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WERK IT 2018


A Women's Podcast Festival

November 13th and 14thKnockdown Center | New York City, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WERK IT 2018


A Women's Podcast Festival

November 13th and 14thKnockdown Center | New York City, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Werk It! A Women's Podcast Festival

Join Werk It: A Women’s Podcast Festival, the inimitable annual gathering for women shaping the future of podcasting!

Two full days of conversations, workshops, live tapings, networking events, and one-on-one mentoring sessions, plus our Podcast Accelerator: your chance to pitch a show, incubate a pilot, and score a development deal with WNYC Studios.

It's all happening November 13-14, 2018 at Knockdown Center in New York City. 

Register now to become a part of our growing community of female and non-binary producers, hosts, writers, reporters, editors, engineers, social media managers, marketers, sound designers, video producers, entrepreneurs, and executives. We come from across the United States and around the world, in all stages of our careers.  

 

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Register to Attend


Register to Attend


 

Two-Day Werk It Pass - $400

  • Admission to Two Days of Programming

  • Lunch, Coffee and soft drinks included on both days

  • invitation to the werk it after party

  • access to networking and mentoring programs

  • an invite to a private Facebook group only for Werk It attendees and alumni.

 
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Presenters


Presenters


  Theo Balcomb , Managing Producer,  The Daily  from the New York Times

Theo Balcomb, Managing Producer, The Daily from the New York Times

  Emily Botein,  Vice President of On-Demand Content, WNYC Studios

Emily Botein, Vice President of On-Demand Content, WNYC Studios

  Charlotte Cooper , Audience Conversation Manager, WNYC

Charlotte Cooper, Audience Conversation Manager, WNYC

  Keisha "TK" Dutes,  Independent producer & Co-Host,  TK in The AM

Keisha "TK" Dutes, Independent producer & Co-Host, TK in The AM

  Mary Harris,  Host,  The Realness   

Mary Harris, Host, The Realness
 

  Mary Kidd , Project Lead, Preserve this Podcast

Mary Kidd, Project Lead, Preserve this Podcast

  Juleyka Lantigua-Williams , CEO,   Lantigua Williams & Co.

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, CEO, Lantigua Williams & Co.

  Nicaila Matthews Okome , Creator & Host,  Side Hustle Pro

Nicaila Matthews Okome, Creator & Host, Side Hustle Pro

  Tracy Mumford,  Producer, American Public Media

Tracy Mumford, Producer, American Public Media

  Lauren Ober,  Podcast Host and Consultant

Lauren Ober, Podcast Host and Consultant

  Paula Szuchman,  Vice President of On-Demand Content, WNYC Studios

Paula Szuchman, Vice President of On-Demand Content, WNYC Studios

  Madeline Baran , Host and Lead Reporter,  In The Dark

Madeline Baran, Host and Lead Reporter, In The Dark

  Becca Bressler,  Production Manager,  Radiolab

Becca Bressler, Production Manager, Radiolab

  Megan Detrie,  Audio Producer, Buzzfeed News

Megan Detrie, Audio Producer, Buzzfeed News

  Caitlin Esch , Reporter-Producer,  The Uncertain Hour

Caitlin Esch, Reporter-Producer, The Uncertain Hour

  Blair Imani,  Founder & Executive Director, Equality for HER

Blair Imani, Founder & Executive Director, Equality for HER

  Melissa Kiesche , Senior Vice President, Edison Research

Melissa Kiesche, Senior Vice President, Edison Research

  Alex Laughlin,  Producer, Buzzfeed News  

Alex Laughlin, Producer, Buzzfeed News
 

  Kristen McCallum , Founder & Executive Director,  SafeWordSociety

Kristen McCallum, Founder & Executive Director, SafeWordSociety

  Rekha Murthy,  Independent Podcast Strategist

Rekha Murthy, Independent Podcast Strategist

  Chiquita Paschal,  Independent Editor and Podcast Consultant

Chiquita Paschal, Independent Editor and Podcast Consultant

  Bridget Todd,  Co-Host,  AFROPUNK Solution Sessions

Bridget Todd, Co-Host, AFROPUNK Solution Sessions

  Allison Behringer , Independent Producer & Creator,  Bodies

Allison Behringer, Independent Producer & Creator, Bodies

  Martina Castro , Founder and CEO, Adonde Media

Martina Castro, Founder and CEO, Adonde Media

  Joni Deutsch,  Host & Producer,  Amplifier   

Joni Deutsch, Host & Producer, Amplifier
 

  Hillary Frank,  Host,  The Longest Shortest Time

Hillary Frank, Host, The Longest Shortest Time

  Adele Jackson-Gibson , Co-Host,  Rule Breakers

Adele Jackson-Gibson, Co-Host, Rule Breakers

  Tatiana King Jones , Owner of ForAllNerds & Host,  FanBrosShow

Tatiana King Jones, Owner of ForAllNerds & Host, FanBrosShow

  Jenny Lawton , Senior Editor, WNYC Studios

Jenny Lawton, Senior Editor, WNYC Studios

  Leslie Merklinger,  Senior Director of Audio Innovation, CBC

Leslie Merklinger, Senior Director of Audio Innovation, CBC

  Sitara Nieves , Executive Director of On Demand, Marketplace

Sitara Nieves, Executive Director of On Demand, Marketplace

  Sam Riddell,  Principal Host,  Inner Hoe Uprising

Sam Riddell, Principal Host, Inner Hoe Uprising

  Kathy Tu , Co-Host,  Nancy   

Kathy Tu, Co-Host, Nancy
 

  Emanuele Berry , Associate Editor,  The Nod

Emanuele Berry, Associate Editor, The Nod

  Amy S. Choi,  Co-Founder & Editorial Director,  The Mash-Up Americans

Amy S. Choi, Co-Founder & Editorial Director, The Mash-Up Americans

  Wendy Dorr,  Managing Editor for Narrative Audio, The New York Times

Wendy Dorr, Managing Editor for Narrative Audio, The New York Times

  Julia Furlan,  Supervising Producer, Buzzfeed News

Julia Furlan, Supervising Producer, Buzzfeed News

  Dr. Janina M. Jeff,  Geneticist  &  Host,  In Those Genes

Dr. Janina M. Jeff, Geneticist Host, In Those Genes

  Kate Krosschell , Founder, Crow Shell Marketing

Kate Krosschell, Founder, Crow Shell Marketing

  Megan Lazovick , Vice President, Edison Research

Megan Lazovick, Vice President, Edison Research

  Celia Muller , Corporate Counsel, New York Public Radio

Celia Muller, Corporate Counsel, New York Public Radio

  Irene Noguchi , Executive Producer,  Today, Explained

Irene Noguchi, Executive Producer, Today, Explained

  Molly Schwartz,  Studio Manager & Podcast Producer, METRO

Molly Schwartz, Studio Manager & Podcast Producer, METRO

  Stacey Vanek Smith , Co-Host,  The Indicator  from Planet Money

Stacey Vanek Smith, Co-Host, The Indicator from Planet Money

Other presenters include:

Christy Gressman, Night Vale Presents

Rebecca Lehrer, Hello Sunshine & The Mash-Up Americans

Christina Norman, New York Public Radio

+ And many more to be announced! 

 

Shima Oliaee, WNYC Studios

Sruthi Pinnamaneni, Reply All

 

 

 

 

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Live Events


Live Events


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Werk It will be curating live podcast tapings, film screenings, and other events during the week of November 11-17, 2018 at venues all across New York City. 

Past live tapings have included BuzzFeed’s Another Round, WBUR and The New York Times’ Modern Love, Earwolf’s Ronna & Beverly, Recode/Decode with Kara Swisher, and WNYC Studios’ Death, Sex & Money, 2 Dope Queens, and Sooo Many White Guys. 

Evening events will be open to the general public – including men! – and ticket prices will vary by event and venue. All Werk It attendees must purchase tickets to the live shows separately.

Sign up for email updates to be the first to know when shows are announced and tickets go on sale.

 

 

Photo credit: Mindy Tucker, Werk It 2018

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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 13 countries. They have been producers, hosts, writers, reporters, editors, engineers, social media managers, marketers, sound designers, video producers, and more.

Last year, 34% of attendees 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.)

Although Werk It is focused on empowering women, we encourage podcasters and podcast fans who identify as genderqueer, non-binary, or other who feel inspired by what we’re doing to join us at the festival and be a part of our community.

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

Yes!

+ Who produces Werk It?

Werk It is a production of WNYC Studios.

Executive Producer: Jennifer Keeney Sendrow
Senior Producer: Denise Bennett
Technical Director: Ricardo Fernandez
Video Producer: David McLean
Production Coordinator: Amber Wright
Line Producers: Melissa LaCasse and Alicia Allen
Designers: Sahar Baharloo and Billy Graves
Digital and Social Media Producers: Caroline English and Kim Nowacki
Marketing: Theodora Kuslan and Ashley Lusk
Publicity: Jennifer Houlihan Roussel and David Cotrone
Legal: Celia Muller, Janna Freed, Ivan Zimmerman, and Cindi Kim
Sponsorship: Gwendolyn Pointer and Hal Trencher
Development: Caledonia Kearns and Molly Hindenburg

+ 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.

+ When will the full schedule be announced?

Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know!

+ How are presenters at Werk It compensated?

Our festival is here to promote equity, empower women, and recognize the amazing work that women do.

Everyone who appears on stage during the two-day Werk It conference receives free access to attend both days of programming and get all the benefits that come with it (meals, access to networking and mentoring events, etc.). We promote their participation in our festival marketing efforts, and after the festival we offer them access to any photos, audio, and video we make of their appearance for their personal use going forward. We offer to cover the cost of flight or train transportation as well as overnight accommodation for all US-based presenters we invite who reside outside the NYC metro area. In special circumstances that don’t fit our usual approach, we work with the presenter to reach a fair solution that is similar to what the other presenters are offered. Keynote speakers who we have commissioned to write a wholly original talk to present at Werk It are offered an honorarium. We also provide a very modest honorarium for independent freelancers, recognizing that the time they spend contributing to Werk It, while valuable to them, isn’t subsidized by an employer.

For the ticketed evening events that are a part of Werk It, we make individual arrangements with the participating shows and venues.

+ Is there a Podcast Bootcamp in 2018?

No, we aren't including a Podcast Bootcamp program as part of Werk It 2018, but new and aspiring podcasters are still very much welcome to join us. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know next time we do a Bootcamp.

+ Is there a designated hotel for Werk It in 2018?

Not officially, but our friends at Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn are extending a 15% discount to all Werk It attendees who'd like to stay there. Click here to apply the promo code and reserve your stay.

+ How can I get to Knockdown Center?

Take a taxi, an NYC bus, or hop on the shuttle bus that'll be running to and from the Jefferson stop on the L train at the beginning of each day. There is parking for your bike or your car on site. Detailed directions are here.

+ 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 are created by and for women. We also encourage people who are genderqueer, gender non-binary, or other who feel inspired by what we’re doing to join us at the festival and be a part of our community. Men are very much welcome to purchase tickets to the live podcast tapings in the evenings, and our podcast feed contains wisdom for all ears!

+ Do you offer scholarships?

We will offer a limited number of scholarships in order to ensure a robust mix of participants including students, freelancers and nonprofit employees who would otherwise be unable to attend. Scholarships cover conference registration but not travel expenses. Deadline for scholarships closed on July 1, 2018.

+ Is Werk It accessible to people with limited mobility?

The Knockdown Center's main spaces are fully accessible complete with ramps and accessible parking. The backyard has limited accessiblity.

+ Can I sponsor this event?

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

+ Can I pitch a session idea?

Yes, but our open call for pitches for Werk It 2018 closed on July 1, 2018.

+ 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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Updates


Updates


 

Venue: Knockdown Center

52-19 Flushing Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378