A mentorship program for WOC storytellers: Claim the Rad in Radio

Left to right: Juleyka Lantigua Williams, Carmel Delshad, Dmae Roberts, P. Kim Bui, Alyce Myatt.

September 16, 2019—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. Apply by September 30, 2019 at 5pm PT!

AIR members who are women-identifying producers, journalists, audio storytellers, podcasters, or makers of color in the media industry may apply. If you’re interested in this fellowship and are NOT an AIRster, we are offering a special discount of 30% using the code GOWOMXN.

Five mentorship pairs will meet one-on-one for a total of five hours dispersed between October 2019 and February 2020. Each month of the fellowship will be accompanied by a webinar exclusive to the cohort.

How much:
The cost is $600 on a sliding scale—don’t forget to state your financial status in your application—AIR is able to accomodate subsidized costs!

The deadline:
Apply by September 30, 2019 at 5pm PT. PLEASE NOTE: Only AIR members may apply for this program. If you’re interested in this fellowship and are NOT an AIRster, we are offering a special discount of 30% using the code GOWOMXN.

Questions? Contact Program Director Tran Vu at

Meet our mentors:
P. Kim Bui is the director of audience innovation at the Arizona Republic. She’s focused her career on leading real-time news initiatives and creating new storytelling forms for digital, print and broadcast companies catering to local, national and global audiences. Prior, she was editor-at-large for NowThis News, focusing on original, social reporting and breaking news. She was also deputy managing editor for, a digital media startup specializing in social journalism. She’s been a speaker, trainer and teacher on digital and social journalism at universities, conferences and gatherings worldwide. She writes a syndicated newsletter for emerging leaders and managers, The Middles:

Carmel Delshad is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C. She is currently working as an Editor and Reporter at WAMU 88.5, D.C.’s NPR affiliate. Carmel received a 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the Continuing Coverage category for her stories about Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim teenager from Northern Virginia who was murdered on her way to her mosque during Ramadan 2017. Previously, she worked at AJ+ as a Senior Social Engagement Producer, where she focused on audience engagement, digital storytelling and social video. She is passionate about journalism, audio new media storytelling, telling human stories and working with the next generation of newsmakers to better the media environment.

Alyce Myatt’s career reflects the intersection of media, art, and philanthropy. Now a consultant, she counts among her recent clients the University of Baltimore, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Working Films. Her previous staff positions include director of Media Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts, founding ED of the funder affinity group, Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media, Program Officer for Media at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Director of Children’s Programming and later VP of Programming at PBS. Throughout her career, Alyce has returned to consulting with clients such as the Annie E. Casey and Skillman Foundations, Council on Foundations, National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, TVE Brasil, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, WGBH, WNET, WNYC Radio, and Voqal.

Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody winning public radio producer/writer and the executive producer of MediaRites, a nonprofit dedicated to multicultural productions. Her Peabody award-winning documentary Mei Mei, a Daughter’s Song is a harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan during WWII. She adapted this radio documentary into a stage play in 1991 and a film in 2014 shown in several film festivals. She won a second Peabody-award in 2007 for her eight-hour Crossing East, the first Asian American history series on public radio which aired on 230 stations. In 2009 her co-production with KNBA and NativeOne, The Return of the Alutiq Masks, aired on 180 stations. Her book The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family was adapted from personal audio documentaries she’s produced and plays she’s written and was released in 2016. In 2017 through MediaRites she created the Crossing East Archive of more than 200 hours of broadcast-quality, pan-AAPI interviews and oral histories and the Relations documentary about the Asian American and African American historic relationship. More at and

Juleyka Lantigua Williams founded a production company, Lantigua Williams & Co., in 2017 after 18+ years in media (NPR, The Atlantic). Its mission is to support and amplify the work of creators from the margins in digital audio and film.  70 Million, the open-source podcast she created, earned bronze in the Narrative/Documentary Podcast category of the 2019 New York Festivals. She is also the co-creator and executive producer of Feeling My Flo podcast, where periods are events that happen to all types of bodies. Follow her @JuleykaLantigua.