Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

Apply to the Radio Diaries Fellowship

Radio Diaries is pleased to offer a new four-month fellowship program based at our office in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This is a part-time, paid fellowship. Fellows will work approximately 25 hours per week and earn $2500 per month.

Radio Diaries is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities in the audio field to apply. We especially welcome applications from people of color, women, veterans, people with disabilities, and gender nonconforming candidates.

Since 1996, Radio Diaries 
has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories. Over the years, Radio Diaries has pioneered a new form of citizen journalism and produced dozens of acclaimed and innovative documentaries broadcast on NPR. In addition to our “audio diaries,” we produce “audio histories,” where we weave first-person stories with archival recordings to create a new kind of oral history. These stories investigate the intersection between personal and public history, and bring the past to life.

Our hope with the fellowship is to train producers in our unique, non-narrated style of audio storytelling. We will mentor and support the fellow as they learn to produce in this format. Fellows will have an opportunity to pitch and produce their own stories, go through a rigorous editorial process, and participate in group story meetings where their feedback is valued. The fellowship will be a combination of producing stories, story research and supporting Radio Diaries staff on projects. We will mentor fellows as they learn to structure and mix radio stories. Fellows will also be asked to do story research, log and transcribe interviews, and help in podcast production.

This fellowship is ideal for producers who have some audio experience under their belt. That being said, we are open to applications from people in other fields who have creative ideas for audio stories, and are eager to learn how to produce them. The mission of this fellowship is to train and support. Experience cutting interview tape and knowledge of digital editing software is a plus, but is not required.

Radio Diaries is a small non-profit organization (three full-time staff) and we do not have a traditional hierarchical office culture – everybody does a bit of everything. We are looking for fellows who are self-directed, hard workers, and brimming with ideas.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to fellowship@radiodiaries.org. Tell us a bit about yourself, your radio experience, and why you would like to do a fellowship with Radio Diaries in particular.  Include two pitches for stories that you might like to pursue over the course of the fellowship. At least one of these pitches should be a history story, and you should identify who the central character would be, and ideas for incorporating archival tape. Also let us know why you think it’s a good story. You are welcome to pitch profiles, and we encourage pitches that fit into our ongoing series, “Last Witness,” stories about the last surviving witnesses of major historical events.

The deadline to apply is April 21, and the fellowship will begin in mid to late May. In your application please include a résumé and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references. We hope to hear from you soon.

Important Notes:

Fellows must reside in New York City for the duration of the program.

We do not offer college credit and cannot accept college students.

We cannot accept international applicants who are not residents of the U.S.

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