Sometimes the hardest part of being an indpendent is not having anyone who you can take your ideas to for some focused feedback. Whether you've got a nearly complete series that needs a home, an idea that needs refining, or something in between AIR's Talent Desk can help.
AIR's Story and Talent Curator, Jeanette Woods, is a skilled editor, producer and reporter who has worked in public radio and television, documentary film and digital news. She has trained dozens of radio reporters in technical skills, story development and pitching and created programming and live events around engaged journalism projects. She co-produced WHYY’s Cosby Unraveled and The Remix.
Jeanette is a vocal advocate for the inclusion of diverse voices in media coverage and works to promote more inclusive hiring across media organizations.
Through the Talent Desk, Jeanette is available to meet with journalists and audio storytellers who want to hone pitches, shape story ideas or just get a clear eyed take on their work, and she can help you identify shows that might be a good fit for your pitch. Jeanette is the liaison between AIR's independent producer community and NPR and can help you refine and direct pitches to NPR shows, but she can also help you identify other outlets for your work well beyond NPR.
The Talent Desk is also available to work with member stations and podcasts to find talented producers that are members of AIR.
If you are an independent journalist, let Jeanette know about your experience pitching to NPR and member stations.