call for proposals for a new health-related podcast series, deadline June 30

Just a few days left on this RFP – get it while you still can! Deadline June 30. Contact info below. -Mia
AphasiaAccess, an organization that promotes communicative access and supports people with aphasia and their families in achieving their goals, needs a producer for its new podcast. Aphasia is a language disorder, often resulting from a stroke, that impacts a person's ability to speak, understand, read, and write. It affects around a million people in the U.S. See the request for proposals for podcast details and to learn more about AphasiaAccess. 
Request for Proposals
Producer – Podcast Series
Issued: June 15, Responses Requested by: June 30
Organizational Summary
AphasiaAccess is a nonprofit membership organization. Its mission is to “grow a network of healthcare, business, and community leaders to advance lifelong communication access for people with aphasia.” Members come from the majority of US states and Canadian provinces, along with 11 other countries. A key commonality is that AphasiaAccess members are supportive of the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA). The LPAA is a consumer-driven service-delivery approach that supports individuals with aphasia and their families in achieving their immediate and longer term life goals.
The organization currently offers educational programming that includes a Biennial Leadership Summit, a library of training videos with archives of previously captured webinars and general resources (e.g. forms, protocols) to help professionals in healthcare (acute, rehabilitation, and community-based on-going programs), plus university professors teaching the next generation of speech-language pathologists.
More information about AphasiaAccess is available at
Project Overview
AphasiaAccess intends to launch a podcast series in September of 2016. The organization envisions a multiple- episode professionally-produced podcast series focused on effective LPAA intervention examples, the how-tos of sustaining and marketing LPAA aphasia services, as well as riveting Ah-ha moments that surprise, inspire and motivate! The final # TBD, minimum of 6 and maximum of 24, predicted to be approximately 15 minutes each.
Statement of Need
AphasiaAccess seeks the services of a resource to assist in the production of this podcast series. We specifically anticipate the need to include:
• Identification of initial technical specifications and procedures for recording interviews
• Set up and/or counsel for podcast platform and promotion
• Editing/mixing podcast to final form and delivery of final files
• Recording of intros/outros
Proposals Requested
Third parties, capable of providing the services noted above, are invited to submit a proposal to AphasiaAccess to provide these services. Your proposal should include:
• Background on your firm
• Statement of experience of those who would be working with this account
• Description of services your firm provides, noting any services that you would typically outsource
• Explanation of how your firm bills for its services, including discounts for committing to multiple editions
• References and samples of past work (non profit / health care examples preferred)
Proposals will be accepted through June 30th. AphasiaAccess anticipates awarding this contract between August 1 – 15. Any or all proposals may be declined at AphasiaAccess’ sole discretion.
Questions about this RFP, or your response, may be sent to Todd Von Deak at

WHYY’s The Pulse seeks pitches on health and science, deadline July 1

WHYY's health/science/innovation show "The Pulse" is looking for pitches that can turn into assignments that can produce some awesome audio. We're mostly looking for fresh new ideas, but we're open to work that's previously been aired as well.

What makes a story a Pulse story?
It takes the audience on a journey.
It puts people first.
It answers questions people didn’t even know they had.
It surprises.
It empowers people to take control of their health.
It celebrates breakthroughs with skepticism.
And it Keeps it weird…the fringe is where the action is, afterall.

Send your concise pitches to: We'll be assigning the week of July 5th, so please have pitches to us by Friday, July 1st.

Joel Patterson
Managing Editor, The Pulse

New class from Radio Boot Camp – the Art of the Pitch, @UnionDocs, Sept

A fantastic addition to the Radio Boot Camp curriculum – how to PITCH! Details below. -Mia


We're so excited to announce a new class from Radio Boot Camp! The Art of the Pitch: a three session workshop dedicated to learning how to pitch a radio story. Dates are as follows:
Friday, September 9th 2016. 6pm-9pm
Friday, September 16th 2016. 6pm-9pm
Friday, September 23rd 2016. 6pm-9pm
More info, and registration here:
And, the next regular Radio Boot Camp class for beginners has also been scheduled for September, 
Hope to see you this fall! 

5-week radio storytelling by Snap’s @davey_kim @WritingPadUS, July, SF

Hey FC folks! Perhaps I've been deep in production mode for too long, but I just learned about this great series of courses from Writing Pad. They're based in LA and SF but offer online courses too. Check out their latest from Snap Judgment's Davey Kim. PLUS, friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount. 15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE. Drop me a line if you sign up and let me know how it goes!




Davey Kim is a producer of Snap Judgment and a radio journalist who has been on multiple NPR shows. Not only is he an amazing teacher with a great ear for story, he is really supportive and inspiring! Also, because of our radio storytelling classes, 7 students have gotten on the radio and have gotten paid). You could be next! Our latest student success is Tanya Frank:

In this class, Davey shares the Snap Judgment guidelines, themes and helps you craft a pro radio story. He helps you transform a real-life event into a deep, moving tale. You workshop it twice plus get performance notes. On the last class, you record your story at Snap Judgment studios. It will make you feel like a rock star and you will get a professionally recorded clip from Davey (that you can send out to This American Life or Snap Judgment too).

RADIO STORYTELLING 5 WK w/ Davey Kim (Snap Judgment, NPR)
July 10, 17, August 14, 21 (4 Sun. nights, 1 recording session) 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.  

America’s Test Kitchen Radio seeks stories for Holiday Special, deadline July 19

Looking to New Years already! (That's my kind of production. 🙂 America's Test Kitchen Radio wants your stories about great New Year's food traditions. Pitch deadline is July 19. Details and contact info below. -Mia


America's Test Kitchen Radio is looking for your stories! We want tape about unusual New Years traditions with food from around the world, from Black Eyed Peas to Yusheng. Please email us if you have ideas for short interviews to be included in our show. We are not looking for fully produced pieces, but collaborators in tape gathering. Talk to your grandmothers! Your bakers! Your Korean uncle or German schoolteacher! Deadline for pitches is July 19, 2016. Fee is $250 if chosen to record your story. Producers will receive an on-air credit for their contribution.

Please send your ideas to Carly Helmetag at or Stephanie Stender at

grant money aimed at increasing diversity in investigative journalism

Spread the word about this important fellowship aimed at journalists of color!

Grants & fellowships for journalists of color & women journalists
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FIJ and Schuster Institute Launch Initiative for Diversity in Social Justice Investigative ReportingWithout greater diversity in journalism, some very important stories are never pitched, some assignments never made, facts never gathered, and serious abuses of power never uncovered.Through a collaboration underwritten by a Ford Foundation grant, The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University have joined forces to broaden opportunities for independent investigative reporting by women and journalists of color. Four independent, U.S.-based reporters with strong proposals to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues will be selected.

The selected journalists will receive competitively awarded grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which will provide up to $9,000 to pay the expenses of reporting a specific investigative story, covering costs such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends.

Recipients will also be awarded Schuster Institute fellowships, which will give them access to paid research assistance, the extensive offerings of Brandeis University’s library and technology services, mentoring, editorial guidance, and opportunities for pro bono, media-related legal advice from a major New York firm. The Schuster Institute will help publicize the fellows’ work through press releases, social media and the Institute’s websites. As a fellow, they will join our “Newsroom Without Walls,” a community of Schuster Institute fellows and research scholars who regularly share ideas, advice and support. The fellowships do not require residency at Brandeis University and the fellows are not paid.

The work must be completed within one year.

It is widely recognized that journalists of diverse backgrounds are underrepresented in this country’s ranks of independent investigative reporters. This initiative is designed to help those selected journalists report and write important stories about unreported or underreported social justice issues.

“Journalism in the U.S. has made some progress on diversity in newsrooms. But that progress has lagged well behind this nation’s demographic change,” said FIJ president Ricardo Sandoval Palos. “This imbalance is acute in the specialized field of investigative journalism. For decades, FIJ’s strength has been identifying and supporting stories that might not otherwise get done. So this generous grant from Ford is a great start: It allows us to work with journalists from underrepresented communities who’ve lacked access to investigative resources.”

“The Schuster Institute has collaborated with FIJ for years on our fellowship program. We know the value of providing an institutional home and valuable resources to independent investigative journalists, and Ford’s support of this initiative allows us to grow our community of fellows and support an even broader range of underrepresented voices and their important investigative stories,” said Florence Graves, founding director of the Schuster Institute.

Eligibility requirements

Applications from women and journalists of color working in any type of media — print, audio, video, online — will be considered.

Application deadline

Applications may be submitted from June 1 through Oct. 1, 2016, and we will announce grantees and fellows in early November 2016.

How to apply

Application instructions are available at
If after reading about the entry process you still have questions, please email

In the meantime, please check the FIJ and Schuster Institute Facebook pages,
and #FIJSchuster on Twitter for updates.

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ). Since 1969, FIJ has supported the work of independent journalists who have tips, sources, and ideas, but lack the resources needed to do their investigations. The late Philip M. Stern founded FIJ to invest in the work of determined journalists in the fight against racism, poverty, corporate greed, and governmental corruption. FIJ-supported projects have won a wide array of journalistic honors, including Pulitzer Prizes, the George Polk Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award, and many others.  Please see for more information.

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University is a collaborative, investigative newsroom focusing on social justice and human rights issues as well as government accountability and transparency. We dive into systemic problems afflicting those who are poor, voiceless, or forgotten—with an eye toward informing policymakers and public debate. Launched in 2004 by Florence Graves to help fill the void in high-quality public interest and investigative journalism, the Institute was the nation’s first independent, investigative reporting center based at a university. Our staff and Schuster Institute Fellows cover such subjects as human trafficking and modern-day slavery; criminal justice; race and justice; food and health; government and corporate wrongdoing; environmental justice; gender and justice; political and social justice; and border issues and immigration. Please see and for more information.