PODCAST CREATORS (call for ideas) by Bear Guerra

Via Audible:

“Here at Audible, we’re in search of the next generation of great audio storytellers, which is why we’re introducing Pitch @ Audible.

We’re looking for original, unpublished English-language works of fiction and nonfiction that are crafted for the listening experience. We encourage outstanding storytellers across mediums—from novelists to journalists, podcasters to filmmakers—to submit their best audio ideas to be considered as an Audible Original.

Pitch @ Audible will consider completed scripts, manuscripts and audio, as well as proposals with sample writing and/or audio. Audible Originals are typically 90 minutes, or 15,000 words, and longer. Accepted submissions will receive an exclusive development deal with Audible Originals, which includes best-in-class editorial, production, and marketing support.

The Pitch @ Audible team evaluates submissions on a rolling basis, and creators will be notified regarding the status of their submissions via email.

We are currently accepting pitches in the following categories:
• Single and multi-narrator audiobooks
• Scripted multi-cast work
• Audio documentary”




Via High Country News:

“Honoring the spirit of our founder, Tom Bell, we want to hear from aspiring essayists, ages 18 to 25, who will help tell the ongoing story of the modern American West.

Bell founded HCN in 1970, a time when there was little coverage of environmental issues in the West. The magazine thus became a strong voice for conservation in the West. Bell advocated for better management of public lands, helped persuade the Wyoming Legislature to pass laws for conservation goals, including strip-mine reclamation, and pressured Game and Fish to be more scientific. We’re looking for essayists who can take that kind of passion and apply it to new ideas about the modern West, helping challenge old notions of what it means to live throughout the region.

Essays should be no longer than 800 words. Consider topics you're familiar with and tell us why they’re important to you: environmental or social justice, climate change, water, energy & industry, wildlife, public lands, sustainability, economics -- you decide.”

DEADLINE: October 15.





Via The Texas Observer:

“The Texas Observer seeks an environment reporter to join our 65-year-old, mission-oriented publication. Throughout our history, the Observer has prioritized the environment as a core issue to cover, especially in a state known for its natural resources. As we see it, the environment in Texas is precious and vital — and also under threat. It’s never been more important to have smart, fearless, rigorous coverage of this beat.

The ideal candidate for this position has a record of deep reporting and narrative storytelling, preferably on this issue, though that is not required. We are looking for reporters who value the power of longform investigative journalism, but still have a hearty appetite for filing incremental news stories. Experience with data journalism is a plus.

You must be a mission-oriented professional with an ability to work quickly and independently.”


WOMEN OF COLOR IN RADIO (mentorship, September 30) by Bear Guerra

Via AIR:

“Women reporters of color are still vastly underrepresented across U.S. newsrooms and media industries. To bring more sustainable support to this group of makers, AIR is excited to launch Claiming the Rad in Radio Fellowship, a mentorship program designed to provide career pathways, resources, networking opportunities and advice for women of color in media.

Claiming the Rad in Radio will pair five mentors with five women-identifying makers of color for five months. During that time, mentor-mentee pairs will have five contact hours for coaching and discussions around topics like career transitions, assertiveness on the job, dealing with race and gender bias, salary/pay negotiations and finding/creating community for self care.

Throughout the mentorship period, mentees will have exclusive access to five webinars specifically designed for the fellowship cohort and their mentorship discussion topics. We’re bringing together a line-up of incredible women in the industry to serve as mentors, including Independent Storyteller Dmae Roberts, fundraising expert Alyce Myatt, CEO Juleyka Lantigua Williams of Lantigua Williams & Co., Audience and Innovation Director Kim Bui of AZ Central, and Editor and Reporter Carmel Delshad of WAMU.”

DEADLINE: September 30.


NEWS ORGANIZATIONS (apprenticeship, September 30) by Bear Guerra

Via Report for America:

“CALLING ALL LOCAL NEWS ORGANIZATIONS: Bring a talented, emerging journalist to your community! Our application period for 2020-2021 Report for America host newsrooms is now open.

Applications for news organizations to host a corps member are now open. Any type of news organization can apply.  The application is simple. The key questions:

  • What are the coverage gaps in your community?

  • What specific beat(s) would you create for RFA corps members to fill that gap?

  • Can you deliver your (and your community’s) share of the reporter’s salary?

Quick and easy. If your newsroom is selected, Report for America pays about half of an entry-level salary. The rest is split between the news organization and local donors. The reporter becomes an employee of your newsroom, serving for one to two years, starting in June 2020.”

DEADLINE: September 30.




Via This American Life:

“Serial Productions is looking for an experienced Managing Editor with strong organizational and editorial skills to develop and manage the production of new podcasts and to help grow our young company.

Serial Productions was founded by the producers of the public radio show This American Life, and is the foremost creator of gripping, narrative podcasts. Our shows are the most listened-to in the world: The three seasons of Serial and the hit spin-off S-Town have been downloaded 560 million times and counting. Our non-fiction programming adheres to the highest journalistic standards -- and as a result has received the highest awards in broadcast journalism. 

The Managing Editor will work alongside Serial’s Executive Producer as a senior voice in show operations, marketing, and the editorial process.  We’re a small company with big ambitions so there’s plenty to do and a lot of room for new ideas, especially if they help us keep our shows running efficiently and strategically. More specifically, in this role you will:

  • Work with producers and creators to build and manage budgets

  • Develop production calendars and manage workflow

  • Recruit and hire production staff

  • Negotiate contracts with contributors and third-party licensors

  • Coordinate with our digital and operations teams to come up with distribution and marketing strategies for our shows, including website creation and multimedia content

  • Be a part of our editorial process, coordinating an executive editorial team and attending editorial and production meetings as part of this team

  • Spearhead and manage legal review processes for all content, including licensing of copyrighted material”



Via Reveal:

“CIR is looking to hire a part-time production assistant to work with the video team on its in-house projects at our office in Emeryville, CA. The production assistant will primarily help with research and data entry for video projects. There may also be occasional opportunities to assist on local production shoots, transcribing interviews, fixing gear, and jump on other production needs that arise.

You should have 1-3 years of experience in video production. This could include being an intern at other organizations, a PA on shoots, or a researcher on documentaries. This job is meant to help someone in the beginning of their career, so we want someone who wants to grow and learn. In the past, these positions have been filled by undergraduate and graduate students who are studying documentary or broadcast journalism.

This describes everything we are looking for. Our newsroom is successful because of the sum of its parts – we recognize that no one person will be equally strong in every area and that some candidates will bring other strengths or experiences that we haven’t described here. If you are passionate about our work and have a vision to share with us, please apply. We will carefully consider every serious applicant.

This position is part-time, 12 hours a week, at $16.30 an hour. This is a 14-week internship with the possibility to extend. We can only consider local (Bay Area) candidates.”



Via Visual Communications:

“The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective and reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond.”

DEADLINE: November 1.


SOCIAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY MAKERS (fellowship, September 20) by Bear Guerra

Via Brave New Films:

“The Brave New Fellows Program offers activist storytellers from communities of color and/or economically marginalized communities a one year, paid opportunity to work with Brave New Films and learn how to create and distribute media that makes a difference. By working alongside experienced staff from our production, distribution or outreach team, fellows build practical skills in digital storytelling, production, post-production, campaign strategies, outreach, research, and social media. The fellowship equips activists to use film to support their social justice work, and prepares them for jobs in nonprofits, alternative media, and documentary filmmaking.

To complement the on-the-job learning, fellows meet and network with film directors, activists, leaders of organizations, journalists, politicians and organizers,  and they receive training in camera operation, database management, communication, and more. Fellows are also matched up with mentors outside of BNF, already working in the fellow’s field of interest.

As compensation, each fellow receives $800/week for the duration of the fellowship, medical and dental insurance, and PTO (paid time off).  Fellows work full time (M-F, 9:00-6:00) in our Culver City, CA office.”

DEADLINE: September 20


ASPIRING WOMEN PODCASTERS (retreat) by Bear Guerra

Via Be Your Change:

“For our first podcasting retreat, we have picked a jewel in the Arizona ecological crown, near Tucson. You probably have never heard of the El Coronado Ranch where only a few have ever had a chance to discover this magical property.  

What used to be a depleted land is now a beautiful ranch filled with wild animals, water and art.

The owner Valer Clark used to be an art teacher in New York but as a twist of life, she has spent the last 40 years restoring 130,000 acres of land on the border of Mexico and Arizona creating one of the few real-life land restoration experimentation studied by scientists around the world. A land restorator activist and permaculturist, Clark is not slowing down. She is a true inspiration to me and many others.

After 4 nights and 4 days, you will leave with:

clear action plan to get your podcast off the ground: from content creation to a marketing plan.

Basic audio editing skills

Basic voice placement and how to use your equipment and/or choose an equipment

Best tips and practices

A podcast trailer or episode.”

Wed, Nov 13 –   Sun, Nov 17, 2019

El Coronado Ranch, near Tucson, Arizona.



SOUND ARTISTS (call for pieces) by Bear Guerra


Via Center for Documentary Studies:
”In keeping with the spirit of shortwave radio, we invite you to transmit your own signals through CDS Shortwave’s community-sourced sonic exhibition station. The sounds you hear on the station are from our Sounds of Winter and On Break audio calls. Our third call for entry is Encounters.

If you’d like to participate, please submit (a maximum of three) audio pieces related to sounds from the street, interpreted as broadly as you wish, that are 20 to 60 seconds in length and no larger than 10MB. Please provide a title and a brief description of no more than 60 characters. Selected audio, identified by title and maker, will be added to Encounters on a rolling basis through the end of December 2019. We will be announcing the next call for audio in mid-December. We will let you know if your piece will be featured in Encounters. We will edit your audio to keep volume consistent across the station, and may also edit for length.”


EDUCATIONAL AUDIO MAKERS (conference, October 9) by Bear Guerra

Via Ministry of Ideas:


Sound Education 2019 is a celebration of educational audio. Bringing together an exceptional group of speakers and participants, Sound Education is a unique chance to learn from (and party with) some of the smartest and most engaging voices in podcasting. Learn more at soundeducation.fm”

Wed, Oct 9, 2019, 6:00 PM –

Sat, Oct 12, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

EMERGING WRITERS (fellowship/workshop, November 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Fishtrap:
”Giving young and emerging writers the opportunity to be inspired by a community of artists is at the heart of our Summer Fishtrap Scholarship and Fellowship programs. Each year, Fishtrap awards over $25,000 in scholarships and fellowships to writers from around the west to give them the opportunity to come to this amazing place and learn and grow in their craft.

Fishtrap Fellowships recognize and encourage writers who show promise at an early stage in their career. The primary benefit of this award is an opportunity to attend the annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering. Each Fishtrap Fellow receives early workshop registration and a featured reading during the week. Fellows are also highlighted in Fishtrap promotional materials, press releases, and on the Fishtrap website.

A Fishtrap Fellowship covers the cost of the seven-day conference including a five-day writing workshop, readings, activities, panel discussions, and special events. Fishtrap Fellows receive meals and lodging for the week, and a $150 travel stipend. A Fishtrap Fellowship is valued at more than $1200, but more than that, it is an opportunity for emerging writers to build new friendships and a renewed sense of creative potential in an atmosphere of mentorship and community.”

DEADLINE: November 15.


ASPIRING PODCASTERS (fellowship, September 16) by Bear Guerra

Via Maximum Fun:

Maximum Fun, is hiring another production fellow for 2019/2020. This is a full-time, entry-level position with health care, sick and personal time and more. We're looking for people who are getting started in podcasting / radio production: recent graduates, mid-career transitions, that sort of thing.

There's much more info about the position in the link below. Please feel free to cross post and share this with anyone you think might be a good fit for the job.”

DEADLINE: September 16.




Via Nichi Bei Foundation:

“Ten-year-old nonprofit ethnic community newspaper with a 120-year historic legacy of community leadership through media is seeking a dedicated, hard-working individual to write about community news and issues.

Job Description:

The staff writer position is multifaceted, covering a variety of community news, breaking news and feature stories for a bi-weekly nonprofit ethnic community newspaper based in San Francisco’s Japantown. The position is budgeted for 32 hours per week, with full medical, dental and vision premiums paid after a three-month probationary period.

Candidate should possess the following qualities and qualifications:

- B.A. in journalism or equivalent

- Strong writing, editing and grammar capability with attention to detail

- Strong interviewing skills

- Ability to work efficiently under pressure and under deadlines

- Background in issues pertaining to Japanese American and Asian American communities

- Photography skills

- Background in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop preferred

- Japanese language skills a plus

- A natural curiosity

- Multimedia skills (video) a plus


- Find and write compelling articles throughout a variety of genres

- Write both breaking news and feature stories

- Be available to work on nights and weekends as needed, covering community events and issues

- Take photos when necessary

- Do page layout when necessary

Candidate should also provide writing samples

About the Organization

With the impending closure of the historic Nichi Bei Times in September of 2009 — the oldest Japanese American community newspaper in Northern California — someNichi Bei Times staff and contributing writers, media professionals and community leaders formed the Nichi Bei Foundation to launch the first nonprofit ethnic newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

This pioneering nonprofit organization has launched a Digital Edition, educational programs such as a Films of Remembrance series and pilgrimages to the historic former Angel Island Immigration Station and Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony sites, as well as community events such as the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival designed to help fulfill its mission of keeping the Japanese American and Asian American community connected, informed and empowered.

More info on the organization:

www.nichibei.org/about/nichibeifoundation or www.nichibei.org

Salary: depending on experience

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@nichibeifoundation.org. References required.”


JOURNALISTS IN PHILADELPHIA, PA (training, September 17) by Bear Guerra

Via Resolve:
”Sexual violence is a complex topic for journalists to cover and can be even more difficult for the public to understand.

On Tuesday 9/17, from 10am to noon, the Resolve reporting collaborative is hosting a training by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center on language usage and best practices when reporting on sexual violence. Details and to RSVP: https://language-and-reporting-on-sexual-violence.eventbrite.com

The program is free but registration is required. The event takes place at the offices of the Philadelphia Inquirer, 801 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19107.”


ASPIRING MAGAZINE JOURNALISTS (fellowships, October 4 and November 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Texas Tribune:

“The Texas Tribune — a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization — offers paid fellowships to college students. The positions are part time in the spring and fall, and full time in the summer. They are based in our Austin newsroom, except for the Washington, D.C., reporting fellowship.

Recent graduates are eligible for the summer program, but spring and fall fellows must be enrolled undergraduate or graduate students while they work at the Tribune. You may apply for more than one position.”

DEADLINE: October 4 & November 15.


ASPIRING PODCAST MAKERS IN BAY AREA (workshop, September 16) by Bear Guerra

Via The Kitchen Sisters:

“Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop. Davia Nelson is holding two workshops on Monday, September 16th in Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope building in San Francisco. This three-hour session is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects — podcasts, radio, online stories, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

We cover interviewing and miking techniques, sound gathering, original, imaginative story structure, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, how to find your voice and how to listen (which is harder than it looks). We also talk podcasting. Serious talk about getting your podcast going and giving it a real sound.”



PODCAST PRODUCERS IN THE U.S. SOUTH (job, remote) by Bear Guerra


Via Southern Environmental Law Center:

“Broken Ground is a podcast by the Southern Environmental Law Center. The podcast team’s mission is to bring attention to important environmental stories in the South by focusing on the people who are most directly impacted by both bad and good environmental practices. We put an emphasis on highlighting voices that are often overlooked and/or marginalized and are committed to telling stories of people from all walks of life. You would be working with former NPR editor/producer Claudine Ebeid McElwain and local public radio reporter/producer Emily Richardson-Lorente. We’re looking for a creative and energetic freelance producer who can begin immediately for a short-term 8-10 month contract period to help us weave a compelling story of 4 documentary-style episodes to air April 2020.”