Collect Folklife Stories For Inside Appalachia

The Inside Appalachia team is looking for 5-10 people to build the Inside Appalachia Folklife Corps. The Corps will help tell Appalachia’s story by collecting stories of Appalachian people and place. The Inside Appalachia Folklife Corps will produce human interest features focused on traditions, daily habits, passions, and cultures of Appalachians.

The Folklife Corps program kicks off with training to provide corps members with sound-gathering and storytelling techniques, as well as reporting strategies for producing sound-rich stories. Tasks may include but are not limited to attending trainings/meetings, collecting audio and video, writing, producing, and reporting.

Inside Appalachia Folklife Project 

The Folklife Corps is part of a new initiative by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Inside Appalachia team. The Inside Appalachia Folklife Project will support storytellers, aspiring and experienced alike, with a passion for Appalachian culture to document Appalachian folklife in order to generate more content for the Inside Appalachia radio show and podcast. The Folklife Corps would be a good fit for folklorists looking to take their digital expertise to another level. Independent or established journalists able to freelance with an interest in cultural and folklife reporting are also encouraged to apply. We would also consider applications from journalists/reporters from small community newspapers or broadcast stations, and/or students.


  • Understanding, appreciation, and passion of Appalachian culture

  • Good communication and writing skills and demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing

  • Demonstrated capacity to work creatively, independently and collaboratively on projects

  • Familiarity with digital storytelling equipment, editing software and techniques (audio, photography, and/or video) or strong desire to learn

  • Must be willing to travel for reporting in central Appalachia

  • Valid Driver’s license, and access to own transportation


  • Inside Appalachia Folklife Corps members must be available to attend a training retreat in early Spring 2019. Meals and accommodation will be provided.

  • Each Inside Appalachia Folklife Corps member will be responsible for  producing 1-2 stories per year.

Upon successful completion of the Inside Appalachia Folklife Corps training, team members will produce 1-2 stories per year at $500/piece. Each story will include a broadcast/podcast script, digital audio and/or video file(s), an accompanying web post complete with captioned and credited still photos, and social media elements. Travel for reporting should be budgeted from the $500 payment.  

Closing Date: Open until filled 

Applications received before Dec 1, 2018 will be considered in the first round of evaluations.

Please send your resume, cover letter, work samples, and story pitches to