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Apply to KALW's 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. The deadline to apply is February 29.
tbh 2023 producers from left to right: Carolina Cuadros, Miriam Reichenberg, Jamareion Adrow, Annabel Roubinowitz, Theodore Nguyen, Meher Indoliya
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KALW Public Media invites teenage applicants to apply for a paid fellowship at KALW’s Summer Podcasting Institute.

Selected students will produce the fifth season of tbh, a unique 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 Institute offers a $1,250 stipend for participants.

It will take place this year Mondays–Thursdays, July 8–August 1 at the radio station and require roughly 24 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.

For more information about the experience, check out this 2023 Teen Vogue piece from tbh producer Meher Indoliya.

Topics covered in training and production will include:

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

With the guidance of a direct instructor 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 2024.

These stories will air on KALW public radio, on the tbh podcast, and will also published on our website.

Young people who are interested in journalism, audio engineering, writing, and public media should apply.

Social media and video experience is helpful but not required. Please reach out to tbh@kalw.org with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday in studio, July 8 - August 1, 2024


10:30-3:30pm in studio, flexible hours remotely


KALW Public Media/220 Montgomery Street/San Francisco, CA 94104-3402. Reachable via BART's Montgomery Street station.




Submit this form by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, February 29, 2024