workshop for journalists on climate change, NYC, Sept 16, 6-9pm

Important workshop for journalists two years after Hurricane Sandy.

Friends and colleagues,

         New York City’s immigrant neighborhoods took a major hit from Superstorm Sandy.  Yet two years after Sandy, the effects of climate change  – including an increase in extreme weather events – remains underreported in media that serves immigrant communities.   Ethnic and community media have a vital role to play in helping New Yorkers prepare for and understand shifts in climate patterns, and Feet in 2 Worlds is here to help.
       We have teamed up with climate specialists at The New School to offer an evening workshop for journalists.  The workshop is being held just before climate change takes center stage in New York with the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, and the People’s Climate March on Sunday September 21 which is expected to attract as many as 100,000 demonstrators and activists to the city.
          Packed with valuable information to bring to your readers, listeners and viewers, the workshop is designed to make your job reporting on climate change, sustainability, and related issues easier and more effective.
        Take advantage of this opportunity to better serve your audience on an issue of vital importance.
        Join us Tuesday, September 16 at The New School, from 6 PM to 9 PM.  Space is limited, so register soon at 
Best wishes,

John Rudolph
Executive Producer
Feet in 2 Worlds
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Bay Area FC gathering, Sunday, Sept 21, 2-5pm, Oakland

From our intrepid Bay Area organizer, Ana Adlerstein:

FC gatherings have taken a bit of a summer vacation. To welcome us all back let's meet up for a backyard bbq underneath a prodigious fig tree in Ana's backyard. We'll be grilling up yellowfin tuna for all those fish eaters out there, feel free to bring something to throw on the grill as well or a drink to share! 

Sunday Sept. 21st2-5PM
758 Alcatraz Ave. Oakland
Call Ana (207) 807 6152 with any questions 
Hope to see you there!
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New York Times Institute, Tucson, May16-31, application deadline Nov. 1

Hey students! Info below on the NYT Student Journalism Institute to be held in Tucson, May 16-31. Must be a current student to apply. Deadline Nov. 1.


The New York Times is offering a chance for two dozen aspiring journalists to participate in the 2015 New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Participants of the Institute work with journalists of The New York Times in a two-week "bootcamp" type of journalism training program.


This all-expenses-paid opportunity is offered every year, with The New York Times alternating partnerships: in even-numbered years with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); and in odd-numbered years with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).


Because 2015 is an odd-numbered year, the Institute is being held in cooperation with NAHJ. This means that 2015 participants must be student members of NAHJ to apply. (REMEMBER: You do not have to be Hispanic to be a member of NAHJ.)


The program runs from May 16 to 31, 2015. If you are selected to be part of the program, you would cover real news events under the supervision of newsroom staffers of The Times. You would also participate in any activity that would be found in a major newsroom: Reporting, photography, copy editing, web and page design, web production, video and interactive coding. This year, they are also giving special consideration to applicants with software skills needed to build interactive graphics and databases. You can pick an area to focus on and work closely with Times journalists who are experts in that specialty.


The 2015 Institute will be held at the University of Arizona in Tucson. There is no cost to the student. Room, board and round-trip transportation to Tucson is picked up by The Times.


There is a deadline to apply: Nov. 1, 2014.


Attached is the application form. You can find more information about the Institute at:

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The Atlantic Technology Channel’s latest call for pitches, from @roseveleth

The Atlantic wants your tech stories! This from tech editor Rose Eveleth:

So, um, pitch me! These don't pay incredibly well (I'm pushing to get more freelance money, but right now I'm forced to work with what we have, so max I can do is $200) but they should be quick pieces, not super long reported features. 

Details below! -Mia


Last week we wrapped up our series on Hide and Track—stories about discovering and escaping data. Together, we tracked thousands of antique newspapershid from exes and hunted for pot in America’s cornfields. There were awkward momentswild moments, and straight up gross moments. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our pitch calls have yielded remarkable stories, and we want to keep that ball rolling. So it’s time for the next theme.

As a refresher: These should be adventures with technology—stories that surprise and delight and make us rethink our everyday interactions with tech. These are the kinds of stories that stay with people because they get at something about humans first, and technology second. You should be able to deliver these in a few days, and while you don’t have to be the main character, a human being should be.  

(If you want to know why we’re structuring these pitch calls like this, you can learn a bit more about the logic here.)

The new theme is Addition and Subtraction, stories of humans becoming more and less and sometimes both with the help of technology.

Nobody is ever satisfied: we all want to be more (stronger, faster, smarter, better) and less (arrogant, busy, tired). And technology is often how we grasp at those improvements—alarm clocks and apps and treadmills and calendars and cars. We’re always adding here, and taking there. Chipping away and inserting.

Sometimes we have no choice in the matter—things are handed to us and wrenched away before we can even process what’s going on. Other times we add and subtract to ourselves intentionally, with glee, reservation, disdain, and confusion. But nobody ever exists in a steady state, made of the same bits and pieces as they were the day before.

Sometimes these are physical replacements: arms, legs, fingers and toes created by technology and assimilated into someone’s body. Bacteria that comes and goes in and out of your body. Parasites that take up residence, or babies that finally vacate the premises to start their lives. Or they can be stories of mental and emotional swaps: learning to think like a machine, losing your job to a computer, adding a robot to your family.

Bring us your stories of adding and subtracting, with creative interpretations welcomed and encouraged. As always, we want you to really explore and push the theme beyond the most obvious examples. Send your (short) pitches to Rose Eveleth: reveleth at We're only going to take about 20 of them, so we suggest you get them in early. By the end of the week we’ll likely have met our limit.

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Intern with Slate’s The Gist!

Hey students! Intern with Slate's new daily news show The Gist with Mike Pesca. It's a paid gig, ideal for a current student or one within a year of graduation. Details below.

The Gist seeks our first intern. We are a team of two producing a daily show, and we'll rely on you quiet a bit in the hours you're with us. 

Every day is different, but the range of duties include booking guests, engineering live interviews, pulling clips, audio editing, Vine-making, social media, basic research, and writing daily show descriptions. Interns are invited to be involved in every aspect of making a daily podcast.

To be considered for this internship, you should have solid writing skills and be able to take direction. A passion for news, radio, and podcasts are a plus. Audio editing skills are a big plus. Candidates must be available to work in Slate’s New York office. 

This internship is paid. We pay $10/hour and interns are strictly limited to 10 hours work/week. Ideally we'd love to work with someone 2 full days/week. The internship will begin asap, and last for 90 days from the start of the internship. 

To apply, email a résumé and very brief statement of interest to Please use the subject line “Slate’s The Gist Internship.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Oct 1, 2014.

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FREE Overseas Press Club Event Sept 9, 7pm, NYC

Hey NYC freelance media types – a few great FREE events coming up in the next few weeks. Details below. -Mia


After James Foley: Covering Conflict When Journalists Are Targets

Event Name: 

 After James Foley: Covering Conflict When Journalists Are Targets

Event Date and Time: 

 9 September 2014 – 7:00pm

Event Location: 

 Columbia School of Journalism Lecture Hall

Event City: 

 New York

Event Fee: 


The OPC is co-sponsoring a panel discussion at the Columbia School of Journalism surrounding the current risks and rewards of conflict reporting in the aftermath of reporter James Foley's tragic murder.
Dean Steve Coll will lead the discussion.
  • Reuters columnist and former New York Times reporter David Rohde, who was held captive for seven months by the Taliban before he escaped.
  • OPC award winner, board member and New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, previously the West Africa bureau chief for The Associated Press.
  • Phil Balboni, GlobalPost CEO and co-founder, who spent two years fighting for Foley's release.
  • Nicole Tung, a freelance conflict photographer and friend of Foley's who first discovered him missing.


This event is sponsored by the Overseas Press Club, the Columbia Journalism School and the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma.
Sept. 25 (with Tyler Hicks)
Oct. 1 Book night with Sheila Weller, author of the News Sorority, a triple biographty of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour. (at OPC)
Oct. 21 How to Freelance Safely with representatives of RISC, DART, London’s Frontline Club and Judith Matloff of Columbia.
Oct. 24 (with Nick Kristof)
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calls for Storygathering artists in residence/training intensive at Fixt Point, Ontario, Cananda, deadline sept 10

Two calls for artists from FIXT POINT in Ontario, Canada. Deadline Sept 10. Details below.



FIXT POINT is seeking two part-time storygathering artists for The Tale of a Town – Mimico to work in residence at the Mimico Public Library this fall as part of the 2014 Artists in the Library program supported through the Toronto Arts Council Strategic Initiative Program.

FIXT POINT is a professional theatre and media company that engages with communities through site-specific performance and audio art in order to preserve local heritage and promote neighbourhood culture.

Storygathering Artists will receive training in audio recording, interviewing, logging, and archiving oral histories prior to the residency. While in residence, the Artists will record stories shared by the public about the evolution of the Mimico neighbourhood. These gathered tales will inspire the creation of an audio installation and culminate in a community celebration at the library.

• Background in the arts
• Based in Toronto (high priority to artists from the Mimico area)
• Interest in oral history, audio production and community engaged art
• Working knowledge of social media platforms
• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Deadline for applications is September 10th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to


FIXT POINT is pleased to offer a limited number of places to artists in our upcoming Storygathering Training Intensive taking place from October 1 – 4 at the Mimico Public Library.

This training program has been developed by FIXT POINT in collaboration with The National Arts Centre of Canada and will focus on audio recording, interviewing, logging, and archiving.

This intensive is suitable for emerging and professional artists who are passionate about oral history, audio art and site-specific performance. Selected artists will be considered for future opportunities with FIXT POINT's national tour of The Tale of a Town – Canada. (

To apply, please email your resume and a brief outline that details why you want to be a part of this training to

Veronica Simmonds
Associate Producer
The Tale of a Town

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The Dinner Party Download is looking for an intern in LA

LA internship with The Dinner Party Download. For college credit only – but a very cool show! Forward to your favorite West Coast learners. Details HERE and below.

Position Summary:


Do you have a passion for the arts, entertainment, storytelling, and music? Want to explore the frontiers of food and cocktails? Looking to make waves in public radio? (Do you have a high tolerance for terrible puns?!)  The Dinner Party Download wants YOU to apply for our fall/winter internship.

The Dinner Party Download is a national culture show, airing on 135+ stations, that provides listeners with all of the information and bon mots they'll need to "win" their dinner parties.  Each week's episode brings together interviews with leading entertainers, memorable stories, music, and food trends and serves them up with a fresh, irreverent tone.  This is an opportunity for interns to gain hands-on production experience with one of public radio's fastest-growing shows.

Internships will last up to 6 months. Interns work typically 2-3 days a week, for a total of 15-20 hours.  These are volunteer/unpaid internships and must be completed in conjunction with college-level course credit.

The Intern will be an integral part of The Dinner Party Download team. This job would be perfect for individuals with a deep interest in film/TV, music, books, theater, fashion and art. The DPD team is especially looking for candidates with experience in – or a passion for – the behind-the-scenes production work that makes for great radio (i.e. crafting/editing stories in sound).

Past interns with the DPD have gone on to develop their skills further via internships and (paid) jobs with KPCC, Snap JudgmentWeekend Edition, and, well, The Dinner Party Download.


Position Responsibility:

  • Sound editing: edit rough drafts of our Soundtrack, Guest List, and Eavesdropping segments.  (Prior audio editing experience is necessary as a foundation to build upon.)    
  • Research odd news and under-the-radar stories for hosts to discuss in their "Small Talk" segment, as well as for occasional appearances on the business show Marketplace.
  • Research details of historical events we could talk about in our History/Cocktail segment.
  • Identify potential bars/bartenders to pair with the history in our cocktail segment, and practice booking phone interviews with these guests.
  • Record and edit news clip montage to be used in our "Small Talk" segment.
  • Help identify upcoming artworks, people, events that should be on our booking radar.
  • Keep tabs on new books and other media coming into office, and add to database.
  • Log music used in each episode; post completed segments to Soundcloud.
  • There may be opportunities to do "tape synchs" (taped interviews with remote guests.)


Required Education and Experience:

  • Current college student or college graduate. Broadcast journalism, Radio/Film, English, Music, or Audio Engineering majors preferred. Others are still very welcome to apply. 
  • College course credit is required.


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Excellent written communication skills a must.
  • Knowledge of some sound editing (i.e. Pro-Tools, Audacity, Audition, DAVID, Dalet, etc) a must.
  • Fluent computer skills with the knowledge of basic Internet & computer standards.
  • Ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision. (The production team is small, which means there will be bouts of independent work interspersed with 1:1 guidance.)
  • Ability to work collaboratively & effectively with colleagues in multiple departments.
  • Ability to work with changing deadlines & in fast-paced environment.
  • Energetic & motivated to serve online audiences.
  • Ability to handle tight deadlines & quick turnaround.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • We'll provide training on how to use our equipment and DAVID editing system, but pre-existing familiarity with DAVID would be a nice bonus.
  • Openness to creating content for web and fueling the expansion of our site / social media.
  • Some background with field recording a plus.
  • Adeptness with Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets.


Reporting To This Position:                N/A


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation

Physical Demands:   

  • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
  • Required to move about in the community
  • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping

Working Conditions:

  • Moderate noise level
  • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions
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Freelance job opportunities at Public News Service, multiple locations

An interesting opportunity from the Public News Service. I have to admit I don't know much about them (they say they're a for-profit mainly funded by non-profits, not sure which ones)… but it could be a good fit for someone. Drop me a line if you know anything about this org – I'm intrigued! -Mia


Real Work in a Changing World for an Inspired Radio Producer/Reporter

Love news? Passionate about social, environmental, economic and community issues? Have superior digital audio editing and news writing skills? Have we got the job for you!

The Public News Service has several part-time ( some possibly full-time positions) for experienced news producer/reporters (benefits included for over 3/4 to full time). Significant reporting experience and digital audio editing skills are critical. The right candidates are results-oriented, self-starters who can also follow established protocols and work well with different personalities in a rapidly changing environment. You must have a home office capable of recording and producing complete audio stories ready for broadcast.  Sense of humor and innovative spirit very important. Must be available for afternoons edits.

The Candidate Needs:

– At least 3-5 years of experience working in a fast-paced online news environment (commercial stations and wire service work preferred)

– High comfort with technology and use of various software; demonstrated expertise with digital recording and editing

– Strong communication skills and the ability to coordinate intense levels of e-mail correspondence and phone calls

–  Familiarity with the news environment, progressive politics, cultural trends, and emerging issues.

–  Excellent editorial, voice, social media, technical and interpersonal skills.

Details: Primarily phone sound, story duration approx. 1:30 min each.  We have coverage areas available is New York City and Pennsylvania, Texas and several Southern states, upper Mid-West and California and possibly Oregon. These positions will also be involved in social media with Twitter.  Some night, weekend and holiday work may be required. Competitive pay and benefits. 

Before you apply please visit our website for examples of what we do: and then send a send a cover letter and resume to – with "PNS Producer (your home state)” in the subject line.

Lisa Collard

Human Resources & Digital Media Associate

3980 Broadway
Suite 103, Box 139
Boulder, CO  80304

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Radio Boot Camp Fall Session @UnionDocs, Oct 4-5, 10-6, Brooklyn

DO NOT MISS this two-day-long intensive class for beginners to learn how to produce radio. Details below.

Don't just listen to stories, tell your own!

Do you love Ira, have a secret crush on Terry Gross, or wanna be Audie Cornish when you grow up? Come to Radio Camp's October Boot Camp and learn how to produce a radio story from start to finish. 
This hands on class will cover the basics of writing for the ear, (very different than print) and producing for radio using professional equipment and software. The provision of a laptop for financially challenged students is possible. Be prepared to grab your gear and hit the streets. Learn interviewing and mic techniques by doing the real thing. Voicing will also be covered. Students will produce two stories over the course of the weekend. *There will be an hour and a half (approx) of homework on Saturday night.

October 4th and 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
AT UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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