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  4. Sample Nod

  5. Partnerships

Employment or Volunteering

Dabba Radio is currently in its pilot phase of production.  What this means is that we are experimenting in content production and hammering out exactly what it is we want to focus on, how to do it, who will do it, and so on.  What this also means is that all of our show and production staff contributes on a volunteer basis.  If you think you have what it takes to help build the next generation of Indian journalism, then we want to hear from you!


Send us an email at and we explore avenues for working together.

Also, if you are a student ages 13-17, our teen radio show, Bridging the Gap, is always open to new people joining their team.  Send an email to


#1 (21/2/2011):


Objective: Cover a martial arts competition or event in Mumbai; we want to know about the gritty underground fight scene in Mumbai.

Reference material (if available): Tehelka, Vol 8, Issue 8, Dated 26 Feb 2011

Story Summary: Find an event anywhere in Mumbai.  In your report make sure you set the scene - describe what is going on around you, record sounds to give the listener a feel for what it’s like standing in your ringside shoes.

Required Material:

  1. Sound clips:

    1. Fight in progress

    2. Crowd cheering

    3. Announcer

    4. Any mid-show performance

  2. Interviews (subject to availability of the interviewee):

    1. Members of the audience and their reactions, reasons for coming, etc.

    2. A referee or organiser of the event: challenges in organising, clashes with authorities/legal approval, business viability, etc.

    3. Fighter: background, reasons for fighting, training regimen, what they do as a day job if this is not full time, etc.

    4. Coach: background, reasons for coaching, training regimen, what they do as a day job if this is not full time, etc.

    5. Announcer: what he/she enjoys, what the crowd enjoys, popular fighters and why they are popular, etc.

    6. Umpire: reasons for umpiring, experiences of umpiring, background in the martial art, etc.

  3. Narration: You should compose an account of the event in non-opinionated factual terms.  Try and paint a picture for a listener as to what the experience was like and fill in the gaps created by the interviews.  Narrations should be written after the report and recorded separately.  The reporter should also note personal reactions/opinions separately at the end of the report for optional use by Dabba Radio.


To be submitted by June 1st 2011.

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To Pitch Stories to Dabba Radio

We accept story proposals, or what we call “nods,” from anyone.  For more information on pitching a nod, click here. Once you’ve got the basics, send your nod to

General Information

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Employment, Volunteering, etc.

Want to work for us?  Send us an email at and tell us why.


We are actively seeking freelance reporters to contribute to India Itself.  India Itself is our current events, news, and features show that will eventually air daily during the week.  As you can probably imagine, this requires a great deal of work and contribution from multiple sources and inputs.  What needs to be common about these inputs is that they, like all of our content, adhere to the highest standards of journalism ethics and quality.

If you are interested in reporting for us, we ask that you go through a quick application process before we allow you access to our Dabba Nods website where we post our story leads (we call them “nods”).  The process is as follows:

  1. 1.  Pitch a nod to our editorial team (see “Pitching Nods” below) and indicate that you are interested in reporting for us.

  2. 2.  We will look over the pitch.  If we like it, we will send you a complete nod (see “Sample Nod” below) and ask you to report on it.

  3. 3.  You send us your complete story.  Most likely there will be some style, editing, content, narration, or other points that we will want to go over with you to bring it into line with Dabba Radio’s editorial guidelines.

  4. 4.  Repeat process 1-3 again.  If you incorporated our feedback into this second story then you’re in.  If not, we might ask you to do another one or recommend one of  training programs that we occasionally host.

  5. 5.  Once we are comfortable with your reporting style, we will give you access to Dabba Nods and you will become a Dabba Jockey (DJ: a convenient acronym, no?) where we post nods for all matter of stories on various timeframes.  We encourage our DJs to report as often as they want and some stories of particular importance may include monetary compensation.


Pitching Nods

Do you know a story that you think should be on Dabba Radio?  Have you met someone who would be a fascinating guest for one of our shows?  We call story ideas “nods” and we welcome pitches for potential nods from anyone.  Indeed, we think one of the best sources for stories comes from our listeners.  You are clearly in search of something new, so help us connect with a story that we might not have heard about.

When you are composing your pitch, try to think about how to convey the basics of the story in as few words as possible.  Make sure you answer the basics (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and don’t give more information than is necessary to convey the gist of the story.  If we want more information, we will contact you.

Send your pitches to

Sample Nod

Here is a look at what a completed nod looks like.  Nods are composed solely by our editorial team and may be based on suggestions from listeners (see “Pitching Nods” above).


We have already formed partnerships with some great organizations that share our strategic vision, but we are always willing to look at more.  If you think your organisation has something to offer Dabba Radio or there is a project that could be collaborated on for mutual benefit, then please get in touch with us.

No idea or proposal is too ridiculous for us.  After all, when Dabba Radio was getting started many thought that our mission was too far fetched.  We prefer dialogue.