I've written about making radio here a few times and have received wonderful advice that I've tried to take to heart. Before the final semester of my college career begins, and I go crazy finishing my anthropology thesis, I have taken the time to apply to a variety of paid and unpaid internships in radio. I completed a fellowship a few years ago that introduced me to radio and community-oriented media, have put together a few radio pieces in the years since and promoted myself through Public Radio Exchange, and blogged/wrote reviews for the youth radio site Generation PRX (I'm a fan of all things PRX, ha, if that wasn't already clear.)
2+ weeks after applying to a half-dozen positions that seemed a perfect fit, I have heard nothing. A follow up call with a great little production team was never returned. Meanwhile, I've been reading about these super-competitive times, and while I thought my experiences would make me a good contender, I'm becoming nervous that I'm missing something, could approach things differently, etc.
For those out there that made a path for themselves in public radio (and i'm thinking the investigative/quirky/inventive side of radio), how did you make that first leap? Is there any productive action I can take at the moment?
I started to build a resume website after reading a suggestion to do that to make yourself stand out, which is currently here
(no bio yet!) Should I follow up after some of my growing-cold apps with a link to that?
One final question: I've been considering studying at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for a semester. I know it's a great launching pad for young radio people, but I'm unsure if, at this point, it's more financially responsible to find some direct work now, perhaps an unpaid internship + taking out a loan to support myself, than go the (brief) grad school route.
Thanks for any and all thoughts.