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 two 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.
The 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 this form. You will be asked to provide information on your story, as well as on your background. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately. Applicants will receive a response within a month of submission. Questions may be directed to Rachel Rohr, managing editor of The GroundTruth Project and managing producer of the “GroundTruth” podcast: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.