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Call for Pitches: Immigration and Elections

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We want your pitches! Making Contact is assembling a team of freelance journalists to  examine how immigrants in the U.S. participate in politics and are responding to the 2016 elections.

Two freelancers have already joined the project. Their work will specifically examine issues Latino/a communities are confronting in the upcoming elections. We’re looking for character-driven stories that focus on how other immigrant communities engage in U.S. politics. Here are some themes we’re interested in exploring:

 

  • What interest is there in running for elected office in the U.S. and what are the barriers?
  • What impact will new voter ID laws have on voter turnout?
  • What factors contribute to disparities in electoral participation within different communities?
  • What other ways are communities organizing to influence politics locally and/or nationally?  
  • How is campaign financing influencing immigration rhetoric and policies?

 

Got an idea, let us know!

Specifications

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 120 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.  

Amplifying 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.

We’re interested in pitches for sound-rich segments of about 7 minutes.  For these special segments by reporters who have a history of covering immigrant communities, we will pay $700.

As with any pitches you send us, please check out our show and read our guidelines before you pitch. https://www.radioproject.org/production/submission-guidelines/

Consider the following. Does the story:

  • Link grassroots issues and human realities to national or international trends?
  • Give listeners a historical, political, or social context of major national and international events?
  • Shed light on social and economic inequities?
  • Explore any alternatives or solutions?

Send pitches to pitches@radioproject.org. Please be detailed but succinct, and include a description of your idea, narrative/story arc, interview subjects, scenes, and sounds/ambi. If you’re pitching to us for the first time, please include a brief bio and relevant audio clips.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Laura Flynn and Jasmín López

Making Contact Producers

 

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