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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


 

Early Bird Two-Day Werk It Pass (available through July 18) - $350 (regular $400)

  • Admission to Two Days of Programming

  • Breakfast, 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.

 

Thank you to Gina Clyne for our photos from Werk It 2017! 

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Scholarships


Scholarships


 

We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to students, freelancers, and nonprofit employees who would otherwise be unable to attend. 

Scholarships will cover the cost of conference attendance. Recipients will be responsible for all travel expenses (including food and lodging) and for tickets to live taping events.

Deadline for scholarship applications: July 1, 2018


 
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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, 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 for details on what we've previously covered.
 
Sessions typically run 45-60 minutes and will be recorded and released in the Werk It podcast. Some are also streamed and shared as video.

Deadline for pitches: July 1, 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 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.)

Although Werk It is focused on empowering people who identify as 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.

+ 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.

+ 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 people who identify as women. We also encourage attendees who identify as genderqueer, gender non-binary, or other to join us. People who identify as men are welcome to purchase tickets to the live podcast tapings in the evenings. Woke dudes might also like our podcast feed.

+ Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, 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. Use this link to apply. Deadline: 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, we want to hear from you! Use this form to submit your pitch. Deadline: July 1, 2017.

+ 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