PODCAST PRODUCERS (PT job) by Bear Guerra

Via PRX:

“We’re looking to hire a PT producer to work 3 days a week with the Ear Hustle podcast, in the Bay Area. The position is contract for six months, likely to renew and will possibly expand.

This person will work closely with the team and specifically with Earlonne Woods, whose 31 years-to-life prison sentence was recently commuted, to explore stories of his and others' re-entry into American society. This position will be based in Emeryville, CA, but will also include days spent (2-4 per month) with the Ear Hustle team in San Quentin State Prison, working on various stories inside.

Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. Starting with season four in 2019, the podcast will also produce stories outside prison, exploring the challenges and rewards of re-entry into American society, post-incarceration.This award-winning podcast is a partnership between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.”



STORYTELLERS OF ALL KINDS (microgrants) by Bear Guerra

Via The Awesome Foundation:

“A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiative and public or social practice art projects.

Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike.

Any Field. Each chapter has their own requirements, most consider arts projects.

Grants not given for studio space or strictly salary or supplies. Needs to make the community more “awesome.” Think public works.”

DEADLINE: Rolling.


PHOTOGRAPHERS (fellowship) by Bear Guerra

Via Aaron Siskind Foundation:

“The Aaron Siskind Foundation is a 501(c)(3) set up by preeminent photographer Aaron Siskin’s estate, which he had asked to become a resource for contemporary photographers. The award was established to support and encourage contemporary artists working in the photographic field.

Open to any US artist over 21 years of age. Work must be based on the idea of still-based photography, but can include digital imagery, installations, documentary projects, and photo-generated print media.”

DEADLINE: Spring 2019.


VISUAL ARTISTS (grants) by Bear Guerra

Via The Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists:

“The Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.”

DEADLINE: April 2019.


EDUCATION WRITERS (call for pitches) by Bear Guerra

Via George Lucas Educational Foundation:

“If you have a story to tell—something you’ve realized over the course of your career about how to get students excited about learning; a strategy you recently tried that didn’t quite work out and how you changed course; an aha moment that led you to rethink how you teach a particular subject or lesson—you’re in the right place.

We welcome pitches on all academic subjects and all grades from pre-K through 12th. And we’re always interested in pitches on our core concepts: project-based learning, social and emotional learning, technology integration, teacher development, comprehensive assessment, and integrated studies.


Send an email to GUESTBLOG at EDUTOPIA (dot) ORG with “Guest Blog: [Proposed Post Title]” in the subject line, and be sure to include the following information:

  • A few sentences describing your proposed post and a high-level outline (keep in mind that finished blog posts should be around 750–850 words)

  • Links to any multimedia you plan to include

  • A few words about the intended target audience for your blog (for example, high school math teachers, administrators, etc.)

  • A roughly 80-word bio with details about your role in education

  • Three to five links to other pieces (if any) you’ve written, particularly for academic publications

  • Full disclosure of any commercial interest in any products or services mentioned

  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)

Please note: We accept only original submissions. If your post has appeared elsewhere, we will not accept it.”


Immersive Storytelling Specialists (academic job) by Bear Guerra

Via Royal College of Art:

“The National Film and Television School working with Royal Holloway, University of London have been named as the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling. Working with partners such as Imaginarium, Sony Interactive Entertainment, the BFI, Punchdrunk and Sky VR, the Centre will help established and experience professionals in film, television and gaming to explore the opportunities afforded by Immersive Technology for Storytelling.

The Centre through a range of initiatives - such as Experimental Labs, Short Courses, Placements and Commissioned Productions - will get industry and education working together to explore the creative and commercial possibilities of new immersive technologies that places story at the centre.

We are now advertising for a Partnership Manager to take the work of the Centre forward.

This is a key networking, reporting and facilitation role in the delivery of the Centre’s work. You will work closely with a range of industry, higher education institutions and public bodies to establish, build and track relationships for shared activities, productions, events, training and knowledge sharing.”

DEADLINE: January 16.


WOMEN JOURNALISTS (leadership training) by Bear Guerra

Via Ford Foundation:

“Expand your leadership skills at every level of the media industry, from traditional newsrooms and digital startups to new social media platforms. Shift and expand the topics covered and who covers them.

Join with 49 other influential women leaders and aspiring leaders in journalism from diverse backgrounds to build a vibrant community that will advance your career, while shifting journalism's still male-dominated approach to reflect women's prominence in the world and they way media report about women and issues critical to women. 

Five immersion days of intensive and collaborative in-person training: February 6-8, 2019 and May 9-10, 2019. Regular virtual online sessions with a deeper dive into some content elements: March and April 2019, dates TBA.”

DEADLINE: January 6.


AUDIO PRODUCERS (residency) by Bear Guerra

Via Third Coast International Audio Festival:

“If you are an audio producer who identifies as part of a group underrepresented in podcasting/pub media, and you have an exciting project but not *enough* time & space to make it happen - check out the 2019 Radio Residency at Ragdale in Chicago.”

DEADLINE: January 31.




Via Columbia Journalism School:

“The Meyer "Mike" Berger Award and its $1,500 prize is awarded for outstanding human interest reporting across platforms. Print, radio, broadcast and digital reporting are eligible for the award. All entries must have been published in the U.S. during 2018, though in the case of a series or ongoing story, work that appeared in January 2019 will be accepted. Journalists who report in a foreign language should submit copies of original stories with an English translation. No entry fee is required.”

DEADLINE: March 4.


STORY & TALENT CURATORS (job) by Bear Guerra

Via Association of Independents in Radio:

“The Story and Talent Curator (STC) is the point of connection between a broad network of mission-focused talent and NPR, stations, and other producing entities seeking contributors and story pitches. 

 AIR’s network numbers nearly 1,300 producers working across 46 states and 30 countries. The STC will work with editors and commissioning agents to build a rich pool of mission-focused contributors to advance AIR and NPR’s shared objective to build a culture of sophisticated inclusivity through public media. The STC is ideally able to work out of AIR’s HQ in Dorchester, Mass.”


WOMEN FREELANCE WRITERS (assignments) by Bear Guerra

Via Women’s Fund:

“Philanthropy Women is seeking freelance writers to provide high quality content for their site. Background in journalism, communications, women's issues, and social justice preferred. Please send resume and cover letter to Kiersten Marek at kiersten.marek@gmail.com.”


Via Neon Hum Media:

“In 2018, Neon Hum helped produce multiple chart-topping podcasts that reached 10s of millions of listeners. Now, we are seeking a Senior Producer to help manage an ambitious slate of 2019 productions.

The ideal candidate for this position will bring leadership, organization, and exceptional storytelling skills to a wide breadth of podcast products.

Your Role:

  • Supervise talent, reporters, producers, editors and engineers (both freelance and full-time employees), including:

    • Assigning work,

    • leading meetings,

    • reviewing timesheets/invoices, and

    • providing editorial and production support for multiple teams, including editorial approval.

  • Interface with clients across multiple industries and backgrounds with patience and professionalism;

  • Provide production and editorial support for select shows as-needed;

  • Report regularly to Neon Hum’s executive staff, elevating appropriate concerns as needed; and

  • Other related production duties as required.  

What You Bring:

  • 5+ years audio production or related storytelling experience.

  • Experience leading a team logistically and editorially on a successful audio production. Public media or journalism background a plus.

  • A clear track record of producing innovative, diverse,  and complex audio works.

  • Experience cultivating talent from multiple creative sectors and backgrounds.

  • Collaborative, team-driven approach to working.

  • Exceptional communication skills, and an unparalleled organizational ability.

  • High level of skill in audio production and writing.

About This Position:

The Senior Producer, Podcasts position is a full-time, permanent position offering a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.”



Via Stanford Storytelling Project:

“SSP is seeking a full-time Lecturer for a two year fixed-term appointment beginning August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2021, with the possibility of re-appointment.

The Stanford Storytelling Project (SSP) is an arts program that teaches students how to use story craft and practices to create personal and social change. The program sponsors courses, workshops, grants, and a live event series that give students an opportunity to appreciate the way stories work, work on us, and can work for us. SSP explores all forms of stories, from myth to memoir, in all kinds of media, from print to performance, and produces two podcasts that feature the research and creative work of the Stanford community.

The SSP Lecturer will offer instruction in oral, audio, and/or multimedia storytelling craft in a variety of settings across the university and will support the activities and initiatives of SSP. There are three areas of responsibility: (1) teaching, (2) mentoring, and (3) managing podcast production and undergraduate grant program. The SSP Lecturer will develop and teach 2-3 courses per year in oral, audio, and multimedia forms of storytelling in nonfiction genres such as memoir, documentary, and the essay, and as well as design and deliver stand-alone workshops in courses across the curriculum. They will closely mentor grant recipients, SSP student staff, and other students in narrative craft, practices, and media production. Finally, the SSP Lecturer will act as Managing Editor of SSP’s student-produced podcasts, overseeing all aspects of the production process, from initial show development through distribution, and supervise the small, undergraduate grant program.

Though these duties largely correspond to the academic year, there are also some program and planning duties in the summer months. The SSP Lecturer reports to the Stanford Storytelling Project Manager.


Applicants should hold an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a field focused on narrative craft such as Documentary Studies, Oral History, Journalism, Creative Nonfiction, or English. They should have at least two years of experience teaching university-level courses in producing nonfiction stories in print or non-print media; these might be courses in documentary production, creative nonfiction, or in other fields that concentrate on narrative theory, craft, and practices to produce creative work. Applicants should also have at least two years of experience making long-form, nonfiction audio or mixed media stories for radio, podcast, or the web. Finally, they should have demonstrated knowledge of oral and audio storytelling forms, trends, and programs, an understanding of pedagogy in teaching narrative craft, and the organizational and leadership skills to manage the production of podcasts such as SSP’s State of the Human.”

DEADLINE: February 1.



Via Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY:

“This winter up to 15 journalists will gather in New York City for six days of study and discussion. The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about the science and practice of resilience while unfettered from the daily demands of journalism.

Understanding how systems respond to disturbance is becoming more critical every day. How do cities, states, and countries recover after a hurricane devastates communities? How can a region reduce the effects of climate change? Is it possible to manage natural resources such as fisheries in a way that allows for long-term health of the ecosystem?

The Resilience Journalism Fellowship gives reporters the tools they need to answer these and other important questions through a resilience lens. We immerse our Fellows in the science behind resilience thinking through fieldwork – discussions with scientists, observation of resilience thinking as it relates to on-going projects, and meetings with businesspeople and community members on the front lines of resilience work. And we couple that fieldwork with classroom discussion on resilience economics, story framing and so much more.

The Fellowship will last from Sunday evening, Feb. 24 until midday on Friday, March 1. Fellows will be required to complete several readings before arriving in New York, and will be expected to be active participants in all discussions during the Fellowship.”

DEADLINE: January 4.


EDUCATORS IN CALIFORNIA (grant) by Bear Guerra

Via California Civil Liberties Public Education Program:

“The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (California Civil Liberties Program) is a state-funded grant project to sponsor public educational activities and development of educational materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of civilians and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry will be remembered so that the causes and circumstance of this and similar events may be illuminated and understood. The California Civil Liberties Program is administered by the California State Library.

The agency is directed by statue to administer a competitive grant program to educate the public through the development, coordination, and distribution of new educational materials and the development of curriculum materials to complement and augment resources currently available on this subject matter regarding the history and the lessons of civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices that have been carried out against other communities or populations, including, but not limited to, civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices that are perpetrated on the basis of an individual’s race, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.”

DEADLINE: March 4.



Via Lantigua Williams & Co:

“Following a successful first season, 70 Million, the open-source solutions journalism podcast, will begin production on its second season in January 2019.

Creator and executive producer Juleyka Lantigua-Williams and the 70 Million team want your ideas on how to illuminate the complexities of the criminal justice system through long-form audio narratives that: explore solutions, inside or outside the walls of the actual jail; introduce compelling characters who are system-involved; and immerse listeners in sound and scene-rich audio storytelling. Below are some initial topics and locations we’ve been thinking about. Feel free to expand on any of these in your own pitch, or send us something you are already working on or want to be working on.

Target Topics:

Racial exclusion in the legal cannabis economy, Women and opioid abuse and incarceration, public defenders + ending cyclical jailing, bail reform at a city or county level, the bond industry, role of judges in restorative justice and determent, progressive prosecutors, court procedures around police testimonials (false statements, questionable evidence, coerce confessions, plea deals etc.), ICE detention at local jails, sanctuary cities vs. ICE, generational impact of ‘War on Drugs’ legislation, economics of the local jail (informal economy, vendors, commissary, family remittances, etc.), charging juveniles as adults, plea bargains, addiction treatment in custody, parents in custody, tech at the local jail and more.

Pitches should include: Link to your website/work portfolio/LinkedIn; Link to 1-2 long-form reported audio pieces; How the local angle reflects a national issue; Who you would; feature in the piece; Why you are the best person for this story; Your expected fee, based on experience Ideal Reporters Live in or are from the area they’re reporting on Report on their own communities Have previously reported on criminal justice Have experience with long-form narrative audio Can think in sound; Love meeting deadlines Work well with editors; Fact check their work thoroughly; Speak a second language Please send your 600-word pitches to hello@70millionpod.com.”

DEADLINE: January 14.


Via Mongabay:

Mongabay.com is now expanding its coverage of environmental and conservation news in sub-Saharan Africa. This new editorial position is focused on covering issues relevant to wildlife and their habitats in Africa. Please see Mongabay’s existing coverage of Africa for an overview of relevant topics.

The Contributing Editor – Africa will be responsible for the production of daily news and feature stories in English. The editor will help to grow our team of contributors focused on Africa’s environment, manage assignments, edit articles, and ensure adherence to grant guidelines and reporting expectations. This is a high-visibility, high-impact role with room for growth.”

DEADLINE: Rolling.


BLACK HISTORY WRITERS (job) by Bear Guerra

Via PBS Digital Studios:

“PBS Digital Studios (PBSDS) is looking for a writer for an upcoming show on Black American history and culture, launching in 2019. This weekly, scripted, hosted series is part cultural critique, part talk show, and part history lesson.

You’ll be writing entertaining and educational scripts that feature lesser known Black history topics that relate to modern experiences, and provide fresh takes on prominent themes in Black culture. This is a remote position working in collaboration with KLRU out of Austin, Texas.”



INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS (call for stories) by Bear Guerra

Via Reveal:

“We send these call-outs when we’re trying to fill a specific need in an upcoming hour, in the hopes that the possible themes will resonate with an idea you have or a story that’s already in the works. But we are always interested in great stories. Without further ado, here’s what we’re looking for:

Signing away the right to boycott 

The story we have in place for this hour is about boycotts as a form of protected speech. The main characters are individuals fighting for their right to boycott, and being asked to sign away that right as a condition of employment.

We’re looking for stories that will complement this one, but not duplicate it--with different kinds of characters and different points to make. Maybe it’s a story about a boycott that has nothing to do with free speech; or, conversely, a story about some totally different un-speech-like activity being defended on free speech grounds. Maybe it’s a story about a significant political boycott, like the movement to divest from fossil fuel companies or the anti-apartheid movement; or maybe it’s a story about someone trying to do their own private boycott, unconnected to a larger political movement, and how deceptively difficult that is under 2018 capitalism. Maybe it’s a story about different kinds of rights that people sign away as a condition of employment. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. You tell us!

We're looking for stories that take us somewhere new, with compelling characters, twists and turns, big ideas and surprises. It could be an investigation you've been working on for months, or a revealing narrative interview with a great character you just met. If you have an idea, please fill out the pitch form. For the question, "Are you responding to a Call for Pitches?" Please write: “Boycotts as speech”

DEADLINE: January 5.



Via Grist:

“Are you an early-career journalist looking to develop your voice, tell stories about compelling people and communities, and work at a news shop that’s making a difference? Are you obsessed with justice for all? Then Grist environmental justice fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the justice fellow will report on the connections between social inequality and the environment. You will explore the ways in which the environmental movement can become more inclusive — especially in the current moment — and how communities of color are developing new ways to fight for cleaner air and water, as well as safer neighborhoods. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies communities and people working on home-grown solutions. You will be expected to write quick news updates and newsletter blurbs, reported stories, and one mini-feature a month. You will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team.”

DEADLINE: January 14.