Pitch your audio story to the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator

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NOTE: We have selected submissions for our fall podcast season, which is in production. However, we are still accepting submissions for future seasons.  

Do you have a powerful reported story that deserves its own podcast episode? The GroundTruth Project is launching a story incubator aimed at providing emerging audio reporters and producers with the support they need to create an audio documentary for the award-winning “GroundTruth” podcast. The GroundTruth Project will bring the full muscle of its podcast team and partnerships to the stories selected, providing mentorship to the storyteller and turning the piece into a powerful podcast episode with reach and impact. 

Journalists whose pitches are accepted will receive guidance from veteran audio storytellers, editorial support from the GroundTruth podcast team, access to recording studios and voice coaching, professional mixing and sound design, digital production and episode promotion. The storyteller will also be paid $1,500 for the story. Additional funds may be made available in some cases to cover expenses. 

The “GroundTruth” podcast, which is produced by The GroundTruth Project in partnership with WGBH and PRX, has been the recipient of an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and four regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards since its launch in September 2015. Episodes produced through the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator may reach additional listeners through GroundTruth’s radio and podcast partners.

ELIGIBILITY

TThe GroundTruth Podcast Incubator is open to independent audio producers and reporters, as well as those working at news organizations. There is no limit on age or experience, but preference will be given to early-career journalists (up to five years of experience). Applicants are not required to be in the Boston area, but those who are would have the opportunity to work out of the GroundTruth offices at WGBH in Boston.

GroundTruth is most interested in stories that could only be told by reporting in the field — stories that get to the “ground truth.” It’s not just an idea. It’s a technical term coined by NASA, referring to the human measurement on the ground. We’re looking for audio that captures the essence of places and people, and makes listeners feel like they’re there. We’re open to great stories of all kinds, but have a particular interest in stories that connect to issues of social justice, human rights, health or the environment. We’re interested in 15- to 30-minute audio documentaries that may be local, national or global. Series ideas will be considered in exceptional cases. 

Strong preference will be given to journalists who have done some or all of the reporting needed for their story and can share samples of compelling tape. In other words, we are interested in seeing well-formed stories and reporting, rather than ideas that have not yet been tested.

HOW TO APPLY

To submit an application for the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator, fill out the form below. You will be asked to provide information on your story, as well as on your background. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  Applicants will receive a response within two months of submission. Questions may be directed to Rachel Rohr, managing editor of The GroundTruth Project and managing producer of the “GroundTruth” podcast.


ABOUT THE GROUNDTRUTH PROJECT

Committed to supporting and inspiring a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation, The GroundTruth Project is based in Boston at the PBS flagship, WGBH. Since it was formally incorporated as a non-profit in 2014, GroundTruth has offered more than 125 reporting fellowships and workshops to top, emerging journalists around the world and distributes their award-winning work through editorial partnerships with PRI The World, PBS NewsHour, PBS FRONTLINE, The Atlantic, ABC News, the Huffington Post and other leading news organizations.

The GroundTruth Project is a nonprofit news organization based at WGBH in Boston, with a mission to support a new generation of journalists. Our team is small, our awards are big, and our impact is growing. We provide opportunities and mentorship to emerging journalists through reporting fellowships, our new initiative Report for America, and additional programs for photography and audio documentaries. We’re passionate about great journalism and the role it plays in democracy, both abroad and in local communities.

GroundTruth’s website, newsletters and social media are the places where we showcase in-depth reporting by the journalists we work with, provide resources for early-career journalists everywhere, and get the word out about our upcoming opportunities and programs. A key member of the team, the Digital Editor takes the lead on these platforms, in close collaboration with the GroundTruth team. 

The Digital Editor is responsible for daily social media deliverables, weekly newsletter deliverables and web production, but this position is not the hamster wheel of a typical news organization. This position also includes time and space for creativity, experimentation and innovation across editorial responsibilities, from how we produce and present stories to how we grow our audiences. Furthermore, there will be opportunities to collaborate with other media outlets, develop and strengthen our partnerships, and be involved in trainings for journalists. 

At its heart, we’re looking for a strong editor who is digitally savvy and enjoys growing and engaging audiences. We’re also looking for the attention to detail and design sensibilities needed to bring polish and professionalism to the presentation of our work on all platforms. This person should thrive in the spirited environment of a startup, enjoy wearing multiple hats, and be willing to help with the behind-the-scenes work that fuels a nonprofit. 

We are open to candidates of any experience level, as long as you can make a strong case for why you’d be a good fit for this position. Instead of writing a cover letter, please fill out the form below, which will also allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to Rachel Rohr, managing editor, rrohr@thegroundtruthproject.org.

The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.