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Applications are open for the KALW Summer Podcasting Institute

KALW Public Media invites high schoolers to apply for a paid Summer Podcasting Institute where they’ll produce the next season of the tbh podcast: by, about, and for teenagers.

KALW Public Media is inviting teenage applicants to apply for a paid fellowship at KALW’s Summer Podcasting Institute. Selected students will produce the fourth season of tbh, a podcast made by, about, and for teenagers.

The institute will include an ambitious, open-minded, and energetic cohort of high school students or recent graduates. You’ll learn how to: report, interview people, write radio scripts, and voice your own radio stories. You’ll create your own radio pieces and podcast episodes and you’ll reach a broad audience.

The podcasting institute offers a $1,250 stipend for participants. It will take place June 12 - August 1 and require roughly 20 hours of work a week. That includes attending in-person workshops and completing take-home assignments that may include listening homework and reading, as well as reporting assignments (i.e. calling sources, and researching and writing your stories so that we can work on and edit them in class together.)

This is a unique, intense, but rewarding opportunity that demands a significant time commitment from applicants.

Topics covered in training and production will include:

  • Listening and reading comprehension
  • Finding reliable sources and distinguishing between primary and secondary sources
  • Pitching stories
  • Reporting
  • Recording audio
  • Researching
  • Interviewing
  • Writing
  • Voicing
  • Producing

With the guidance of instructors along with KALW staff, students in the institute will create stories for a six-part podcast series based on a chosen theme. KALW will broadcast and distribute the episodes in the fall of 2023. They'll air on 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be available on our website and across most podcasting platforms.
Young people who are interested in journalism, audio engineering, and public media should apply. We look forward to hearing from you!


  • Mondays and Tuesdays in studio, June 12 - August 1
  • Two days per week working remotely on reporting and production, including meetings with instructors every Friday


  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in studio, flexible hours remotely


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Use this form to apply. The deadline to apply is April 14, 2023.

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Why you want to be in this program
  • What perspective you would bring to public radio and podcasting
  • What experience you have producing audio stories, including any audio editing experience and relevant journalism experience (if any)
  • What other relevant experience you would you bring to this program
  • Two to three ideas you have for a radio story (can be based on events in the news, or your own life or community)
  • What podcasts you currently listen to, and why you enjoy them
  • Suggested theme (like mental health, social justice, the pandemic) for the next season of tbh
  • If you would be interested in helping promote the podcast on social media
  • Your resume
  • Two work samples
  • What, if any, other commitments you have over the summer
  • Two references (including teachers, or anyone you’ve worked with)