CPB Awards New York Public Radio $200,000 to Support Women in Podcasting

Women’s Voices Initiative to Launch Podcast Accelerator at WNYC Studios’ Werk It Festival

Jul 11, 2018

CHICAGO (July 11, 2018) — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded a $200,000 grant to New York Public Radio (WNYC) for its Women’s Voices Initiative and its signature event, Werk It: A Women’s Podcasting Festival. The grant was announced today at the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference in Chicago.
“CPB is committed to fostering diversity and this grant will help grow the network of women podcasters and cultivate women’s voices across public media. WNYC is a proven leader in the podcasting industry and with their expertise, public media can showcase authentic, diverse voices relevant to the audiences of today and tomorrow,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 
WNYC Studios, which is part of New York Public Radio, is one of the top podcast producers in the country and home to some of the most popular and influential podcasts of the last decade, including “Radiolab,” “Death, Sex & Money” and “2 Dope Queens.” 
The CPB grant supports the growth of the Werk It festival, which launched in 2015 as the podcasting industry’s first-ever festival for women and has since become an annual event.  Last year’s festival, which took place in Los Angeles, attracted the highest attendance to date with over 600 women from across the United States and 13 other countries present. Werk It provides opportunities for new and seasoned talent alike to build practical skills and foster professional networks in the podcasting industry. The festival also presents live tapings of women-hosted podcasts that are open to the public at large. 
The grant will fund Werk It festivals in 2018 in New York and in 2019 in Los Angeles. This year, for the first time, a Podcast Accelerator will be held for attendees to pitch their podcast ideas live to a jury of producers.  Each winner will be awarded the opportunity to work with WNYC Studios on a pilot of their winning idea.    
“CPB has been a committed and invaluable partner in our efforts to make sure women reach parity in all aspects of podcasting, on both sides of the mic,” said Laura Walker, president and CEO, New York Public Radio. “We are deeply grateful for their renewed support as we expand our efforts to provide a platform for new, underrepresented voices and points of view, and engage new audiences for audio programming.”  
With CPB support, New York Public Radio launched the Women’s Voices initiative in 2014 to increase the number of women hosting audio programs in public media. New York Public Radio developed and distributed new podcasts hosted by women — “Death, Sex + Money,” “New Tech City” (since renamed “Note to Self”) and “The Longest Shortest Time” — and launched the Werk It festival to identify and develop more diverse voices. These sold-out events, with conference sessions and workshops providing insights about the production and business of podcasting, were held in New York in 2015 and 2016 and in Los Angeles in 2017.  

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About New York Public Radio
With an urban vibrancy and a global perspective, New York Public Radio produces innovative public radio programs, podcasts, and live events that touch a passionate community of almost 26 million people monthly on air, online and in person.  From its state-of-the-art studios in New York City, NYPR is reshaping radio for a new generation of listeners with groundbreaking, award-winning programs including RadiolabOn the Media, and Carnegie Hall Live, among many others. New York Public Radio includes WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, Gothamist, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio. Further information about programs, podcasts, and stations may be found at nypublicradio.org.