Gravy Seeks Podcast Producers

Call for Podcast Producers

Gravy is a James Beard Foundation Award-winning biweekly podcast, downloaded more than 2 million times. Produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance, Gravy brings smart, engaging food narratives to a national audience, revealing the South in all its complexity, telling true, unexpected, and sometimes difficult stories of Southern pasts and presents.

Gravy got a makeover in 2017. SFA Director John T Edge is the new weekly host voice at the top and bottom of each episode. SFA seeks a cadre of experienced producers who will, on a regular contractual basis, produce Gravy podcasts and lead the SFA audio effort to tell compelling and thoughtful American stories centered in the South.

Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, receiving immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. Like all SFA content, the podcast uses food to dig into lesser known places and people and topics. We reject now-typical urban farming reportage and food world savior narratives. Instead, Gravy complicates stereotypes and documents new dynamics.

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Resume with cover letter
  • 300-500 word original pitch, in narrative form, that can support a 23-27 minute podcast
  • Sample of a previously produced audio story that represents the polish and accomplishment the applicant brings to his or her current work

All materials, including links to past work, should be sent to [email protected]

SFA will select compelling pitches and commission fully produced podcast episodes from these submissions. Budgets for these commissioned podcasts will range from $2500-$3000, inclusive of production and post-production work. A memorandum of understanding will be drafted for each commissioned episode. Submissions will be accepted or rejected on a rolling basis, beginning now.

It is expected that applicants will have access to their own recording equipment and production/editing software. Essential duties and skills include:

  • Production
    –Generation of episode and interview ideas
    –Research, including consultation (and possible interview) with at least one academic/subject area expert
    –Construction of narratives with a beginning, middle, and end
    –Planning and production of remote interviews when necessary
    –Writing podcast episode scripts
    –Collaborating with and mentoring field reporters as needed
  • Post Production
    –Audio editing and production of final mix
    –Writing episode summaries, offering a resource guide, and gathering photographs for social media publicity/Gravy web page
    –Uploading final podcast episodes, session audio files, transcripts, and photos to an SFA file server by the established deadline

A memorandum of understanding that elaborates on these job expectations will be signed by both SFA and the producer, upon hire. Payment will be made upon receipt of all deliverables. The MoU will stipulate a kill fee if, after considerable work, the podcast episode is not fit for publication.

For questions, contact the SFA: [email protected]. Producers should listen to past episodes of Gravy to familiarize themselves with the style and content of the series.

For a sample producer MoU, click here.