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Call for Pitches

We’re seeking sound-rich radio stories with ear-grabbing characters, interesting angles, and solid facts. We encourage you to explore grassroots solutions and the ways communities are organizing. We look forward to hearing from you on these topics below and others you have, at pitches@radioproject.org. Making Contact is accepting pitches for 7-10 minute segments or 29-minute documentaries for upcoming shows in our Fall schedule. Although we’re always looking for stories on many topics (so send those over, too), we’re particularly interested in the following list. Check out our submission guidelines for more info and pay rates. Please submit pitches to pitches@radioproject.org by Monday, August 20, 2018. Climate Change and Climate Justice Global climate summits led by governments and big business garner media attention every year or so, but what’s going on in frontline communities on the ground — those most impacted by climate change? How are networks of groups working at the intersections of climate and social justice? Reproductive Justice We’re looking for segments based in the U.S. in this time of many state governments’ attacks to abortion rights and erosion to access. Perhaps a segment that explores the influence of religious fundamentalism in US and federal level theocracy with high potential of a SCOTUS rollback to Roe. Or a segment covering organizing to maintain and expand abortion access. We’d like an emphasis on the intersections of race and gender and the particular impact on young, poor+working class women of color. There have been moves in some states to punish women who miscarry or are suspected of inducing abortion, and we particularly invite pitches that explore that angle. Prisons and People in Prison What are the stories regarding “re-entry” and the issues or solutions around the lives of people after being released from prison? What organizing is happening in and out of prison to support those recently released? How do classes and programs inside impact one’s ability to smoothly re-enter society? We’re interested in segment pitches related to post-release monitoring or surveillance such as challenges or changes to parole processes in more progressive states, an exploration of monitoring and mental health in relation to the incarceration of prisoners, ankle monitors, LWOPS, women in prison, and plea bargains. Immigrants and Undocu-Joy The artists and activists who assert undocumented status not as a sad and sorry state but as a reality and a challenge to be met with community resilience and creativity. Where are we now, and where are we going from here? What have been some of the major policy changes and community, political, popular responses to those...

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Call for Pitches!

  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. See list below.   Seeking Pitches Immigration: We want your pitches! We’re looking for character-driven stories that focus on how immigrant communities are organizing. Here are some themes we’re interested in exploring: The Muslim Ban is in effect, Southeast Asians have been swept up in large numbers to private prisons, how are communities responding? How are communities organizing outside of the electoral process to influence politics locally and/or nationally? How are groups working against far right politics? Got an idea, let us know! Climate Change: “Climate Resilience” and “Just Transition” are terms used by environmental justice advocates and academics to mean various things. We want sound-rich stories that explore these terms in practice. How are communities working not just to survive but thrive? How are low-income communities of color, expected to be hit hardest by climate change developing ways now to cope “later?” What are the unequal impacts of climate change on women? International Stories and communities… We’re looking for stories that break out of the gloom and doom and make policy discussions accessible, or give a glimpse of people coming together to take steps now. Pitch us stories about various bottom-up and grassroots organizing methods and tactics against privatization, land grabs, U.S. military presence, economic experiments, etc. In addition to the above, we’re always interested in pitches on any of our ongoing beats: prisons, poverty, reproductive health, racial justice, climate change and environmental justice. 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 with an emphasis on creative ways to solve problems.  We’re interested in pitches for sound-rich segments of approx. 7 minutes.   As with any pitches you send us, please check out our show and read our guidelines before you pitch. http://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? Current rates! Level 1. $800 plus travel reimbursement up to $100 “Involve research and...

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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! You’ve been a great support to Making Contact (www.radioproject.org) and are instrumental to our work. Tell us the types of stories you would like to hear. Here is a great opportunity to take action and be invested in the change you seek in local communities and the world! If your story idea is chosen, you will be highlighted in our credits. Take our survey and be entered into our raffle: We’ll pick 3 people to win a $25 gift certificate to online bookstore Powell’s Books (a progressive, family-owned, unionized independent bookstore). Please take 2-mins to fill out our survey. Click here.  ...

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New Rates! Call for Pitches July 2016

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? Do they have ideas about how to cope, and how to change things? If so, consider pitching to Making Contact!  We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes. NewsFlash #1 We’ve increased our freelance rates! See below. NewsFlash #2  With software from Hearken, our Ever Wonder? widgets ask listeners to suggest questions for reporters to ask. Come experiment with getting these crowd-questions. If your story would benefit from seeking audience input upstream, tell us about that. Seeking Pitches Immigration and Elections: We want your pitches! We’re looking for character-driven stories that focus on how immigrant communities engage in U.S. electoral politics. Here are some themes we’re interested in exploring: How are undocumented communities working around elections to mitigate the U.S. Supreme Court decision halting the expansion of DACA and DAPA? What factors contribute to disparities in electoral participation within different communities? How are immigrant communities addressing mis-information about how to vote, new voter ID laws, and other barriers to participating in elections? Are immigrant communities organizing to put politicians in office?  What are the opportunities and challenges? How are communities organizing outside of the electoral process to influence politics locally and/or nationally? How are groups working against Trump and Trumpism beyond the conventions? How is campaign financing influencing immigration rhetoric and policies? Got an idea, let us know!  Open to all and we are especially  looking for reporters who are themselves immigrants for our Immigrants and Elections miniseries. Guns: We’re looking for stories that bring new perspectives on guns, gun violence, mass shootings, and masculinity. These could be personal stories. They could also be more investigative or explanatory pieces. We’d also welcome other pitches related to guns, maybe a look at one of several states’ legislation to allow or ban concealed carry on college campuses. Occupy, 5 Year Anniversary: For this show, we’re looking for a story about a small town in the U.S. that responded to the call to Occupy a public space as part of Occupy Wall Street. We want to know why they decided to participate 5 years ago. What difference did it make? And what lessons did they carry into their organizing today? People in Prison and Sentencing: We’re looking for stories detailing the effects of the prison systems on children and families, delving into life after incarceration, and stories examining sentence reduction reforms at the state level. For instance in California, Prop 47 passed in Fall 2014. It reduces drug possession and five...

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A new call for pitches coming in late July —and new rates!

We’ll have a new call for pitches in late July on Immigrants and Elections, Guns, People in Prison, Climate Change,  Occupy+5 and more… NEW RATES We’re trying out new rates for radio freelancers! Level 1. $800 plus travel reimbursement up to $100 “Involve research and original reporting • Require the reporter to have substantial subject matter expertise • Involve time-consuming reporting • Have a sophisticated narrative • Require travel by the reporter • Have sound that does not involve phone tape • Be rich in a variety of sounds demonstrative or supportive of the story.” Level 2. $500 plus travel reimbursement up to $100 “Involve multiple interviews • Involve interviews conducted where the interviewee is carrying on activities relevant to the story • Involve sound, scenes, and advanced radio storytelling techniques • Involve reporter having good prior knowledge of subject matter” BTW: Full 26 min Documentary $1000 for veteran producers to do a full documentary edition. An exclusive is not necessary but air dates need to be...

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Call for Pitches: April 14, 2016

We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes. See list below. If you feel you have a story that fits or you have a new idea, please let us know! We’re also always interested in pitches on any of our ongoing beats: prisons, poverty, corporations’ undue influence, reproductive health, climate change and the environment. We’re still looking for reporters who are themselves immigrants for our Immigrants and Elections miniseries–per that recent call for pitches. **NewsFlash — We’ve gotten a non-profit subsidized license to try out Hearken software. We’re stoked to have our freelance producers and reporters experiment in using it with us. See http://www.wearehearken.com/ and if your story would benefit from seeking audience input upstream, tell us about that. Incarceration Issues: We’re looking for stories detailing the effects of the prison systems on children and families, delving into life after incarceration, and stories examining sentence reduction reforms at the state level. For instance in California, Prop 47 passed in fall 2014. It reduces drug possession and five other felonies to misdemeanors. Are other states making changes similar to California’s Prop 47 ? What have been the preliminary results in California and what of the backlash by those opposed to the sentencing reform? Climate Change: “Climate Resilience” and “Social Cohesion” are terms used by environmental justice advocates and academics to mean various things. We want sound-rich stories that explore these terms in practice. It could be a local clean energy project, local economies. How are communities working not just to survive but thrive? How are low-income communities, expected to be hit hardest by climate change developing ways now to cope “later?” How are people of color led organizations and networks particularly exploring the justice angle in “climate justice?” We’re looking for stories that break out of the gloom and doom, wonk-talk or science-load, and instead give a glimpse of people coming together to take steps now.   Pitch us stories about various bottom-up and grassroots organizing methods and tactics. Perhaps a profile of someone who was either uninterested or overwhelmed and depressed about the crisis but is now engaged. How did that personal and political transformation take place? Guns: We’re looking for stories that bring new perspectives on guns, gun violence, mass shootings, and the ways in which they affect women and men differently. These could be personal stories. They could also be more investigative or explanatory pieces. We’d also welcome other pitches related to guns, maybe a look at one of several states’ legislation to allow or ban concealed carry on college campuses. Transgender: There is an organized backlash running astride transgender political movements. More than a dozen states have introduced...

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