How I funded it: Don't forget about grants 

"'Gastropod' came about in part because of a fellowship," Cynthia Graber wrote in "The Pragmatist's Guides to Podcasts and Money." "My co-creator Nicola Twilley and I met during the UC Berkeley 11th Hour Food and Farming fellowship, and we were in business about six months after the fellowship ended.

"That fellowship also paid for a reporting trip that fueled our episode 'The Microbe Revolution.' (The microbe research was first used for a narrative print story I wrote for the PBS Nova Next website and for a short radio piece that aired on 'The World.')"

At AIR, we believe in independent audio artists, media makers and journalists. One way we support their work is by compiling a monthly list of grants, fellowships and awards that are open to our network:

• Davey Narrative Short Film Grants
April 12, 2016
Details: Two $5,000 grants for short films produced and completed before April 2017.

• The Nation Institute’s Ida B. Wells Fellowship
April 18, 2016
Details: A one-year fellowship to help reporters, and especially people of color, complete their first substantial work of investigative reporting, by providing a $10,000 award and editorial advice from a dedicated Investigative Fund editor.

• Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship
May 1, 2016
Details: A grant equivalent to a year’s salary, as well as funds to support individuals pursuing an innovative idea for social change.


 Get AIR's complete list of grants, fellowships and awards here [login required].


Link About It 

1. Data journalism isn't just spreadsheets and bar graphs. Sometimes you just need 100 people, some chalk and a megaphone. (The Huffington Post)

2. "I really just wanted to show two black people who were in love, where the woman was this kick-ass super smart, really funny, dynamic person who was being loved by a black man who possessed those same qualities." (Feministing)

3. A false accusation, a life destroyed, and two women with microphones. The award-winning podcast where public radio meets "Law and Order."  (Nieman Storyboard)

4. Heading to Podcast Movement? AIRsters' discounted registration fee is $299 before midnight tonight. (Podcast Movement)

5. One simple way to ensure fairness in salary negotiations? Tell your co-workers how much you're paid. (Harvard Business Review's Ideacast)

Apply now for Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive 

Are you a writer who wants to make radio? A podcaster who wants to tell deep stories with data? A filmmaker who wants to report on closed communities?

We're looking for 14 gifted storytellers to make up the Summer 2016 class at AIR’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive.

The weeklong workshop is led by award-winning independent producer Audrey Quinn (Marketplace, Planet Money, Transom), with guest instructors including Sean Cole (This American Life), Sruthi Pinnamaneni (Gimlet), Jonathan Mitchell (The Truth) and Amanda Aronczyk (WNYC).

Applications are due April 19. Show us what you can do. 


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