We’re Hiring Freelance Audio Journalists and Podcasters!

We just wrapped up the holiday season, but we’re already back to work! Our managing editor, Stephanie, will be spending the next few months scouring River North, Streeterville and the Gold Coast for little-known stories and could use some help!

We’re shooting to release Happenstance to the public this spring with roughly 50 stories in each of these neighborhoods. That’s a tall order for one person!

If you’re a freelance audio journalist or podcaster, and would like to help us produce some fun, quirky stories about Chicago’s food, arts, landmarks and sports, we want to hear from you! Check out the below expectations and requirements. If you’re interested and a good fit, send a resume and two to three sample audio clips to Stephanie: stephanie@happenstanceapp.com!

P.S. Our launch date has changed several times, but we’re really trying hard to stick to this spring deadline. Unfortunately, our small team often gets pulled in many different directions. We hope you can understand! From the bottom of our orange hearts, we thank you for sticking with us and stay tuned for some great stories!

$50 Story Expectations

  • Pitch/Receive a story idea
  • Contact source for interview
  • Make on-site visit to conduct and record interview
  • Take photos (and maybe video) on-site
  • Transcribe interview
  • Write and edit script
  • Narrate script
  • Produce audio story with audio editing software
  • Find commercially available music to pair with story

Requirements

  • Minimum 2 years of audio production, editing and storytelling experience (through audio journalism, podcasting or other means).
  • Must possess professional audio recording equipment, such as a Zoom H5 Handy Recorder, a laptop and audio editing software. Adobe Audition is preferred.
  • Stories should receive minimal edits from editor.
  • Submit a resume and 2–3 sample audio clips to stephanie@happenstanceapp.com.
  • Freelancers who are able to produce follow-up stories from the same interview and transcription will be paid $25 per follow-up story.

$25 Story Expectations

  • Pitch/Receive a story idea
  • Contact source for interview
  • Make on-site visit to conduct and record interview
  • Take photos (and maybe video) on-site
  • Transcribe interview
  • Write and edit script
  • Narrate script
  • Produce audio story with audio editing software (multiple edits expected)
  • Find commercially available music to pair with story

Requirements

  • Less than 2 years of audio production, editing and storytelling experience (through audio journalism, podcasting or other means) but a strong interest to pursue.
  • Must possess a laptop and audio editing software. Adobe Audition is preferred.
  • Stories could receive multiple edits from editor.
  • Submit a resume and 2–3 sample audio clips to stephanie@happenstanceapp.com.
  • Freelancers who are able to produce follow-up stories from the same interview and transcription will be paid $12.50 per follow-up story.