Have an idea you want to hear on one of our shows? We would love to hear them! Check out some FAQ’s below about how to pitch us a story, and submit your idea at the bottom of the page.
KERNING CULTURES SHOW
Stories from the Middle East and the spaces in between.
Is my story a good fit for Kerning Cultures?
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.
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.
What should I include in my story pitch?
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
Supplementary links (articles, other interviews, etc)
Previous radio/journalism experience (with links)
What audio equipment you have
The story beats (i.e, story arc)
How do I submit my story pitch?
Send us your story idea below! We can’t wait to hear from you.