@AIRmedia’s Better Edit Fellowship, application deadline July 14

Attention all wannabe editors! AIR has just launched their Better Edit Fellowship and is looking for aspiring audio editors to apply for one-on-one mentoring. There's an incredible group of mentors in this bunch – so sign up and spread the word! NOTE: you must be either an AIR or PRNDI member to apply. But you can find other mentorship opportunities and resources in the links below. Application deadline is July 14th.


Up your editing game with the AIR hive mind

One of AIR’s greatest assets is our collective brain trust—from the knowledge shared on the AIRdaily to the meet-ups hosted to gather regional AIRsters. Our peer-to-peer mentoring program is another way AIR orchestrates this passing of expertise. In this vein, AIR is pleased to announce that we are looking for candidates interested in becoming better editors through our Better Edit FellowshipWe’re pleased to be partnering with PRNDI—the Public Radio News Directors Inc.—on this initiative.

What is The Better Edit Fellowship and how can I apply?   
The demand for good editors in podcasting, public radio, and audio stories outpaces the availability of ready talent. AIR hears this, so we’ve tapped some of the best editors in the business to give focused attention to 12 aspiring editors chosen through a competitive selection process.

If you’re chosen, we’ll match you with an editor. You’ll work for four hours over the course of 90 days to whip your project into shape and upskill your editing. Think of it as an extended story meeting where a great editor gives you insight into how their mind works and into how they help a producer structure a story or project. To read the full details and apply, visit: airmedia.org/programs/training-and-mentorship-program/airs-2017-editorial-fellowship/ 

What skills can I expect to touch on during the fellowship?
The Better Edit Fellows will learn how to pull diamonds out of the rough. Your editor-mentor will work with you to identify how to unfurl the pieces and then tie them back up together into something great. You’ll come away from the fellowship ready to apply this understanding of listening for editing and structuring audio stories to yours and others’ work.

Who can apply?
You must be either an AIR or PRNDI member in good standing. As an AIR member, you must also have been in the network for at least six months. Please read more about Fellowship eligibility here. Not a member yet? Learn more about joining AIR here. The strongest candidates are expected to be working on a specific audio project with concrete goals.

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@KALW seeks part time Digital Editor, deadline July 10

Reminder! The deadline to apply for KALW's Digital Editor gig is Monday, July 10. Details below.


KALW is looking for a digital editor to manage KALW’s growing digital audience. The editor will be responsible for day-to-day tasks such as website management and social media, as well as long-term projects such as metrics tracking and audience development. You can find out more info about the job posting here: http://kalw.org/post/kalw-seeks-digitaleditor#stream/0 

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Journalism award for collaborative work from @hostwriter, deadline July 31

An award that focuses on collaborative journalism – love it! Details at http://prize.hostwriter.org/ and below. Go for it!


We are giving out over $5.000 for journalistic pieces and pitches that were done collaboratively, meaning that at least two journalists have to be in the byline. 
Tweet it out!
Journalists worldwide can compete for cash prizes & story funding from @hostwriter! Send in a story or pitch by 7/31 http://prize.hostwriter.org/
You can find detailed information, FAQs and the online application form here.

If you need some inspiration check out last year's winners on our blog. Thank you so much for your support. We would love to see some applications from your network.

hostwriter.org – collaborate with journalists worldwide
Apply for the #hostwriterPrize for your collaborative pieces and pitches by July 31st.

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CUNY J+ Fall workshops, early bird discounts until Aug 31

Happy summer, Freelance Cafe folks! In case you're an advanced planner, you can sign up now for CUNY J+ workshops for the fall. There's a 20% off early bird deal until Aug. 31, and after that Freelance Cafe members can still get 10% off with the code JPLUS10. The current list of courses is below.



Data Journalism Bootcamp: Excel, Open Refine, Tableau And More with Sarah Ryley, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner. Sarah will provide a “basic toolkit” of best practices and programs to get started in data journalism. “These are the tools I’ve used for the past 4+ years to produce high-impact data stories, including my Pulitzer Prize-winning series on nuisance abatement, proving there’s a lot you can do with this basic toolkit,” Sarah says. All day Sept. 23 and 24. $599$479 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro CC with Jennifer Hamblett. This five-week, hands-on module teaches the ins and outs of a software that is the industry standard for video editing. You will learn the principles of non-linear editing, how to use the interface and features of Adobe Premiere and how to plot and edit a sequence 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24. $599$479 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Investigating Your Elected Officials with Andrew Lehren, Pulitzer Prize team-winning reporter for The New York Times. In this two-part, hands-on workshop, you will learn techniques and tools for backgrounding and fact checking those in power. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Oct. 11 and 18. $299; $239 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Augmented Reality (AR) for Journalism with Matt MacVey. In this hands-on, evening workshop we’ll try out AR projects from different news organizations, see how to get started with tools like Blippar, Vuforia and Tango and look at what might be coming next. 6:30 to 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 19. $25. Learn more


 Build a Bot: Artificial Intelligence and Bots for News with John Keefe, bot developer and app product manager at Quartz. In this two-part workshop, John Keefe will focus on natural language processing and conversational interfaces and help you build a Facebook Messenger bot. John has taught this popular class to journalism students and to journalists at conferences such as ONA. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. $249. $199 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Charts for Data Analysis and Presentation with Datawrapper with Sandeep Junnarkar. Enhance your journalism with data analysis and presentation with this popular software. This 2.5 hour, hands-on class will go over the bases, as well as tips and tricks for more polished charts. 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesday, November 7 from 6:30 to 9 pm. $25. Learn more


Intro to 360° Video Journalism with Bob Sacha and Matt MacVeyGet up to speed with 360 video journalism and try the Ricoh Theta camera and 360 apps on your smart phone in this hands-on, evening workshop. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 8. $125; $99 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Social Media Videos: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Live with Luis Miguel Echegaray. In this three-part, hands-on workshop, we will focus on making videos using smart phones and the top three video-heavy social media platforms: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Live. 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesdays, Nov. 14, 21, and 28. $375$299 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Adobe After Effects and Motion Graphics with Graham Roberts, Senior Editor at The New York Times. In this daylong workshop, you will learn the basics of Adobe After Effects, the leading software for digital visual effects, motion graphics and animation. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 18. $549; $439 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


10 Ways to Improve Your Writing with Diane Nottle. This hands-on two-hour session focuses on high-impact tricks and techniques to make your writing for any purpose stronger, clearer and more memorable. 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29. $25. Learn more


The Business of Freelancing with Tim Harper. This breezy, conversational two-hour workshop is both an introduction for beginning freelancers and a top-up review for longtime veterans. Bring your questions and issues on every aspect of freelancing, from ideas to reporting to contracts and rights to pitching, publishing and getting paid. 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 6. $25. Learn more


To come: Online Research Series: SuperResearcher with Barbara Gray. Find even the most elusive sources. Dig up hard-to-find information. Avoid embarrassing mistakes in your news stories, in this series of workshops by the former director of news research at The New York Times. Join our email list to receive alerts about new classes


To come:  Edit, Sequence, Present and Promote Your Photographs with James Estrin, the co-editor of the New York Times Lens blog. Many people can take decent photographs. Few photographers understand how to edit, sequence and present their work. These skills will enable you to be better visual storytellers and will help you distinguish yourself from other photographers. Join our email list to receive alerts about new classes


ONLINE CLASS: VideoStorytelling for the Weban online class to help you make short digital videos people want to watch. Video coach Kayle hope covers everything from shooting to editing in 10 short and engaging videos. $35


Are you eligible for a discount? Check here.


All workshops will be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street in New York. Map.

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KALW seeks a digital editor

Gig alert!

KALW is looking for a digital editor to manage KALW’s growing digital audience. The editor will be responsible for day-to-day tasks such as website management and social media, as well as long-term projects such as metrics tracking and audience development. You can find out more info about the job posting here: http://kalw.org/post/kalw-seeks-digitaleditor#stream/0

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Pitch the Pulse @WHYY

Pitch WHYY's The Pulse! (First deadline is tomorrow – sorry for the short notice.)



This is what we have coming up:


The Hot Hot Show

The main bar story is about heat islands in cities – and fixes for that, including planting trees. The lineup already includes: the anatomy of a hot flash, thermophilic bacteria, a weather vs. climate explainer, how forest fires can influence weather, and the Chinese healing concept of internal heat.


Got anything ‘temperature’ related that will surprise our audience — on topic — but unexpected? For this one, I'm looking for ONE more 3-5 minute piece (maybe already produced) because the deadline is coming soon, mid-July.


The Gender Show in Mid August

Seeking health + science pitches: Anything from … “Girling up,” the science of being female … to the health advantages men enjoy within the American health system.


The Language Show in Early September

Seeking health + science pitches: Looking for ideas from Deaf culture, bilingual families, even tech.


Sending pitches to both addresses can help cut through the clutter:








WORKING TITLE: Travels on the Big Muddy in Early September

The mighty Mississippi River is the final destination for a vast network of streams that stretch across nearly half of the U.S. The river’s pull has created great cities, thriving industries, and vibrant culture along her banks. But we haven’t always treated the river well. We wash our waste into the waters, restrict natural movement, and engineer the stream to our needs. What’s been the toll on human health and the environment? On this episode, The Pulse travels the Mississippi from the headwaters in Minnesota to the mouth in the Gulf of Mexico.


Got an idea? We’re looking for stories about the ways people use and abuse the Mississippi. Pitch us stories about river conservation efforts, nearby agriculture as well as urban stories about runoff and water quality. Profile someone using science to protect the Mississippi, or a worker who makes his living along the river.

First edit around August 7


The BIG MUDDY call for pitches closes June 28, please send us your idea before then.

Email both Managing Editor Taunya English pulseeditor@whyy.org and Guest Host Irina Zhorov izhorov@whyy.org

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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: airmedia.org/programs/new-voices-scholarships

Join AIR's #NewVoiceScholars revolution! @AIRmedia seeks diverse, daring makers who are fired up about audio/media: airmedia.org/programs/new-voices-scholarships

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new audio courses with @WritingPadUS start next week, discount for FC friends

Writing Pad’s LA, SF, and Online podcasting and radio fiction courses start next week w/ 99% Invisible Alum Sam Greenspan and Snap Judgment’s Eliza Smith. Friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount.


15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.



Sam has been a producer and reporter at 99% Invisible since the early days and a long-time NPR Vet. He is now starting his own super-secret podcast. Sam will help you conceive, develop & produce an outline for your podcast & record a teaser. He will teach you interviewing techniques, sound editing, using music, archival material +more. Class includes a recording session at a professional studio.


PODCASTING w/ Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible)


June 28July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 9 (5 Wed. nights), 7:00pm-10pm, SF



Podcasts like Homecoming, Limetown and A Night Called Tomorrow have expanded the horizons of radio storytelling to fiction. Eliza is the producer of Snap Judgment’s fiction program and has adapted the short stories of Manuel Gonzalez, Amelia Gray, and Kelly Link into radio plays. Learn what works/doesn’t work for a radio play, the importance of scenes, the use of sound and music to enrich pieces, narrative structure, and the Snap Judgment Method for telling stories.


By the end of the class you will have, a draft of a stand out story that you can get published in a literary journal and submit to radio shows. You will record it at Snap Judgment Studios. Join the ranks of the 32 students who have published short stories from and 11 students who have gotten stories on the radio from our classes. For a preview, check out Eliza’s interview here:



RADIO FICTION w/ Eliza Smith (Producer Snap Judgment, NPR)


July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 13, 20, (4 Sun., 1 recording session), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., SF

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Third Coast/RHDF Competition in ON, deadline July 11

It's Third Coast Award season – get on it!


Our Call for Entries is open!

Since 2001, the TC/RHDF Competition has celebrated the best audio storytelling produced worldwide. We've honored over 130 extraordinary works from four continents, and bestowed $250,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative producers in radio & podcasts.

Announcing… the 2017 TC/RHDF Competition Judges

Dig into all ten 2016 TC/RHDF Competition winners, plus learn more about the year's best at Current Magazine and NPR's All Things Considered .


Entry Guidelines


$35 for student entries uploaded on or before Tuesday, June 13 at noon PDT.

$55 for entries uploaded on or before Tuesday, June 13 at noon PDT.

$75 for all entries uploaded Tuesday, June 13 after noon PDT through Tuesday, July 11 at noon PDT.

Entries uploaded after July 11 at noon PDT will not be judged.

ENTER the 2017 TC/RHDF Competition!


Entries must range between 3 and 60 minutes in length, with the exception of Best News Feature submissions, which can not exceed 12 minutes.

Entries must have been produced and presented publicly for the first time on the radio, the Internet, via podcast or in a public setting (i.e. gallery, museum, classroom) between July 2015 and July 2017.

Entries must be produced in English, with the exception of the Best Doc: Foreign Language category!

Work featured on this website or on Re:sound is still eligible for entry into the competition.

Each producer must sign the release and license agreement on the entry form, which provides Third Coast with broadcast and Internet rights to present submissions in their entireties as part of Best of the Best: The 2016 Third Coast Festival Broadcast between October 2017 and October 2019.


Entries should consist of an individual documentary or feature.

Each documentary in a series is a separate entry.

Each feature within a program that presents multiple pieces is a separate entry.

Each episode from a podcast is a separate entry.


Entries are only accepted through Submittable, where you'll find clear instructions for uploading your story. Submittable will be able to answer your tech questions, for everything else email Third Coast or call us at 312-948-4682.

Each entry should consist of one audio file.

Entries should not contain audio other than entry material. Please exclude ledes, intros, outros and ads.


One audio file per entry

Brief producer bio (80 words max)

A text version of the host lede, or a short intro for the entry (150 words max)

Entry fee

For Radio Impact entries only: Statement of Impact (500 words max)

For Best Doc: Foreign Language entries only: Bilingual English/original language transcript


Payment by credit card / PayPal is strongly recommended but checks are accepted only for entries submitted by the early deadline, June 13 at noon PDT. Checks must be mailed/postmarked by the early deadline, June 13.

Please contact us to pay by check.

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freelance audio production gig for the Bay Area’s Second Harvest Food Bank

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties seeks a freelance audio producer! Details below.



Position Announcement


Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is hiring an Audio Producer to collect food bank client stories and turn them into NPR-style podcasts. Story formats include individual client audio diaries and in-depth interviews with a broad range of clients. Deliverables will be 1-2 audio diary podcasts in the style of Radio Diaries (http://www.radiodiaries.org/); 2-3 audio food journals; and 4-5 non-narrated themed pieces each highlighting different client populations (teens, homeless, families, seniors). This is an independent contract position (~10 hours a week) with a competitive stipend. There will be a review 2 months into the project to ensure the position is a good fit and the deliverable timeline is about 8 months (flexible). If interested, please click on the following link to learn more about the position and application instructions: http://www.shfb.org/employment.



Elena Hollander, MPH

Community Nutrition Senior Manager

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Phone: (408) 266-8866 ext. 303 




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