, for their story, "Vanilla fever: Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar’s success," published in Mail & Guardian. There were two second place winners: Arthur Debruyne and Kolawole Talabi for their story, “Fish for cash: How the EU robs Africa of its seafood” and Irene Caselli, Mariangela Maturi, Claudia Jardim and Emil Staulund for their story, "A woman’s game: The first naturalised Dane female soccer player with Afghani roots."


More info on all of last year's prize winners can be found here.


The Hostwriter Prize was established in 2014 and is supported by an annual donation from the Otto Sprenger Stiftung, a foundation that honors the work of Otto Sprenger, a former unionist and employee of the NDR (a German public service broadcaster).


Hostwriter is an open network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. We connect more than 4,300 journalists from 150+ countries to seek and offer help, whether in the form of local advice, story collaboration or accommodation. We see cross-border journalism as a tool to overcome national bias and prejudice, ultimately contributing towards better informed, more accountable and democratic societies.


Click here for a link to our online press kit, including high-res photos.


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Bernadette Geyer

 Collaborate with journalists worldwide: #JoinHostwriter

An award-winning network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders.

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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!

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 Pamintuan
General Manager
91.7 KALW, San Francisco
415-841-4121 x3003
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Signal to Noise Award from @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio, deadline Aug 9

We’re excited to announce that the Signal to Noise Award is back! Co-presented with Gilded Audio, this grant celebrates creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design. 
Due on August 9th and open to all styles of production, the award includes: $5000 for production; production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design; editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs; a free Hindenburg Journalist PRO license; 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 that The Signal to Noise Award is back. Celebrating creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design, the winning applicant will receive a $5000 production grant; production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design; editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs; a free Hindenburg Journalist PRO license; and a celebratory event at the UnionDocs space in Brooklyn.
Applications are due 8/9! 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 8/9: 
Do you have an audio project that combines doc + experimental sound design? Apply to @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio’s Signal to Noise Award to win $5,000, production and technical support from Gilded Audio Design, editorial consultation + more! Due 8/9! 

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7th Annual #RadioRace from @IPPkcrw, Aug 10

Hey FCers – KCRW's Radio Race is coming up on August 10. Details below.



KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race: August 10 to 11 

KCRW’s 7th Annual 24-hour Radio Race begins at 10 a.m. PST August 10 and lasts through 10 a.m. PST August 11. The Radio Race is great way for storytellers of all experience levels to break out of their daily routines and make a four-minute audio piece overnight. Winners get a cash prize, plus other perks like a free year-long membership to AIR and PRXYou’ll have just 24 hours to write, record and edit a four-minute nonfiction radio story. You can join as an individual or as a team of your creation. KCRW will air the top three winning pieces, and this time around, one team's piece will be chosen to air on our newest podcast Nocturne. And remember: the Radio Race is more than just an overnight competition. It’s an opportunity to produce the most original piece of radio anyone will hear in 2019. Think big, people! 

Registration here:

Let me know if you have questions!

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final @WritingpadUS podcasting class of the summer

Details below!




Take a Podcasting Class at Writing Pad in Los Angeles and craft your show with a Producer of a prominent podcast (There Goes The Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 of our students landed podcast producer jobs on Freakonomics, RFK Tapes, Unfictional, and Pandora. Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.




Class deets:

Podcasting w/ Anna Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)—Starts NEXT Thurs. 7/25                           

Jul 25, Aug 8, Aug 15, Aug 22, Sep 12 (4 Thursdays, 1 Recording of Show Teaser at KCRW, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)


Anna Scott is a reporter and producer for KCRW. 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.




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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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.@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.



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,

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.  


*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.


*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.


*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.


*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


500 Mansell Street

San Francisco, CA 94134


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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AIR’s 2019 New Voices Scholarships close this Friday!

Hey FC! Just a reminder from the fine folks at AIR

The application process for AIR’s 2019 New Voices Scholarships closes this Friday, May 31 at midnight ET. Selected scholars receive a stipend up to $1,500 to attend the 2019 Third Coast Conference, a complimentary one-year AIR membership, and special opportunities and support at the conference as well as throughout your career. If you have questions, email AIR’s program director, Tran Vu, at


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