Applications open for AIR's New Voices scholarships to 2016 Third Coast Conference

"Looking back, it's pretty remarkable just how many important friends and collaborators I met, how many ideas, stories and projects were spawned, as a result of my New Voices experience at the Public Radio Programming Conference in 2011.
One of the most important moments in my radio career for sure."

- Yowei Shaw, Invisibilia

Are you the new voice that public media needs?

Applications are open for the next class of diverse producers to join us the Third Coast International Audio Festival conference in Chicago, Nov. 11-13.  We are looking for the 9th class of New Voices scholars, who will join an impressive network of alumni who started and accelerated their public media careers with our supportive community.

Apply now, or send the application link to someone whose ideas, insight and experiences can build public media that serves all of America.

We expect great things of this year’s Third Coast Conference.  This gathering of podcasters, station and network staff, audio producers, artists and students is the starting line for networking and career-long inspiration.

This class of New Voices will have a chance to form new, enduring relationships, discuss obstacles (and fears!), and become part of the movement committed to making stories reflective of the rich diversity of the country.

We seek: Diverse makers from all corners of the country who are new to public media. You do not have to be an AIR member to apply.

If chosen, you receive: A travel stipend up to $1,500 to attend the conference, and special opportunities and support at the 2016 Third Coast Conference.

The deadline to apply is Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. PT.

Note: Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. PT. Applications in progress at that time will not be saved and cannot be considered. Please read the New Voices FAQ before completing the application.

Questions? Contact AIR Interim Talent Manager Karen Lally at

Five sweet jobs

A spiderweb with the words "Some Pig" woven into it hangs from a barnyard door frame, glistening in the sun. An animated gif from the film "Charlotte's Web."1. TERRIFIC: Web producers who know how to make audiences pay attention are wanted in San Diego. (KPBS)

2. Can you talk for an hour straight? And can you listen? Host wanted for a daily call-in show on Florida's Gulf Coast. (WGCU)

3. Coding knowledge not required (but helpful): Apply to join a media-hacking team at POV's 2016 Digital Labs in New York City, Los Angeles or San Francisco. (PBS)

4. The best little newshouse in Texas, Marfa Public Radio, has earned its outsized reputation and is hiring a new GM. (Livingston Associates)

5. Your FOIAs are focused, your spreadsheets are sick, your shoeleather is in need of a cobbler. Get your investigation on in SFO. (Reveal)

Vroom! How to win KCRW's Radio Race


Every summer, KCRW puts on the 24-hour Radio Race, a weekend-long scramble as producers are given a theme and rush to report, mix and submit a story against the clock. The 2016 audio contest will start at 10 a.m. PST on Aug. 6. Registration is open, with a registration discount for AIR’s network.



When the 2014 theme was announced, AIR producer Anna Boiko-Weyrauch set out in a borrowed blue Honda Civic with her audio kit, a laptop, and a cell phone.



Here’s an edited and condensed account of how she won the Radio Race — and its $1,000 prize — with a story about a chemical spill, a shower that smelled “exactly like sugar-free Red Bull,” and the creation of an environmental activist:




At first, I had no intention of entering the Radio Race.



It seemed kind of like a lot of work and when you make radio as your job, it becomes less attractive to make radio as something you do for play.



But I had been working as a temporary production assistant on the investigations desk at NPR. It had ended and I was in the process of looking for something else, and I was like, oh, well, I have the time. No big deal. I guess I’ll do it.



It was a grand adventure.



Step 1: Pre-race preparations



My strategy was that I listened to all of the previous years’ winners. Without planning what I was going to do the story on, I wanted to get a sense of what the style was and what the elements were. So I spent some time prepping and listening to previous years’ winners.



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