Category Archives: Gigs

help covering the aftermath of the Camp Fire

Bay Area radio reporter friends – a station in Northern CA seeks help with fire coverage. Info below.

North State Public Radio — based in Chico, CA, — has been run ragged
covering the Camp Fire, the largest wildfire in California history. We'd
love help covering the fire, the aftermath, the human cost, and other
stories that need to be told to the listeners in northern California.
Contact Phil Wilke, NSPR General Manager,,

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, 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


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 

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. 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 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

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:


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 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!

GM Opening at KALW San Francisco: rare opportunity for the right person

Great gig available in the Bay Area – a big one!! Spread the word.

KALW's beloved General Manager Matt Martin is leaving and we're looking for the next GM. This is a rare, unique opportunity for the right person! Do you know someone who can lead and grow this scrappy, creative gem in the public radio world? We're open to people inside and outside of public radio; non-profit/business management experience is a must.

Please share widely! Thanks!

three random opportunities from @apmreports, @shareable, and @panoply

Hello all. Three random offerings here – details and links below.
Cheers, Mia

APM Reports, the documentary and investigative arm of American Public Media is hiring for its 9 month fellowship program for early career radio producers. The fellow will mostly be working with APM Reports' education documentary and podcast team but with some opportunity to work on other projects as well.
Shareable is looking for a temporary, contract social media manager. The position details can be seen here: 

And finally – not freelance and not even really a media gig, BUT, my own company is hiring an administrative assistant. Pass along to your podcast loving people with great organizational/administrative skills. I can guarantee it's a very fun place to work and I'm happy to answer any questions.
Have a lovely day!

part-time GM position with community station in Sun Valley, ID, ski pass included!

Interesting opportunity from a community radio station in Sun Valley, Idaho. This is a part-time gig – with some unique perks! Details and contact info below. -Mia


KDPI Community Radio General Manager

KDPI is looking for a highly motivated and inspired person to manage our day-to-day operations, establish sustainable standards and practices and grow the station to its full potential. With an intense passion for narrative and public radio, the ideal candidate brings experience, vision and strong management skills.

KDPI 88.5 FM is a young but established community station in the vibrant resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Benefiting from a community with a strong economic base, nestled in the majestic Sawtooth Mountains, Sun Valley is a place of unparalleled beauty and opportunity. With a strong devotion to the arts and education, our valley is a draw to anyone seeking an active lifestyle and a sophisticated, intellectual community. We are a uniquely situated resort town with local flair. Our valley serves as a virtual playground for adventure junkies and solitude seekers alike, while still offering abundant opportunities for the arts and education. It is a diverse hyper-local environment with incredible places to enjoy every passion.


Compensation: Because of the unique environment within Sun Valley, KDPI is offering a creative compensation package that will include salary, a ski pass and a half time position that allows for the opportunity to experience the incredible outdoor life that our town provides.


Contact: Ellie Newman


@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: 

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:

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 and Guest Host Irina Zhorov