National Features and Documentary Series 2018 applications now open!

hfriedlander, 21st February 2018

Applications for NFDS 2018 are now open!

Do you have a great idea for a radio feature but need some help in planning and production? 

The series is open to anyone who volunteers at or is employed by an Australian community radio station, and successful applicants will get:

  • Industry-standard radio training through the Community Media Training Organisation to help bring your documentary or feature to life;
  • An experienced mentor, who will work with you to make your piece as excellent as possible;
  • Your work shared online and nationally via the Community Radio Network;
  • A 1-year Hindenburg Journalist-Pro Licence when you start the course.
  • The chance to win a CBAA Award. The winner will also receive a 3-year Journalist PRO licence and a Hindenburg Field Recorder app.
  • Payment for your work.

Applications close Sunday, 1 April, 2018 at 12:59:59 AEST.

CRN apply now

Need help putting your pitch together?
  • Write to the Community Radio Network at [email protected]
  • Register to join the CRN team in the webinar, Your guide to contributing to the National Features & Documentary Series (NFDS), on 14 March 2018.

Produced with the assistance of the Community Broadcasting Foundation and Community Media Training Organisation.

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The CBAA's National Features & Documentary Series (NFDS) gives new and emerging community radio producers the opportunity to make a radio feature for national distribution, receive mentoring from experienced producers and be paid for their work. All you need to enter is a great idea!


*Past webinar, click through to watch recording.*

Providing potential NFDS producers with all of the tools, tips and background information to ensure the best possible proposal submission.


*Past webinar - click through to view webinar recording*
Find out about the National Features & Documentary Series application process and selection criteria, get tips on what makes a great story for radio and learn how to pitch your story idea.