The Pitch Page
Updated: April 22, 2014
To help sell your stories, below is a list of people and places that acquire work from freelancers. If you are one of those people or places and you'd like to add or change a listing, please proceed to the Pitch Page Submission/Update Listing Form. Also, take a look at How She Got to Yes (Celeste Wesson/Marketplace on AIR's annual "perfecting your pitch" panel).
Listen to our pitch panel at the 2013 PRPC, featuring editors from Studio 360, Marketplace, and Life of the Law (and moderated by Ann Heppermann).
For an overview of rates paid to freelancers, visit our Rates Watch page.
African Learning Channel (updated 1/15/09)
African Learning Channel is an audio channel run by First Voice International, a 501c3 organization that works with community groups, international organizations and government agencies to deliver information on pressing issues to impoverished rural and urban populations in Africa and Asia. The Africa Learning Channel provides programming developed from content produced by African NGOs, media groups and other content providers, specifically for an African audience. The channel focuses on programming related to international development issues and humanitarian purposes.
show: hour-long topical magazine programs
compensation: check with African Learning Channel
pitch: By email
phone: (301) 960-1276
mailing address: Africa Learning Channel First Voice International 8515 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
American RadioWorks (updated 1/15/09)
American RadioWorks is the national documentary unit of American Public Media. ARW is public radio's largest documentary production unit; it creates documentaries, series projects and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet. ARW represents a sustained effort at explanatory and investigative journalism. Principal themes include:
* Public affairs documentaries on major social and economic issues
* Investigative reporting
* Documentaries that explore significant social and cultural subjects through stories with strong narrative threads
* "Living History," an ongoing effort to document the 20th century American experience through the lives of those who witnessed it.
ARW currently does not currently commission, acquire or distribute documentaries from independent and station-based producers.
compensation: Payment changes depending on whether the material is commissioned, repurposed or distributed by American RadioWorks. ARW does take into account a producer's level of experience and compensates accordingly.
phone: (651) 290-1351
fax: (651) 290-1150
mailing address: American Public Media, 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Backstory (updated 1/13/14)
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 page: http://backstoryradio.org/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: Email Associate Producer, Nina Earnest, Associate Produce at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the word “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 understand we’re a new show, so we won’t be offended if you compare it to something you might hear on another radio show. We’re open to non-narrated features, written essays, and reported pieces. You don’t need to have worked in radio or history to pitch, but if you can give us a sense of your experience (radio or otherwise), please do, and include a couple of links to your best stuff.
contact: Nina Earnest, Associate Producer: email@example.com (email preferred)
mailing address: 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
BBC Americana (updated 5/23/13)
NO LONGER BROADCASTING
Host Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America. Not taking many traditional reported pieces from independents as the show draws on the strengths of its host. Are using independents for "enchanced" tape synchs that might involve extra sound gathering. Keep your AIR DIRECTORY listing current, because that's where they go first to look for synch and reporting help where they need it. Still, listen to the show and if a story idea that would suit the program's style comes to mind, pitch away.
compensation: Rates for a basic tape synch $175 flat fee. Enhanced tape synchs - $225. Buying from PRX (occasionally) at $60 per minute.
California Report (updated 1/15/09)
The California Report, produced by KQED 88.5FM in collaboration with public radio stations throughout California, is a statewide radio news program. The California Report provides daily coverage of issues, trends, and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population. It is carried by more than 20 public radio stations, from Arcata to San Diego. Many local station reporters are regular contributors to the program. The morning daily edition of The California Report, a nine-minute broadcast airing on KQED 88.5FM Monday -- Friday at 6:50a.m. and 8:50 a.m., updates important news from the weekend and spotlights events and issues expected to develop during the coming week. The Friday edition, airing on KQED 88.5FM at 4:30 p.m., 6:30p.m., and 11:00 p.m., is a 29-minute news magazine that provides in-depth analysis of the week's top news stories and includes newsmaker interviews, debriefings with reporters and editors, and commentaries.
show: 8 and a half minutes weekdays; plus a 29-minute magazine on Fridays
pitch: By email preferred.
phone: (415) 864-2000
fax: (415) 553-2897
mailing address: The California Report, KQED-FM, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Destination DIY (added 1/13/14)
Starting in 2014, Destination DIY is releasing one podcast episode per month, with each episode focused on one particular story. If you are not familiar with Destination DIY, we encourage you to take a listen to some of the stories on our SoundCloud feed: https://soundcloud.com/destinationdiy In short, we are not a how-to show and our definition of DIY is intentionally very broad. We are most interested in good talkers and surprising stories about people who are taking on interesting projects without the help of a large institution of some kind. Even if the project itself does not seem fascinating, if there’s a great character behind it, it could be a good fit for us. We are looking for features of about 10-12 minutes in length, but can be flexible, especially with the podcast format.Our goal is to have a piece ready by the 10th of each month. The first month for which we are accepting pitches is March. It’s never too early to get started! We generally try to keep our stories “evergreen,” but if there’s a specific peg for your pitch, please let us know.
segments: varied (10-12 minutes)
compensation: Destination DIY pays a flat fee for each piece - between $200 and $500 based on the length and complexity of the production as well as the skill level of the producer.
pitch: By email firstname.lastname@example.org
submission guidelines: Please write up a short description of your ideas and who you plan to include in your piece, send it to email@example.com — NO ATTACHMENTS PLEASE. Please include the word “pitch” in your subject line.
Please let us know what kind of audio equipment and software you will be using and if you haven’t worked with us before, please provide links to your past work and at least 2 references. Destination DIY will create the final mix for all the pieces. You will be expected to provide a rough mix along with your actualities, narration and ambient sound as well as a final script and raw audio when necessary. If your pitch is accepted, please be prepared to submit a script for editing before submitting any audio. Our editing process usually involves a couple of script edits, in addition to an “ear edit” which can be done by phone. Independent producers retain all the rights to their work and are free to post it anywhere or pitch it to other outlets. We respectfully ask that you wait until it’s been released on the Destination DIY podcast.
contact: Julie Sabatier, host, creator, producer, firstname.lastname@example.org
mailing address: P.O. Box 11544 Portland, OR 97211
Deutsche Welle English - Spectrum (updated 3/30/12)
Deutsche Welle is 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. We're looking for sci-tech news that is set in Europe, or has a strong European angle to it. That means scientific studies done in Poland, Turkey, Latvia or Portugal. Or startups in Malta, Estonia, Slovakia, or Ireland. Or stuff reported from outside of Europe that is being done by a European company or is otherwise connected to Europe. The news element is also key -- a new service, product, study, paper, research, finding, trend, whatever. Obviously sound-rich when possible.
show: 30 min/weekly
segments: 4.5-5 min
compensation: Producers will be paid 240 euros via bank transfer for their piece.
pitch: By email: email@example.com
mailing address: Kurt Schumacher Str. 3 53113 Bonn Germany
Distillations: Stories of Science & Culture (updated 8/5/2014)
Distillations is an audio 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 Chemical Heritage 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. Please see previous podcast episodes here:chemheritage.org/distillations
show: 30 min/monthly
segments: 4-6 min
pitch: Distillations is looking for imaginative, well-researched pitches for scene based reported stories (4-6 minutes long) for our monthly podcast about material science, technology, culture, and history. Each month Distillations focuses on a new topic. The show opens with a scene-based reporter produced story and then proceeds to a studio interview with our hosts and two expert guests. 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 with authorities on the topic.
Please submit pitches or ask any questions with DISTILLATIONS PITCH in subject to firstname.lastname@example.org
contact: Mariel Carr, multimedia producer, email@example.com
mailing address: 315 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Environment Report (updated 12/9/11)
The Environment Report is a collaborative effort among 160 public radio stations to create a weekly news-feed of reports about the environment. Each feed contains two to three features, the occasional commentary, and four to five news spots.
NO LONGER ACCEPTS PITCHES.
Evolve Magazine (added 10/2/13)
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.
segments: 4-12 minutes
pitch: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com (email preferred)
mailing address: 1 Design Center Place, Suite 848, Boston, MA 02210
Free Speech Radio News (updated 10/9/13)
Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) is the half-hour daily newscast distributed by the Pacifica Radio network. The show is heard on 114+ stations in the U.S. and worldwide via shortwave every weekday. FSRN's mission is to provide incisive news and analysis; investigate and air important international and domestic stories ignored or suppressed by the corporate press; and promote cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression. FSRN seeks to break from the routine dependence on corporate and governmental news organs, analysts and their press releases. For news sources, we prioritize direct participants and first-person narratives over government spokespeople and professional analysts. Each show contains four to six features, the occasional commentary and four to five headline news spots. Pacifica stations and their affiliates play the show in its entirety or incorporate individual stories into their local programming.
show: 29 minutes/ M-F
segments: Headlines: 45-60 seconds; Features 2:00-6:00 minutes
deadlines: * FEATURE SCRIPTS -- 7 PM US Pacific Time, 10 PM US Eastern; or 7 AM US Pacific, 10 AM US Eastern
* HEADLINE SCRIPTS -- 10:00 AM US Pacific Time, 1:00 PM US Eastern
* AUDIO UPLOAD -- 11:30 AM US Pacific Time, 2:30PM US Eastern
pitch: Not currently accepting pitches.
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Here and Now (updated 3/9/12)
Here and Now is public radio's noon news magazine. Produced every weekday at WBUR in Boston, Here and Now is a nationally syndicated, fast-paced program that covers up-to-the-minute news and also provides regular features on music, food, science and technology, as well as cultural stories about film, theater, music and more.
Here and Now is no longer accepting pitches.
mailing address: Attn: Here and Now, WBUR, 3rd Floor, 890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
High Plains News (updated 10/23/13)
NO LONGER ACCEPTING PITCHES.
High Plains News provides up to 3-4 issue-specific programs annually on compelling topics that are largely unreported by other media. Programs examine agriculture, the environment, education and health, the lives of Native Americans and the elderly, natural resources and energy, for public radio reporting with a distinctly rural flavor. Arts, culture and thought-provoking commentary combine for unique reporting as varied as the Western landscape.
shows: 30-60 minutes, 3-4 times yearly
contact: Kevin Cowling, Communications Coordinator
phone: (406) 252-9889
fax: (406) 252-1092
mailing address: 2401 Montana Ave, Suite 301, Billings MT 59101
The Knowledge Drop (updated 1/13/14)
The Knowledge Drop is educational in nature. The topics should be related to political governments only. The topic should teach, in an interesting manner, something about a political system or function of government that is not currently known, or, is widely misunderstood. An example topic maybe the Electoral College or how the Security Council operates. Also, it could be historical; for example, how the United States went from in-direct to direct election of senators. Although we are open to interesting ideas, the design is as follows: (1) What is it the topic; (2) What is the Misconception about the topic; (3) How did we get that misconception; and (4) what is the actual truth. Think "I am Just A bill" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyeJ55o3El0) except this is for adults. Be creative. This should not be boring or have the "feel" of sitting on the soft. It should be alive.
segments: 4-7 minutes
compensation: $125 – $400+ depending on experience of the producer
pitch: Send all pitches in email form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latino USA (updated 9/3/2014)
Latino USA is the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-focused program on radio. As the most consistent voice reporting on Latino news and culture since 1992, Futuro Media Group's Latino USA (LUSA) brings depth of experience, on-the-ground connections and knowledge of current and emerging issues impacting Latino and other people of color to every broadcast. Reporting stories about diversity, culture, civic dialogue and how people live (and struggle) with difference in community is the bedrock of Latino USA.
In addition to general pitches, we're specifically interested in:
* Social justice stories that focus on notions of citizenship and belonging, including immigration;
* Stories about environmental stewardship and outdoor adventure;
* Cultural stories about Latino music, food, art, history and literature, and their transformation in the US;
* Stories that show how Latinos intersect with the rest of America;
* "Bocaditos" or "little mouthfuls," light, 2-minute segments that highlight the surprising, quirky and original.PITCHES
• Send all story ideas to email@example.com.
• Pitches should include the main story arc; the characters, scenes and nat sound you expect to have; and context that shows why this story is important.
• Be concise - a paragraph or two is usually enough.
• If you have travel expenses you'd like to be reimbursed for, please include a request with an estimate in your pitch.
• If you're pitching for the first time, please include audio samples of your work.
SPECS FOR AUDIO PIECES:
• Gather LOTS OF AMBIENT SOUND, which gives listeners a strong sense of place. This means a minimum of 2 uninterrupted minutes of sound for every scene in your story. Think of getting a variety of sound - from close up (to use in the clear) to more distant (to use as a bed).
• Record a minute of room tone for every interview you do.
• Get right to the tape (rather than having loads of track), especially at the top of your piece, with fun, dramatic or surprising bits of sound dropped in to keep a listener hooked.
• Include idiosyncratic characters, sometimes with unique ways of speaking; we welcome a variety of accents.
• Present stories where the personal angle meets the facts.
• Avoid long narrator tracks as much as possible.
• Use simple, lively conversational language.
• Include visual descriptions that "take listeners there."
• Create a clear story arc with a logical structure.
• Include context that helps listeners understand the wider issues in your piece.
• Feel free to contact your editor at any point if you need a sounding board.
• Include your name, story slug, email address and phone number on every script.
• In your final script, all tracks, acts and ambi should be labeled numerically in the order in which they appear: Track 1, Track 2, Track 3, etc.
• When possible, please record .WAV files at a sample rate of 44.1 kHz (no MP3s!)
• Record 1 minute of room tone for every location where you do interviews.
• Record at least 2 minutes of ambi for every scene, from up close and far away.
UPLOADING AUDIO - FOR TRACKS AND ACTS
• Create one audio file for tracks and one for acts, and label them accordingly.
• In each audio file, lay down the audio elements in the exact order that they appear in your final script.
• Include heads and tails with each audio element - a few seconds before and after each piece of sound that will be included in the story. That will make the mix smoother.
UPLOADING AUDIO - FOR AMBI
• Create ONE INDIVIDUAL FILE FOR EACH PIECE OF AMBI you use and label each ambi file exactly the same way in the script and on the audio file. That way it will be clear which piece of ambi you want to use where and eliminate the guesswork!
SPECS FOR PHOTOS:
• Please take several photos the show can use to promote your stories online and in social media, as a standard part of your deliverables. • Images should be horizontal and taken with proper lighting. • Pictures of people, rather than places or things, are always best.
• To view NPR's Photo Webinar, click here: http://editorial.digitalservices.npr.org/post/elements-photography-and-visual-storytelling-video
• For I-phone users, we recommend the ProCamera app
• For Android users, we recommend the CameraZoom FX app
LUSA'S radio audience represents a fraction of our total reach. Through our active participation in social media networks, we can drive more traffic to our content. Think about how to use SM throughout your reporting process.
• Please share your Twitter handle and Facebook page with the show.
• Send out tweets while you're in the process of reporting your story and we'll retweet them in our tweets and status updates.
• Send your editor web links related to your story.
• $125 per broadcast minute for regular features
• $125 for a tape synch
• Mileage (approved in advance) at $.55 per mile
• Shorter segments negotiated at individual rates
• Kill fees negotiated at individual rates
For further guidance or examples of particular stories, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
show: weekly, one hour
segments: 2-15 minutes
compensation: $125/minute, plus photo compensation
pitch: By email. For pitch/reporter guidelines, visit: http://www.futuromediagroup.org/lusa/about/contributors/
mailing address: Latino USA, 361 West 125th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10027
Latitude News (updated 1/13/14)
Latitude News tells “international” stories in an unconventional way – we start by listening on the ground in the US, then finding international parallels. We also feature stories that highlight surprising connections between the US and the rest of the world.
segments: 500-1200 words with 3-5 audio clips (30-60 seconds each)
compensation: Available upon request.
submission guidelines: Not accepting pitches at this time.
pitch: NOT ACCEPTING PITCHES AT THIS TIME
contact: Maria Balinska, email@example.com
mailing address: 86 Sherman St, Cambridge MA 02140
Life of the Law (updated 1/29/13)
Life of the Law is a national radio project that looks at the law and legal issues with a sense of exploration, fun and wonder. Some of our themes are: love and the law, learning law, frontier law, evidence and the language of the law.
We release a new feature radio story every two weeks and accept pitches that take a fascinating, evergreen look at the law on a rolling basis. Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
shows: We release a new feature radio story every two weeks and are so accept pitches on a rolling basis that take a fascinating, evergreen look at the law with a broad national interest. Send your pitch to email@example.com.
segments: 10 - 16 min.
compensation: $800 - $1200, depending on length, level of experience, and depth of report
pitch: By email preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org. When you send us your pitch, please add a couple of links to your published work so we can get a sense of your experience in radio/reporting. Thank you!
contact: Nancy Mullane, co-executive producer
address: 6022 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Living on Earth (updated 1/15/09)
Living on Earth is a weekly, one hour environmental news and feature program. We're distributed by Public Radio International and air on over 275 public radio stations. LOE's features, interviews, and commentaries examine the social, economic, political and technological forces behind environmental change. We're particularly interested in sound-rich pieces which use a strong narrative to tell a story.
shows: one hour weekly
segments: varies; most pieces are 4-8:00, but we also air longer or shorter segments
compensation: LOE pays $100/minute of produced tape, plus approved expenses.
pitch: By email preferred.
contact: Eileen Bolinksy, email@example.com
phone: (617) 629-3629
fax: (617) 629-3625
mailing address: Living on Earth, 20 Holland St., Suite 408, Somerville, MA 02144
Making Contact (National Radio Project) (updated 7/12/11)
National Radio Project produces Making Contact, an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland. National Radio Project distributes Making Contact to non-commercial radio stations and online listeners without charge. We train independent journalists and community members in radio skills, improving popular access to the media. Through our community collaborations, National Radio Project increases the media capacity of community groups and helps amplify the voices of those working and organizing for social justice.Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems. Making Contact is FREE to noncommercial stations.
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
pitch: Write a one or two paragraph description of your pitch. This should include the elements of your story including potential interviewees, actualities, ambient sound, music etc. If you haven't submitted work to Making Contact before, please send links or mail samples of your work. Making Contact is not a "weekly" news program; it delves deeper into the economic, social, and political issues underlying the news headlines. Stories should avoid time-dating and should be relevant three to six months after broadcast. Before pitching a story, please be familiar with the mission of National Radio Project. We'll try to respond to every pitch as soon as we are able. If you don't hear back from us within two to three weeks, please feel free to email us again or call us.
Making Contact Submission Guidelines: http://radioproject.org/production/subguide.html
contact: Pitch our editors, firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (510) 251-1332
mailing address: National Radio Project/Making Contact, 1714 Franklin Street, #100, Oakland, CA 94612
Marketplace (updated 3/5/14)
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. email@example.com
pitch guidelines: http://www.marketplace.org/submissions-and-pitches and also Marketplace tips 2013.
* 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
Middle Ground (updated 1/27/14)
Middle Ground focuses on politics, culture, and news from the states in between California and the eastern seaboard, plus Pittsburgh. It's distributed nationally through PRX.
show: 11 minutes/weekly
segments: ~ 3 minutes
compensation: $55/minute (possible higher rate for more complex pieces)
pitch: By email preferred.
contact: Chris Gauthier or Johnny Kauffman, firstname.lastname@example.org
mailing address: 17552 Wheat Fall Dr., Derwood, MD 20855
National Native News (updated 1/15/09)
National Native News is a weekday, five-minute radio newscast. It's one of Koahnic Broadcast Corporation's four nationally syndicated radio programs. NNN is produced in Albuquerque, NM. It is a headline radio news service dedicated to Native American issues and events that compiles spot news reports from around the country. NNN is the first Native-produced, daily Native radio newscast that is distributed nationally. NNN airs news stories about Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Indigenous People worldwide.
show: 5 minutes, Monday through Friday
compensation: The pay scale is generally from $45.00-75.00 per story. Compensation can be negotiated if a submission requires heavy editing or editorial requirements have not been followed. When submitting for the first time, be sure to submit your SSN, mailing address and phone number. NNN uses a weekly pay schedule. News stories purchased become the property of NNN. Reporters are not paid residuals for additional use of their work. NNN will pay a "kill fee" for commissioned stories if not used/aired. NNN does not pay for travel expenses.
pitch: By email or phone. NNN either accepts story pitches from reporters and/or gives assignments to reporters. NN daily FILING DEADLINE IS NO later than 10 A.M. ET on the airdate.
contact: Antonia Gonzales, Anchor/Producer, email@example.com
phone: (505) 277-9180
mailing address: National Native News, P.O. Box 40194, Albuquerque, NM 87196
National Public Radio (updated 2/6/13)
National Public Radio Programming
shows: vary; http://www.npr.org/about/programs
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 (pdf). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Southern Bureau Chief (WV, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, MS, LA, AR, TX, OK, VA, KY) Russell Lewis email@example.com Midwestern Bureau Chief (OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, NE, ND, SD) Ken Barcus firstname.lastname@example.org Western Bureau Chiefs (CA, AZ, NM, UT, CO, NV, WA, OR, WY, ID, MT, AK, HI) Jason DeRose, email@example.com. Reporters wishing to file foreign news stories should send pitches to Foreign Desk Chief Edith Chapin (firstname.lastname@example.org). To pitch a commentary or essay, see http://www.npr.org/about/ pitch/#commentary. To pitch a spot (:45) on breaking news, call Newscast Unit (800) 433-1277. To pitch an audio postcard, see http://www.npr.org/about/ pitch/postcards.html. To pitch an idea for a new program, or to inquire about syndication of an existing program, contact Stacey Foxwell, Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Programming, email@example.com. For help in framing a pitch and identifying the appropriate recipient at NPR or another acquirer, contact NPR’s Liaison with Independent Producers, Paul Ingles at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 255-1219.
mailing address: NPR, 635 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001-3025
New England Public Radio (updated 4/18/14)
compensation: We pay roughly 80 percent of the feature rates negotiated between NPR and AIR
contact: email@example.com, 413-545-0103
pitch: Please send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org with FREELANCER PITCH in the subject line.
On the Media (updated 10/24/13)
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, email@example.com
mailing address: 160 Varick Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10013
Only a Game (updated 6/3/10)
An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. Produced by WBUR in Boston, Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews, and a keen sense humor.
You don’t have to be an expert on sports to pitch to Only A Game. But, you should be an experienced reporter with excellent writing and technical skills and a conversational delivery style.
segments: 4 to 7 minute pieces
compensation: Our rate is $100 per minute of produced piece, including lead. For shorter pieces, we pay a minimum of $400. We pay reasonable travel expenses.
pitch: All pitches should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title your email “Story Submission” to keep it from being lost in the sea of spam. Keep your pitch concise and focused. One to two paragraphs is plenty. All pitches should be accompanied by a link to a recent story, so that we can get a better sense of whether your style fits into our show. Whenever possible, we book freelance stories a full month, or more, in advance. If you’re pitching a late-breaking story and need a quick answer, you can call our Senior Producer, Gary Waleik at 617-353-0709. Keep in mind that Gary much prefers to hear from you via email, and if you call on Thursday or Friday he might be too busy to answer his phone. Associate Producers Karen Given (617-353-0706) or Doug Tribou (617-353-0712) might be better able to respond, especially late in the week.
For more detailed information, check out our Submission Guideline page: http://www.onlyagame.org/submission-guidelines/
contact: Gary Waleik, Senior Producer: email@example.com
phone: (617) 353-0709
Performance Today (updated 12/17/12)
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: smaller scale pieces (1-3 mins) to enhance the music on the show; but always open to bigger possibilities
pitch: By email is best, phone second.
phone: (800) 562-8440
mailing address: 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Prime Time Postscript (updated 3/5/12)
Prime Time Postscript from AARP is a five-minute weekly feature showcasing the best work of radio producers from across the country, and around the world. Prime Time Postscript gives us an opportunity to hear about a vast range of topics presented in a variety of creative styles and formats, limited only by the imagination of the independent producers who create them.
segments: 4:30. All submissions should be fully produced pieces totaling no more than 4:20 and no less than 4:00. We also require a short host lede. You may submit as many story submissions as you'd like, we just ask that the piece not air on any other national platforms.
compensation: $350 per radio piece; $50 for hi-res and fully cleared images.
pitch: By email. We are looking for creative and interesting stories to answer the following questions:
1. Do you believe that it is important to strengthen Medicare and Social Security?
2. Why or why not?
3. What do YOU think should be done to strengthen Social Security?
4. If you could ask the President or your congressional representative a question what would it be?
We would like to hear what American men and women have to say about these much debated and discussed topics.
Please do not feel obligated to answer all of the questions, or only the questions outlined above. The idea is to give a voice to the American people, the people who will be most impacted by the political decisions surrounding Medicare and Social Security.
contact: Angel Livas, Executive Producer
mailing address: 601 E ST, NW, Washington, DC 20049
Prime Time Radio (updated 8/23/11)
Prime Time Radio is seeking submissions of produced pieces of 4:00-4:30 for "Prime Time Postscript." The PTPS pieces run at the end of the 54-minute Prime Time Radio show each week – in a slot normally filled by newscasts. “Prime Time Postscript” is not limited by format or topic – but we do target the 50+ audience. That usually does not mean much – people 50+ are pretty much interested in everything. What we are looking for is creative and interesting stories. We want to provide a place to air the good works of creative producers that have not already been nationally broadcast (pieces broadcast locally are fine). We are seeking fully produced pieces only. The slot is 4:30 so pieces cannot be any longer than that, but they can be a bit shorter (no less than 4 minutes) as we have theme music for fill. We’ll be happy to air any credits desired.
show: one-hour weekly
compensation: We pay $350 for the spot and an extra $50 for fully cleared photos to use on the website.
pitch: By email preferred. Send MP3s or links to audio if available.
contact: Angel Livas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
phone: (202) 434-2613
mailing address: Prime Time Postscript 601 E St., NW Washington, DC 20049
Pulse of the Planet (updated 4/2/12)
Pulse of the Planet is a daily, two-minute radio series that follows the seasonal rhythms of nature, culture and science. Those interested in producing a story for Pulse will be expected to conduct an interview and collect sound if available, but not to produce the final program.
show: two-minutes weekdays
compensation: We pay $250 plus expenses for raw tape (interview and sound) for domestic stories. If the story is seasonal and has a strong sound component, we'll likely be interested.
pitch: By email.
contact: Jim Metzner, Executive Producer, email@example.com
Radio Ambulante (updated 10/24/13)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
mailing address: 1105 Wisconsin St., SF, CA 94107
Radiolab (updated 12/28/10)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Sirius XM OutQ News (updated 3/5/14)
Sirius XM OutQ is America's first 24/7 radio outlet broadcasting to the gay, lesbian, bi and transgender community. All the stories in OutQ newscasts are spot news, five-W type items. We try to throw in an amusing kicker in each newscast, but even these must be timely. There is presently no room in our format for radio features or magazine pieces. All the stories in OutQ newscasts are spot news, five-W type items. We try to throw in an amusing kicker or entertainment spot in each newscast, but even these must be timely.
show: Eight 4 min. newscasts M-F, repeated to fill 24 hrs
segments: voicers & wraps 0:45-1:30
pitch: NO LONGER ACCEPTING PITCHES.
mailing address: 1221 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
Snap Judgment (updated 3/9/12)
NPR's Snap Judgment tells both character-narrated and producer-narrated, dramatic, first person, true stories and airs on over 150 stations nationwide. Our stories are heavily produced with music and sound effects and need not have a news hook. Successful pitches have a strong narrative arc, a clear beginning, middle and end, and strong dramatic tension. We do not take profiles. We seek stories told from a point of view often under-represented on-air, particularly stories told by folks from foreign, off-the-beaten-path, poor or marginalized communities.
show: one hour/weekly
segments: 3-11 minutes
compensation: first 3 stories, $85/minute, second 3 stories $95/minute, thereafter $105/minute
pitch: by email
contact: Anna Sussman, Senior Producer, pitches(at)snapjudgment.org. Submission guidelines.
phone: (510) 465-7627
mailing address: 405 14th St, STE 900, Oakland, CA, 94705
Sound Medicine (updated 10/24/13)
Sound Medicine is public radio's weekly magazine about medicine and health. In its 13th year of production, Sound Medicine is hosted by a seasoned journalist and features a lively mix of studio interviews, field pieces, phone/tape sync interviews, personal essays, health quizzes and snappy features (plus ideas we haven't thought of yet). The program is a joint production of WFYI (public radio in Indianapolis) and the Indiana University School of Medicine. We pay competitive rates, based on length, experience with the producer, production requirements, etc. Program is also produced as a free weekly podcast through iTunes. Payment upon acceptance; because of our long lead times, there may be several weeks or more between acceptance and broadcast of purchased pieces.
show: 1 hour/weekly
segments: varies (2:00 to 12:00)
compensation: $250-750. Pay rates will be negotiated individually, ranging from $250 for pieces that have had previous national exposure to $750 for commissioned feature stories. SM also occasionally willing to buy unedited pieces from reporters/producers from whom I have purchased pieces before.
pitch: Pitch via email, please. Upon request, stories can be posted on our ftp site. We seek a wide range of health and medicine stories, from personal essays to in-depth explorations of diseases, treatments, current research, health issues. Background web links, journal articles, etc are appreciated. Stories may not have aired in Indiana; however, this is a great way to repurpose undated health stories that have aired elsewhere. Queries are welcome at any time. Please allow 2 weeks for response. Submit description of the story you want to tell, its significance to public radio listeners, the people you'll interview, and the approximate timetable for production. We buy first and second broadcast rights; stories may have aired elsewhere. Payment upon acceptance of approved script.
contact: Nora Hiatt, Senior Producer, email@example.com
phone: (317) 614-0503
fax: (317) 278-8722
mailing address: Sound Medicine 1630 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Soundprint (updated 11/13/13)
Soundprint is the longest running non-fiction documentary series on public radio. We seek topics of substance. We call Soundprint the aural equivalent of photojournalism. We like stories which engage the listener's mind, imagination and heart. We encourage creative and inventive use of sound, using state of the art technology to develop a contemporary art of story telling. Programs can range from the hard investigative to the evocative experiential documentary.
We have no set topics or themes that will make your piece more or less likely to be acquired. We like good, rich sound, clear and personal writing/storytelling, and stories which can translate/appeal to a national and international audience (along those lines, national and international rights need to be free and clear -- if international is a problem, you have to let us know).
show: one hour weekly, divided into two 30-minute modules
segments: 25:30 minutes
compensation: SP prefers not to disclose. Program by program. Neither a per minute, nor a day rate. We pay more than the lower rates, and less than the highest rates, per produced minute (we know you gotta eat; but we're a volume-buyer). We will gladly offer technical assistance, including some mixing&mastering assistance, without affecting your rate. This is for us, too -- the flip side is that we often will request technical adjustments.
pitch: NO LONGER ACCEPTING PITCHES
contact: Jared Weissbrot, firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (301) 317-0110
fax: (301) 317-6794
mailing address: Soundprint Media Center, 300 Thomas Drive Suite #4, Laurel, MD 20707
The Splendid Table (updated 5/18/11)
The Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and distributed by American Public Media, is about food -- enjoying it, buying it, cooking it -- and about eating out, entertaining, health and travel. We're looking for produced field pieces which fit our program.We need stories about food as a window to a culture; about meals as a memorable part of travel; about food producers (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: national one-hour show which airs weekly on nearly 300 public radio stations across the country and is also podcast weekly globally.
segments: we are looking for segments that are 3-5 minutes in length.
compensation: We pay $500 for each fully mixed piece we commission. We ask for the non-exclusive right to broadcast the piece on radio, and to offer it on the Web (in both"streamed" and/or archival form), both in perpetuity. You would own all rights to the piece other than those granted to us. We ask only that The Splendid Table receive an appropriate credit when the piece, or elements thereof, appears elsewhere. We honor the spirit of the Code published by AIR.
pitch: E-mail a brief description of your piece as well as the edited and mixed piece (mp3, audio link, etc) for our review and consideration. We will 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, Producer, email@example.com
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
Studio 360 (updated 4/22/14)
"Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen" is a program about the arts, pop culture, and ideas, hosted by novelist and journalist Kurt Andersen. The show is a coproduction of Public Radio International and WNYC and airs nationally. We are interested in trends stories, arts news (including business of the arts), and stories about creative people. Close knowledge of particular art communities is a great advantage. In every case, we look for reporting with a strong personal voice, motivated by genuine concern and passion for a subject. To receive our independent producer guidelines or pitch a story, contact Senior Editor David Krasnow, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pitch guidelines.
segments: 2-8 minutes
compensation: We assign stories on a simple level system based on complexity and number of subjects in the story (rather than duration). Most of the stories we assign fall at Levels 2 or 3.
A Level 1 Story would typically:
* Start with topic or subject selection provided by Studio 360
* Consist of interview(s) with a single subject, recorded in person or by remote, or short interviews captured in a brief period of time.
Fee: $350 (with mixing bonus: $500)
A Level 2 Story would typically:
* Consist primarily of interview(s) with a single subject, recorded on location or in studio
* Involve careful subject selection and research
* Use sound richly
Fee: $475 (with mixing bonus: $625)
A Level 3 Story would typically:
* Involve significant research
* Feature multiple interviews in person or by remote
* Require reporting on location
* Use sound richly
Fee: $875 (with mixing bonus: $1025)
A Level 4 Story would typically:
* Involve significant research and expertise in the subject matter
* Require out-of-town travel by the reporter
* Involve location reporting at multiple sites
* Feature multiple interviews
* Use sound richly
Fee: $1000 (with mixing bonus: $1150)
The mixing bonus applies when the independent producer provides a finished mix to our standards.
pitch: Pitch your story (two paragraphs is ideal) by email to David Krasnow, email@example.com. We prefer not to "pre-screen" ideas by phone or email before you pitch. The subject line of your emails should start with "PITCH: ". It must 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 a general listener in a national audience will enjoy about the story, and your voice in the piece. You should also let us know how you found out about a story, why you care about it, and 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. If your pitch requires more urgent consideration, please flag that, but be aware that we are less likely to accept it. Please do not ask us to look at websites or other visuals in your pitch, as they will not be the primary entry point for your listeners.
contact: David Krasnow, firstname.lastname@example.org
This American Life
This American Life is a bunch of stories -- some are documentaries, some are fiction, some are something else. Each week we choose a theme and invite different writers and performers to contribute items on the theme. (We seek surprising character- driven stories that generally follow a traditional literary structure. We pay expenses and $200 a day; the artist owns their own work and TAL keeps re-broadcast rights). Theme List distributed via AIRdaily email list.
show: one hour weekly
segments: generally 6-12 minutes; but if we like it, it can be any length.
pitch: By email. Submission Guidelines available. Please put "submissions" in the subject line.
contact: Julie Snyder, Senior Producer, email@example.com
phone: (212) 624-5012
mailing address: This American Life, 153 West 27th Street, Suite 1104, New York, NY 10001
Transom (updated 10/23/13)
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, Hearing Voices, 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.
pitch: By online submission form (preferred): http://www.transom.org/about/submit_agrmnt.html
Also accept submissions via snail mail (see below). They should be sent with a signed submission agreement form.
mailing address: Transom, 3 Water Street, P.O. Box 445, Woods Hole, MA 02543
UnFictional (updated 5/21/13)
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
The Voice of America
The Voice of America is the United States' representative on international radio. We are an independent agency within the federal government. In addition to English, VOA broadcasts in more than 40 languages. English language scripts may be translated and used by other language services. We rely on our freelancers to provide an audio picture of the people and issues in their part of the country. We want to hear from people who are involved in their communities, not just academics and spokespeople, in reports with natural sound (whenever appropriate). We're interested in stories on immigrant groups, environmental issues, medical developments, education, community action, social programs and religion. In other words, we want our programming to present the broad range of American experiences, portraying both the strengths and weaknesses of US society, and reflecting the nation's diversity of opinion. For a sampling of stories we've broadcast, check out VOA's American Life page. VOA's English language audience includes many students and businesspeople, as well as foreign government officials. Most speak English as a second (or third) language, and listen to VOA not only for news and information, but to improve their comprehension. We also reach Americans overseas -- Peace Corps workers, diplomats, journalists, missionaries and members of the Armed Forces. In submitting an idea, consider why someone in Nigeria or China would want to listen to the story.
show: Americana pieces are used throughout the day in the news stream; science-related stories may air on Our World, a weekly half-hour program.
segments: 3-5 minutes. We purchase 10 to 20 stories a month from stringers; many are 'turn-arounds' of pieces that aired on your local station or a national program.
compensation: For a piece we request, or that you are doing originally for VOA, we pay $300. For a 'turn-around' piece that has aired elsewhere and that you've been paid for, we pay $150. For turn-arounds, we edit the original script for our international audience, and you re-voice it. You may produce it, or send us the elements to produce here. VOA does not pay travel expenses. Payment is made by direct deposit, and requires registration with the government-wide Central Contractor Registration system. This involves some phone and computer time on your part.
pitch: By email.
contact: Faith Lapidus, Stringer Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
compensation: National programs e.g. Health Show and 51% $100 (flat per story)
WBHM-FM (updated 10/24/13)
WBHM-FM is not currently accepting pitches.
contact: Rachel Osier Lindley, News Director, email@example.com
phone: (205) 934-2278
mailing address: 650 11th Street South, Birmingham, Al 35233
Women's International News Gathering Service (updated 10/24/13)
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 prefer the emphasis to be on the women covered speaking themselves, rather than on a lot of script. The palette of WINGS tends to be hot, which means we like speeches and actualities from events, though we also use interviews. We are especially interested in stories featuring non-U.S.women and minority women. Subjects of most interest include women and the law, politics, labor, economics, the environment, indigenous sovereignty, sexuality, reproductive rights, war and peace, and --please! -- humor 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 US dollars. 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 in you will be paid more.
pitch: By email. Producers' Guide available: http://www.wings.org/submit.html. Programs should be news-related about women's actions or conveying women's views on world events -- and must be of international interest. Frequent topics include: women & human rights, the environment, law, politics, labor, economics, international relations, grassroots organizing, and technology. WINGS doesn't use essays, editorials, publicity pieces, or self-help features. What To Record: The heart of a WINGS story is women speaking for themselves, whether in interview, event actualities, or speeches. We want well-recorded, intelligent, passionate statements. Crowd sound, music from the event, etc. are a plus.
contact: Frieda Werden, Senior Producer, firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (604) 876-6994
mailing address: Box 95090, Kingsgate Vancouver BC V5T 4T8 Canada
Word of Mouth (updated 5/15/12)
Word of Mouth is a one-hour magazine program that airs on New Hampshire Public Radio, with broader reach through social media and podcast. The show has aspirations for national distribution within 1-2 years. 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 $60/minute) and scripted two-way interviews (for $150).
pitch: By email. Pieces can be in progress or finished, a new look at something established or represent a brand new idea or trend. Our format is flexible, and our content varied. We purchase freelance pieces about the arts, culture, technology, business, innovation, you name it.
contact: Rebecca Lavoie, email@example.com
mailing address: 2 Pillsbury Street, 6th Floor, Concord, NH 03301
The World (updated 1/14/11)
The World is a co-production of the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH. It's based in Boston and airs on more than 280 public radio stations nationally. Although the BBC World Service co-produces the show, The World must distinguish itself from the BBC World Service programming already airing on many US stations. So the program speaks directly to its US audience, ensuring that each story feels relevant to the American listener. This is easy, since the US affects the rest of the world profoundly, and vice versa. For instance, in a story reported from Sudan, it would be a disservice to The World's US listeners NOT to include what the US government has been saying or doing about the situation on the ground. And to see how the rest of the world affects life in the United States, look in your backyard and you'll find immigration issues running hot in the domestic political scene, anti-terrorism measures going into affect along US borders, an American farmer frustrated with a new international trade decision -- LOTS of stories that belong on The World.
show: one hour, daily / M-F
segments: Vary, but keep in mind that we could really use shorter pieces -- some of our best, most seasoned reporters shine brightest in their 3-minute stories. That said, we've also aired mini-documentaries as long as 15 minutes (rarely, though).
compensation: Standard feature rate is $115 per minute aired. There are also rates for providing web content (pictures, slideshows, etc.) with the caveat there that the quality of the submissions (as assessed by our web team) affects how much we pay for them.
pitch: By email; feel free to follow up later with a phone call. We ask that anybody pitching keep in mind that we are an international news program, so pitches need to be on international angles and be newsy to some degree.
contact: Jennifer.Goren@bbc.co.uk / 617-300-2739 and Aaron.Schachter@bbc.co.uk / 617-300-2757
NOTE: In common with other broadcasters, The World has recently restricted its freelance contributions.
World in Progress (updated 12/17/12)
World In Progress, worldwide broadcast, Deutsche Welle, Germany's worldservice. goes out on shortwave to various regions, also available online.
Topics: Globalization, clash/changes in culture, social topics, Development, human rights, health, education etc. interesting projects that make a differece in the particular country. (examples: Indigenous group fighting dam in Brazil, Internet education project for slum dwellers in Dhaka, Bicycles for women in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights orgz. helping prisoners in Indonesia..)
Also possible: profiles of interesting movers who make a difference in the community.
segments: Magazine pieces, ca 5-8 mins.
compensation: Pay is the usual DW rates (Euros from 210 -240 plus for 5 min radio, higher for longer stories, plus additional fee for online piece, pics or pic gallery)
pitch: By email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We need magazine pieces, mainly from Africa, Asia, occasionally Latin America, on topics like Globalization, clash/changes in culture, social topics, Development, human rights, health, education etc. preferably lots of sfx, several intv partner per piece. For past editions, check out dw-world.de/worldinprogress (Dw-world.de/development)
contact: Anke Rasper, Editor/Producer (Anke.Rasper@dw-world.de)
phone: ++49(0)228 429 4576
fax: ++49(0)228 429 4583
mailing address: Anke Rasper, Deutsche Welle English Service, Kurt Schumacher Strasse 3, 53110 Bonn, Germany
World Link is a weekly, one-hour magazine that looks at real-life stories behind the headlines. The show is broadcast on 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. Pieces normally profile someone with an interesting story to tell. Recent examples include a Rwandan genocide survivor now helping widows and orphans, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor campaigns for gun control or a Korean family separated for more than 50 years after the North-South divide. The pieces should include as much nat sound as possible and take a reportage style. The topic can be anything from social issues to environment to culture to technology to human rights. And the show is global in its outlook so we would welcome pitches from anywhere.
segments: Magazine pieces, ca 5-8 mins.
compensation: Pay is the usual DW rates (Euros 240 plus for 5 min radio, higher for longer stories, plus additional fee for online piece, pics or pic gallery)
pitch: By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: ++49(0)228 429 4598
fax: ++49(0)228 429 4583
mailing address: Deutsche Welle English Service, Kurt Schumacher Strasse 3, 53110 Bonn, Germany
World Vision Report
World Vision Report's funding ended in May 2011, but the producers are seeking funding to continue programming under a different name. Interested in learning more? Contact them at: email@example.com
AIR's Pitch Page is the brainchild of AIR member, Barrett Golding (1999).