The Pitch Page

AIR’s Pitch Page lists people and places that acquire work from freelancers. See below for our list. To have your program or project listed, and to receive pitches, please fill out this short form.

New to pitching? There are a few resources just for you:

Getting to Yes,” an archived webinar about pitching radio pieces with Marketplace’s John Haas and successful indie producers Ann Heppermann and Yowei Shaw.

“Pitches That Work”: A bunch of editors and program directors break down what does (and really does not) work. Part two is here.

• Our pitch panel at the 2013 PRPC, featuring editors from Studio 360, Marketplace, and Life of the Law (and moderated by Ann Heppermann).

How She Got to Yes (Celeste Wesson/Marketplace on AIR’s annual “perfecting your pitch” panel).

AIR’s Bitchin‘ Pitchin panel (Day One and Day Two) at the 2016 Third Coast Conference, with editors from “This American Life,” “Snap Judgement,” “Radio Lab,” “Reply All,” and “99% Invisble,” with WNYC’s Emily Botein and Katie Bishop.

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99% Invisable

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 250 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and is available on RadioPublic, via RSS and through other apps.

Have a story that you think could work for our show? Freelancers have helped make 99% Invisible great, and we are happy to consider your ideas for episodes or articles. Please do let us know if your suggestion is just an idea you would like to share or if you are a reporter looking to produce an episode.

Contact and Guidelines: https://99percentinvisible.org/about/contact/

Website: https://99percentinvisible.org/

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The Allusionist

Small adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman. This podcast is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

To request etymological investigations or to suggest episode topics, fill in the form or email allusionistshow@gmail.com. If you are emailing to pitch yourself or someone else as a guest, be sure to have listened to a few episodes of the show prior to doing so.

Contact: allusionistshow@gmail.com

Website: https://www.theallusionist.org/

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American Abroad

America Abroad is a monthly radio documentary program that covers foreign policy and international affairs. We explore one topic in depth for the full hour so we don’t accept unsolicited pitches. Each program we use 3-5 freelance stories from around the world on the topic we’re covering.

• What are we looking for in a script?
A sense of place – this means striving to have at least sound rich scene that gives listeners a sense of where this story is being reported from. Interviews with people with local accents or can give local flavor or can share personal anecdotes that augment interviews with officials and experts.
• What do we mean by ambient sound and texture?
Unless you are recording an interview in an soundproof room you should be including ambient sound from ever place you record.
• Sound FX and other ambi anything interesting: Good to get things like street scenes, people singing, any type of performance, people making sounds while working or playing, children, inside a restaurant, or echo-y building, night sounds of insects or any animals, babies. Anything you can capture that is distinctive and would add to your narrative.
• Varying sound bites:
Try not to have your story be A/B A/B voice tracks/actualities. Think about doing things like having tease clips or butt cuts, or recording a stand up somewhere, maybe stringing together montage. Look for variations to keep your listeners engaged.
shows:  1 hour, monthly
segments:  5-7 minutes
compensation: tiered
contact: Rob Sachs, executive producer
email: 
website: http://www.americaabroad.org

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American Homefront Project

The American Homefront Project reports on military life and veterans issues. We visit bases to chronicle how American troops are working and living. We meet military families. We talk with veterans – in their homes, on their jobs, at school, at VA hospitals – to learn about the challenges they face.

We cover major policy issues at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, and we report on the family issues that service members and veterans experience in their daily lives. From the youngest military recruits to the veterans of World War II, we’re reporting in-depth stories about Americans who serve.

Story pitches must be well-developed ideas that lend themselves to sound-rich in-depth stories. Radio stories should be accompanied by web text and photos. We maintain network-quality standards for both our journalism and our audio. See and hear examples of our work at www.americanhomefrontproject.org.

show: ongoing
segments: 3 – 5 minutes
compensation: $1,000 plus expenses.
pitch: By email
contact: Adam Hochberg, Editorial Project Director, ahochberg@unc.edu
phone: 919-238-9664
mailing address: 120 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
website: http://www.americanhomefrontproject.org

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APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks)

Investigations and documentaries that strive to raise awareness, trigger debate and prompt positive change.
APM Reports currently does not currently commission, acquire or distribute documentaries from independent and station-based producers.

contact: Suzanne Pekow, Associate Producer
email: 
website: http://www.apmreports.org/

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Backstory

Each week, the show chooses a topic and tells stories, conducts interviews, and shares insight on how that topic has played out through American history. We’re looking for features that have a couple key components: First, a story. Your characters might be alive, or they might be long dead. Either way, you should still have some character(s) with something at stake. Second, when pitching your story, think about ways to bring these characters to life. We’re open to re-enactments, experts telling the story second hand, oral histories, all the typical stuff. But don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Questions we’re always going to ask are: Why did this happen when it happened? What does this reveal about America at the time? Why should we care about that now? Most of themes will have a news peg of some sort. You can see some of the themes we plan to produce at our independent producers.

show: one hour/weekly
segments: 2-8 minutes
compensation: $200 – $500+ depending on difficulty and skill of the producer. All the rates below are flexible, but are meant to give you a sense of what we offer.
Level 1 Piece: $200-$350
– May include a snapshot essay of a particular moment in history, typically with simple production requirements.
– May be a shorter, 2-3 minute sound rich “audio postcard” style piece.
Level 2 Piece: $350 -$450
– Medium length story with at least one interview and some reporting.
– May include some field tape. Probably requires little travel
Level 3 Piece: $450 – Negotiable
– Longer feature with multiple interviews.
– Significant research and creative use of sound and/or content.
pitch: Fill out this form with the subject “PITCH:” in your title. The more concise your pitch, the better. Include what, if any, sources you would use in your story and how you would produce them. Also include what you think this piece would sound like (field tape, scoring, effects, readings, those kinds of things). We love to get a sense of what the arc of the piece will be, and are less keen on ‘investigative’ pitches. We’re open to non-narrated features, written essays, and reported pieces. Please include a couple of links to your best stuff.
phone: 434-243-2188

contact: David Williams Stenhouse ; dws2h@virginia.edu. Diana Williams ; dianaw@virginia.edu
mailing address: 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
website: http://www.BackstoryRadio.org

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Brooklyn, USA

Brooklyn, USA is a monthly podcast that features narrative journalism, essays, audio drama, short fiction and sounds from Brooklyn. The stories are compelling, evergreen, and are produced by a rotating group of journalists, storytellers, writers, producers, sound artists and radio makers. The sounds are portraits of a particular place and time that transport listeners back to our borough from wherever they are in the world. It is a show for and about Brooklyn— all of Brooklyn– but those are the only real parameters. Consider it a place for pieces that you’re not likely to hear elsewhere, and a home for all of the things that are seen, heard, felt and experienced on Brooklyn streets, and in its farthest corners, that make the borough so brilliantly varied and unique.

Each episode of Brooklyn, USA is approximately 30 minutes long and typically includes at least 3 individual pieces that relate to the episode’s overarching theme. Stories can be constructed with or without narration, can be personal in nature or not, and must be journalistically sound and accurate.  In addition to thematic stories, we’re also open to pitches for one-off stories not tied to a specific topic, recurring segment pitches, mini-series proposals, and anything else that we haven’t thought of yet. For more information or a list of themes we’re covering in our upcoming season, email radiopitches@bricartsmedia.org — we look forward to hearing from you!

show: ~30min, monthly

segments: 5-10min

compensation: $500

pitch: Email preferred.

contact: Sachar Mathias, Executive Producer at radiopitches@bricartsmedia.org

phone: 718-683-5606


mailing address: 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

website: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/bric-radio/brooklyn-usa

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California Report Magazine

Each week on the California Report Magazine, host Sasha Khokha, along with our staff and freelance contributors, take listeners on experiential journeys and connect them with the stories of people and communities around the state, through sound portraits and intimate conversations. The 29-minute magazine is sent out statewide each Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and it airs throughout the weekend on stations across California.

show: 29-minute magazine on Fridays
segments: varies
compensation:

Tape sync

$150 plus reimbursement for mileage at the current IRS guidelines (53.5 cents per mile for 2017) parking expenses covered with receipt.

(assumes 1-3 hours for travel, recording and uploading time)

News spots and superspots (1:00-1:30)

Tier 1 original  reporting and/or substantial re-editing $200

Tier 2 short station partner spots re-purposed for KQED-TCR $150

Cut and copy (:45-:50) $100

Edited audio cuts and transcripts $50 each.

Online Elements

Photos $25 per image and caption

Online article to accompany radio feature $100 (300-500 words).

Radio Features:

Tier 1 $625-$750 Enterprise news and feature reporting, character-driven highly-produced stories with distinct scenes that involve substantial reporting, some reporter travel, multiple sources and all in-person interviews  (5 days reporting/producing time)

Tier 2  $475-$600 News and feature stories with fewer sources and minimal travel (3-4 days reporting/producing time)

Tier 3  $400-$450 Short turnaround news and features (1-2 days reporting/producing)

pitch: By email preferred.
contact: Victoria Mauleon, vmauleon@kqed.org
phone: 415-553-2477
fax: (415) 553-2897
mailing address: The California Report, KQED-FM, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
website: www.kqed.org/radio/tcr/index.html

We’re looking for stories that:
-tell real stories about real people, not organizations and programs
-use an intimate, narrative approach to explore a range of subjects of interest to Californians (for example: the arts, culture, science, politics, sports, food, history, health, education, immigration, inequality, criminal justice, the environment)
-have a central character/characters driving the narrative
-make the listener feel something
-take the listener on a journey through storytelling, action and sound
-take a creative and experimental approach to storytelling
-include lively and conversational writing that’s more like natural speech than “reporter-speak”
-include moments of fun, delight, emotion, surprise, sadness, etc.
-reflect the ever-changing California identity and culture
-bring a California focus to issues and questions that have a broader national and international context
-create a space for people who don’t always make it on the airwaves
-help the listener discover communities and places around the state they might not otherwise hear about
-bring greater depth to current news events

We are not looking for stories that:
-react to breaking news or that will expire after a few days; remember, we air around the state Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
-focus on talking heads and policy without including real people

Pitches must:
-be brief (2-3 paragraphs)
-include central character(s)
-give us a sense of place
-map out scenes/ideas for sound
-include context: why is it important to tell it now?
-provide a unique take on a topic (if the story has already been reported, how are you advancing it?)
-what justifies returning to it now, if it’s a story we’ve covered?
-include proposed airdate and time sensitivity
-include ideas for online treatment of the story
-tell us why this is a story as opposed to a host interview
-include links to previous work

Specs:
-acceptable sources of audio: recorder, (iPhone or Skype, if necessary)
-record 48K 16 bit mono .wav files
-include at least two minutes of ambient sound from every place you record
-record active ambient sound to help place the listener there: capturing/interviewing your subject at work or at play (tuning a guitar, operating a forklift, preparing a meal
-look for ways to break from standard format: butt cuts, montages, stand-ups in the field, sound fx, music scoring

Once we take your pitch:
-send first draft of script as Google doc to your editor and prepare to play audio over the phone (or in person)

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The California Report Morning Service 

“State Smart.” That’s how we want listeners to feel after they hear our weekday morning program. There’s more state and national news than ever these days, and The California Report’s morning team is making sure statewide listeners don’t miss any of it, with two distinct morning segments each weekday starting at 5:51 a.m. and updating at 8:51 a.m. We cover the top stories in the state through spot news, short features and newsmaker interviews.

We are aggressively covering issues around the state budget, California legislative politics, the University of California, K-12 education, climate change, elections, policing, healthcare reform and immigration, to name just a few of the topics. Host John Sepulvado is working to reflect more of the issues and personalities in communities across California by working with station reporters and freelancers around the state. We’re also hitting the road with special broadcasts at partner stations.

We are looking for spot news and features that are timely, relevant, and professionally written and produced. We also can use cuts of tape and copy from your area and we appreciate news tips about stories we should be paying attention to, and about people to talk to. Because space is limited in
the morning program, we look for features that are 3:30 or shorter and spots of 1:00 to 1:30. Good quality audio is essential. Tell us why it’s a story now and why a statewide audience needs to hear it.

Contact: Email or call Assignment Editor Polly Stryker (pstryker@kqed.org) or call/text her cell: 415-613-0505. (office) 415-553-2204 (Monday through Thursday) Please also contact Senior Producer Ingrid Becker (ibecker@kqed.org) 415-553-2404 (o) 510-517-7598 (m). A good way for non-urgent pitches is to email us both and we will reply. For urgent or timely news don’t hesitate to email and call us.

Rates:

Tape sync
$150 plus reimbursement for mileage at the current IRS guidelines (53.5
cents per mile for 2017) parking expenses covered with receipt.
(assumes 1-3 hours for travel, recording and uploading time)

News spots and superspots (1:00-1:30)
Tier 1 original reporting and/or substantial re-editing $200
Tier 2 short station partner spots re-purposed for KQED-TCR $150
Cut and copy (:45-:50) $100
Edited audio cuts and transcripts $50 each.
Online Elements
Photos $25 per image and caption
Online article to accompany radio feature $100 (300-500 words).

Radio Features:
Tier 1 $625-$750 Enterprise news and feature reporting, character-driven
highly-produced stories with distinct scenes that involve substantial
reporting, some reporter travel, multiple sources and all in-person interviews
(5 days reporting/producing time)
Tier 2 $475-$600 News and feature stories with fewer sources and minimal
travel (3-4 days reporting/producing time)
Tier 3 $400-$450 Short turnaround news and features (1-2 days
reporting/producing)

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On Campus Radio 

With On Campus, WGBH explores trends emerging in America’s higher education system. Our reporters take the time to visit colleges and universities to bring to air distinct voices of students, faculty and administrators.

Story Ideas?

Contact: oncampus@wgbh.org

Phone: 617-300-2370

Website: http://blogs.wgbh.org/on-campus/

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Canadaland Show 

CANADALAND is a news site and podcast network funded by its audience. Our primary focus is on media criticism and media reporting. CANADALAND Inc. is registered as a limited liability corporation with the Province of Ontario.

What we’re looking for:

Scoops. If you know something we should be reporting on, please send it in, whether or not it’s something you want to report yourself.

Stories about the Canadian media. We’re a media criticism/media reporting website, so your stories should have some link to this focus. (We tend to define “media” in broad terms, taking in things like social media.) Take a look at what we’ve been writing recently if you need some inspiration.

Short pitches, ideally no longer than three paragraphs. Please don’t attach your pitch in a separate document. Your pitch should include the gist of the story, who you’re planning to talk to for it, and any necessary background information.

Opinion pieces that present a different take or perspective than what’s already been said, especially if you have a particular connection to an issue.

Guidelines: http://www.canadalandshow.com/pitch-us/

Website: http://www.canadalandshow.com/

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The Cultural Frontline from BBC 

The Cultural Frontline is a new arts programme for the BBC World Service.
In 26 and a half minutes every week, The Cultural Frontline will carve out a space for journalistic responses to cultural moments and culturally informed reflections on current affairs, unfolding across the world.  This programme is a fresh opportunity on a prestigious network for international writers and reporters to draw on their first-hand experience of culture where they are, with reactions that transcend both the traditional arts review and the news bulletin.
Typically airing between 3-5 items a week, we will commission a mixture of spoken word dispatches, pre-recorded features and presenter-led interviews with cultural correspondents.
We’re looking for producers to pitch packages that illuminate the cultural stories behind the news headlines – and that’s culture in broad terms so can include architecture, language, public space etc as well as more traditional art forms.
The key thing is that the packages should feel authored and personal, but illuminate something cultural too. Whether that’s authored by the producer, or by the contributor, we are keen to have a single voice, unmediated by an interviewer posing questions, more montage style.
The idea of the show is ‘culture meets the news’ and rather than interviewing artists, writers etc directly about their work, there should be a thoughtful/topical spin which makes it more than a promotional interview. Below are clips of a few features we’ve had so far which worked really nicely.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0376gj3
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p036p3ql
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03942m0
The fee will depend on the time spent and what state the piece arrives in (mixed, edited or raw audio)
show: 26 minutes per week 
segments:
5-7 minutes
compensation:
£150-£320
pitch:
via email
contact:
 Mugabi Turya at Mugabi.Turya@bbc.co.uk
phone: 
+44 203 614 1729
mailing address:
 Zone D, 7th Floor, New Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA
website: 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0362l0f

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Death, Sex & Money

Death, Sex & Money was born out a desire for open and honest conversations about the things that we “think about a lot, and need to talk about more.” Since host Anna Sale launched the show in May 2014, our show has featured intimate conversations with celebrities and listeners about money, relationships, infidelity, career shifts, parenting, mental illness, divorce, gender identity, dying, and more.

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Distillations: Stories of Science & Culture

Distillations is a podcast produced by the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. It explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present. Our hosts are Michal Meyer, historian of science and editor in chief of Distillations magazine, and Bob Kenworthy, CHF’s in-house chemist. Each month we examine the intersections of material science, technology, culture, and history.

We publish our podcast on iTunes and PRX.

show: 45 min/monthly
segments:
4-6 min
compensation:
$600-800
pitch: Distillations is looking for imaginative, well-researched pitches for scene based reported stories (6-10 minutes) for our monthly podcast about materials science, technology, culture, and history. Each show opens with a scene-based story and is followed by a studio interview with our hosts and guests. Our guests include neurosurgeons, archaeologists, psychologists, historians, farmers, physicians, and artists. We’re looking for pitches based on the monthly theme (to be shared on AIRdaily) that are sound-rich and include one or two interviews. Please submit pitches or ask any questions with DISTILLATIONS PITCH in subject to mcarr@chemheritage.org
contact:
Mariel Carr, multimedia producer, mcarr@chemheritage.org
phone: 215-873-8213
mailing address: 315 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
website: http://chemheritage.org/distillations

Please see previous podcast episodes at podcast.distillations.org

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The Doc Project on CBC Radio

The Doc Project showcases the best new radio documentaries from across Canada and around the world. We like docs that break the rules; stories that transport listeners to unexpected places or allow you to eavesdrop on someone else’s life.

show: 27:30
segments: Documentaries run between 12 – 24 minutes
compensation:  Standard Canadian Media Guide Rates
pitch: We welcome original pitches and acquisitions from experienced radio producers. To us, a good pitch is one that’s character-driven, with strong sense of personal inquiry. Some of the most successful docs that have aired on this program are intimate, first-person stories that inhabit a character’s world. Your pitch shouldn’t just give us a sense of what the story is, but what it actually sounds like. Where will we go? Who will we meet? What will we feel?
contact: Producers Jennifer Warren and Acey Rowe. Editor Allison Cook.
email: Jennifer.warren@cbc.caacey.rowe@cbc.caalison.cook@cbc.ca
phone: (416) 205-6018
mailing address: Julia Pagel / c/o The Doc Project / CBC Radio / 205 Wellington St. W. / Toronto ONTARIO / M5V 3G7
website: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/docproject

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Evolve Magazine

Evolve celebrates life in motion. We believe challenges are to be chased and embraced, and that collecting experience is more important than collecting stuff. We believe that physical well-being is paramount, and that we are interconnected in ways far too complicated to comprehend, but far too important to ignore. We believe in the value of living outside our comfort zones.
We are a fully digital publication, releasing new issues monthly on iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.

We’re looking to find stories that might fit in one of a few broad categories: Travel/Adventure, Sport, Food/Nutrition. They can be journalistic or first-person narrative/memoir.
show: monthly
segments: 4-12 minutes
compensation: $500-$1,000
pitch: Please email patrick@againfaster.com, with the subject line Audio Pitch, with a brief description of the story or stories, and relevant links to any previous work.
contact: Patrick Cummings, Editor in Chief, patrick@againfaster.com (email preferred)
phone: 774-766-9531
mailing address: 1 Design Center Place, Suite 848, Boston, MA 02210

website: http://www.pursueyourevolution.com

iOS: http://bit.ly/12jKdi3
Android: http://bit.ly/16o2SXp

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Frontline: Dispatch

Each episode of The FRONTLINE Dispatch will focus on uncovering crucial domestic and international stories, with the same authenticity and transparency that you’ve come to expect from FRONTLINE’s award-winning documentaries.

Contact: frontlinetips@wgbh.org

frontline@pbs.org

You can also connect with many of our reporters and leadership team on Twitter.

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Gravy: A Podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance

We don’t profile star chefs. We don’t pander to cookbook authors. We don’t narrate recipes. What we do is tell stories of people and place through food. Our focus is regional, but the reach of our stories is national. The South claims a unique place in American history and cultural imagination. The history hereabouts is complicated, and so is the present. Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, receiving immigrants from across the world, adopting new traditions and lovingly maintaining old ones. We use food to dig into the lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and sing the unsung people who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals.

At Gravy, what we eat is a window into who we are. Through that window, we glimpse how race, class, gender, faith, and environment play out in the region and across the nation.
The key point is that food is the vehicle to stories about a whole range of other aspects of life in the South.

Stories on Gravy need to have that bigger point, an aim and subject matter beyond what’s just on the plate. Make sure your pitch gives some hints as to what that would be for your story. Gravy does longform (15-25 minute pieces) narrative audio storytelling that uses food as as a lens to tell stories about the South.

SFA seeks a producer for five episodes of Gravy, ranging between 15-20 minutes each. The budget for a fully deliverable batch is $15,000 all-inclusive. We don’t profile star chefs. We don’t pander to cookbook authors. We don’t narrate recipes. What we do is tell stories of people and place through food. Our focus is regional, but the reach of our stories is national. The South claims a unique place in American history and cultural imagination. The history hereabouts is complicated, and so is the present. Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, receiving immigrants from across the world, adopting new traditions and lovingly maintaining old ones. We use food to dig into the lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and sing the unsung people who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals.

show: 15-20 minutes every two weeks during the season
compensation: 
$15,000 for 5 episodes
pitch: 
Resume and work samples may be emailed to info@southernfoodways.org.
website: www.southernfoodways.org/gravy/

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GroundTruth Podcast

GroundTruth,” an award-winning podcast produced by The GroundTruth Project, in partnership with WGBH, is accepting pitches through the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator, a program that provides editorial support and production resources, as well as $1,500, to audio producers/reporters whose pitches are selected.

We’re open to great stories of all kinds, but have a particular interest in stories that connect to issues of social justice, human rights, health or the environment. We’re interested in 15- to 30-minute audio documentaries that may be local, national or global. Series ideas will be considered in exceptional cases. More info, guidelines and how to apply here: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/pitch-audio-story-groundtruth-podcast-incubator/

show length/frequency: 15-30m episodes
segments: 15-30m pieces
compensation:
$1,500 plus editorial and production support/resources. Additional funds may be made available in some cases to cover expenses.
submission guidelines: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/pitch-audio-story-groundtruth-podcast-incubator/
pitch: Fill out this form.

website: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/projects/podcast/

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Here be Monsters

Here Be Monsters is a podcast created by and for people interested in pursuing their fears and facing the unknown.  We’ve produced podcast episodes about crow death ritualsflesh eating beetlesinternet scammersnudismhitchhikingfaith healingtransgender childhoodfake Sasquatch sightingsCthulhupsychological warfareprayers to Satan, and more.

We look for fleshed out ideas about any topic touching on fear or the unknown.  In our books, concept trumps format.  Weird and heartfelt are our bread and butter. Send us a couple paragraphs explaining your idea and send tape if you have it.  We pay.

Contact: HBMpodcast@gmail.com

https://www.hbmpodcast.com/contact

Website: https://www.hbmpodcast.com/

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Illinois Issues

Reporting and analysis at “Illinois Issues” takes the audience beyond the daily news and provides a deeper understanding of Illinois.

Formerly a print magazine, Illinois Issues is looking for journalists who can produce audio features with text for digital posting. Stories should explain Illinois and the major issues it needs public policy to address. About to begin using Hearken so some stories could be assigned to report.

show length/frequency: Weekly
segments: One-to-two four-minute audio features with in-depth text
compensation:
$500 – $800 depending on audio treatment
submission guidelines: A contract has to be signed before any work can begin.
pitch: Email the News Editor, Maureen McKinney, at mmcki1@uis.edu
phone: 217-206-6703
website: http://nprillinois.org/programs/illinois-issues

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Imaginary Worlds

Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast in the style of public radio features about how we create sci-fi fantasy worlds, and why we suspend our disbelief. What motivates storytellers to invent other realities? How do those imaginary worlds reflect the real world? What relationship do these worlds play in the lives of fans?

No medium is off limits, from classic novels to comic book movies to interactive theater to role playing board games. Typically, we bring in contributors as co-hosts for an episode topic. For previous examples of how that collaboration plays out, look at the episodes Fan Fiction (Don’t Judge), Growing Up Avatar-American and Technobabble.

Show Length: 25-30 minutes

Guidelines: Please email your pitch in a concise paragraph with the word “pitch” in the subject heading.

Contact: Eric Molinsky ~ contact@imaginaryworldspodcast.org

Website: www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org

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Independent Producer Project

KCRW’s Independent Producer Project is dedicated to supporting the work of independent contributors. KCRW accepts multimedia and audio story pitches for a full spectrum of projects, from one-off features to longterm partnerships. We provide assistance with development and production to bring excellent storytelling to our KCRW audience on air and online.

Contact: https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/independent-producer-project/#makePitch-anchor

Fill out the website’s form to pitch shows on KCRW, including:

 

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Invisibilia

Invisibilia is Latin for “the invisible things.” We explore the invisible forces that shape human behavior — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.

Guidelines: Invisibilia is always looking for stories. Not big topics, not random thoughts, not scientific findings—a unique narrative focus with characters, plot, stakes, and a central question.
If you have that, you should sketch out the story, the big question/idea, and some possible next steps on the next page. Keep your pitch concise and tell it to us the way you’d tell it to your friend in a bar.
We will carefully read each pitch. Honest.
If our curiosity is piqued, we’ll reach out to you.

Contact: https://help.npr.org/customer/portal/emails/new?i=3&s=A%20story%20idea%20or%20press%20release&s2=Invisibilia

Website: https://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/

 

 

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Israel Story

Israel Story podcast is a new radio initiative aimed at introducing high quality, long-form non-fiction content to, and about, Israel. We started out as the first hebrew documentary style radio program, and have recently partnered with Tablet magazine to produce the English version of our show. Together, our primary goal is to tell the story of a different, diverse Israel: To amplify voices that are rarely heard on the mainstream media, to showcase and celebrate the plurality of local communities and traditions. By bringing you multi-faceted narratives on thought-provoking themes. We don’t want to talk about Bibi, Lapid or Bennett. We’re kind of tired about hearing about the threat of the Iranian bomb or the Security Council resolutions. Instead, we hope to present a cross-section of ‘Israeliness,’ entering communities that are typically sidelined and silenced, and to tell stories that are not aired anywhere else.

show length: 20-40 minutes
segments:
5-40 minutes
compensation:
Slightly below AIR’s rate guides
submission guidelines: A pitch should be formulated to a few paragraphs, up to a page. In general, the best pitches should answer these questions:
1. who is the main character, or main characters? what do they bring to the story? why do we care about them?
2. what question does the story pose, so that we keep listening to figure out the answer? of course the answer may not (and probably should not) be straightforward, but we should get some satisfaction from the end. in other words, what is the story about that will make it of broad interest?
3. what are the main turning points in the narrative? what is surprising about this story?
4. what are the moments in the story in which the characters need to make a decision about something, and how can we, as listeners relate to their choices?
5. what do you anticipate we will hear in the piece? this means a rough outline of what you think the piece will sound like, what the narrative trajectory might be, etc. this might change as you actually go out and record, or at some other stage of the production, but you should go in with some sort of vision.
pitch: Email Senior Editor Wayne Hoffman at whoffman@tabletmag.com

website: See more and listen to all our English episodes: http://tabletmag.com/tag/israel-story

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Kind World

Kind World tells intimate stories about people whose lives have been changed by someone else. You can hear Kind World on WBUR’s Morning Edition, online, and on Kind World’s podcast.

Do you know someone with a Kind World story? Has someone changed your life?

We want to hear from you.

Contact: kindworld@wbur.org.

Website: http://www.wbur.org/kindworld

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KQED Science

KQED Science is the largest multimedia science and environment journalism and education unit in Northern California. KQED Science explores science and environment news, trends and events from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond with its award-winning, multimedia reporting on television, radio and the Web. KQED Science also produces educator resources and actively engages in community outreach around science and environment issues.

KQED Science covers breaking science news on the radio, web and social media. It also produces a weekly radio feature; in-depth television reports; the award-winning YouTube video series Deep Look; the digital health blog, Future of You; resources for science teachers and other educators; and daily blog posts from prominent science experts.

Contact: Send pitches to: science@kqed.org

for health stories: Carrie Feibel,
Health Editor, cfeibel@kqed.org

Website: https://www.kqed.org/science/about

compensation:

Tape sync

$150 plus reimbursement for mileage at the current IRS guidelines (53.5 cents per mile for 2017) parking expenses covered with receipt.

(assumes 1-3 hours for travel, recording and uploading time)

News spots and superspots (1:00-1:30)

Tier 1 original  reporting and/or substantial re-editing $200

Tier 2 short station partner spots re-purposed for KQED-TCR $150

Cut and copy (:45-:50) $100

Edited audio cuts and transcripts $50 each.

Online Elements

Photos $25 per image and caption

Online article to accompany radio feature $100 (300-500 words).

Radio Features:

Tier 1 $625-$750 Enterprise news and feature reporting, character-driven highly-produced stories with distinct scenes that involve substantial reporting, some reporter travel, multiple sources and all in-person interviews  (5 days reporting/producing time)

Tier 2  $475-$600 News and feature stories with fewer sources and minimal travel (3-4 days reporting/producing time)

Tier 3  $400-$450 Short turnaround news and features (1-2 days reporting/producing)

 

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The Kitchen Sisters Present

The Kitchen Sisters are embarking on a new NPR and podcast series, The Keepers — stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Keepers of the culture and the cultures and collections they keep. Guardians of history, large and small, protectors of the free flow of information and ideas, eccentric individuals who take it upon themselves to preserve some part of our cultural heritage. The Keepers premieres on Morning Edition in June 2018.

The Kitchen Sisters invite you to create The Keepers with us. Along with the NPR stories and podcast, the project includes a year-long daily feature called Keeper of the Day—short stories and imagery for social media and the web highlighting groundbreaking archivists, community keepers and passionate collectors through photographs, graphics, short videos, recordings, powerful quotes and vignettes. #KeeperoftheDay will draw on a vast array of intriguing archiving communities, large and small, across the globe.

Tell us. What do you keep? And why? Who are keepers we need to know about? Who is protecting, collecting and preserving in your world? We’re looking for stories, images, ideas and recordings.

Contact: 415-496-9049

Pitch form: http://www.kitchensisters.org/keepers/

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Latino USA

NPR’s Latino USA is an award-winning weekly, hour-long public radio program and podcast that presents content about one of the fastest-growing demographic segments of the American public. The show’s main focus is on Latinos – where they live and what they experience – but there’s also room to explore how Latinos intersect with other cultures in the country.

Each show is structured along the lines of a specific theme, and we regularly send out a call for pitches along those lines. But we’re also looking for unexpected story ideas from all parts of the US and also Latin America, as long as there’s a strong US connection. We encourage reporters to approach stories as creatively as possible, using lots of ambient sound and verite, and to write in lively, conversational language that’s more like natural speech than “reporter speak.”

Pitches: Your pitch should include the general story arc and a description of the characters, sounds and scenes you envision for your piece. It’s also helpful to include context to show why the story is important or how it fits into a particular show theme.
• Please send all story ideas to www.latinousa.org/submit.
• If you’re pitching for the first time, please include a couple of samples of your audio work.
show: weekly, one hour
segments: Flexible; generally 3-10 minutes
compensation: Similar to AIR recommended rates. Based on reporters’ expertise and piece complexity.
pitch: By email. For pitch/reporter guidelines, visit: http://latinousa.org/submit/
contact: Natalia Fidelholtz, at natalia@futuromediagroup.org
phone: 919-542-0008
mailing address: Latino USA, 361 West 125th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10027
website: www.latinousa.org

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Life of the Law

Life of the Law is a national podcast that explores law and its effect on people and society with a curious, critical eye.
Themes we consider: sex, money, health, environment, love, science, culture, justice, design…and law. We release a new episode every two weeks on Panoply (Slate’s network of podcasts) and our team regularly accepts pitches from experienced reporters on a rolling basis.

Before you pitch, listen to a few of our stories. Then, tell us a story. We aren’t looking for a “traditional public radio voice” — we want your voice. The pitch doesn’t need to be long (two to three paragraphs are enough), but it must include a strong, central character, first stage reporting (sources, research, national impact, newsworthiness) and scenes that will propel the story and compel us to listen.
Be sure to include two links to your published stories so we can get a sense of your reporting.
We have an open time frame, with most feature reports coming in at around 15-25 minutes (but they can go as long as the story is strong); we publish every two weeks
compensation: $1,000-$1,600, depending on length, level of experience, and depth of reporting.
segments: 15-25 minutes; we publish every two weeks
compensation: $1,000-$1,600, depending on length, level of experience, and depth of report
pitch: By email preferred: pitches@lifeofthelaw.org.
contact: Nancy Mullane, executive producer
address: 2001 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
email: nancy.mullane@lifeofthelaw.org
phone: 415.250.5459
website: www.lifeofthelaw.org

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Living on Earth

PRI’s Living on Earth is public radio’s longest running environmental program, broadcast on some 250 stations nationwide. Our focus is broad, though energy, climate change, water, wildlife and chemical issues occupy a lot of the program. Pitches for field reports are welcome; rates are negotiable.

shows:  one hour / weekly
segments:  varies;  most pieces are 4 to 10 minutes
compensation: Negotiable.
pitch:  By email preferred. Please include a brief description of yourself and the proposed piece. Elements it might include (interviews, sound/scene possibilities); news peg, if appropriate; link to some previous work.
contact: Bobby Bascomb ~ bbascomg@loe.org
phone:  617-287-4125617-642-2207
mailing address:  100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
website: www.loe.org

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The Longest Shortest Time

Stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them.

The Longest Shortest Time is an award-winning podcast about parenthood in all of its forms. But you don’t need to be a parent to listen.

If you’d like us to consider interviewing you for the podcast, send us your story here. We love hearing family stories we’ve never heard before, so surprise us! Please do not submit entries from your blog—and no cliffhangers! We need to know how your story ends in order to consider it for the show. If we’re interested in hearing more, we’ll contact you.

Contact: https://longestshortesttime.com/participate#pitch

Website: https://longestshortesttime.com/

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Lost Notes

An anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. This eight-part series includes a look at the FBI investigation into a classic rock anthem, unheard conversations with Captain Beefheart, a critical examination of New Edition’s basketball connection and the chronicle of a man plucked from Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash and thrust into country music stardom.

The ideal Lost Notes documentary is a small, personal story set against the backdrop of a more well-known or consequential artist, venue, scene, genre or musical movement. We are not interested interested in musicology, surveys of musical genres/scenes or straightforward histories of artists, albums, or venues. Our episodes are typically about 30 minutes long and include one stand-alone story. We are also considering pitches for multi-part series and themed groups of episodes. When pitching please include A) a concise narrative that includes the best scene you envision in your story; B) descriptions of the main subject(s); C) a few of the other voices you hope to include D) a link to previous work Special consideration given to stories outside of the rock canon. We aim for our stories, subjects and contributors to represent a diverse range of backgrounds. Music journalism experience is helpful but definitely not required. Pitches should be sent by July 13th, 2018 to ipp@kcrw.org with LOST NOTES PITCH in the subject field.

Show: Seasonal

Segments: Approximately 30 minutes
Compensation: Standard AIR rates
Contact: Nick White, Senior Producer – ipp@kcrw.org
Mailing Address: KCRW, 1900 W Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Site: kcrw.com/lostnotes

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Love Me

Deep down we all just want to be loved, so why is it one of the toughest things to get right? Love Me is a podcast about the messiness of human connection. It’s a son shielding his dad from a painful family secret. A widow confronting her grief by dating her worst match. A pair of robots stumbling through an awkward courtship.

It’s a peek into the relationships of the people around you. Through personal stories and playful fictions, the show celebrates that weird little voice inside each of us that cries out: “love me.”

Love Me story can be funny, adventurous, dark, sad, touching… as long as it explores the realm of our personal, emotional lives. It should also have clear story beats ie, something has to objectively happen, amounting to some sort of subjective transformation or moment of realization, whether big or small.

We love personal stories about relationships of all kinds (not just romantic) and are looking to hear about experiences that will make our listeners laugh or cry, or even a bit of both. We are less interested in run-of-the-mill break-up stories or typical falling-in-love stories, so highlight the unusual or surprising details of your story. What makes it special? The more complex the story, the better, so the piece can unfold little by little and retain a listener’s interest.

Stories we’ve featured in the past: a woman finds herself in a competitive love triangle with her fiance and a bonobo, a sea fungus crawls inside a young woman’s knee and she must learn to live with it, a widow comes to grieve her husband by dating her worst match, an ex-con talks about the characters who still haunt him from prison… These are just some examples.

What do we need from you?

Send us an email at loveme@cbc.ca or visit our contact page giving us specific details about the story. (This can be in point-form—as long as it communicates all the elements at play.) We are very open to hearing from first-time storytellers as well as freelance producers. If you are a producer, we generally prefer first-person narratives rather than reported pieces, but are open to all formats (even fiction!). We are less interested in straight-ahead journalism or “expert” voices talking about “an issue,” and more interested in hyper-personal, intimate, innovative storytelling about a specific person’s experience.

Guidelines: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/loveme/pitch-your-story-for-season-3-1.3821022

Website: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/loveme

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Love and Radio

From PRX’s Radiotopia, Nick van der Kolk’s Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. You’ve never heard anything like it before. New installments are added monthly.

We love collaborating with new (and old) people. Please keep in mind we only accept a small percentage of pitches (which feels incredibly arrogant given what a small operation this is), so don’t feel bad if we think it’s not the right fit. Unless you’re a publicist who can’t write like a normal human, then you should feel very bad, and also go away.

Contact: contact@loveandradio.org.

Website: http://loveandradio.org/

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Making Contact (National Radio Project)

Making Contact produces media that analyses critical social and environmental issues and showcases grassroots solutions in order to inform and inspire audiences to action.

Our work heightens public consciousness, broadens debate on critical social issues and encourages civic participation, by giving voice to diverse perspectives and opinions underrepresented in the mass media. Our goal is to produce media that informs, inspires, and moves people to take action.

Do you have a story with perspectives on an ongoing local, national, or global issue? Do you have access to voices and perspectives that get lost in mainstream media landscape? How are people working to cope, and change things?

If so, consider pitching to Making Contact!  We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes.

shows: 29 minutes, weekly
segments: 8-10 minutes, 13 minutes, full length documentary (length depends on type of show we’re producing)
compensation: Varies by level of difficulty and experience of producer. Please see our rates: http://radioproject.org/production/subguide.html
Submission guidelines: http://radioproject.org/production/subguide.html
contact: Pitch our editors, pitches@radioproject.org
phone: (510) 251-1332
mailing address: National Radio Project/Making Contact, 1714 Franklin Street, #100, Oakland, CA 94612
website: http://radioproject.org/

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Marketplace

Marketplace is public radio’s daily magazine of business and economics. Produced and distributed by American Public Media.

show: five days/week: 30 minutes evenings, five 9-minute Morning Reports
segments: 2.5-5 minutes
compensation: Flat rate based on level of expertise involved. See our rate structure for more info.
pitch: By email to pitches@marketplace.org
pitch guidelines: http://www.marketplace.org/submissions-and-pitches and also Marketplace tips.
*       The frame or angle is crucial – what’s the import, the context, and the approach
*       It’s now, it’s news, it’s fresh
*       It’s about money, business, the economy – or uses those as a lens on how we live
*       It’s clear why people all over the country would care
*       It’s written clearly, conversationally, even cleverly – and gets to the point
Here’s a list of things that may inspire your pitch. But by themselves, they aren’t enough:
*       A question
*       An idea
*       An overview
*       An issue
*       An event (especially not a conference)
*       A character
*       An anecdote
*       An unattributed paragraph from a newspaper story
phone: (213) 621-3500
fax:
(213) 621-3508
mailing address: Marketplace, 261 South Figueroa Street, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90012
website: www.marketplace.publicradio.org

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Modern Notion

Modern Notion is stories for the ultra-curious. We want any interesting story from history and stories about emerging technology and its impact. We’re a daily, hourlong show out of WCGO in Chicago, and we’re looking for stories of national interest. Many of the segments from the radio show will also be podcasted in smaller, themed podcasts.

show: One hour/daily
segments: 1 to 15 minutes
compensation: Commentary/essay – $125; 2-3 minute audio postcard – $125-$150; 2-5 minute story with at least 1 interview – $150-$250; 5-8 minute feature – $250-$800+ depending on length and complexity
pitch: By email. Pitches should include 1-2 paragraphs about your story, approximate length, which category/ies the story would fall into, and a link to your previous work.
Here are the themes, but please feel free to submit a story even if it doesn’t fall into one of these categories:
• What If – a story revolving around a hypothetical question that’s popped into our heads, and sure, it’s totally crazy, but what if… Think about people in history who have asked a what if question, or ask one yourself and bring in experts to answer it, or what if history had gone differently. Or for futurists: What happens when you can download your brain to your computer? What happens when we find definitive proof of parallel universes? What happens when we make contact with aliens?
• Thank God for Science – Stories and topics focused around the intersection of science and religion and the not-so-clear boundary that exists between the two
• Builders – Stories from people who’ve built things with their hands or minds they never imagined they could
• Lost – About all the things and non-things we’ve lost: languages, ideas, documents, people, information, etc.
• Heirlooms – The things we pass down: traditions, objects, morals, manners, etc.
• Conspiracies, Cults, and Creeps – Checking into a conspiracy theory, retelling a creepy story, or exploring a cult
…. or anything that doesn’t fit into these categories.
contact:  Emma Morgenstern, producer, emma@modernnotion.com
phone: 978-846-0106
mailing address: 63 N. 3rd Street #304, Brooklyn, NY 1249
website: http://www.modernnotion.com

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Mortified

Dust off that diary! Unearth those letters! Share your awkward and embarrassing childhood journals, artwork, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, and plays. We are always looking for you like you to join our community– the largest and longest-running of its kind. Never been on stage? We love that!

Submit a request to meet with Mortified curators in cities worldwide. We help you identify excerpts that audiences will love.

Guidelines: http://getmortified.com/participate#form

Website: http://getmortified.com/podcast/

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Nancy

Nancy is a show about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Our stories are built around curiosity, vulnerability, and personal change. They sometimes feature conversations between unlikely pairs. They’re often told by a reporter who’s involved and invested in the world they’re exploring. Our stories examine what it means to be queer today through the lens of familyrelationships, and obsessions. Most of all, we look for stories — not topics — that unfold and surprise as you listen.

Do you have a great story idea or guest for our show? Great! We love hearing from our listeners and fellow story producers.

Guidelines: https://www.wnyc.org/story/pitch-nancy/

Contact: send us an email at nancy@wnyc.org with the subject line “PITCH: [title of your pitch]

Website: https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/nancy

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National Public Radio

National Public Radio Programming

shows: Morning Edition / All Things Considered
segments: vary from show to show
compensation: varies by level of difficulty and experience of the producer: see our rates page for more info.
pitch: Before pitching, see helpful hints at NPR Submission Guidelines. If you already have pitch contact(s) at NPR, pitch to the appropriate one. To pitch a longer breaking news or quick turnaround story, contact your regional bureau chief. Northeastern Bureau Chief (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, DE, MD, DC, PA) Andrea De Leon adeleon@npr.org / Southern Bureau Chief (WV, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, MS, LA, AR, TX, OK, VA, KY) Russell Lewis rdlewis@npr.org / Midwestern Bureau Chief (OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, NE, ND, SD) Ken Barcus kbarcus@npr.org / Western Bureau Chiefs (CA, AZ, NM, UT, CO, NV, WA, OR, WY, ID, MT, AK, HI) Jason DeRose, jderose@npr.org. Reporters wishing to file international news stories should send pitches to the Senior Supervising Editor, International Desk, Will Dobson @ wdobson@npr.org
For help in framing a pitch and identifying the appropriate recipient at NPR or another acquirer, contact NPR’s Stacey Foxwell at sfoxwell@npr.org or 202-513-2207.
To pitch a newscast spot (:45) on breaking news, call Newscast Unit (800) 433-1277.
New Program Ideas: NPR does not accept unsolicited program submissions.
Typically, NPR programs are either developed in house or developed by NPR member stations.  You may try approaching a member station, but you should be aware that they are constantly inundated with program submissions.  If you have a demo produced, the Public Radio Exchange at www.prx.org is a great place to post work for exposure across the public radio community.
mailing address: NPR, 1111 North Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
website: www.npr.org

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NEXT

NEXT” is a weekly public radio show and podcast about New England, produced at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and powered by the New England News Collaborative. The program is a mix of interviews by host John Dankosky, two-ways with public radio reporters around New England, and produced features. We cover energy, immigration, public health, infrastructure, and more. We air on WNPR, VPR, NHPR, NEPR, WNHH in New Haven, and Maine Public Radio, and are hoping to expand to more New England public radio stations in the near future. Our most frequent need is for soft features: coverage of events, audio postcards, glimpses of culture, historical narratives, personal stories that we put in the C segment of our show. We also accept pitches for hard features. Everything we put on the air reflects a sense of place in our region or a part of it.

show: weekly
segments: 3-8 minutes
compensation: $550 for a feature (includes original reporting, multiple voices and scenes. Most interviews, if not all conducted in person. Edited by “NEXT”/NENC staff), $250 for a day of field reporting (for a story on which someone else is the lead reporter. May include interviews and sound collecting. More than a tape sync. This is also our rate for stories that have been previously commissioned by other outlets—a payment system similar to NPR’s Here & Now.), $150 for a tape sync. We reimburse for trips on public transportation, and mileage at the IRS rate. Please clear travel plans with editor in advance.
pitch: Email NEXT producer Andrea Muraskin at amuraskin@wnpr.org and copy NENC editor jdankosky@wnpr.org. Include “freelance pitch” in the header of your email. If your story requires travel, give us a sense of how much travel would be required.
contact: next@wnpr.org
phone: (860) 275-7420
website: https://nenc.news/next/

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The Nod

The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else. Our show ranges from an explanation of purple drink’s association with Black culture to the story of an interracial drag troupe that traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black — in America, and around the world.

We love hearing your story ideas, and we’re excited about the possibility of bringing them to life! To help us make that possible, there are some things we’d like you to have ready when you pitch our show. Below is a form we ask every freelancer to fill out and send to us at nodpitches@gimletmedia.com. If we chose to move forward, we’ll ask you either to get on the phone with us, or to attend one of our in-person pitch meetings.

Guidelines: https://www.gimletmedia.com/how-to-pitch-the-nod

Website: http://www.gimletmedia.com/the-nod

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On the Media

On the Media explores the interplay between the press and the public, and explores all things media, from the internet to the telegraph. The show is produced by WNYC and distributed by National Public Radio. We are always looking for reported pieces that make rich use of sound and explore the media in an unconventional way.

show: one hour weekly
segments: up to 10 minutes
compensation: $100 a minute.
pitch: By email. Please put PITCH in the subject line, be as succinct as possible about the voices and sound of your proposed piece and please listen to the show in order to understand our tone and previous pieces. Please also include a couple of links to your past work.
contact: Katya Rogers, Senior Producer, krogers@wnyc.org
phone: 646-829-4074
mailing address: 160 Varick Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10013
website: http://www.onthemedia.org/

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Only a Game

Great stories and storytelling explore the human side of sports on Only A Game.

Produced by WBUR and hosted by award-winning, veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game offers a mix of compelling insight and deeply told narratives. Surprising, personal, utterly enjoyable. And it’s NPR’s only sports show.

You don’t need to be an expert on sports to pitch to WBUR and NPR’s Only A Game, but you should be an experienced narrative-style radio reporter with excellent writing and technical skills and a conversational delivery style. Our features have a plot — and use sports as a lens to tell stories about larger societal issues. We are not looking for game reports or team profiles. If it’s the kind of thing you’re likely to hear about on traditional sports talk radio, it’s not going to work for Only A Game.

show: Weekly
segments: 8-12 minutes
compensation: $700-1200
pitch: All pitches should be sent via email to oag@wbur.org. Please title your email “Story Submission” to keep it from being lost in the sea of spam. Your pitch should answer the following questions: Who is your main character or characters? What’s your story arc? Our stories have a plot — and should describe some sort of change that happened over time. What are the larger themes of your story? Our themes generally transcend sports. All pitches should be accompanied by a 2-3 links to your recent radio stories. This is not optional. For more detailed information, see: http://onlyagame.wbur.org/submission-guidelines
contact: Karen Given, senior producer
phone: 617-353-0709
website: www.onlyagame.org

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Open Source

We like to call Open Source “an American conversation with global attitude.” It was the first podcast and now it’s a weekly show on 90.9 WBUR, broadcasting Thursday nights at 9 and Sundays at 2pm. Drawing on our roots here in Boston, we’ll remind you why the city has been the capital of ideas in America since the heyday of Emerson and Thoreau in the 1840s.

Help us plan upcoming shows. Share links, suggestions, angles. Sharpen the question, make the connection, and change the conversation.

Contact: info@radioopensource.org

conor@radioopensource.org

Website: http://radioopensource.org/category/shows/

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The Organist

The Organist is an arts and culture podcast produced by McSweeney’s and KCRW. We’re currently accepting pitches for reported features and interviews. We also, but less often, feature long- and short-form audio dramas.

The Organist  takes a funny and accessible approach to highbrow culture, like contemporary art and literature, but we also take an intellectual approach to lowbrow culture, like dogs and the internet.

We interview artists, and writers, musicians, philosophers, actors, and wild cards, like cyborgs and retired tennis coaches. We’ve talked to Greta Gerwig; George Saunders, and Meshell Ndegeocello. We’ve also interviewed Neko Case, St. Vincent, Meredith Monk, Harmonie Korine, Martine Syms, Judy Blume, Miranda July, Sarah Silverman, and former police officer Frank Serpico, among others.

But, in addition to interviews, we’re looking for fully produced reported stories and essays. In this vein, we had a piece about an organization in New Orleans who turn abandoned houses into musical instruments; and another about a Polish artist who put up a pro-abortion billboard in Missouri; and a story about an avant-garde security guard on L.A.’s skid row.

We consider our beat to be not just art and culture, but the human sensorium, the ways that human beings perceive the world and thus art itself.

We’re currently accepting pitches and submissions for a segment called “iTunes Library of Babel,” in which we showcase short excerpts from imaginary podcasts. A full description of the project is available here.

Show: 30-60 minutes, biweekly


Segments: Varying. Our feature pieces tend to be 15-30 minutes.
Our intro segments tend to be 5-10 minutes.

Compensation: Our rates are commensurate with those recommended by AIR


Pitch: An ideal pitch will include not just the subject of interest but will include thoughts on what compelling sonic elements will be included in the finished piece. It will also mention the narrative arc, structure, or the angle of investigation that the piece will take. We have often worked with both accomplished radio professionals and first-time audio producers. We sometimes work with writers who don’t have previous audio production experience and, if the story they’re presenting is engaging, we’ll often partner them with a producer with experience in the field. Innovative pieces that make use of non-traditional approaches to the radio format are very welcome. Listening to the show is the best way to get a sense of what type of pieces will be of interest.

Contact: organist@mcsweeneys.net

Website: https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/the-organist

 

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Outside/In

Outside/In is a show about the natural world and how we use it. Host Sam Evans-Brown combines solid reporting and long-form narrative storytelling to bring the outdoors to you wherever you are. You don’t have to be a whitewater kayaker, an obsessive composter, or a conservation biologist to love Outside/In. It’s a show for anyone who has ever been outdoors. In short, it’s a show for *almost* everyone.

While Outside/In is distributed by New Hampshire Public Radio, our podcast has an international audience and we are on the lookout for stories and people that take us out of New England.

show: Bi-weekly
segments: 12-30 minutes
compensation: $800-$2000 per story, depending on length, research, travel and experience level. Rate is negotiated and determined in advance.
pitch: By email
contact Erika Janik, Executive Produceroutsidein@nhpr.org
phone: 603-223-2419
mailing address: 2 Pillsbury St. Concord NH 03301
website: http://outsideinradio.org

http://outsideinradio.org/contact-us/

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Performance Today

Performance Today (PT), from American Public Media, is a classical music magazine that recreates the thrill of live concerts recorded by world-renowned artists on stages around the world. Listeners can experience the finest solo, chamber, and symphonic works — not on CD, but performed in the concert hall by today’s foremost musicians. The daily two-hour program offers intriguing features, engaging interviews, and in-depth commentary by nationally known music experts to help listeners learn more about this rich art form and experience firsthand the creative vitality of the classical music world.

show: two hours daily M-F
segments: We’re looking for smaller scale pieces in the 3 – 8 minute range
compensation: unavailable/undisclosed
pitch: By email is best, phone second.
contact: Suzanne Schaffer, Senior Producer: Mail@performancetoday.org
phone: 800-943-4450
mailing address: 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
website: http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/

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Pineapple Street Media

Pineapple Street Media is a new kind of podcast company. We produce shows with partners, including The New York Times, Hillary Clinton, Lena Dunham, and Google. We also produce inventive, award-winning original shows, including the surprise hit Missing Richard Simmons and the sweeping documentary series Heaven’s Gate. We create high-quality content tailored to a diversity of ideas, interests, and identities, striving to make moving, thoughtful, and creative audio for all people in all genres. Bonus: almost all of our shows have premiered on the iTunes top 10, with half of them hitting the number one spot. Our shows have reached more than 50 million listeners since we opened in June 2016. Pineapple’s philosophy is stay small, hire the very best people in the business, and make interesting and unique content. We’ve plucked our team from NPR, This American Life, BuzzFeed, and The New York Times, and it is their expertise and passion that gives our work its unique quality and competitive edge.

Want us to make your show? Get in touch.

Website: http://pineapple.fm/

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Pitch 

Pitch is a critically acclaimed podcast about music. We have a devoted audience, and we’ve been featured in places like BuzzFeed, NPR, and The Atlantic. The stories we make are thoughtfully reported, highly produced, and they engage our audience to think expansively about the world of music.
We’re starting work on an ambitious new season, and we’re now accepting story pitches.
Who we want to receive pitches from: Musicians, academics, music journalists, investigative journalists, radio producers, and anyone else with stories that fit our criteria.

Stories that we want you to pitch us should: Speak to something larger about music. Have a unique perspective, viewpoint, or argument to provide. Feature a diverse set of voices and represent a wide variety of perspectives on each given topic.
Types of stories we’re looking for: From musicians: Stuff about music you’ve noticed, obsessed over, or have been curious about. Maybe the stories have never been reported on, or have been reported on poorly, incorrectly, or from a narrow perspective. You (and your interviewees) have a unique perspective to provide. From academics: Stories that make research into the nooks and crannies of music accessible in a more immediate/public way, and would make a great audio piece. From music journalists: Big, ambitious stories you’ve always wanted to do but have never had the time/resources/institutional support for. The stories would have a heavy focus on reporting or might be personal in a way that engages our audience to think expansively about the world of music. Or things you’ve written that could be better (or differently) served in audio. From investigative journalists: Anything you have where music plays a central role in your investigation. From radio producers and anyone else: Stories that you can tell from a unique perspective that engage our audience to think expansively about the world of music.
Things we don’t do: Review albums. Profile artists. Highlight projects. Curate content
Compensation: Rates competitive with major public radio programs.
Pitch: Email pitches@pitchpodcast.org. Your message should include (in about 500 words) answers to the following questions: What is the story? What is the central idea of the story? Who will you talk to? Why are you interested in reporting it? How does it connect to the criteria above?
We can’t respond personally to everyone who reaches out, but if we want to move forward with your pitch, we’ll be in touch within a few weeks.
website: http://www.pitchpodcast.org/

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Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine is looking for pitches from radio producers across the country! If you haven’t seen it before, Pop-Up Mag is a live event that puts writers, photographers, artists, filmmakers and radio producers on stage presenting new nonfiction stories… with a live orchestra, and the images for the story projected on a movie screen. It’s like a glossy print magazine, come to life on stage.

We do three national tours a year (in the winter, spring and fall), and so are always on the look-out for new contributors. We’re looking for short reported stories (so *not* memoir-ish personal stories like The Moth).

show: 3x tours (of 5-8 shows each) annually
segments: 4-12 minutes
compensation: dependent upon length of piece, number of shows
pitch: Please pitch to us by email, and make sure to read our contributor guide.
contact: Tina Antolini, Pop-Up Senior Story Producer, tina@popupmagazine.com
website: www.popupmagazine.com

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The Pulse from WHYY 

WHYY’s “The Pulse” is a weekly journey into the worlds of health, science, and innovation. Our goal is to take our audience on a journey, to humanize the inhuman, to celebrate with skepticism, to put people first, to surprise, to answer questions people didn’t even know they had, to empower them to take control of their health, and certainly to keep it weird. We’ve covered everything from the role of precision medicine in bridging the racial divide to the oddly fascinating history of the dimmer switch. We’ve documented the challenges of interstellar sex, and we’ve sat at an old grand piano in a hospital lobby as a young doctor played us a tune in her down time.

We’re hungry for sound-rich stories that take us beyond headlines and into the heart of a story…sometimes literally. We’re very open to format and length.

show: one hour weekly
segments: 2-14 minutes
compensation: Approx. $100 per produced minute, commensurate with length and depth of reporting and reporter/producer experience.
pitch: Please pitch to us by email, and put “PITCH” in the subject line. Your pitch will get better if you listen to our show, so consider doing that before you hit send. Here’s a link to our archive:http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/thepulse/272-pulseshows. If we haven’t worked with you in the past, please include a few links to work you’re proud of so we can assess your delivery and production capability.
contact: thepulse@whyy.org.
phone: 215-351-5883
mailing address: 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
website: http://www.whyy.org/thepulse

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Radio Ambulante

Radio Ambulante is a monthly Spanish-language podcast launching in early 2012, telling uniquely Latin American stories from across the Spanish-speaking Americas, including the US. Each half-hour episode will feature sound-rich audio pieces that introduce us to unforgettable characters, share compelling moments, and capture some of the complexity and diversity of Latin American life.

We want pieces that surprise, that make us question our assumptions, and take us to places we never knew before, or even imagined could exist. We want to push past the usual mainstream media stories that portray Latinos and Latin Americans in one of two tropes: as the oppressed victim, or the dangerous other.

show: 10-30 minutes, biweekly
segments:
10-30 minutes
pitch: Send an email to cronicas@radioambulante.org and write “Nombres”, “Juegos”, or “Mudanzas” in the subject line (depending on which episode you’re pitching). Send very specific, well-developed ideas for stories that can be told in 5-10 minutes, with creative sound elements and design.Tell us who the characters are, and what aspect of their trajectory you intend to tell.Please tell us a little something about yourself, your experience, and send links to previous work, if you have them. While it’s not essential that you be a native speaker, you should feel comfortable narrating your piece in Spanish, and recording your own sound. You’ll be sending us your logs, a script and a rough cut of your actualities and ambi; ideally you’ll be able to record your own tracks once you’ve been edited, too. We’ll remix.While it may take us awhile, we’ll be reading every pitch, so please be patient. We may write you back asking for more information, and if, in the end, the pitch isn’t right for us, or for the particular episode we’re producing, we’ll let you know. While our produced content will be exclusively in Spanish, we can accept pitches in English as well.
This is a pilot project, and we are in the process of raising money for acquisitions. Submission guidelines.
compensation: $500 once episode airs
contact: RA Editorial Team, cronicas@radioambulante.org
phone: 510-535-2374
mailing address: 1105 Wisconsin St., SF, CA 94107
website: http://radioambulante.org

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Radio Bilingue

Radio Bilingüe is the leading Latino public radio network and content producer for the nation’s public broadcasting system. Its mission is to serve as a voice to empower Latinos and other under-served communities. Our news programs in Spanish are broadcast on community radio stations throughout the United States.

We are accepting pitches for stories in Spanish for our news magazine Edición Semanaria.

show: 15 minutes
segments: 3-6 minutes

compensation: Vary depending on the amount of reporting, length of story and production required, but fees typically range from $2500 to $8000.
pitch: Send a one or two paragraph description of your pitch, including who you plan to interview, what kind of ambient sound you plan to record, and why this is a relevant national story for Latinos in the United States. If you haven’t submitted work to Radio Bilingüe before, please send links of your work.
contact: Zaidee Stavely, News Editor

email: zstavely@gmail.com
phone: 559-367-9936
mailing address: 5005 E Belmont Ave, Fresno, CA 93727
website: http://radiobilingue.org/rb-programas/edicion-semanaria/

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Radiolab

Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Radiolab is heard around the country on over 200 stations.

pitch: By email. If you have ideas, please send them to radiolab@wnyc.org with STORY PITCH in the subject line. We’re a small team and read every one. If we like the idea, we’ll contact you within a week. If the idea isn’t quite right for us, we’ll try our best to let you know that quickly. If you don’t hear from us within a week, assume that we’re going another direction.
contact: radiolab@wnyc.org
website: www.radiolab.org

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Render: A New Podcast From America's Test Kitchen

Render is a new podcast from America’s Test Kitchen launching in the fall of 2018.

At America’s Test Kitchen, we develop foolproof recipes through an exhaustive and relentless process—we’ll even go so far as to test a single recipe over 50 times until we get every variable exactly right. And sometimes, in the course of that obsessive recipe quest, we come across questions that don’t exactly fit within the confines of a recipe, but still spark our curiosity. Questions like: “Why do people either love or hate cilantro?” or “Why is tomato juice the #1 most ordered beverage on airline flights?” Lead by host Bridget Lancaster, we set out to answer those questions, and dignify them with the same dogged, no-stone-unturned approach that makes our recipes so bulletproof.

Render will take us into the curious, unexamined corners of the food world, and turn seemingly small questions and curiosities into expansive storytelling journeys. It’s about good stories told through the lens of food.

We’re open to all kinds of pitches that are food or food-adjacent. We’re not interested in profiling celebrity chefs or interviewing restaurateurs. We’re also not really interested in talking about how delicious food is or teaching you how to prepare it, although we agree it is delicious and fun to cook. Ideally, you should be able to frame your pitch as a question, and articulate how you’d go about answering that question. Who are the characters we’ll meet? Does the story have any surprises or twists? Will it challenge the way we think about a particular ingredient, dish, or culinary tradition? Render stories shouldn’t have easy, straightforward answers.

show: bi-weekly
segments: 12-30 minutes, but length is flexible
compensation: $800-$1800 per story, depending on length, research, travel and experience level. Rate is negotiated and determined in advance.
pitch: By email
contact: Kaitlin Keleher, Executive Producer, kaitlin.keleher@americastestkitchen.com
phone: 857.313.7546
website: www.americastestkitchen.com

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Reply All

Reply All is hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. It is part of Gimlet Media. We’re looking for stories with some sort of internet or technology tie-in, but we have a very elastic definition of what that includes. More than that we want character-driven stories where a strange series of events happened to a person and they will be able to talk about it on tape and say these surprising things. And we like when our reporters personally care about the story or have an argument about why we should be paying attention to it.

Many, many bonus points if it’s a story that zig-zags—a funny story that suddenly opens up into depth, or a sad story that veers for a moment into silly. Or a story that bounces from the studio to the world, or from the US to another country, or across time. We like movement and texture. If the unusual thing about the story is that people are doing something they used to do, but now they’re doing it on the internet, that’s probably not for us. If you pitch us a story about what happens to people’s Facebooks after they die, or about a person who keeps getting emails meant for another person, we will regrettably be forced to pinch you. Ideally, you have spoken to the main character(s), you’d have a sense of how they speak and you’d know the broad beats of the story. I.e., you can tell your story neatly enough that it works on your friends at the bar (they’re asking follow-up questions and aren’t confused.) We like all of these rules and we also like breaking them. One of our favorite stories we’ve done is about a missent email. We are excited to hear what you’re working on.

show: ~twice a month
segments: ~10 – 40 minutes
compensation: Varies, depending on experience level and segment type
pitch: Email
contact: replyall@gimletmedia.com
website: https://gimletmedia.com/reply-all/

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Reveal

Reveal is an award-winning weekly, hour-long public radio program produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and PRX. We air on more than 360 stations across the country. We bring investigative stories from CIR, and newsrooms around the country and the world, to the radio.

A Reveal story reveals something that we don’t know or is hidden from us. Our stories involve interesting characters. We like good talkers. Reveal takes us to a “place” – we are immersed in the narrative, we can hear what is going on, we try to “show, don’t tell.” We let our listeners hear what our characters are grappling with and what is going on in their environment. We like tape that conveys action, tells a story, is visual, and helps listeners experience high stakes. Our stories have a plot. They surprise and/or challenge our listeners and characters.

Your pitch should tell us how you will expose a hidden story, take us to a place nobody has ever been, or uncover a secret others want to keep under wraps, in sound.

show: weekly, one hour
segments: Flexible; stories can be anywhere from 6 – 8 min to the full hour

compensation: Vary depending on the amount of reporting, length of story and production required, but fees typically range from $2500 to $8000.
pitch: Please submit all pitches here: https://www.revealnews.org/pitching-reveal/. For pitch/reporter guidelines, visit: https://www.revealnews.org/pitching-reveal/ 
contact: Taki Telonidis, editor: ttelonidis@cironline.org
phone: 510-809-3160 (main line)
mailing address: Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting. 1400 65th St., Suite 200. Emeryville, CA 94608
website: www.revealnews.org

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The Secret Life of Canada

The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast that aims to explore all the people, places and stories that rarely, if ever, get discussed when we talk about Canada.

History Ideas? Connect with Us.

Contact: secretlifeofcanada@gmail.com

Website: http://www.thesecretlifeofcanada.com/

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Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment is a themed, weekly NPR storytelling show. We focus on presenting compelling personal stories – mixing killer beats with real drama to produce cinematic, dramatic and kick-ass radio.

show: one hour/weekly
segments: 8-20 minutes
compensation: $95/minute (first story) $105/minute (second story)
pitch: by email
contact: Joe Rosenberg, joe(at)snapjudgment.org.
phone: (510) 465-7627
mailing address: 405 14th St, STE 900, Oakland, CA, 94705
website: http://www.snapjudgment.org

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The Spiritual Edge

The Spiritual Edge, a new series exploring the leading edges of faith, spirituality and religion, is seeking pitches from experienced radio reporters to help expand our reach to a national audience. A project of KALW in San Francisco, The Spiritual Edge is documenting change on the American religious landscape. We think religion and spirituality are dynamic and underreported  and our hope is to bring a respectful, yet inquisitive approach to fill a hole in current media coverage.

In terms of what we’re after: we care less about tradition than innovation. We’re more interested in people and communities than historical religious institutions. We’re fascinated by demographic shifts that are encouraging growth of a DIY spiritual culture and the way science, especially health, can intersect with religion. We’re also very interested in what happens when immigrant groups import their religions to the U.S.

We’re looking for radio stories that focus on something surprising that can take us to a place we’ve never been before. As we document the changes, we see TSE as an opportunity to educate listeners on history, culture and the ways in which people seek meaning, healing or connection in their lives. At KALW we also like to creatively use sound and music to more fully bring listeners into the experience.

Our intention is that each story will be broadcast locally in the reporter’s region, have a home on thespiritualedge.org, and be part of the Spiritual Edge podcast series that we will begin producing in Spring 2017. So far, our stories also have a great track record of airing on national programs such as PRI’s The World and NPR’s All Things Considered.

segments: 8-14 minutes on average
compensation: $1,000 plus $100 for expenses
pitch: Send pitches, a short bio and sample clips to thespiritualedgeradio@gmail.com.
contact: Judy Silber, Project Director, “The Spiritual Edge” contact email: thespiritualedgeradio@gmail.com
phone: (510)-502-3378
mailing address: 500 Mansell Street, San Francisco, CA 94134
website: http://kalw.org/term/spiritual-edge#stream/0

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The Splendid Table: A Show for Curious Cooks and Eaters

The Splendid Table, is hosted by Francis Lam, distributed by American Public Media and carried in over 400 public radio markets across the country. Audio is also available online and via podcast. The Splendid Table is a show about food — enjoying it, buying it, cooking it — and about eating out, entertaining, health and travel.

We’re looking for ambitious narrative driven pieces that are professionally produced and mixed. Pieces about food as a window to a culture; about meals as a memorable part of travel; about food makers (artisans and otherwise), the business of food, and new trends; about food and health; about the behind-the-scenes of restaurants or other food businesses; about festivals, family gatherings, holiday celebrations, and amazing parties — and about people with particular passions about food. Pieces with a quirky point-of-view or a sense of humor are encouraged. Pieces about local restaurants or other food businesses should focus on the exceptional people who run them, or have some other editorial focus which makes the story interesting to our national audience.

show: one hour, weekly
segments: 4-7 minutes on average
compensation: $700 for finished pieces
pitch: e-mail a brief description of your piece along with the edited and mixed audio (wav, mp3, audio link, etc) for our review and consideration. We will do our best to respond quickly with a yes or no, or with a proposed modification of the piece. If we say yes, we will send you an Agreement right away.
contact: Jennifer Russell, Senior Producer, jenrussell@americanpublicmedia.org
phone: (651) 290-1309 *PREFER EMAIL*
fax: (651) 290-1150
mailing address: American Public Media, The Splendid Table, 480 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101
website: http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/

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The Sporkful

The Sporkful isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters. Each week on our podcast we obsess about food to learn more about people. We’re known for our thoughtful discussions about race, culture, and body image, as well as for our funny and absurd conversations with comics about how they like to eat certain dishes. (Hey, the world of food is broad.)

Let us know what’s on your mind (and plate) and you could be featured on the podcast or blog. Even if you’re not seeking the instant fame that would no doubt accompany such an honor, we’d still love to hear from you.

Contact: hello@sporkful.com

dan@sporkful.com

Website: http://www.sporkful.com/tag/podcast-episodes/

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NPR Story Lab

The NPR Story Lab is looking for great ideas. In fact, we’re an idea hub – generating new segments for our news programs, creating radio shows, and launching new podcasts. We want to collaborate with member stations and independent producers. We want to work with new talent that brings a fresh perspective to NPR. We want to keep innovating and leading in the podcast and radio world. The NPR Story Lab is a true creative studio at the heart of NPR, one that fosters experimentation and continues to evolve the sound of public radio.

NPR is currently accepting applications for new radio shows, podcasts and recurring segments for our news magazine program. Projects can range from being in development to looking for acquisition.

We’re searching for ideas that present new voices, explore innovative approaches, and evolve the sound of public radio. We want projects that will appeal to younger and more diverse audiences, and that reflect NPR’s high standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression

Contact: https://nprstorylab.submittable.com/submit

Website: https://nprstorylab.submittable.com/submit

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Studio 360

Studio 360 is a syndicated public radio show and podcast about the arts, pop culture, and ideas, hosted by novelist and journalist Kurt Andersen. It is produced by Public Radio International in association with Slate, and we’re based in Slate’s Brooklyn office. The hour-long show is split between host interviews and produced features. Pitch us counterintuitive stories about creative people and ideas. What makes artists tick? How did an unusual artwork or production come to fruition, and how is it resonating with audiences? What gives art and entertainment the power to transform, amuse and baffle us?

We are also interested in lost histories, oral histories and anniversaries of cultural products like movies, music, and visual art that have been underappreciated, or whose origin stories have not been told with the passion and verve they deserve. These features can be narrated or non-narrated.

The show features established artists as well as emerging and obscure ones, and we are especially interested in hearing from far-flung freelancers about artists and movements that are taking hold in your hamlets.

Here are some recurring non-narrated segments that are particularly well-suited for freelancers:

Guilty Pleasure
A non-narrated feature where someone explains why they love something art- or culture-related that is deeply unpopular or unfashionable—or is just surprising because of who they are. The speaker has a personal connection to the Thing (expertise or experience) and can make a strong case for why it’s awesome and misunderstood.  Like the indie rock musician who admits to loving “Already Gone” by the Eagles. Or the Paris Review writer who loves that widely reviled word, “moist.” Or the movie critic that actually likes the much-reviled “The Godfather, Part III.” Could also be a movie, book, TV show, podcast … anything. It can still be popular, but it should have many detractors. The subject must be able to argue the other side (“People hate this song/movie because…”) before convincing us why it’s just so darn good. Over the course of the piece, ideally, the listener goes from identifying with the people who hate the Thing to identifying with our subject who is defending and championing it. Elements of sound—scoring, clips, and sound design—should be included in your pitch. We like having celebrities do this sometimes, like Roseanne Cash saying why she loves “Do That to Me One More Time” by the Captain & Tennille or BJ Novack on why he loves “Fuller House.”

Not on Board
A non-narrated feature that is the inverse of a Guilty Pleasure. What is that thing that everyone seems to love but your interviewee dislikes? Here the subject would need to be able to say why, say, everyone loves “Hamilton” but she cannot abide the historic inaccuracies and what feels to her like the watering down of hip-hop music. These too will work best when the subject has a particular connection and insight into this, when she truly has a dog in this fight. For example, from a longtime theater critic who hates Shakespeare because he finds the plots preposterous and thinks students lose interest in theater when they see Shakespeare productions. Elements of sound – scoring, clips, and sound design should be included in your pitch. Celebrities and non-celebrities both excellent for this.

Aha Moment
The “Aha Moment” is not just when someone realizes a work of art or song is moving or inspiring. It’s when that piece of art actually provokes a person to change the course of his or her life. Some of our favorite Ahas include this one, about a teenager in rehab who discovered David Byrne and fell in love with running.  And this one, about a kid failing out of English class who’s first favorite poem helped him realize he was gay. And this one, about a woman who heard Lee Ann Womack on the radio and decided she’d give up on getting revenge on her boyfriend by becoming a real estate agent (it’s complicated).  The best Aha Moments are unexpected and jump disciplines: it’s generally more interesting when someone watches “The Rookie” and decides to start a theater company, than it is to watch that movie and become a baseball player.  But when famous people are involved (such as Jon RonsonSandra BernhardDevo) it can be fascinating to hear about what inspired them to pursue art – as long as there’s some change/dramatic tension central to the story.

Day Job
What’s the job that someone does to pay rent while they pursue their creative passion? Is it an actor who works as an “unannounced standardized patient” going into hospital clinics undercover to evaluate residents on their performance? Or is it an opera singer who also works as a cue-caller: the person responsible for making sure an opera’s subtitles appear at exactly the moment when the performers onstage sing their lines? This is a non-narrated feature with more sound-rich scenes. The gathered tape could be a day-in-the-life of someone, or over a longer window, and should include recordings of these subjects performing both their regular and the creative one that is not quite paying the bills yet. Subjects will narrate themselves doing both pursuits and, later in the piece, will reflect how each pursuit might reflect on the other and how the balance both.

Unsung Heroes/Behind the Scenes
What’s a job that is essential to that movie or show you’re watching, or that exhibit you’re viewing, that never gets its due? Is is the person who figured out how to properly light a museum exhibit? Is it the person who made the props, or dressed the set, for a TV show or theater production? This shares some DNA with our Day Job feature, which also often turns out to be about interesting jobs, but is different in two ways. First, an Unsung Hero feature must be about a job in a creative field, while a ballet dancer who had a day job as an exterminator would be great as a Day Job. And second, this focuses solely on the job itself – what the subject does off the clock or as a second job is immaterial here.

show: one hour, weekly
segments: 6-12 minutes on average
compensation: $500-$1,000 mixed, depending on number of interviews, scope of research, and length.
pitch: Pitch your story (two paragraphs is ideal) by email to Andy Newman, anewman@studio360.org. The subject line of your emails should start with “PITCH” Include a one to two-paragraph summary of what the story would be, paying particular attention to key elements (interviewees, actualities, location tape, scoring, etc), what you anticipate will be the big moments and revelations, and your voice in the piece. You should also let us know whether the subject has been covered elsewhere. We respond to pitches as soon as we are able, but encourage you to check on the status in about two weeks.
contact: Andrew Adam Newman, Senior Editor, anewman@studio360.org
website: pri.org/studio360

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American Public Media: Terrible, Thanks for Asking

You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness.

Share your story

Contact: https://mpr.tfaforms.net/50

Website: https://www.apmpodcasts.org/ttfa/

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This American Life

This American Life is a bunch of stories — some are documentaries, some are interviews, some are fiction, some are something else. Each week we choose a theme and feature different writers, reporters and performers telling stories related to that theme. We seek surprising character- driven stories that generally follow a traditional literary structure. Pitches do not need to be geared to a specific theme as we generally build themes around the stories we’ve commissioned.

We pay expenses and $300 a day; generally the artist owns their own work and TAL keeps re-broadcast rights.

show: one hour/weekly
segments: generally 6-20 minutes.
compensation: $300 a day, plus expenses.
pitch:
By email. Submission Guidelines available. Please put “submissions” in the subject line.
contact: Zoe Chace, Producer, zoe@thislife.org
phone: (212) 624-5012
website:  www.thislife.org

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Transom

Transom.org is an experiment in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the Internet, for discussing that work, and encouraging more. Transom.org acquires pieces for about $300 a pop. We encourage and assist producers in getting their work broadcast after it appears on Transom: on NPR news shows, This American Life, and other venues. We also coordinate Transom features with PRX distribution. We sometimes anthologize pieces in The Transom Radio Hour.

We’re looking for great radio — things that are less heard, different angles, new voices, new ways of telling, and any other good pieces that haven’t found another way onto public radio. Editors evaluate material more by what it does than what it is. Some questions they’ll consider:
• On the air, would it keep you by your radio until it’s over?
• Is the maker someone of talent who should be encouraged?
• Does it push at the boundary of conventional radio in an exciting way?
• Will it provoke fruitful discussion online?
Submissions can be stories, essays, home recordings, sound portraits, interviews, found sound, non-fiction pieces, audio art, whatever, as long as it’s good listening. Material may be submitted by anyone, anywhere — by citizens with stories to tell, by radio producers trying new styles, by writers and artists wanting to experiment with radio. As long as it hasn’t already aired nationally, we’ll consider it.
show: up to one hour.
segments: up to an hour.
compensation: $300 or so
pitch: By online submission form (preferred): http://transom.org/about/submit-your-work/
Also accept submissions via snail mail (see below). They should be sent with a signed submission agreement form.
contact: editorial@transom.org
mailing address: Transom, 3 Water Street, P.O. Box 445, Woods Hole, MA 02543
website: www.transom.org

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Twenty Thousand Hertz

Twenty Thousand Hertz is a bi-weekly podcast that tells the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. From the voice of Siri, to what it would sound like other other planets, to video game sound, we explore how sound affects our everyday lives. We love shows like 99pi, Song Exploder, Radiolab, and other highly produced content. We aim to be sugary, audio-rich podcast candy. We’re 100% clean and unpretentious.

Also, since our show is based out of a sound design studio, we only contract writers/producers through the interview & scripting phase. Producer will not handle audio. We’re currently contracting shows for our early 2019 season.

show: ~20 minutes every other week
segments: 2x ~10 minutes
compensation: $300-$1,000 depending on length and production quality (e.g., live sound vs. phones
pitch: email hi@20k.org
Contact Form: https://www.20k.org/about
Website: https://www.20k.org/

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UnFictional

UnFictional is a program of audio documentaries and long form storytelling, produced by KCRW, Santa Monica. It’s a part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project, an initiative to support and cultivate independent and compelling voices.

show: half hour broadcast and podcast
segments: 5 to 25 minutes in length
compensation: $100 per broadcast minute is the base rate, with final compensation negotiated individually, based on complexity of the work and experience of the producer.
pitch: By email preferred. We’re looking for submissions that show a producer’s dedication to doing ambitious, unusual work and taking risks. Stories should be off-beat with a viscerally appealing log line. We want stories that sound new and freewheeling. We’ve done stories about mobsters on the lam, chronic dizziness, cults, narcolepsy, heavy metal, acid trips, etc, although we’ve done plenty of down-to-earth stories as well.
Our stories are firmly rooted in true events, if colored by the perceptions of the storyteller. The ideal UnFictional story should be one with a strong narrative, a sense of urgency, unexpected twists, and a MOMENTUM that holds the listener. It’s multi-faceted: intimate and emotional without being maudlin; If it’s a humorous piece, it should still have stakes and tension. The ideal submission should have elements of humor AND emotion.
Pieces can range in complexity from a single voice scored with music, to deeply researched, complex, multi-character stories. A final submission might come to us in the form of audio that’s been edited into a rough story, accompanied by a “paper” script, to be finished by us; or it could start with a simple one-line pitch, on which we and the producer will collaborate, building the story out of a thorough editorial process, at the end of which an experienced producer might deliver us a finished work.
contact: Bob Carlson, Producer, unfictional(at)kcrw.org
phone: (310) 314-4610
mailing address: UnFictional, KCRW, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90205
website:  http://www.kcrw.com/unfictional

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WAMC Northeast Public Radio

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Stations and translators are in twenty locations throughout the region. Alan Chartock is President and CEO of the network. Our studios and offices are located at 318 Central Avenue in Albany, NY.

Compensation: National programs e.g. Health Show and 51%: $100 (flat per story)
Website: www.wamc.org

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Who's Gonna Drive You Home? (Planes, Trains and Automobiles)

We are accepting pitches for *everything* to do with self-driving cars for air/podcast within the next six months.
Each piece should cover a different aspect of society that will be impacted or disrupted, if not destroyed, in the transition to driverless cars. Examples are: auto insurance (there won’t be any, with Uber-without-the-dude most likely self-insuring its cars); real estate (you won’t need a garage if there’s no reason to own a car that will be driving around all day); auto repair and gas stations (owners of driverless fleets will obviously figure out how to gas up or charge their vehicles more efficiently than pulling into a station on the corner. Given that gas stations have replaced corner grocery stores, what will be the impact on food and conveniences?

Pieces should include experts in whichever field is being discussed (in-person strongly preferred over phones), sound of entity being impacted (such as a gas station or State Farm commercial) and regular people.

show: 1 hour
segments: 2-10 minutes
compensation: $300-$1,000 depending on length and production quality (e.g., live sound vs. phones
pitch: Generally, we’ll follow NPR’s submission guidelines as a start and tell you, in writing, where we deviate from them. They are: http://cdn.airmedia.org/PDFs/PitchPanel/NPRPitchGuidelines.pdf
All agreements must be signed and received before any work is to commence. All discussions on the project shall be considered confidential regardless of whether or not a producing agreement is reached.
contact: Robin Washington, executive producer, robin@robinwashington.com
phone: 218-428-0004
website: http://www.facebook.com/tparadio

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Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS (Women’s International News Gathering Service) is a series of current affairs programs by and about women around the world, syndicated to community radio stations in English-speaking countries. We use raw tape from freelancers as well as produced pieces, but produced pieces tend to get preference. We want the content to be mainly the women covered speaking themselves, and for the scripts to be short and factual. We are looking for analysis, new ideas, eloquence and passion all rolled in together. Speeches, actualities from events are good but we also use interviews. We are especially interested in stories featuring non-U.S.women and minority women. Subjects often covered include feminist (broadly construed) and related activism and organizing; women and the law, politics, labour, health, economics, environment, and human rights; lesbian culture; reproductive rights; gender and sexuality; indigenous perspectives; war and peace, and –please! —feminist humour if you have it. We don’t require an exclusive.

show: 28:40 to 28:50 – weekly
segments: Full program content runs 27’40”
compensation: For raw audio used in program, $143.82. For substantially edited program, $203.82. Short pieces: $40-$45. Pay is only for material actually used in WINGS programs. We pay for non-exclusive one-time use of your audio. If your work is re-run you will be paid again.
pitch: By email. Producers’ Guide available: http://www.wings.org/submit.html (These guidelines are technically outdated right now, but the content guidelines are unchanged.) Programs should be news-related about women’s actions or conveying women’s views on world events — and must be of international interest. WINGS doesn’t use essays, editorials, publicity pieces, or self-help features. We want to hear women speaking for themselves, whether in interview, event actualities, or speeches – well-recorded, intelligent, and with energy and passion. Crowd sound, music from the event, etc. are a plus.
contact: Frieda Werden, Series Producer, wings@wings.org
phone: (250) 335-0356
mailing address: PO Box 4, Denman Island BC V0R 1T0 Canada
website: www.wings.org
facebook page: www.facebook.com/wingsradio
Recent editions (names changed by the podcast editor, for some reason) can be auditioned at: http://rabble.ca/users/wingsradio

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Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth is a one-hour magazine program that airs on New Hampshire Public Radio, with broader reach through social media and podcast. We would like to expand our team of stringers and freelancers, and to discover new voices to enrich our program.

show: one hour/five days a week
segments: 3 – 8 minutes
compensation: We are accepting pitches from independents. We take produced features (at $250 or $350 per story).
pitch: By email, or by phone at the number below. Phone pitches will only be taken between 2 and 4pm. Pieces can be in progress or finished, though we are more likely to accept a pitch if you have something we can listen to. Our format is flexible, and our content varied. We purchase freelance pieces about the arts, culture, technology, business, innovation, you name it – quirky storytelling is encouraged.
contact: Maureen McMurray mmcmurray@nhpr.org and Taylor Quimby tquimby@nhpr.org
phone: 603-223-2431
mailing address: 2 Pillsbury Street, 6th Floor, Concord, NH 03301
website: www.nhpr.org/wordofmouth

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The World

The World is a multi-media platform of international news, events and culture, with a twist. We go beyond delivering “foreign” news to an American audience. What we do is showcase the ways in which we are all connected in the global community. It doesn’t matter whether a story comes from Alaska or Zimbabwe; whether it’s talking about Mexican chocolate in Chicago or dissecting the intricacies of Syria’s civil war. What we look for is a story that highlights how we intersect and interact with the wide variety of countries, cultures and nationalities that make up the world in which we live.

show: One hour, daily / M-F
segments: Lengths vary, but in general stories shouldn’t be more than 4:30. We could really use shorter pieces — some of our best, most seasoned reporters shine brightest in their 3-minute stories. We have also aired mini-documentaries as long as 15 minutes, but that is rare. All our stories include a web version as well as pictures. Payment is based on type of story, not length.
compensation: Our rates are based on regular and occasional contributors, and three types of stories – along with multi-media.
pitch: What we’d like from a pitch is a short, concise proposal that includes why your story matters to listeners. It doesn’t just state an issue or a problem, but gives us an idea of how that issue or problem is playing out in daily life.Pitching us a story about runaway inflation in Venezuela doesn’t help. We know that inflation there is bad. What’s new? What’s changing? What interesting examples have you found, and why do you want to tell the story now? Is there an anecdote that reflects this?
contact: Both Jennifer.Goren@bbc.co.uk / 617-300-2739 and Jeb.Sharp@bbc.co.uk / 617-300-2757. Pitch us by email; feel free to follow up with a phone call. NOTE: In common with other broadcasters, The World has recently restricted its freelance contributions.
website: 
www.pri.org       

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World in Progress 

World Link is a weekly, half-hour magazine that looks at globalization and development issues around the globe. The show is broadcast on DW (Deutsche Welle) , Germany’s international broadcaster that produces television, radio and online content in 30 languages. It provides a European perspective to its global audience and promotes intercultural dialogue. World in Progress goes out to a global audience.

Topics include: Globalization issues, interconnected world, clash/changes in cultures, social issues, development, human rights, globalization economics, health, education, ideologies, religions, interesting projects, ideas + people that make a difference etc.
Examples for stories: Indigenous group fighting dam in Brazil, Internet project connects slum dwellers in Nairobi with school in Sweden, People helping prisoners in Indonesia, Music in Senegal about the migration to Europe, global economic problems caused by corruption. Lighter globalization issues (food stories, soundscapes, attitudes etc.) also welcome.
We are looking for sound-rich magazine pieces, mainly from Africa, Asia, Americas for an international audience. We prefer lots of sfx, several intv. partners per piece and good storytelling.

Pay rate: €253 euros for a report up to 6 minutes, can go up for longer pieces. Additional fee for online article or pic gallery on the same topic, if requested.
Pitch: preferably by email to worldinprogress@dw.com / Anke.Rasper@dw.com
Contact: Anke Rasper, Editor/Producer
Anke.Rasper@dw.com
worldinpgrogess@dw.com
Phone: ++49(0)228 429 4576
Fax: ++49(0)228 429 4400
Mailing address: Anke Rasper, Deutsche Welle, Team Global Wirtschaft, Kurt Schumacher Strasse 3, 53110 Bonn, Germany
Website: www.dw.com/worldinprogress  or the mediacenter on dw.com
The podcast is available on Itunes

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Youth Radio

Youth Radio is a Peabody award-winning media production company and learning institution in Oakland, California that prepares diverse young people for the 21st-century digital workplace by offering them hands-on education and employment in journalism, arts, and technology, as well as access to support services like academic advising and mental health care.

You don’t have to be a professional journalist to become a correspondent for Youth Radio. We’re all about stories BY young people, ABOUT the things that young people care about. So if you’re between the ages of 14 and 25 and have an idea for a great story, Youth Radio is a great place to pitch your story for a national audience. The best Youth Radio stories point to the intersection between narrative and newsy. Topics we cover include race/inequity, gender/LGBTQ, STEM/tech, politics/activism, juvenile justice, pop culture, music and the arts. For audio stories, we accept pitches for podcast segments, short news features, commentaries, Q&As, and round tables. We also accept web/print/multimedia pitches (see our submission guidelines)

Frequency: Daily

Segment Lengths: Various

Compensation: $150+ depending on the product

Guidelines: https://youthradio.org/journalism/got-a-great-story-idea-heres-how-to-pitch-to-youth-radio/

Contact: Rebecca Martin – pitch@youthradio.org

Website: http://www.youthradio.org

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Submission guidelines:

Please submit your pitch with a lead sentence and several sentences to
explain the scope of the story. Indicate possible interview partners and
the sounds you would use. Do tell us why you think the story would be
interesting for an international audience. (More detailed instructions
will be sent by mail to people interested in pitching.)

Are you taking pitches?

To have your podcast, program, or project listed, please visit the
Pitch Page Submission/Update Listing Form.

AIR’s Pitch Page was founded by AIR producer Barrett Golding in 1999.

NO LONGER ACCEPTING PITCHES:

African Learning Channel
BBC Americana
Deutsche Welle English – Spectrum
Environment Report
Here and Now
High Plains News
Latitude News
Middle Ground
New England Public Radio
Prime Time Postscript
Prime Time Radio
Pulse of the Planet
Rendered
Sirius XM OutQ News
Soundprint
WBHM-FM
World in Progress
World Vision Report
The Voice of America