Freelance

Got a Great Pitch?

Tell us about your story, and why it’s a good fit for one of our podcasts

We’re launching several new podcasts in 2017 and would love to include your stories in these podcasts. Here are the themes:

  • Stories about how tech innovation is changing society for the better.
  • Stories that help make sense of the complicated world of (non-romantic) relationships.
 (Think This American Life meets Psychology Today.)
  • Stories about everyday acts of bravery, and stories from people who wished they had been more brave at certain moments in their lives. From the courageous to the quirky, bravery comes in all sizes, and we want to hear about all them.
  • Stories about the internet and how it’s made our lives more or less secure.

Tell us about the story and why it’s a good fit for one of our podcasts. The pitch doesn’t need to be elaborate or long, but we need to get a sense of the story and who the central characters are going to be.

Send pitches to pitch@pacific-content.com. Note in the subject line which show you think the pitch would be best suited to.

After you’ve sent us a pitch, here’s what you can expect:

  • We read all the pitches that come in, we promise.
  • We’ll get back you you after we’ve read your pitch. We get a lot, so it may take us 2-3 weeks.
  • If we want to move ahead and commission the story, or if we need some more information or need you to rethink the pitch, we’ll send you another email within a few days.
  • If you don’t hear back from us within 2-3 weeks, it means the story just isn’t right for us, or we might already have a similar story in production, or it doesn’t fit the mix of content we’re looking for right now.

If we’re interested in the pitch, we’ll ask you to prepare a short treatment. The treatment is a couple of paragraphs and needs to give us a good sense of the shape of the story. We want to know things like…

  • What is the story focus?
  • How are you going to tell the story?
  • What’s the hook off the top that will keep people listening?
  • What are the obstacles and challenges that the characters face?
  • Where is the tension in the story?
  • What’s the payoff?
  • What is the reflection or lesson learned?

Once we green-light a treatment, we’ve engaged you to work on the story. We’ll assign a producer who will work with you through production. They’ll be your main point of contact.

Please note: before moving forward on production, we will require you to sign a contract outlining our working relationship, statement of work and rights ownership.

As well, we’ll get your direct deposit payment details so that when the work is done and invoiced, we can pay you quickly.

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Let’s Make Some Audio

Most of our segments move through the following steps:

Chase > Interviews > Scripting > Story editing > Voice track > Editing/Sound Design

Chase

Lining up your interviews and other sound elements.

Interviews

Ideally recorded in the field with a digital recorder. When required we also do interviews over Skype or even the phone as a last resort.

Scripting

Once you have your tape, you start to edit it down and shape the story. Edit the clips you’re hoping to use, in whatever editing software you normally use and reference the clips in your script. Most of our items have narration. Talk to your producer about style and format before you start writing.

Do I need to use waivers / consent forms?

Please check in with your producer. The answer varies on the podcast and client.

Story editing

We work in Google Docs. It makes sharing scripts easy so that you and your producer can go back and forth shaping the story and making changes to the script. Using Google Docs allows us to make notes & feedback directly in the script and share with other members of our team. Please do not submit scripts in Word or other formats.

Voice-track

Once the script is finalized, you record your voice-track. If you’re in Vancouver, you can come into our office to record it. Otherwise you’ll do it at home or wherever you work. We usually don’t book studios for recording voice-tracks. We may set up a Skype or phone call so that we can direct your performance as you record it. In rare cases, depending on show format or other production considerations, we may get someone else to perform the voice-track for your item.

Editing / sound design

We’ve got great sound designers/editors on our team. They’ll work on the final mix of your item. How much you do and how much they do depends on your comfort level. Some freelancers deliver almost fully mixed items, others just deliver a rough assembly with their voice-track and roughly edited clips.