Indie producers: Apply to the Audio Storytelling Workshop

NPR is hosting its first Audio Storytelling Workshop, where talented public media creators will come together to pioneer audio journalism that breaks traditional formats and reaches new audiences.

We’re partnering with AIR and invited indie producers, working in teams of two to three, to pitch their best ideas for an audio storytelling project. It could be an idea for a podcast pilot, a new show, an in-depth story, a radio series, a social media experiment or something else.AIR_blueorange

A committee will choose two ideas. Selected participants will spend June 1-3 at NPR HQ in Washington, D.C.  NPR will pay for the cost of flights/travel, hotels and most meals.

The two indie teams will work alongside eight teams from member stations.

Teams will be paired with a public media mentor to shape their ideas. There will be hands-on training sessions, inspirational presentations and many opportunities to connect with other public media people. Each group will develop a project roadmap, which they’ll present to a panel for feedback at the end of the workshop.

Often times the hardest part of a project is knowing where to start. The goal of the workshop is to move participants from idea phase to execution — when the workshop ends, they should have everything they need to get started. After participants launch their project, NPR can help them find the right ways to share, promote and distribute their projects.


The application has closed. On April 4, we’ll announce which teams have been selected. 

Here’s what we were looking for in ideas:

  • Focus: It’s well-defined — the more specific the idea, the better
  • Purpose: It’s meaningful to the audience(s) you want to reach
  • Diverse and distinct: It tackles new topics, seeks new audiences, experiments with new formats and takes listeners to new places
  • Teams: It’s conceived in teams — the application must be filled out in teams of two to three. We encourage teams that are diverse in skills and background
  • Support: AIR will offer creative guidance to the indie teams selected by NPR

If you have any questions, please send a note to Eric Athas, manager of NPR Editorial Training, at