Bay Area audio tour company, Detour, now accepting pitches, deadline Aug 19

Very awesome Bay Area company wants your pitches. Details and RFP below!
Juliet here, Production Manager at Detour. Detour makes "stories that take you places — gorgeous location-aware audio walks" and I'm writing to let you know that we are now open for pitches! We are actively seeking ideas for new great Detours — and the producers to create them — in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We’re commissioning Detours that will be put together over a 3 to 4 month production process, starting in September 2015. We’re most interested in pitches from producers / teams with significant audio or video production background.

Haven't taken a Detour yet? There's a code in the RFP (attached) that will let you take one for free.

We’ve got a few specific places and themes we are interested in this time around, but we’re open to other ideas you have too. All the details are in the RFP attached.

Deadline to respond with a one-page pitch is 8/19.

Get in touch with any questions by emailing

Looking forward to what comes!


PS: Please forward to any great radio/audio/place-based story people you know. We want to give them work!

pdf icon Detour-RFP-July-2015.pdf

2015 California Documentary Project grant, deadline Oct 15

Cal Humanities is pleased to announce that guidelines for the 2015 California Documentary Project grant ( are now available and I’m writing to ask for your help in sharing them with your respective communities. This year’s deadline is October 15.

As always we are looking for high-quality film, radio, and new media productions that document California subjects and issues and that use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective. Funding amounts range from $10,000 to $50,000 and a cash or in-kind match is required. Please note that California residency is not a requirement for eligibility.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously supported projects, please visit

Cal Humanities is an independent non-profit and a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 2003, we have awarded over $4 million to projects that document the California experience, including The Case Against 8, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, Seeking Asian Female, We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, Romeo is Bleeding, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, and many more.

KALW job opening for sound engineer/designer, deadline Aug 6

Hey folks. Fantastic, nearly-full-time job opportunity with KALW in SF. Details here and below. Go for it!


The KALW News team is looking for an experienced and creative sound engineer/sound designer to help mix our daily news magazine Crosscurrents. You’ll work alongside our senior engineer, Chris Hoff, joining the ranks of top-flight sound designers who have engineered our show, including Roman Mars (99% Invisible), Colin Anderson (Maximum Fun), and Seth Samuel (Deep Look).

Crosscurrents airs Monday through Thursday evenings on KALW public radio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our tagline is “context, culture, and connection,” and we deliver through sonically rich, thought-provoking, long-form stories. Our work typically uses a lot of natural sound from field recordings and frequently utilizes music to enhance the storytelling.

Your main duties will be to mix feature stories from scratch; shorten stories that have already been mixed; cut interviews; track reporters and our show host Hana Baba; mix the show, itself; and contribute your own ideas to the overall sound of Crosscurrents. Our show has a specific sound, and we want to retain this; but we are also open to adding to it, to improving it, to making it as great as we possibly can. So new ideas and thoughts on mixing and sound design are always welcome.

As part of its mission, the KALW News department trains many people in the art and craft of journalistic audio storytelling. It makes for a dynamic and energized newsroom with a changing cast. We have a steady team of experienced core staffers and contributors with whom you’ll work most closely, but you’ll also work with people who are still learning to do this work well.

This is an independent contract position for approximately 32 hours a week, Monday-Thursday.

Job Requirements:

  • Several years experience mixing in Pro Tools (preferably for other radio shows, podcasts, and the like)

  • A strong interest in and knowledge of music, and your own extensive music library

  • Competence in using Mac computers

  • Solid interpersonal skills – our newsroom is diverse and fun and sometimes a little crazy

  • An editorial ear, i.e., an ear that can detect what’s boring or confusing, both in language and in sound.

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.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, clips or links, and references to Application deadline is Thursday, August 6, 2015, 11:59 PT.

Apply now for AIR’s New Voices Scholarships

Hey folks. Great opportunity here to attend PRPD with a scholarship from AIR. I'm going to this conference for the first time and would love to meet up with any AIR or Freelance Cafe folks who might be there. Drop me a line if you're going! Details about the scholarship below.

As AIR’s network expands (our year-over-year growth increased 73 percent in the first half of 2015), we are working to open the golden age of talent — and its opportunities — to a diverse, inclusive range of media makers.

AIR’s New Voices scholarships ( are available for those who can contribute fresh craft, diversity or perspective to the network and media.

If you are, or if you know, someone who can help make public media more inclusive, apply or help us spread the word (

The scholarship brings new talent to industry gatherings — this year, to the Public Radio Program Directors' conference in Pittsburgh ( — where they will find a peer support network, opportunities to meet industry leaders, and chances to share their interests, concerns and work.

WE SEEK: Creative makers from all corners of the country who are new to public media. You do not have to be an AIR member to apply (

WE OFFER: New Voices scholars receive up to $1,500 in funding to subsidize the costs of attending the conference. They gain access to the PRPD Conference and additional New Voices only programming in Pittsburgh, as well as access to the New Voices alumni network.

DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. PT. Applications that are not completed at 5 p.m. will not be saved and cannot be considered.

CONFERENCE DETAILS: PRPD convenes program directors, reporters, editors, producers and managers for conversation about where public media is and where it can go. Read full conference details at the PRPD website (

MORE: Seven years of New Voices alumni include some of the most interesting, sought-after talent rising in public media. They’re working at the network and station levels and as independents, domestic and international.

Please read through the New Voices FAQ ( in its entirety before completing the application.

Questions? Contact AIR Talent Manager Bec Feldhaus Adams at

Latino USA seeks interns

Latino USA is a lovely place to work – they're looking for interns! Details below.
NPR's weekly program Latino USA is take applications for interns to work at our office in New York. These positions are most appropriate for undergrad or graduate journalism students, but could also suit very early career professionals. We're a small shop, so there is plenty of opportunity for real hands-on radio production. Below is a description of the internships and information on how to apply.

Radio Internship
About The Futuro Media Group | The Futuro Media Group is an independent non-profit media organization dedicated to producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives voice to the diversity of the American experience. The Futuro Media Group works in the public interest, informing the public about compelling narratives, real lives and important stories often overlooked by mainstream media. Founded in April 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, The Futuro Media Group is the producer of the award-winning “Latino USA” radio program, which has run on National Public Radio for more than 20 years. In 2012, our first full-length television program aired: “America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: Clarkston Georgia,” which explores issues of changing demographics and the “new mainstream:” immigration, democracy, civic engagement, and what it means to be an American.

About The Internship—Radio | The Futuro Media Group seeks self-starters to aid in the production of the weekly National Public Radio show Latino USA. The show has been on air for 20 years and is a trusted source for news and cultural trends affecting Latinos in the U.S. The show is distributed by NPR and produced by The Futuro Media Group. The staff is small, so there is a lot of room to do meaningful work.

Depending on skill level and show production needs, interns will:

· Prepare and update databases of sources and organizations;
· Respond to email and phone queries;
· Research segment topics and interview subjects;
· Pre-interview subjects before they come to studio;
· Participate in editorial and production meetings;
· Research and gather materials for show website;
· Produce and/or assemble multimedia components for show website;
· Assist in assembling the weekly show website and email newsletter;
· Assist in reporting and recording audio for stories produced in-house;
· Assist in writing some simple scripts for host interviews;
· Assist in editing audio from studio interviews;
· Develop and produce 1-3 stories for radio.

· Advanced matriculated college student—graduate or advanced undergraduate
· Good people skills, personable, punctual, and mature.
· Self-directed and can work with a team in a fast-paced, extremely dynamic office environment.
· Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
· Excellent, snappy, vibrant writing, especially for radio and web;
· Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines;
· Ability to work independently;
· Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor and other team members;

Desired skills:
· Ability to research and become an “instant expert” on any subject;
· Familiarity with news outlets from around the country;
· Familiarity with policy and cultural trends, as well as with socioeconomic and racial/ethnic demographics of communities around the U.S.;
· Familiarity with news and people research databases such as LexisNexis, Factiva;
· Familiarity with radio production process;
· Familiarity with radio recording equipment and with sound editing software (ProTools);
· Familiarity with html coding, web design and WordPress templates.
· Good writing, extremely detail oriented, good at QA checking and copy-editing
· Ability to understand workflow for big and small projects
· Bicultural/bilingual
· Strong interest in public media/progressive voices

To apply:
Send cover letter outlining how your interests, skills and experiences line up with what Latino USA does, as well as a resume and a writing sample of no more than 3 pages, something that shows off your mastery of style and content and resume to Nancy Trujillo, Internship Coordinator, at with the subject line: Radio Intern Application. No calls please. If you have produced radio, please send 1-2 samples of work as .mp3s or .wav files.

Audio Under The Stars is looking for love!

Audio Under The Stars, Durham, N.C.'s summer-long audio festival, is on the hunt for love stories of all stripes for our August show.

Do you have a story about love? It could be passionate, romantic, familial, idealistic or platonic, about any person, place or thing that makes your heart sing. We're also looking for stories of love gone wrong, or what happens when happily ever after isn't.

The pieces that fit best are less than 15 minutes, with 4-7 minutes being ideal. If you have a story you'd like to share, you can pass it along here:

If you've got questions, you can send them my way or write to us

Elizabeth Friend

Call for pitches – immigration + food + sustainability, deadline Aug 15

Feet in 2 Worlds seeks pitches – many media accepted. Deadline Aug 15. Details below.

Hello Everyone,

The New School's 10-year-old immigration reporting project Feet in 2 Worlds is looking for new contributors for their fall food issue — please pitch us! 

Full details re: topics + medium are below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly. 

This is a really excellent journalism project that works to bring immigrant reporters + perspectives into public media. Good work + good people — please join us!

Many thanks,

Anne Noyes Saini
Producer, WNYC's The Sporkful
Food Editor, Feet in 2 Worlds
Co-creator, MOTHER


Sustainable, local, organic, artisanal – these terms help define and frame today’s food culture. Do these terms have different meanings for immigrants? If organic food is harvested by immigrant workers who are underpaid for their labor, is it sustainable? 

The next issue of the Feet in 2 Worlds online magazine will explore the intersection of immigrant food and culture with these concepts from today’s food scene. Immigrants – their labor, culture, and recipes – occupy every position in the food chain, yet their stories often go untold or are misrepresented. 

We are looking for stories in any medium – audio, video, photo essay, text, info-graphic – that help bring a deeper understanding to these complex issues and shine a light on unseen parts of the food system. The stories we seek to tell will use the tools of narrative journalism, be investigative in nature, go beyond clichés and stereotypes, and will advance our mission to bring underreported stories from immigrant communities to new audiences on public radio and online.

Some possible areas include:

  • Healthy eating in immigrant communities
  • Deconstructing a meal – where do the ingredients come from?
  • What does sustainability look like in an immigrant neighborhood or household
  • Hidden food systems/hidden people – how immigrants participate in food industries and food culture in unseen ways.
  • Immigrant food entrepreneurs and locally made ethnic food products.
  • Scraps – how food is reused and conserved in ethnic dishes and immigrant kitchens.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2015. Please send submissions by email to anne [at] cityspoonful [dot] com.

AIR’s New Podcasting Rate Guide

If I had any doubt that AIR was worth the membership fee (which I didn't), I've been totally and thoroughly convinced. This rate guide and template agreement for podcasters is genius. Check it out. -Mia

AIR established a national standard for freelance rates in 2002 that has been adopted across the public radio industry. In 2012, following this model, we worked with the Public Radio News Directors Association (PRNDI) to publish a rate schedule for indies working with local stations. More recently, we’ve successfully negotiated with major national outlets to increase rates across the board, and we undertook a study with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) comparing revenues of independent filmmakers and radio producers.

In response to calls from freelance producers and commissioning editors, programs, and networks in the AIR ecosystem, we’re presenting a basic rate guide for podcasting and a standard template agreement for audio freelancers and podcasters, both of which follow established best practices.

from AIR – Grants, fellowships and awards for July and August

Join AIR for the complete list of grants, fellowships, and awards – one of the best resources out there for public media folks! -Mia

• Dennis A. Hunt Health Journalism Fund
Deadline: July 12, 2015
Details: The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism provides grants of $2,500 to $10,000 for reporting on critical health issues facing underserved communities. Selection include participation in the all-expenses-paid National Health Journalism Fellowship, which provides a week of training in Los Angeles on community health issues. The Fund honors Dennis Hunt's legacy by providing financial support for ambitious investigative and explanatory journalism projects on community health and health policy issues. The fund is financed by memorial contributions from Hunt's friends and colleagues. The grant is designed to cover reporting and publishing- or broadcast-related costs such as travel, website development, database acquisition and analysis, environmental or health testing, translation services, and a journalist’s otherwise uncompensated time. Both freelancers and news outlet employees are eligible to apply.

• Society of Environmental Journalists Fund for Environmental Journalism
Deadline: July 15, 2015 (for the Summer Cycle)
SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism accepts applications for grants of up to $3,500 to help underwrite environmental reporting projects and entrepreneurial ventures.

• National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grants
Deadline: July 23, 2015
Details: Art Works support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.

• Falling Walls Science Fellowship for Journalists
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Details: "In an effort to keep the public informed on life-changing scientific breakthroughs, we have created the Falling Walls Science Fellowship for Journalists. It is aimed at journalists and bloggers with at least three years of experience, and who hope to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences. The Fellows get the opportunity to attend the Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture and the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin on 8 and 9 November 2015 in Berlin. Freelance and full-time journalists or bloggers can apply. Professionals in fields such as research, teaching, public relations and advertising are not eligible. The applicants must have a minimum of three years professional journalism/blogging experience in which they have written about the subject of sciences."

• Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowship
Deadline: August 1, 2015
Details: The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF), an American non-profit, non-governmental organization, is a cultural and professional exchange program for journalists. Through AFPF, journalists and their readers gain a broader view of the world and journalism thereby creating mutual understanding and peaceful relations between Americans and people of other nations. Fellows return home with new journalistic skills and knowledge, and a desire to advance a free, responsible press in their own countries–without which democracy does not exist.

• The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Deadline: August 3, 2015
Details: The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.

• Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: August 15, 2015
Details: CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts.

Freelance opportunity from new podcast about the outdoors

A new podcast about the outdoors – Out There – wants your pitches. Details below! -Mia

I host a podcast about the outdoors called Out There, and I'm looking for pitches. Features, essays, and short stories are all welcome. I'm looking for smart, engaging pieces that make you laugh, cry, and think about the world differently. They need to have something to do with the outdoors (yes, this can include the urban outdoors), and should be no longer than 30 minutes.

If you have an idea, I'd love to hear from you, and of course feel free to forward this to other reporters/writers who might be interested.

This is a new show, so my budget isn't huge, but there is some money on the table.

Here are some additional guidelines about submissions, for anyone who's interested.

Hope to hear from some of you!


Willow Belden

Host and Executive Producer
Out There: A Podcast about the Outdoors