.@KALW now accepting applications for their FREE Audio Academy 9-month training program

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Application deadline: May 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT.

KALW is calling for applicants for our nine-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production and journalism education, tuition-free. 

Participants are asked to make a 20 hour a week commitment to the program from September 2018 to June 2019, including one eight-hour shift per week at our studios. Participants will also be required to attend a Wednesday evening class from 6:30-9pm weekly from September-December, and then occur once per month through the end of the program in June.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers, or budding audio engineers, with a passion for covering diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area. Some experience with audio production and/or journalism is preferred. Slick dance moves appreciated, but not required. This is an unpaid fellowship opportunity. 

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.

For more information, including how to apply: 


Application deadline: May 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT.

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.

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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!



Please spread the word about this job opening:


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.


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!

Lisa Rudman, Executive Director, Making Contact 

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@Spotify’s Sound Up Bootcamp, FREE podcast training for #WOC, application deadline April 10


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    • Women of color have been breaking ground in podcasting well ahead of the latest boom. But there's plenty more to be done — a recent study showed that only 22 percent of podcasts are hosted by women, and the number’s even smaller when it comes to women of color. To move towards equity for women of color in podcasting, Spotify is launching the Sound Up Bootcamp, a weeklong intensive program for aspiring female podcasters of color. Over the course of five days in New York City, ten hand-selected attendees will learn about the art of podcast creation, from initial ideation to editing, producing, and marketing from experts in the field. On the final day, attendees will have the chance to pitch their podcast ideas to a panel of experts and professionals — and the top three pitches will have the pilot process funded, up to $10,000. All expenses for the week will be paid by Spotify.

      Training for the week will be led by radio and podcast veterans Rekha Murthy and Graham Griffith. Rekha and Graham have spent decades working with the industry's top shows, and smaller ones too. They are passionate about raising up new voices, and helping podcasts reach new, big, and devoted audiences.
      When and where: June 25-29, 2018, at Spotify’s New York City offices.
      Who’s eligible: Anyone who self-identifies as a woman of color, is passionate about podcasting, and has a great idea. No prior experience is required — we’re looking for the best ideas. Attendees are required to attend all five full days of programming, as well as after-hours events on MondayWednesday, and Friday (including mixers and dinners). Please note, programming will be targeted towards first-time and amateur podcasters. Applicants are also required to apply as individuals, rather than as shows / groups, and are required to be residents of the US. 
      What does it cost: The program is free. 
      What does it include: Five days of workshops, panels, and activities around podcasting, led by experts and professionals. Travel to New York City, six nights of hotel, and breakfast and lunch each day are included. 
      When are applications due? By 11:59pm EST on April 10, 2018

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NEW SUMMER WORKSHOPS: Oral History Summer School 2018 in Hudson New York, May and June

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Oral History Summer School is offering two new workshops in Upstate New York (Hudson), this spring/summer.

Experimental Ethnographies: Oral History Remixed (May 15-24, 2018)
Instructors: Suzanne Snider (Oral History Summer School), Todd Shalom (Elastic City), Michael Garofalo (Storycorps), LJ Amsterdam (Ruckus Society)

Oral History Intensive + Oral History & Care (June 18-29, 2018)
Instructurs: Suzanne Snider (Oral History Summer School), Ry Garcia-Sampson (Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University), Daniel Cogan (NP, Aspire Health)

Additional workshop details and application forms can be found, here

Email: info@oralhistorysummerschool.com
website: www.oralhistorysummerschool.com

Oral History Summer School
is a cross-disciplinary program in Hudson, New York that offers training in oral history methodologies and documentary approaches. We host foundational workshops as well as advanced training on focused topics such as memory loss, mixed ability interviewing, song collection, family history, and trauma narratives/testimony.

*Because summer is a busy season, upstate, OHSS has reserved a number of housing options well below market rate; early applicants will have widest range of affordable options.


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Suzanne Snider
Founder/Director, Oral History Summer School

t: @OH_SummerSchool

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KALW Summer Radio Journalism Program, deadline March 15

Hey folks! You want to know how to break into audio/podcast? This is a great option. KALW just announced their upcoming summer radio journalism program. Gain hands-on experience at a local NPR radio station in the gorgeous and amazing Bay Area. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT. More info and the link to apply is below. Go for it!


KALW is calling for applicants for our four-month summer radio journalism program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for reporting on diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area. Experience with audio production and/or journalism is highly preferred.

We’re looking for:

  • Computer literacy, especially with Macs and Google Docs
  • Experience with digital audio editing, print/audio/tv/video journalism, radio or audio production.
  • Self-starters who can work independently and also enjoy collaboration
  • Ability to commit to one regularly-scheduled work day (Mon-Thurs) at KALW’s studios, in addition to reporting time outside of those hours
  • Slick dance moves appreciated, but not required

You will be:

  • Pitching, reporting, and producing original feature stories for broadcast and online distribution
  • Interviewing potential guests/sources
  • Researching topics
  • Fact-checking
  • Building skills in story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design
  • Helping with administrative and production duties

The program will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom, located in San Francisco's Portola district. You’ll be an integral part of the production of our daily news magazine show, Crosscurrents.

Participants will be asked to make a four-month commitment from end of May to beg. of September 2018, minimum 16 hours per week (at least one regularly scheduled eight-hour shift at our studios and another eight hours working in the field). If you’re not able to commit to the entire four months, or the 16 hours, some exceptions may be possible — please explain more in your application. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.  

More information and the link to apply is here: 

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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.


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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Global Press Journal is hiring freelance fact checkers @GlobalPress

Hey folks. A very cool org – the Global Press Journal – is hiring a team of freelance fact checkers. Details below!



About us

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 women journalists to report on their own communities, and have more than 40 independent news bureaus across two dozen countries. Find out more about us, and the work we do, here: https://globalpressjournal.com.


The job

We’re currently looking for experienced freelance fact checkers to join our team. It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of a project that prioritizes accuracy and ethics in reporting. We have a unique method of fact checking that prioritizes local information over what’s available online, so open minds and people not afraid to hop on a Skype call with reporters around the world are required! Must have an expert eye for detail and willingness to leave no stone unturned. We’ve got expansions in the pipeline, so there’s lots of work to be done, and we pay well: $100/article to start. Skills in the languages our reporters file in – French, Spanish, and Nepali – are a big asset.


To apply

Send a resume and cover letter to me at carla@globalpressjournal.com. If we think you’d be a good fit, we’ll ask you to complete a brief fact check test, and if that goes well –  you’re hired. Feel free to contact me with any questions, and looking forward to seeing your applications!

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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, NPR.org 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. https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/unfictional/running-away

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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Southern Oral History Program Call for Submissions – The Sonic South, deadline March 9, @sohporalhistory

Dig into your archives for this NEW audio competition. Details HERE and below.


The Southern Oral History Program announces their first audio competition, The Sonic South. This year we're focusing on the voices of women from our archive. We're looking for audio and radio producers to dig into our archive to engage with the stories that tend to get stuck in the archive.

Here is a link to the audio competition, along with more information and rules. The deadline is Friday, March 9, 2018. We'll have the top five pieces aired live at a listening event at the Current Theater in Chapel Hill, NC in mid-May.

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KQED Podcast Producers mixer, Jan 19, with @annasale and @glynnwashington

Fun event/mixer for you Bay Area folks. Details below, and happy new year!


KQED is hosting a mixer for podcast producers featuring Anna Sale and Glynn Washington on Friday, January 19 in our atrium. We’re trying to help Bay Area podcast producers better connect with one another in real life.

Here’s the link:


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