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The Audio Storytelling Fellowship is a program designed to foster new voices in the podcasting community by providing training and resources to people with compelling stories to tell. The fellowship program is held at MNN on 38th, our Hudson Yards facility.

Over the course of 30 weeks, we provide free access to education, equipment and mentorship in the development of a serial podcast. Please see the playlist at the bottom of this page for examples. Note: we are not looking for talk/conversational podcasts centered around recurring hosts. For interview-based serial podcasts, there should be a clear theme and confirmed access to proposed guests. 

Up to 8 individuals will be selected to participate in the fellowship program. Upon successful completion, participants will automatically become members of the Manhattan Mediamakers Collective. 

Applications Open now!

Timeline & Schedule

 

Applications open December 11th, 2023 - March 8, 2024 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Training Schedule

  • April 9, 2024 - May 16, 2024 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Mentorship Schedule

  • May 23, 2024 - October 24, 2024 | Thursdays (virtual) | 6pm - 8pm

Lab Schedule

  • June 1, 2024 - November 2, 2024 | Saturdays (in-person) | 10am - 2pm

Who Can Apply?

 

This program is open to all beginner-level to mid-career audio creatives interested in joining a network of independent creatives. Basic podcasting experience is highly recommended before applying. We encourage you to attend one of our upcoming podcasting classes before applying for this program.

Basic requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be based in the New York City area during the entire fellowship period (9 months)
  • Must have a unique and interesting story idea

One of our missions is to bring creatives from a broad array of social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds into audio storytelling, including African Americans, Indigenous, other people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. We are committed to diversity and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.

Types of Audio Stories

 

Before you apply, please listen to sample audio stories below and view an overview of the types of audio stories we're seeking for this fellowship program.

  • Community Stories
    • Documentary-style stories that highlight people, places, and events that are important to the community.
    • Examples: The Moth, Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story
  • Investigative Stories
    • Documentary-style stories that pursue the answer to a question through interviews and research.
    • Examples: Winds of Change, Serial
  • Narrative Stories
    • A fictional or non-fictional story presented in an audio format with a narrator and/or voice actors performing roles.
    • Examples: Case 63, Quiet Part Loud

Note: We are not admitting talk-based, conversational, interview-style podcasts for this program.

To learn more about the fellowship program, join us for an upcoming virtual Informational Session.

Register Now!

  • Wednesday Jan.10: 12-1 PM
  • Friday Jan.19: 6-7 PM
  • Wednesday Feb. 7:  6-7 PM
  • Friday Feb.16: 12-1 PM
  • Wednesday Mar. 6: 12-1 PM
  • Friday Mar. 8: 6-7 PM

Unable to attend an upcoming informational session but interested in learning more? Please contact us

FAQ

How much does it cost to participate?

 

There is no application or program fee associated with this fellowship. You will be required to provide your own access to housing and transportation to our facilities. 

Will I get a stipend if selected?

 

This is not a paid fellowship program. We provide free access to training, equipment and mentorship. 

Where is this program being held?

 

All in-person sessions are held at our Hudson Yards facility located at 509 W. 38th Street, 3rd floor. 

How old do I have to be to participate?

 

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to be accepted into this fellowship. 

Can I participate in this program remotely/virtually?

 

While there are some sessions that will be held online, you must be able to attend all in-person sessions.

What equipment will I have access to during the fellowship program?

 

One of the primary benefits of this program is that participants will have access to professional podcast studios (at either our Hudson Yards or East Harlem) facilities. You will also have access to professional field podcast recorders and microphones. You will need to supply your own SD cards and headphones. 

What does a good application look like?

 

Please submit a clear and detailed application. Avoid single sentence responses. Please provide details about your theme and anyone participating in your episodes. For interview-based serial podcasts, there should be a clear theme and confirmed access to proposed guests. We are not looking for talk/conversational podcasts centered around recurring hosts.

What if I am accepted and no longer able to attend?

 

If you submit an application or your application is accepted but you are no longer interested or able to participate, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible. We will have a few applicants on stand-by for last-minute cancellations but please CONTACT US so we can notify someone that a spot has opened up. Failure to notify us could result in not being eligible to apply for future fellowship programs. 

Can I complete the application offline and submit at a later date?

 

Yes, if you would like to preview and prepare your answers offline, please see the linked PDF file below: 

Note: Please do not submit this file via email. All applications must be submitted online.

Podcast Examples

This Week on MNN

January 25, 2024

This Week on MNN our Community Members examine the crime of human trafficking

 

 

This Week on MNN

January 18, 2024

This Week on MNN We Focus on National Staying Healthy Month

This Week on MNN

January 11, 2024

This Week on MNN we Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.