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Werk It


A Women's Podcast Festival

October 3-5 | Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Werk It


A Women's Podcast Festival

October 3-5 | Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 3-5 | Los Angeles, California

The only all-woman podcasting festival on the planet, Werk It presents workshops, demonstrations, mentoring sessions and NSFW conversations about working in audio and digital media. Plus: Networking opportunities, cocktail parties, and live podcast tapings at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles!
 
New this year: Podcast Bootcamp. This one-day course will be taught by the top women in our field. It is designed for entry-level or early-career audio producers, as well as women who work in media or other related fields and are now moving into the podcast realm.
 
Werk It is a production of WNYC Studios, the beautiful people behind Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, Death, Sex  & Money, 2 Dope Queens, Note to Self, Snap Judgment, Sooo Many White Guys, Here’s the Thing, the New Yorker Radio Hour, On the Media, Only Human and more.

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Register


Register


 

Early registration is now open! Don't miss out—discounted festival passes are available in limited quantities until May 1, 2017. 

All-Access Pass - $499 (Regular $550)

  • PODCAST BOOTCAMP (OCT. 3)

  • TWO-DAY WERK IT FESTIVAL (OCT. 4-5)

  • TICKETS TO ALL 3 LIVE PODCAST TAPINGS (OCT. 3, 4, 5)

Festival Pass - $450 (Regular $499)

  • PODCAST BOOTCAMP (OCT. 3)

  • TWO-DAY WERK IT (OCT. 4-5)

Werk It Pass - $299 (Regular $350)

  • TWO-DAY WERK IT (OCT. 4-5)

Podcast Bootcamp Pass - $175 (Regular $200)

  • PODCAST BOOTCAMP (OCT. 3)


We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships in order to ensure a robust mix of participants such as students, freelancers, and nonprofit employees who would otherwise be unable to attend. 

Scholarships will cover the cost of the sessions. Recipients will be responsible for travel expenses and tickets to the live tapings.

Click here to apply. Deadline for scholarship applications: March 1, 2017. 


 
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Pitch a Session


Pitch a Session


Have a Session Idea? 

The programming at Werk It includes talks, presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Anything to do with producing audio while female is fair game. We encourage thinking outside the conference box.
 
In the past, we’ve covered vocal fry, reporting vs. storytelling, social media and marketing, interviewing skills, sound design, talent management, career advice, editing, and more. We’ve run the gamut from philosophical to tactical, and always with a respect for difference and the diverse backgrounds of all our attendees. 
 
When pitching a session, consider our audience: Werk It attracts women in various stages of their careers and from around the world, all looking to meet others in the field, be challenged and inspired, and walk away with new skills and ideas. Check out last year’s schedule.
 
Sessions typically run 45-60 minutes and will be recorded and released in the Werk It podcast feed. Some are also streamed and shared as video. Check out the Werk It podcast.

We're accepting panel pitches until March 1, 2017.

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Schedule & Presenters


Schedule & Presenters


Jessica Williams, Co-Host, 2 Dope Queens

Nora McInerny, Host, Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Amber Hunt, Host, Accused

Lauren Shippen, Host, The Bright Sessions

Anna Sale, Host Death, Sex & Money

Jenna Weiss-Berman, Co-founder, Pineapple Street Media

Lisa Chow, Co-Host, StartUp

Kristina Lopez, Producer, Plz Advise

Phoebe Robinson, Co-Host 2 Dope Queens

Manoush Zomorodi, Host, Note to Self
 

Molly McAleer, Host, Plz Advise

Nazanin Rafsanjani, Creative Director, Gimlet Media


SCHEDULE 

The schedule for Werk It 2017 is still cooking.

Look for announcements soon, and in the meantime, check out last year's program here.


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Live Podcast Tapings


Live Podcast Tapings


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Werk It will be curating three nights of live podcast tapings at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and, of course, all of them will feature lady hosts. Past festival tapings have included BuzzFeed’s Another Round, WBUR and The New York Times’ Modern Love, Earwolf’s Ronna & Beverly, and WNYC Studios’ 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys.

If you purchase an All-Access Pass for Werk It, you will be given one ticket to each of the three shows. All other Werk It attendees must purchase their tickets separately.

Tapings will be open to the general public – including men! Sign up for email updates to be the first to know when shows are announced and tickets go on sale.

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Frequently ASked Questions


Frequently ASked Questions


 

+ Who is Werk It for?

Werk It is for women in all stages of their careers currently working in or hoping to break into audio and digital media. Past attendees have come from 23 states and 3 countries. They have been producers, hosts, writers, reporters, editors, engineers, social media managers, marketers, sound designers, video producers, and more.

Last year, 34% of the women were employed by public media companies, 27% by for-profit media companies, 19% worked at nonprofits or academic institutions, and 20% were freelancers. Join the brightest women leaders in audio as we make each other better, unleash our powers for good and muscle through some uncomfortable conversations. (Lunching, drinking and general merriment will also be provided.)

+ I'm not a podcaster right now. Can I come?

Yes!

+ Who produces Werk It?

Werk It is a production of WNYC Studios, the beautiful people behind Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, Death, Sex & Money, 2 Dope Queens, Note to Self, Snap Judgment, Sooo Many White Guys, Here’s the Thing, The New Yorker Radio Hour, On the Media, Only Human and more.

+ Why does Werk It exist?

Werk It launched in 2015 with a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to expand women’s voices in podcasting. At the time, our research showed that only 20% of all podcasts in the iTunes top 100 chart were hosted by women. Our mission is to get to 50% or more. By giving women opportunities to learn new skills and make professional contacts, Werk It is one way we will get there.

+ What's the vibe, sister?

Smart, honest, inclusive, witty, wonderful.

+ Do I have to stay at the Ace Hotel?

No, you can stay anywhere you like. The Ace Hotel will offer a 15% discount to Werk It attendees. Use this link to book your room and enter the promo code WERKIT.

+ Can I work at Werk It? Or volunteer? Or intern?

We’re not hiring right now. If we do have opportunities, you’ll find out by signing up for our email updates.

+ Can men attend?

The daytime sessions of Werk It, including the Podcast Bootcamp, are created by and for women only. Men are welcome to purchase tickets to the live podcast tapings in the evenings. Woke dudes might also like our podcast feed.

+ Can I sponsor this event?

Yes! Please do. Email werkit@wnyc.org to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

+ How can I find out when updates are made to the schedule and speakers?

Sign up below to get emails from us.

+ I have a question that wasn't answered here, how can I get in touch?

Email us at werkit@wnyc.org.

 
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Get Updates


Get Updates


 

The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015