Media Center CLOSED all four Sundays in August + 9/1 - 9/2

BRIC House is open but the Media Center will be closed Sunday, August 18. Questions? Please click here for more info!

BRIC Podcast Fellowship 2019 FAQs


I'm excited! Tell me more about the BRIC Podcast Fellowship

What do you mean by podcast?

Do you have an idea that can be told in audio? Then you might have a podcast idea. Basically, we’re looking for audio stories and audio series. There will be no video involved in this class, but don’t be discouraged if you come from a visual background.

Does the idea have to be new?

The concept for your show or episode doesn’t need to be new but it has to be your idea. It’s ok if you integrate pre-recorded material but you should plan on creating the majority of your content during the fellowship.

What sort of show/content are you looking for?

We’re open to all sorts of shows and ideas. For your projects, all students will need to utilize studio and field recording into their podcast. If you’re interested in producing an interview or talk show, we’re looking for podcasts that go beyond a studio setting.

How much experience do I need?

We’re interested in folks who are new and old to podcasting. All participants will need some experience with recording audio and basic editing skills.

When are classes?

Application deadline is midnight EST on 07/22/2019 The class meets Wednesdays from August 14 - October 29 from 630-930pm. The public event will occur on November 13 at BRIC house.

I can’t attend all sessions. Will this be an issue?

We understand that life events pop up. If you know you’ll need to miss multiple sessions, we ask you to wait to take a later iteration of this fellowship.

Where will it content go once the fellowship is complete? Does BRIC or Brooklyn Free Speech own it?

All content will go up on Brooklyn Free Speech Radio’s SoundCloud, Apple Podcast, and streaming accounts. As well, we’ll work with students to create TV packages of the episodes to feature on our channels. You will own all your content and you’re free to distribute and do whatever you like with it once it’s uploaded and shared on BRIC and Brooklyn Free Speech’s networks.

Contact / Visit Us

Call / Email

Mark Pagan, Community Radio Specialist



647 Fulton Street
(The Media Center, Second Floor)
Brooklyn, New York 11217-1113

Public Transportation

B Q R to DeKalb Avenue
B D N Q R to Atlantic Avenue—Barclays Center
Looking for the full list of MTA accessible subway stations in Brooklyn? Here it is! 

Travel Alert: Please confirm bus and subway service on the MTA website as there are frequent weeknight and weekend service interruptions.

2 3 4 5 to Nevins Street (closest station!)

B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67
All of the above buses stop within three blocks of The BRIC Media Center. 

The Long Island Railroad stops at Atlantic Terminal, approximately 2 ½ blocks away from the BRIC Media Center.

Access-A-Ride | Uber | Lyft

Tell the driver you're going to 57 Rockwell Place (Between Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue). It'll be much easier for them to find our building and you'll be dropped off right in front of the door.

Driving Directions

From downtown Manhattan or the FDR Drive
Take the Brooklyn Bridge. Turn left on Tillary Street. Turn right on Flatbush Avenue. Turn left on Fulton Street and drive one block. The BRIC Media Center which is housed in BRIC House will be on the left; parking is on the right.

From Manhattan's West Side
Take the West Side Highway to Canal Street. Exit left onto Canal Street. Canal Street feeds straight into the Manhattan Bridge. Across the bridge, continue straight onto Flatbush Avenue. Turn left on Fulton Street and drive one block. The BRIC Media Center which is housed in BRIC House will be on the left; parking is on the right.

From the BQE (East or West)
Exit at Tillary Street. At the second light, turn left onto Flatbush Avenue. Turn left on Fulton Street and drive one block. The BRIC Media Center which is housed in BRIC House will be on the left; parking is on the right.


Street Parking
While there are metered and alternate side of the street parking spaces in close proximity to BRIC House, we advise that you take public transportation. If you are planning to drive, we strongly advise that you read all parking signs very carefully. 

For your convenience,  here is a link to the New York City Department of Transportation's website for more information about alternate side parking rules and suspensions.

Parking Garages
For your convenience, check out this site for a list of the parking garages in the Downtown Brooklyn area

Bike Parking

For your convenience, BRIC provides free, sidewalk bicycle parking directly in front of BRIC House. 
Please make sure to bring your own lock and please also be sure to lock your bike securely. 

Looking for the New York City Bike Map? Here it is! 

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Community Media 101

What does B-R-I-C stand for?

Great question! BRIC used to stand for Brooklyn Information & Culture. Then we changed our name to BRIC Arts | Media Bklyn. And now our name is just BRIC. So, what does B-R-I-C stand for? Well, it can mean anything you want it to. We anticipated that we would get this very question when we changed our name to BRIC in 2013 so we had a campaign called #WhatDoesBRICMeanToYou. 

It could stand for:

  • Brooklyn: Real Inspiring Creative
  • Breaking Rules Inciting Creativity
  • Bagels Rugelach Icing Cupcakes
  • Batman Robin Ice-cream Catwoman

We encourage you to have fun with it. So Brooklyn Free Speech FAQs reader, what does B-R-I-C mean to you? We know how creative you are, so email us at, and let us know what you come up with.

What is Brooklyn Free Speech?

BRIC was designated the Community Access Organization for the Borough of Brooklyn in 1988. A development plan for creation of a full-scale, community-based media outlet for the entire borough was devised. The result is the BRIC community media program known today as Brooklyn Free Speech 

Brooklyn Free Speech includes:

  • The New York Emmy-WINNING Brooklyn Free Speech which empowers you to air your thoughts, dreams, hopes, and aspirations through the dynamic medium of television. The community television network displays programs that reflect the borough's diversity of thought and culture;
  • Brooklyn Free Speech Radio, the borough's first community podcast network with content produced and edited by New York City's most diverse audio makers;
  • A public media education program which gives you television, film, and podcast production skills through free and low-cost, high-quality courses so that you can create your own show on the New York Emmy-WINNING Brooklyn Free Speech, and;
  • The BRIC Media Center which gives Brooklynites the tools and know-how to professionally create and cablecast their own television programs on Brooklyn Free Speech Television.

Hey, but didn't your name used to be "BCAT TV Network?"

Yes, you're absolutely right! Our network channels were called BCAT but we changed our name from BCAT TV Network to Brooklyn Free Speech in 2013.

Why did you change your name?
While we love the name BCAT—and it still holds a special place in our hearts—we wanted a name that effectively communicated our expanding community media channels as a network that spotlights the work of talented artists and media makers across the borough.

Now that I know more about Brooklyn Free Speech, where can I watch?


Comprised of six channels (five TV channels and one podcast network), Brooklyn Free Speech features programming produced and 
curated by YOU. Tune in to watch Brooklyn Free Speech on Verizon Fios in all five boroughs 
and exclusively in Brooklyn on Optimum, Spectrum, and RCN. Listen to Brooklyn Free Speech Radio on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Watch the diverse and exciting programming Brooklyn Free Speech has to offer.

What is Community Media?

Community Media is any form of media that is created and controlled by a community, either a geographic community or a community of identity or interest. Community Media is separate from commercial media, state run media, or public broadcasting.

Community Media (Public Access Television) was developed by Congress in the early 1970s to ensure that local communities would have access to the burgeoning cable networks so they could provide local programming within the global system. Brooklyn residents can apply for free channel time on Brooklyn Free Speech and cablecast shows of their own making to a mass audience— as long as they are non-commercial in nature. In addition, local viewers will be provided with programming created mainly for local residents. In many locales, Public Access Television stations also provide television production training and equipment. 

Cities generally have three kinds of access channels: public access, education, and government or PEG (Public, Education, and Government). Brooklyn Free Speech's four channels are Public Access programming.