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Pitch Us a Story

Can I pitch a story as a listener with no formal experience?

Yes! If you’re pitching us as a listener, just write out the story idea in a few paragraphs.

Can I pitch a story as a producer, and work with you?

If you want to produce the story with us, we pay freelancers on a sliding scale, dependent on the scope of work. We’re happy to work with non-professional audio producers – the most important thing is that you demonstrate a passion, knowledge, and interest in the story you’re pitching. We can help with the audio side of things.

Stories should take place in the Middle East (loosely defined geography), or its diaspora elsewhere in the world. Our episodes are typically sound-rich, character-driven stories about history, science, culture, or current events.

Stories should answer some kind of question by the end. There should be some kind of conflict, a plot. A good pitch will be surprising, and will be about something you’re fascinated by.

No, really, take a moment and ask yourself: is this something you’re obsessing over? Is it something you turn to friends at dinner and go, “Do you want to hear something crazy?”

In our interview tape, we look to hear vulnerability or enthusiasm or passion or excitement from our interviewees, depending on the story. We’re not interested in topics, themes, or abstract ideas. Those are actually the hardest to work backwards from and find an interesting story. Rather, we’re looking for actual persons, an event, a specific story. We also tend to stay away from news or heavily political stories.

What should I include in my story pitch?

Email your pitch to info@kerningcultures.com. If you’re a listener, just a few simple paragraphs will do! If you’re a producer interested in working with us, send us the following:

  • Your name and contact info
  • Your story idea in one sentence
  • Location of proposed story
  • What is remarkable about this story? Why should anyone care?
  • Characters with brief bios, and what they each bring to the story
  • Who you have access to interview
  • Supplementary links (articles, other interviews, etc)
  • Previous radio/journalism experience (with links)
  • What audio equipment you have
  • The story beats (i.e, story arc)
  • Potential roadblocks and gaps in the story that you can foresee

We're Hiring

Kerning Cultures Network is an independent podcast company, raising the bar for audio storytelling and journalism in the Middle East and North Africa. We produce chart-topping podcasts in Arabic and English.

Our shows have won a Webby Honoree in Diversity and Inclusion, been recognized as Apple Podcasts’ Show of the Year, Deezer’s Best of the Year, and Bello Collective’s Best 100 of 2020. We’ve also had the honor of collaborating with Radiolab, Gimlet Media, This American Life, and Anghami. We’re backed by 500 Startups, Podfund, and IFG.vc.

We’re a small (but mighty) team, working across the globe. As we grow our podcast network, we’re looking to expand our team with people who are passionate about telling more stories in the Middle East. 

By joining our team, you can help write the story of one of the fastest-growing podcast companies in the Middle East. 

 

What We’re Looking For:

  • You’re naturally curious and passionate.
  • You’re obsessed with podcasts. Like, OBSESSED.
  • You’re a kind, empathetic, hard-working soul who thrives best when collaborating.
  • You’re passionate about creating high-quality content and stories with a new perspective from the Arab world.
  • You’re not intimidated by the start-up hustle.
  • You’re comfortable working remotely and collaborating across digital channels and time zones.
  • You’re a fast learner, even if podcasting isn’t your formally trained background. 

Deadline: 28 February, 2021

Open Positions

New Business Associate (Full-Time)

Responsibilities: 

  • Ongoing market research 
  • Draft client proposals 
  • Attend client meetings and take notes
  • Create reports
  • Ongoing tracking of sales and client relations
  • Prepare meeting materials 
  • Work directly with the CEO and closely with team members across departments to implement growth strategies

About You:

You are a self-starter energised by the fast-paced startup hustle. You’re looking for a role where you’ll learn quickly and accumulate responsibilities across the organisation. You’re well-organised, pay strong attention to details, and are an Excel whiz. You have a background in business strategy and marketing. You can dream up creative proposals, draft templated contracts, and love delving into the data to derive insights and recommend strategy. You’re good with people even over Zoom. You work well in teams, but are also independently disciplined especially in a remote work environment. Fluency in Arabic preferred but not required.   

Location: remote, but preferably Middle East-based. 

Application: 

Email info@kerningcultures.com, with the subject line, “KC New Business Associate: [Your Name]” and tell us a little about yourself as well as why you’re interested in working for Kerning Cultures Network (250 words or less). Send us a link to any previous relevant work if you have it, and attach your CV or resume.

Associate Producer (Full-Time)

About the Role: 

As associate podcast producer, you will assist in the production of episodes across several Arabic and English shows as well as pitch and execute your own episodes. You’ll cut tape, write scripts, draft marketing materials, research and prepare for interviews, and pitch and produce your own episodes – both for our original as well as branded client podcasts. 

Location: Middle East

About You:

You’re a storyteller through and through. You have some background in media (audio production is a strong plus, but not required. We can train you.) You work well in teams, but are also independently disciplined especially in a remote work environment. You have a strong sense of story structure. You can abide by deadlines. You are receptive to creative feedback. You are a fast learner and are excited about new media in the Arab world. You are organised and pay close attention to details. You’re comfortable working across multiple shows and stories simultaneously. 

Skills & Experience:

  • Fluency in Arabic and in English (excellent oral and written skills) 
  • Journalism background 

Additional Bonus Skills:

  • Adobe Audition, ProTools, or other audio editing software experience 

Application: 

Email info@kerningcultures.com, with the subject line, “KC Associate Producer: [Your Name]” and tell us a little about yourself as well as why you’re interested in working for Kerning Cultures Network (250 words or less). Send us your CV, any links to samples of your storytelling work, and write us 2-3 story ideas you’d like to produce as a documentary-style podcast. Remember in your pitches to think of character development, plot, and storyline.

Arabic Producer/Editor (Part-Time)

About the Role: 

As a producer / editor, you will produce and edit podcasts under the Kerning Cultures Network. You will edit scripts and audio drafts of episodes, eventually taking the lead on decisions. You will pitch new show and episode ideas, and liaise with other producers throughout the entire production process from inception to release. You will conduct interviews, record narration, cut tape, write scripts, and draft marketing materials for each episode. Occasionally you will lead trainings and work on branded client podcasts. 

Location: Middle East

About You:

You’re a storyteller through and through. You understand story structure and the importance of pacing and flow. You have a background in media (audio production is a strong plus, but not required. We can train you.) You work well in teams, but are also independently disciplined especially in a remote environment. You have a strong sense of story structure. You are an impeccable writer and have strong editorial judgment. You can abide by deadlines. You are receptive to creative feedback. You can navigate differences of creative opinion. You are a fast learner and are excited about new media in the Arab world. You are organised and pay close attention to details. You’re comfortable working across multiple shows and stories simultaneously. 

Skills & Experience:

  • Fluency in Arabic and in English (excellent oral and written skills) 
  • Journalism background 

Additional Bonus Skills:

  • Adobe Audition, ProTools, or other audio editing software experience 

Application: 

Email info@kerningcultures.com, with the subject line, “KC Arabic Producer/Editor: [Your Name]” and tell us a little about yourself as well as why you’re interested in working for Kerning Cultures Network (250 words or less). Send us your CV and a creative or professional writing sample, along with 2-3 story ideas you’d like to produce as a documentary-style podcast. Remember in your pitches to think of the character development, plot, and storyline.

Researcher (Part-Time)

About the Role: 

As a researcher, you will be responsible for fact-checking scripts across multiple shows simultaneously. You will help producers track down potential characters, or episode ideas, and assist with our weekly #KernelsofCulture on Instagram and the blog.   

Location: remote

About You:

You are a sleuth and are really good at falling into black holes of information and research. You love a good internet search. Your attention to detail is impeccable, and you seek the truth. You are a curious soul, and you love a good story. You work well in teams, but are also independently disciplined especially in a remote work environment. You can abide by deadlines. You are a fast learner and are excited about new media in the Arab world. 

Skills & Experience:

  • Fluency in Arabic and in English 

Application: 

Email info@kerningcultures.com, with the subject line, “KC Researcher: [Your Name]” and tell us a little about yourself as well as why you’re interested in working for Kerning Cultures Network (250 words or less). Send us a link to a portfolio with samples of your research work, and attach your CV or resume.