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Calls for pitches: Puerto Rico & Energy, and Seawalls

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PUERTO RICO AND ENERGY

Making Contact is looking for a local freelancer living in Puerto Rico (also open to diasporic Puerto Ricans who want to produce a story!) who is proficient in radio for a piece about the power grid in Puerto Rico and the fight for community owned energy. We would love to talk about the purchase of the power grid by Luma Energy and what this means for local communities fighting for microgrids and other adaptable and renewable energy sources, especially as the effects of climate change worsen. We especially want to highlight organizing and solutions. We have some idea of how the piece would work, but we’d love to hear your thoughts about interviewees and framing in your pitch. We’re also very open to talk about translation issues! And how to approach the interviews and story from a language justice lens. Send your pitches to salima@radioproject.org. Please also include links to two audio samples of your work.

  • Pay rate: $3000
  • Anticipated air date: May 22nd 2022
  • Pitch Deadline:  December 1st, 2021.

SEAWALLS

Are you a radio journalist living in a place that has a seawall or plans to build one to deal with rising oceans? We want your pitches about their effectiveness and concerns about their unwanted effects. We’re a social justice podcast, so we’re especially interested in issues of class and race. Piece would be 13:35 minutes long and combined with another segment on coastal climate change issues. Anticipated air date is June 22nd. Send your pitches to salima@radioproject.org. Please also include links to two audio samples of your work.

  • Pay rate: $1200
  • Anticipated air date: June 22nd 2022.
  • Pitch Deadline: January 1st, 2022.

Please see our submission guidelines for more info on our style guidelines. Your work will air on our 151 affiliate stations and on our podcast.

Author: Jessica Partnow

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