We are always on the lookout for creative material to air on The Doc Project: documentaries that break the rules, that transport you to unexpected places or allow you to eavesdrop on someone's life. We are a highly collaborative team, whether you're an experienced doc maker or new to documentary, expect to work closely with a Doc Project editor or co-producer.
If you are an experienced Canadian audio freelancer or podcaster, or an international producer whose idea has a relevance to Canada, pitch us! Email: email@example.com and put 'Commission' in the subject line. But first, please take some time with the resources on this page that will help you ensure your pitch is ready, and is a fit for our show: our show mission statement and pillars, and a wonderful video by CBC producer Iris Yudai on how to focus your pitch. (Just below!)
If you're an up-and-coming Canadian doc maker or a CBC employee with prior audio experience you may want to check out the CBC Radio Doc Mentorship Program. This program pairs less experienced radio doc producers with established CBC doc editors at a number of shows across the CBC Radio One network.
If you are a CBC reporter/producer from a local station and you have a story that you think is deserving of a larger documentary treatment with a national reach, tell us about it! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and put 'Regional co-pro' in the subject line. If your pitch is successful, we'll reach out to your regional manager and you'll be paired with one of the Doc Project team members to enhance your skills and work with you on your documentary. We even made a video about this!
Sorry, we do not acquire completed documentaries.
Show mission statement
The Doc Project is where you'll hear the story you can't stop thinking about. Our original documentaries are Canadian in focus, universal in scope. Every week, we bring you high-stakes storytelling at its most artful and human — stories that dive deeper, revealing our shared humanity.
Though our show airs many different kinds of stories, they all have the following in common:
- Narrative arc
- Shared humanity
How to focus your pitch
Before pitching to us, we'd ask that you look at this video of CBC doc maker Iris Yudai explaining how to pitch a radio documentary.
What does a good pitch look like?
Pitches come in all shapes and sizes, but the best pitches answer the following questions:
- Will I go somewhere?
- Will I meet anyone?
- Will I learn anything?
- Will I feel anything?
- Will there be any surprises?
A good pitch will have some kind of action (a scene) unfolding in the present which can be captured on tape, but may also have some action in the past that can be recounted.
And finally, the main character will usually have some kind of struggle or quest. There has to be something at stake.
Here is an example of a good pitch from producer Sasha Campeau, which did all of the above, and made it to air:
Sasha Campeau's completed documentary can be heard here.
Good luck! We're looking forward to receiving your polished pitch!