Seeking translated plays for a radio play contest, deadline June 1

Interesting opportunity for you international playwrights/translators! Plays must be adapted for radio. Deadline June 1. -Mia


Play for Voices
Words without Borders Are Holding a Contest!

Calling all literary translators, radio dramatists, and international radio drama enthusiasts! Play for Voices seeks radio play scripts in English translation.

Play for Voices is a new podcast of international radio drama slated to launch in the spring of 2016. Our monthly hourlong show will present new productions of contemporary and classic radio plays from around the world, exploring their aesthetic, social, and political contexts through inventive, multilingual sound design and interviews with authors, translators, and other interesting people. We'll feature English-language plays and plays in English translation.

We're excited to be partnering with Words without Borders for our first contest. We invite submissions of translated radio plays of all lengths and from all languages. The Play for Voices producers and Words without Borders editors will select the winners. The winning play(s) will be produced by Play for Voices and published in Words without Borders.

See here for contest guidelines:
Play for Voices
Words without Borders

Portuguese grant to fund Armenian music stories, deadline March 6

Here's a new one for you. The Music Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in collaboration with the Armenian Communities Department is funding a series of audio documentaries on the theme “Music and voyage: Armenian stories." Interesting! Application deadline March 6. More info HERE and below.


Music and voyage: Armenian stories

Call for proposals for audio documentary (podcast) – 16th of February to 6th of March 2016

The sound collective Terra do Som and the Portuguese public national radio R T P/Antena 2, in collaboration with Gulbenkian Música and the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, are issuing an international call for proposals for an audio documentary on the theme Music and voyage: Armenian stories.

The proposals will be assessed by Razmik Panossian (Director of the Armenian Communities Department, FCG), João Almeida (Antena 2) and the sound collective Terra do Som.

The deadline for applications is the 6th of March 2016. Applications should be sent to

For more details please consult the regulations and guidelines Here.

This audio documentary will be the last of a series of four podcasts on themes related do FCG’s cultural activity. Premiere and transmission dates will soon be announced.

Digital Societies Fellowship, deadline March 4


Digital technologies are rapidly transforming traditional economies and challenging the legal and policy frameworks that ensure citizens’ privacy and civil liberties. Yet, digitalization is also the key to future innovation, offering promising new approaches for green technologies, creating new sectors of the global economy, facilitating democratic exchange and transparency, and rapidly increasing the pace of scientific discovery. Journalists interested in the Digital Societies Media Fellowships should aim to contribute to a nuanced transatlantic dialogue on the challenges and opportunities of the digital age for democratic societies and for the transatlantic partnership. Examples of possible topics include data security, surveillance, the sharing economy, smart cities, or new technologies to facilitate democratic transparency and engagement.


  • Travel and accommodation costs within reason for five days of research in the EU or the U.S., subject to final approval of individual travel plans. Fellows may choose their dates of travel anytime between April 1 – May 20, 2016.
  • an honorarium of $1,000


We seek journalists working in any medium who offer new perspectives on transatlantic policy debates and who may not otherwise have the opportunity to conduct transatlantic research.

Eligible journalists should:

  • be from the United States, based in the U.S., and seek to contribute to transatlantic policy debates by reporting about European practices and experiences in their area of research. 
  • be from an EU country, based in the EU, and seek to contribute to transatlantic policy debates by reporting about U.S. practices and experiences in their area of research. 

Note: we do not require fellows to be citizens of either the US or the EU, however fellows are responsible for securing their own visas, if necessary. We can provide an offer letter to support the visa application process.

We will give special consideration to journalists from regional or local media outlets who can demonstrate that transatlantic reporting is a new and important perspective for their audience and that their story ideas would be informative for regional or local policy debates. We also strongly encourage journalists from diverse backgrounds who can offer lesser-heard perspectives.


A minimum of three stories: each fellow is expected to publish at least three stories, in any medium, within two months of completing travel. Fellows must be able either to guarantee the publication of their pieces or to demonstrate a strong track record of publications. Fellows (and/or their employers) will retain full editorial control over the reporting. The Heinrich Böll Foundation will feature the final pieces on the HBS North America website following their publication.

Active social media engagement: while traveling and developing their stories, fellows are expected to actively engage with HBS North America over Facebook and Twitter and/or Instagram.


Please read the application instructions carefully before submitting your application. We will not consider incomplete applications.

A complete application consists of:

1. Resume: Please use U.S. format. This means no picture, date of birth, marital or familial status, etc.

2. Cover Letter. 

3. Proposal: Please include the following three sections:

  • Story proposals: please include a short description of each story you plan to cover (about 200 words each). You do not need to have interviews confirmed, but you should indicate whom you plan to contact. Please also specify the language of publication, medium (radio, print, etc.), audience, plans for publication, and your ability to translate stories into English or German if this is not the language of publication.
  • Travel Itinerary: please outline your dates of travel, destinations, and possible interviews in each location. You may travel for 5 days anytime between April 1 and May 20, 2016. Fellows may extend travel for a maximum of an additional 5 days, but these additional dayswill not be covered by the fellowship.
  • Social Media Engagement: briefly explain how you plan to engage with HBS North America in the course of your fellowship.

4. Work samples

  • Please submit two work samples.
  • If your previous work is not in English, German, Spanish, or French, please provide a briefsummary of each of your work samples.

To apply, click here. For questions, please contact Hannah Winnick, Program Director, Transatlantic Dialogue on Democracy and Social Policy, at

The application deadline is March 4, 2016. We strongly encourage early applications.

Announcing the Third Coast Radio Residency, June 13-17, Chicago outskirts

Third Coast is offering a residency! June 13-17. Details below. -Mia

PS: Can you please do this so I can live vicariously through you?
PPS: Nishat Kurwa is fantastic.


We are very happy to say that Third Coast and Ragdale are teaming up to present our first-ever Radio Residency, June 13-17, 2016! Enjoy a week away from the demands and deadlines of everyday life to make radio, commiserate and share expertise. Nishat Kurwa (Youth Radio, Marketplace) – an outstanding producer/editor – will be on staff offering one-one-one and small group critique and guidance.

WHO: Third Coast seeks a vibrant group of 8 producers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences who represent the future of public broadcasting and independent storytelling. At the time of the residency, participants should be mid-project, allowing them to focus on writing, editing and production of their final works.

WHERE: Ragdale, one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country, is located on 5-acre campus 30 miles north of 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 $175 for the entire Residency.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit project proposals by midnight (CT) on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Producers will be notified by April 8th.

Interested? Read all about the Third Coast Radio Residency, and send any questions to

regional gatherings – like FC West’s THIS FRIDAY, 2/19, 7pm, Bay Area

Hey folks. First – the ORIGINAL Freelance Cafe group is having a gathering this Friday, 7pm, in Albany CA. Details/FB invite HERE. Bay Area pubmedia folks should not miss this.

Second, there are freelancer meetup/listening/networking groups all over the country. So as part of the FC 2016 refresh (web redesign – woo hoo!), I'm going to list these groups on the FC website, as well as try to populate the FC events page with meetups and other relevant happenings around the country. Stay tuned for that (or see the very sparse current listing here.)
Here are the ones I know about off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are more. Drop me a note if you're part of one and would like to be included on this list.
Listen Up LA
I know there's one in Austin too though I can't find the details right now. Anyway – stay tuned for more info and keep those great resources coming! I couldn't do this without you.

Digital Storytelling Grant Opportunity – The Places We Call Home – with Cowbird, deadline Feb 12

Fun opportunity for important community-based storytelling. Details below. Deadline Feb 12.



Hey everyone, 

Looking for funding to do ambitious digital/audio storytelling? 
Here's a new public media grant opportunity that might be a perfect fit for producers out there who want to experiment with new approaches, work closely with a community, and get some mentorship in the process:

The public media non-profit Pacific Islanders in Communication is partnering with Cowbird to fund storytelling projects that creatively explore how the concept of home is evolving for Pacific Islanders around the world — including immigrant communities in America and elsewhere — as well as on the Pacific Islands themselves. 
The stories will combine audio, pictures and text on the Cowbird platform. 
Here's all the info, and feel free to write me with questions too and I can help get answers. 
Don't miss out — deadline Feb 12. 


discount on equipment-sharing service KitSplit for FC members

Hey folks. Update on the equipment-sharing post I put out a couple days ago. KitSplit will offer a 15% discount on equipment rentals through the end of February. Discount code: Freelancecafe15. And if people have any questions they can reach out to
More about KitSplit follows:
ForbesFast Company, and No Film School have called KitSplit "the AirBNB of creative equipment" because we make it easy to rent top quality gear on-demand or to earn money renting out gear you own.
Sign up to join KitSplit here.
Once you join, you’ll be able to:
Save 20-30% renting gear from vetted professional and rental houses nearby
-Get your rentals delivered 
-Enjoy damage and theft coverage at no extra charge
-Make extra money on equipment you own while you're not using it
Thousands of creative professionals use KitSplit. I'd love for you to join them.
Many thanks,

Lisbeth Kaufman | CEO & Co-founder, KitSplit 
30 John Street, Brooklyn New York 11201
Read about us in Forbes and Fast Company

equipment-sharing service – KitSplit – wants your business

KitSplit is a NY-based equipment-equipment sharing service – an interesting idea. This isn't an endorsement – I'm just passing it along. -Mia
PS: Should I let folks advertise on Freelance Cafe? Something I've been thinking about for a while…
Forbes, Fast Company, and No Film School have called KitSplit "the AirBNB of creative equipment" because we make it easy to rent top quality gear on-demand or to earn money renting out gear you own.
Sign up to join KitSplit here.
Once you join, you’ll be able to:
Save 20-30% renting gear from vetted professional and rental houses nearby
-Get your rentals delivered 
-Enjoy damage and theft coverage at no extra charge
-Make extra money on equipment you own while you're not using it
Thousands of creative professionals use KitSplit. I'd love for you to join them.
Many thanks,

Lisbeth Kaufman | CEO & Co-founder, KitSplit 
30 John Street, Brooklyn New York 11201
Read about us in Forbes and Fast Company

Fellowships galore from GIJN, IJNet, and The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team

Very cool fellowship from The Boston Globe's Spotlight team. I love to see the production companies capitalizing on the film's success in this way. Nice! – Deadline Feb 29

Open Road Films and Participant Media, with support from First Look Media, are sponsoring a fellowship of up to $100,000 to be awarded by The Boston Globe for one or more individuals or teams of journalists to work on in-depth research and reporting projects. The chosen journalist(s) will collaborate with established investigative reporters and editors from The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.

And The Global Investigative Journalism Network released a giant list of fellowships here: – Various deadlines.
Seeking a chance to improve your skills and expand your world? Tired of the everyday routine in your newsroom? We regularly update our guide to grants and fellowships. These are programs of special interest to investigative journalists around the world. There are plenty of short-term and long-term opportunities, both for staff and freelance reporters. Follow the links for information on deadlines and background on the various programs.

We've targeted this list to investigative journalists. For a comprehensive listing of fellowships for journalists and journalism students generally, see the Opportunities section of our friends at IJNet (and search "fellowships").

WHYY’s The Pulse seeks pitches on The New War on Drugs, deadline Feb 8

Pitch The Pulse! Details below – deadline Feb 8.

WHYY’s “The Pulse” is actively seeking pitches from reporters and producers for an upcoming show dedicated to understanding what’s become of the “War on Drugs.” With a nationwide opioid crisis raging, our jails full, and our understanding of the addicted brain perpetually changing, it’s hard to not think our society is losing the long-fought battle against one of the trickiest public health threats we’ve ever faced—addiction. But many folks think that by incorporating science and the language of disease into the battle, we could be at a turning point. We’re interested in stories about how people and organizations are tackling the conundrum of addiction and waging a new kind of war against drug addiction.

We pay approximately $100 per produced minute, though that rate can vary depending on your reporting plan. Please send pitches by Monday, February 8th to

“The Pulse” is a weekly, hour-long show about health, science, and innovation produced by Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY. Learn more about our show on AIR’s Pitch Page.

Looking forward to working with you!

Joel Patterson
Managing Editor