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Call for Pitches - Making Contact

Posted: February 4, 2022

Making Contact is once again accepting pitches on an ongoing basis!

In 2020, the producers of Making Contact took a hiatus from accepting general pitches from freelancers. That hiatus is over.

Do you have a story pitch that:

·      Links grassroots issues and human realities to national or international trends? ·      Gives listeners a historical, political, or social context of major national and international events? ·      Sheds light on social and economic inequities? What’s the race, class, gender, ability and geographic dynamics? ·      Explores any alternatives or solutions?

We want to hear from you.

Take a look at our rates (see below) and Submission Guidelines.

In addition to opening up pitches in general, keep an eye out for specific calls for pitches that may be of interest to you.

In 2022, we are particularly interested in climate change and environmental justice stories, and in stories related to redistricting in your communities in the lead up to November midterm elections.

Please submit pitches by email to [email protected].


Rates For audio freelancers:

Level 1. $1,200 plus travel reimbursement up to $100 9-12 minute piece that will: Involve research and original reporting • Require the reporter to have substantial subject matter expertise • Involve time-consuming reporting • Have a sophisticated narrative • Might 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. $750 plus travel reimbursement up to $100 9-12 minute piece that will: 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 • Require editorial mentorship provided by Making Contact

Other lengths and repurposed content, terms discussed We accept a range of content, including original and repurposed content to a fill 26:30-minute documentary edition, as well as unedited recordings of interviews, speeches and events. Rates vary. An exclusive is not necessary, but air dates for multiple outlets should be discussed.

Please submit pitches by email to [email protected].

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