Enrollment now open for KALW's Audio Academy for 2018-2019 | KALW

Enrollment now open for KALW's Audio Academy for 2018-2019

Mar 1, 2017

To find out information about the 2019-2020 Audio Academy program, please visit this page.

KALW is calling for applicants for our nine-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production and journalism education, tuition-free.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers, or budding audio engineers, with a passion for covering diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area. Some experience with audio production and/or journalism is preferred. Slick dance moves appreciated, but not required.


Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.


Training will include: 


Working closely with reporters on developing stories, reporting and producing original feature stories for broadcast, interviewing potential guests/sources, researching topics, fact-checking, script writing, recording sound for pieces in the field, and learning story structure, voicing, digital production, audio engineering, and sound design.


You will be responsible for helping with administrative and production duties. You will also have the opportunity to pitch, report, and produce your own audio pieces for Crosscurrents. The training will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom. Our editors and engineers, along with other public media producers, will lead training workshops specifically for the Audio Academy.

Previous featured speakers have included: Al Letson, Glynn Washington, Roman Mars, Hansi Lo Wang, Susanne Reber, Daniel Alarcón, Marianne McCune, Pat Mesiti-Miller, Jason DeRose, and Kelly McEvers.


Time Commitment

If you’re selected, you’ll be expected to make a nine-month commitment from the first week of September 2018 to mid-June 2019 of about 20 hours per week: one eight-hour shift at our studios, another eight hours or more working outside of the office, and Wednesday evening class 6:30-9pm. Evening classes will run weekly from September-December, and then occur once per month through the end of the program in June.

The Academy includes a two-week break in late December and two flexible vacation weeks for each participant. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.


How to apply

To apply please put together a cover letter, CV, any audio/writing samples, and if you like, a short, original, audio work that you craft for your application. Don't be afraid to let your personality shine through in your cover letter and optional audio work — we want to know who you are!

Send it all to KALWapplications@gmail.com. Please include the subject line Audio Academy 2018-2019.


Application deadline: May 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT.


We will let applicants know their status by June 1, 2018.


Also, please note, the KALW News Department runs a summer journalism program as well. The application period has expired, but you can learn more here. Applicants can only be accepted to one program, but can apply to both if desired. If you are applying to both programs, please note that in the subject line of your email.


We look forward to meeting you!


KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.