COLLEGE JOURNALISTS OF COLOR (fellowship, September 8) by Bear Guerra

Via ProPublica:

“The Emerging Reporters Program provides a $9,000 stipend, along with mentoring and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and our New York office, for five students each year who work or want to work at college journalism outlets: newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations.

The Emerging Reporters Program is specifically designed for those who might find investigative journalism inaccessible. All students who will be juniors or seniors in college this academic year are eligible to apply, and African Americans, Latinos and other people of color are especially encouraged to do so. Participants are expected to take a full course load during the 2019-20 school year. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. The purpose of the stipends is to make college journalism accessible to students for whom it would otherwise be economically out of reach.”

DEADLINE: September 8.


FREELANCE RADIO PRODUCERS (call for pitches, September 16) by Bear Guerra


Via Making Contact:

“Making Contact produces media that analyses critical issues and showcases grassroots solutions in order to inform and inspire audiences to action. We are accepting pitches for 7-10 minute segments or 29-minute documentaries for upcoming shows in our Fall schedule.

We’re looking for both new radio pieces, or potential audio material that has previously aired non-exclusively (radio features, video docs, sound-rich podcasts etc.)

Although we’re always looking for stories on a variety of topics (so send those over, too), we’re particularly interested in the following list.

Please see our submission guidelines for more info on our style guidelines and pay rates. Your work will air on our 151 affiliate stations and on our podcast.

Please submit pitches to by September 16th


Prisons and People in Prison

  • Re-entry.

  • We’re seeking segments on post-release monitoring or surveillance – such as changes to the parole process, an exploration of monitoring and the use of algorithms, Life Without Parole, women in prison, and plea bargains.. What new solutionary approaches are there for success when our community members come back home? We’re more interested in stories of people working together than those finding individual one-off solutions.

  • Tech and prison.

    • The modern prison system isn’t just a physical space – these days it’s virtual: breathalysers used in DUI cases; surveillance or predictive policing; tracking online activity are some examples. How do we grapple with these new technologies and how do people fight them?


  • New stories from the border

  • We’re looking for illustrative, character-driven, myth-busting stories. What’s happening at the border? Why are people immigrating and what’s it like when they get here? And we love historical context! So bring on the history, economics and politics!

  • Climate refugees

  • How have rising seas and temperatures forced people to move? how is the world responding to such an unprecedented mass migration? How are island communities or people of color and the poor living on the coastline fighting to secure their safety and homes?

  • Rise of right wing nationalism

  • White nationalists, but also hindu nationalists, buddhist nationalists etc have always used immigrants as a scapegoat. How are we seeing this echoed across the world? Who belongs where? What about stateless people? What’s being hidden when governments expel the most vulnerable from their borders?

Reproductive Justice and Women of Color

  • Abortion access.

  • We’re seeing attacks on abortion all across the US with access to abortion rapidly decreasing. What’s the role of religious fundamentalism or the role of Catholic hospitals? What’s happening on the level of schools and colleges and availability of birth control and abortion healthcare on campus? How are students organizing? How are people organizing to maintain and expand abortion access. Stories need to empahsize the intersection of race and gender and the particular impact of abortion access on the young, poor+working class women of color.

  • Criminalization of reproductive access.

  • Women are being criminally punished for miscarriage or inducing abortion. We want to hear about the push to punish women, especially women of color or women from states in which abortion is not readily available. Again, what’s being done to protect women?

  • Comprehensive Reproductive Justice

    • Beyond access to abortion or birth control, Reproductive Justice includes the right to raise any children we do have with dignity in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. Pitch us stories exploring ways women are dismantling health and social inequalities throughout our life cycles, and across our multiple realities of race, immigration status, queer and trans bodies, incarceration, age and geography.

White Supremacy and the Right Wing 

  • The historical roots of white supremacy.

  • The recent wave of white supremacy raging across the United States, and the internationally isn’t new “How are people confronting and dismantling it while exploring its history, financial backing, and the role police and governments? We’re seeking innovative stories about the history of white supremacy here and abroad and ways organizers are confronting that past.

  • Voter disenfranchisement and the ballot in 2020.

    • How are people of color dissuaded or prevented from voting and exercising our/their political voice? How are white supremacists actively securing the voting booth again people of color in 2020. What are activists doing to stop voter disenfranchisement and protect the right to vote?

Climate Change and Climate Justice

  • Grassroots Insurgency:

    • Pitch us stories that aren’t just about the coming apocalypse. Instead, stories that complicate the idea that we’ll be easily eradicated or that there’s no hope. How are people preparing to adapt to a changing climate? What’s going to make a difference in the coming decades? How are people organizing in their towns, communities or local jurisdictions? We’re looking for your stories that reframe the inevitability of global warming as a time for radical hope and imagination.

    • Corporate Accountability and Water Privatization: We’re looking to build upon our past coverage of this issue spanning realms of environment, democracy and corporations attempting to privatize municipal water systems, and communities responding. We have a segment underway in ME and we’re interested in working with freelancers in areas such as Pittsburg, Flint, Lagos and youran update to the story of Flint, MI? It’s one of the worst examples of water supply contamination and inadequate responses. Also, one population that has endured generations of poverty, disputes over water rights, and a lack of plumbing infrastructure live throughout the Navajo Nation (Utah, New Mexico, Arizona), where nearly half of all people must get their water from pumps outside of the home. We’re looking for stories about the barriers to clean water access on Native American reservations, and what people are doing to improve access to clean water.”

    DEADLINE: September 16


Via Border Arts Corridor:

“Student and non-professional filmmakers living in Arizona and Sonora can submit short films about life in the borderlands to the Cinema On The Border contest now through Oct. 7.

Five winners from each state will be selected for a film screening in Douglas on Oct. 26. And the 10 winning filmmakers will have transportation, food and lodging paid to attend a borderlands film workshop in Douglas on Oct. 25-26. The workshop, led by Tucson-based filmmaker Luis Carlos Davis, is also open to the public.”

DEADLINE: October 7.

FILMMAKERS FOCUSING ON QUEER STORIES (grants, October 31) by Bear Guerra

Via IDA:

“The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Grants up to $5,000 are available for the completion of films that represent and reflect LGBTQ+ life in all its complexity and richness.”

DEADLINE: October 31.

CREATIVE WRITERS AND TEACHERS (job, October 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Stony Brook University:

“The Creative Writing Program at Stony Brook seeks a fiction or creative nonfiction writer for its lively undergraduate and graduate programs to start September 1, 2020. Successful applicants will have significant publication (at least one book from a respected press), an MFA or PhD in creative writing (or an exceptionally strong record of publication), and evidence of successful teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.

We especially welcome candidates with leadership experience, inside academia or out, as for example, building a reading series or editing a literary journal, and candidates with competence in a second genre, including genre fiction. We encourage applications from women, writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and any others who contribute to the diversity of our faculty. Finally, we seek candidates with experience in teaching culturally diverse curricula.”

DEADLINE: October 15.


JEWISH WOMEN FREELANCE WRITERS (call for pitches) by Bear Guerra

Via Jewish Women’s Archive:
Jewish Women, Amplified welcomes pitches and high-quality submissions of original writing: essays, analyses, opinion pieces, and interviews. All pieces should be written from a Jewish, feminist, and/or historical perspective. We review poetry submissions on a case-by-case basis.

All submissions of finished work should be between 800 and 1,000 words. Pieces should be submitted as publication-ready as possible. If you're sending only a query, please include clips or writing samples. We reserve the right to edit submitted posts for content, clarity, and length, and will do so in dialogue with the writer.

While we are committed to celebrating the voices and contributions of Jewish women, we are not a space for self-promotion and will not accept written work that publicizes individuals, projects, or products that do not relate to our mission.”


VIDEO INSTRUCTORS (PT job, September 1) by Bear Guerra

Via Bay Area Video Coalition:

“Youth programs at BAVC mainly serve low–income students who are underrepresented and misrepresented in the media and tech fields, and in college programs for such. Youth media production programs include advanced and intensive classes to create professional-quality media projects such as short-films, documentaries, music videos, public service announcements, audio engineering, game design, graphic design, coding, etc., as well as portfolio materials including a resume, online portfolio and Linkedin profile.

Develop curriculum and provide instruction for youth film programs. Mentor young filmmakers and manage production and distribution of student projects. Understand the power of youth-produced stories and media for social change and education, and empower youth while pushing them creatively, balancing production-driven learning with their broader development.”


CALIFORNIA WRITERS (call for stories, ongoing) by Bear Guerra

Via Boom California:

Boom California embraces work in many different formats, although we normally publish the short and long-form essays, which are refereed through a double-blind peer review process. We invite written, photographic, artistic, and multimedia submissions in all formats and lengths, with essays from 800 to approximately 8,000 words.

Topics of particular interest to Boom California include:

  • Immigration

  • Race

  • Inequality

  • Social Justice

  • Gender

  • Queer Studies

  • Labor

  • Latinx Population and Culture

  • Asian American Population and Culture

  • African American Population and Culture

  • Poverty

  • Social Movements

Within and across these topics, our goal is to highlight California within broader global contexts, exploring them through various underexplored cultural modalities, including but not limited to expressions in history, religion, food, the environment, crime, music, film, media, and elsewhere.”



Via Human Rights Watch:

“HRW presents the Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship. Fellows will work with HRW in New York or Washington monitoring human rights developments worldwide, conducting on-site investigations, drafting reports, media outreach and more.

The yearlong fellowships begin September 2020 and offer a US$60,000 salary with benefits.

Ideal candidates possess a strong background in human rights with an intent to pursue a career in the field. Requirements include research and field experience, analytic skills and English fluency. Proficiency in a second language is a plus.

DEADLINE: October 11.



Via Al Jazeera Contrast:

“Hi all — Al Jazeera Contrast, the network's VR/AR studio, is looking for an audio producer experienced in binaural audio recording for a very cool gig. The project is a 13-minute augmented reality drama story about gentrification in Harlem.

This person would:

  • Record and design soundscape for the scripted audio story

  • Identify and work with voice actors to record the audio script

  • Rent studio to record with voice actors

  • Edit and produce the audio story

  • Co-ordinate with AR developers to make sure the audio complements the AR triggers

Please send me an email ( with a brief introduction (just a few sentences is fine), a few links to work, and a resume if you think you might be a good fit for this.”


PHOTOJOURNALISTS (grant, September 6) by Bear Guerra

Via World Press Photo:

“The SVJI will commission, support, and publish a small number of new visual stories with a solutions focus. This will be done through a call for a diverse group of visual journalists to produce original, high-quality stories. The SVJI will provide a small budget for each chosen visual journalist to produce their story, and will encourage stories that can reach global audiences, especially younger audiences, through multiple channels and platforms. There will also be the opportunity for publication with media partners, including the New York Times “Fixes” column, as well as Witness, World Press Photo’s online magazine.

We are looking to commission, support, and publish a small number of new and original visual stories with a solutions focus. The number of projects to be selected depends on the quality of the proposals. The level of funding for each project depends on the needs and viability of the proposal, but as a guide projects could be supported with a grant of approximately €5,000 each.”

DEADLINE: September 6.


Via United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

“The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) seeks a freelance writer to help create a physical exhibition and online experience on the subject of the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya in Burma (Myanmar). The Rohingya exhibition and website are being guest-curated by a photojournalist who has been documenting this story for over a decade.

The writer will be part of an in-house team working closely with the curator to tell the compelling story of the methodical and systematic efforts of Burmese authorities to erase the Rohingya community. While the writer will be responsible for creating all of the text, the curator will play a leading role in determining the narrative structure, storytelling components, voice and tone, and core messages.

The expected timeframe for the writer’s involvement is 10-12 weeks, beginning in early to mid-September 2019. The exhibition is scheduled to open at USHMM in late January 2020; the online experience will be made available at the same time.

DEADLINE: August 23.


INDIGENOUS ARTISTS (residency, August 20) by Bear Guerra

Via International Studio & Curatorial Program:

“ Indigenous artists: "ISCP invites professional artists who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to apply for a six-month residency at iscp - International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York City.

An International Program residency at ISCP is typically three to six months, although artists and curators can apply for up to one year. While in the International Program, all residents are invited to participate in a number of activities in and outside of ISCP including the four core program activities: Visiting Critics, Field Trips, Artists and Work and Open Studios."

DEADLINE: August 20.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PHOTOGRAPHERS (fellowship, October 15) by Bear Guerra


Via Magnum Foundation:

“Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program expands diversity and creativity in the field of documentary photography through capacity-building and critical explorations of photography and social change.

Each year, the program supports a diverse, international group of Photography and Social Justice Fellows who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography. With New York City as a cultural resource, the program provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation, mentored project development, and cross-cultural, critical discourse at the intersection of photography and social justice. During the program, Fellows work on projects with support from Magnum Foundation mentors.

Magnum Foundation covers the cost of travel and room and board for the sessions in New York City. Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support the production of their projects. The program is produced in partnership with the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.”

DEADLINE: October 15.

EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED WRITERS (residency, August 21) by Bear Guerra

Via Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity:

“This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community of your peers around you. The program provides opportunities for consultations with guest mentors, and optional group sessions led by guest mentors that allow writers to explore literary tools, aspects, and devices that you may find useful in your practice.

You may also sign up for additional walks and day trips within Banff National Park as well as campus-wide activities organized by our Participant Resources team.

This flexible program allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional. Participants can request to extend their stay. Mentorship will not be offered during extended stays. These requests will be approved based on availability of accommodation (additional room and meal fees will apply).”

DEADLINE: August 21.


SENIOR AUDIO PRODUCERS (job, September 20) by Bear Guerra

Via On Being:

The On Being Project is looking for a senior producer to help produce two of our podcasts (On Being with Krista Tippett — which averages 50 million plays annually — and This Movie Changed Me), in addition to expanding our growing podcast portfolio. 

The On Being Project is a non-profit media and public life initiative. We make a public radio showpodcasts, and tools for the art of living that explore the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community, poetry, and the arts. Through content, experiences and practical tools, we tend the human change that makes social transformation possible. 

The senior producer will be a leader within our On Being Studios team, which is made up of audio producers and engineers. The team’s mission is to create audio content that meets our audience where they are for how they long to be. We are a collaborative team that embraces experimentation and iteration. Our motto when it comes to our team culture is: “Working to help each other succeed.”

DEADLINE: September 20.


AUDIO PRODUCERS WITH INVESTIGATIVE CHOPS (fellowship, August 23) by Bear Guerra

Via Mother Jones:

Mother Jones is looking for a whip-smart fellow to join our digital publishing team in New York City. This fellowship is audio-intensive. We’ll immerse you in the process of turning our award-winning investigative journalism into richly textured, entertaining, and informative podcasts.

Working closely with the digital news team on every aspect of podcast creation, you will sharpen your skills in:

  • Finding and booking surprising guests, and being a cheerful ambassador for our shows;

  • Presenting thorough research and working with editors to shape scripted interviews;

  • Recording field and studio audio, and tracking down archives, news clips, and music;

  • Setting up tape syncs and other remote records;

  • Editing a variety of complex audio timelines, including mixing interviews, clips, and music;

  • Writing program materials, social media posts, and short articles for our website;

  • Keeping show calendars current and producers on task.

At the heart of this fellowship is learning from seasoned editors and producers how to make sharply focused digital content, backed by skill-building sessions covering topics that span the entire organization.”

DEADLINE: August 23.


ESSAY EDITORS (job) by Bear Guerra

Via The Atlantic:

“The Atlantic is seeking two experienced editors for its section dedicated to essays, commentary, and opinion. The ideal candidates will be relentlessly curious, eager to seek out broadly varied perspectives, entrepreneurial in spotting opportunities to shape public debates, and excited to work with a diverse array of authors. These editors should have a strong track record of editing personal essays, op-ed style contributions, or works of news analysis. They will be expected to solicit contributions, review pitches, and assign essays that contextualize major news stories in real-time as they unfold, with all the urgency that requires.

These editors will likewise need to focus attention on long-running debates and neglected topics in ways that render them freshly relevant and engaging. They will range broadly across topics, from the newsworthy to the whimsical. Demonstrated experience in helping first-time authors frame their arguments and evidence for general audiences will be particularly valued.”

LADY PHOTOGRAPHERS IN LATIN AMERICA (workshop, September 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Women Photograph:

“This four-day workshop for women and non-binary photographers will involve skills-building sessions, artist talks, portfolio reviews, and hostile environment training.

December 12-15, 2019
Quito, Ecuador
Registration Fee: $80 USD
Travel stipends available.”

DEADLINE: September 15.


EDITORS FOCUSED ON BORDER ISSUES (job, rolling deadline) by Bear Guerra

Via International Center for Journalists:

“The International Center for Journalists is seeking up to ONE Editor to support the five-year USAID-sponsored “The Mexico Border Investigative Reporting Hub” program.

Apply to work as an editor for our Mexico Border Hub project. We’re hiring someone who can help investigative journalists highlight corruption issues and lack of transparency on the U.S.-Mexico border. Great opp for bilingual investigative journalists!

This position can be based in any location. The bulk of the work can be done remotely, via Skype, email, etc. The consultancy will report to the Program Director in the Washington, DC headquarters. Travel to the United States and within the Americas will be determined on an as-needed basis. Reasonable and necessary travel costs will be reimbursed.”

DEADLINE: Rolling.