Media costs money: Here's how to pay for it  

As Robin White advised in his 2001 essay "How to Fund a Radio Documentary," independent talent must "be as creative in your fundraising as you are with your projects, and always ... share what you learn with others.”

As part of our ongoing commitment to expanding the field of opportunity for independent audio artists, media makers and journalists, and to sharing what we've learned, AIR provides a monthly list of grants, fellowships and awards that are open to our network.

AIRsters have launched podcasts from the University of California at Berkeley's 11th-Hour Food and Farming fellowship, studied business development at Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism, traveled across the world with the University of Michigan's Knight Wallace fellowship, and produced a host of documentary work supported by grants from across the United States and the world.

Some upcoming deadlines for February and March:

• Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 9, 2016
Details: Journalists with fewer than 10 years’ experience propose a one-year writing project on a topic of their choosing, focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. Stipends range from $25,000 to $50,000.

• Ted Scripps Fellows in Environmental Journalism
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Details: A $50,000 fellowship for nine months of study at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Open to full-time U.S. journalists who have an undergraduate degree, five years of professional experience, and an interest in environmental issues.

• The University of California at Berkeley’s 11th-Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Details: Ten $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships for early and midcareer journalists to report ambitious long form stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems.

Get AIR's complete list here [login required].

Five links for your delight

1. If you toured Chicago in 1910, what would you do? Choose a character and go for a spin. (Curious City)

2. War & mind games. "Here Be Monsters" explores psychological warfare, from heavy metal music to a WWII "ghost army." (13:21)

3. Tastes like ... vinyl? Seafood is better when you can hear the crash of the waves, and other experiments with sound and flavor. (Science Friday)

4. Kids love stories. Public radio loves stories. So where is NPR's answer to "Sesame Street"? (Current)

5. Graphics? Pink. Language? Blue. How to start your own feminist podcast, with advice from She + Her. (Nylon)

Video journalist Joanie Tobin
will document Localore: Finding America

Joanie Tobin has joined AIR as the field documentarian for Localore: Finding America. Joanie is a videographer, photographer, audio producer and content creation machine.

After studying photojournalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and working at a community newspaper, she migrated to higher education, where she produced photo and multimedia content as university photographer at Tufts. In 2010, Joanie moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a master's degree in international journalism and documentary making. She served as Harvard Business School's first Digital Content Producer, where she produced nearly 100 videos for school websites and social channels, and created and produced the HBS podcast "The Business," distributing 21 episodes in 11 months. Most recently Joanie produced social videos and managed in-house post-production resources at DigitasLBi. She lives in Boston’s South End with her Ninja Turtle Chia Pet, and can be reached at

MORE NEWS: AIR's talent manager, Bec Feldhaus Adams, has been promoted to talent director. Bec's responsibilities include curating talent for the media system, manage AIR's programming, and recruiting dynamic makers to the AIR network. Email Bec at


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