Seeking new soundy works for Soundproof. And more.

Call for pitches from the fabulous Julie Shapiro – recently relocated to Australia. Details below!
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Greetings from the antipodes / RN's Creative Audio Unit!

We've just launched a call-out for new works for our evening program Soundproof (8pm Sundays, 9pm, Fridays), and of course I'd love to hear from ALL of you.

We're seeking 5-15 minute works, inspired by:
– unspoken stories – tell us a story not driven by words
– audio photographs – what are your ears looking at?
– high/low: sound art meets junk food. literally.

A few more details here:
http://bit.ly/SPcallout
Send links to audio or pitches: soundproof@abc.net.au

While I've got you, I'm pretty looking for pitches for both shows on a rolling basis: all durations and styles: narrative work, fiction, essays, dramas, hybrids of all of that, soundscapes, composed audio features, brand new forms you've just invented…any/all of it welcome for consideration.

Have a listen to a few shows to get a feel for what we're doing, find out more about each program, read guidelines for submitting:
Radiotonic – http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/radiotonic/
Soundproof – http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundproof/

Don't be shy (or quiet)!
Julie Shapiro

shapiro.julie@abc.net.au

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Call for pitches – Misadventures

This new(ish) venture looks rad – call for feature pitches below. -Mia

Misadventures (misadventuresmag.com) is an outdoors/adventure lifestyle magazine for women, and we're gearing up to launch our first print issue and we're looking for long-form features. If you've got a story or scoop about an incredible place, journey, pioneer, overlooked moment in history, injustice, women-led project in progress, or something completely different, we'd love to read it. 
We pay between $400-$600 for features. Send pitches to misadventuresmag@gmail.com.

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Second Kitchen Sisters Interviewing & Recording Workshop 7/24

The Kitchen Sisters have added a second Recording and Interviewing workshop on Thursday, July 24.  Same time and details as the first workshop.  You can register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/787328
Details below!

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Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Recording & Interviewing Workshop. Davia Nelson is holding a new one on July 24 at Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope building in San Francisco. This three-hour session is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects–radio, podcasts, online stories, storytelling, oral histories, audio slideshows, family histories, news, documentaries, and other multimedia platforms.

In The Workshop, Davia covers interviewing and micing techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, and how to listen (which is harder than it looks).

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, film, cheese-making and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.

The workshop is in North Beach at 916 Kearny St. Of course, snacks will be served.

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New Kitchen Sisters Recording & Interviewing Workshop – Wednesday, July 23, SF

Hey Bay Area folks. DO NOT MISS this workshop taught by the Kitchen Sisters' Davia Nelson. She is the master. Spread the word.

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Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Recording & Interviewing Workshop. Davia Nelson is holding a new one on Wednesday, July 23 at Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope building in San Francisco. This three-hour session is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects — radio, podcasts, online stories, storytelling, oral histories, audio slideshows, family histories, news, documentaries, and other multimedia platforms.

In The Workshop, Davia covers interviewing and micing techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, and how to listen (which is harder than it looks).

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, film, cheese-making and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.

Afternoon Workshop: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Cost: $125.00. The workshop is in North Beach at
916 Kearny St. Of course, snacks will be served.

If you have any questions, or to register, e-mail kitchen@kitchensisters.org. Please pass this announcement along to your community.

Expand your skills, meet new people, support the work of The Kitchen Sisters.

See you there,

The Kitchen Sisters

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BBC training resources now available online, FREE for one year

BBC online training materials available FREE for one year. Details below. -Mia

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http://ijnet.org/blog/bbc-makes-its-training-resources-free-public-11-languages

BBC makes its training resources free to the public in 11 languages

If you're in the market for a free journalism education, hundreds of training materials are now at your disposal. The BBC's College of Journalism made a slew of videos and guides – initially created to train its own journalists – available to reporters worldwide for free. You can watch videos and tutorials made by BBC journalists in the field on journalists' safety, social media, multimedia techniques, as well as subject and writing style guides galore. Check out the whole library here.

The resources are already available in 11 languages – Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hausa, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Urdu and Vietnamese, and cover "the essential editorial skills that journalists working in the BBC World Service language departments use on a daily basis."

Four more languages – French (for Africa), Hindi, Indonesian and Turkish – will be available this month, and they're working on translating the site into the BBC's 27 other broadcast languages.

The resources were already available for anyone to browse, but until today the BBC enforced a subscription model for readers to gain full access to all the site's materials.

But soak up all the free knowledge while you can – the BBC is suspending the paywall only for a trial period of 12 months.

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KCRW’s Radio Race is BACK! Aug 2-3

On your marks… (Cash prizes!)

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Dear Radio Race Pioneers,  

It’s happening! The 24-Hour Radio Race is BACK, and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve set our dates – Saturday, August 2 to Sunday, August 3 – and opened registration to the world. We’re even on Facebook. Now all we need are contestants. 

You were our inaugural group of daredevils and audio nerds, and we are so grateful for the energy and creativity you brought to last year’s Radio Race. As we prepare to dive into Round 2, we want each and every one of you by our side. 

In an effort to raise the stakes and make this year’s Race even better than its predecessor, we’ve made a few key changes. This year, all three winning pieces will receive cash prizes: $1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $300 for Third Place. That’s all in addition to airplay on UnFictional, and a slew of other great prizes. 

We’ve also added two new awards: the Social Butterfly Award for most effective use of social media, and the UnFictional Award for the piece that best embodies the spirit of UnFictional. Plus, we’ve shortened the length requirements for finished pieces – the maximum length is four minutes now, instead of six — so you can focus on making every second as good as it can be. 

To learn all the details and sign up, visit our event page on KCRW’s website. You can also email us with any questions at ipp@kcrw.org, or reach out via Twitter (@IPPkcrw) or our IPP Facebook page

Thank you so much for making this event possible! Now start stretching…

Jenny (IPP Coordinator) & Carlee (Awesome IPP Summer Volunteer)

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$10k Community Stories Grant from Cal Humanities, deadline August 1

Attention CA media makers! Details below on the latest grants from Cal Humanities. Deadline Aug 1.

Got stories? Time to share!

Cal Humanities is accepting applications beginning July 1st for the August 1st, 2014 deadline for Community Stories, our ongoing competitive grants program.

Cal Humanities’ Community Stories grants program provides funding to support a wide range of community-initiated public humanities projects, including:

  • story-based performances
  • community forums
  • websites
  • video and radio documentaries
  • interpretive exhibits

Since 2003, we have made over 400 awards for projects that collectively illustrate the diversity and breadth of the California experience.

Who’s eligible?
  • California-based nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations
  • local/state public agencies or institutions
What do we fund?

We support story-based public humanities projects that:

  • focus on collecting and sharing real stories of California’s communities
  • involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor
  • use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research
  • produce work that is publicly accessible
How much do we fund?
  • Grant awards range up to $10,000
  • Matching cash or in-kind donations are required
Need more info?

For complete program information, including current guidelines, application materials and instructions, and descriptions of funded projects, click HERE.

A recorded informational webinar for this round is now available.  Click HERE to access it.

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upcoming opportunites with Above the Fray, UnFictional, and CBC’s How To Do It

If you work in public media and you're not yet an AIR member, you should be. (And I don't work for them, I'm just a member and a big fan.) A slew of opportunities have popped up on their listserv recently. Here are a few with upcoming deadlines. Go for it! -Mia

1) The Above the Fray fellowship deadline is July 1, 2014
Learn more about the fellowship's history and requirements here: http://www.thejohnalexanderproject.org/apply.html

2) UnFictional is seeking pitches (topics: Spying/Eavesdropping, The Unreliable Narrator, The Phone Call). They are always looking for great stories outside the themes, too. (ongoing deadlines)


3) The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio show How To Do It: The Guide to Everything Else is looking for submissions for upcoming episodes. Deadline July 7, 2014.

How To Do It is a half hour radio show that explores how to do the things you never learned in school, by hearing from people who have lived through these situations. 

To get a sense of the tone of the show and the kinds of stories we like you can check past shows atwww.cbc.ca/howtodoit. The show puts a premium on surprising stories and unexpected interpretations of the theme. The tone is often tongue-in-cheek, cheeky, and humorous. Stories should have some amount of levity. At the same time, stories can still address serious topics. 

We are looking for approximately 5-7 minute radio stories based on the topics below. These could be stories you tell about yourself or pitches about people's stories where you would gather the tape. 

We are open to creative interpretations of the topics and any ideas for innovative use of tape to enhance the story telling. 

Please send a paragraph describing the story you would like to tell to streleaven@gmail.com 

We will pay CMG (Canadian Media Guild) rates ranging from $75-$500 depending on the nature of the submission 

  • *DEADLINE MONDAY JULY 7TH**

    HOW TO SELL OUT 
    We are looking for stories of people who ditch their values or moral integrity for some other end – fame, money, power, love. Or perhaps less enticing reasons – a free clock radio or praise from a superior. The more dramatic/amusing the about-face, the better. (Attention: priests who have become pimps.) Maybe the "sell-out" is deeply personal: you were a diehard vegan until you discovered smoked meat. What is your sellout threshold and how did you determine it? We want to hear how you were bought. 

    HOW TO LIVE IN CAPTIVITY 
    How have you survived captivity – whether it was doing time in a prison, on a cheesy cruise ship, or at a bad family reunion? We are looking for stories of being trapped, held hostage, or living in captive. We're open to both literal and figurative interpretations, and bonus points for both levity and any instructional component. 

    HOW TO SPEAK TO THE DEAD 
    Have you ever had a conversation with the dead? Perhaps you had an encounter with a ghost, participated in a seance or got a message from a Ouiji board? Or maybe you're haunted by someone long gone? Is there a ghost you just can't let go of. We want to hear about what haunts you, and how you dealt with it.

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    Deutsche Welle looking for freelancers

    Deutsche Welle (DW) is looking to expand their freelancer base, especially in Washington and London. Details and contact info below!

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    We are looking to expand our correspondent base for the website. We need freelance reporters who we can contact for both quick turnarounds of developing news stories as well as features. Though I'm focussed on making more contacts in Washington and London, I would also like to hear from people in capitals around the world. There are all too many places where we have gaps in our coverage.

    Please pass on the word and if you know of anyone who may be interested, ask them to contact me for more details. They should send a C.V. and samples of their work.

    This is a group mail, so please forgive me if you get it twice.

    All the best,
    Nancy

    Nancy Isenson
    Editor/Redakteurin
    Deutsche Welle (DW)
    Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3
    53113 Bonn Germany

    Tel: +49 228 429-4058
    Fax: +49 228 429-4583
    nancy.isenson@dw.de

    News, analysis and service from Germany and Europe in 30 languages: http://www.dw.de/english

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    Latino USA call for pitches

    Lots of great themes here. Send your pitches to Latino USA!
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    Here’s a list of the program themes that Latino USA is working up over the next few months. Along with the descriptions, I’ve also posted the air date of each show, in case you have ideas with particular time hooks. Please send pitches to: pitches@futuromediagroup.org.

     

    OUTDOOR ADVENTURE (ongoing)

    Get out there and have fun! If your outdoor adventure idea also has an element of environmental stewardship in it, all the better.

     

    ESCAPE (8/1/2014)

    Getting away, becoming free.

     

    GENIUS IS…(8/15/2014)

    Thomas Edison said it was 1 % inspiration and 99% perspiration. We’d like stories about working, tenacity, following a vision.

     

    SHOWTIME (9/12/14)

    Performance, celebrity, entertainment.

     

    ALLIES (9/19/2014)

    Unlikely friendships, strange bedfellows.

     

    LANGUAGES (9/26/2014)

    ‘Nuff said. (Or written.)

     

    THE FEAR OF…(10/3/2014)

    Stories about what scares you, and about overcoming fear.

     

    TARGETED (10/10/2014)

    From marketing to hunting.

     

    ISLANDS (10/17/2014)

    That can be literal (like stories from the Caribbean) or figurative (like isolation and/or breaking out of it).

     

    ELECTIONS (10/24/2014)

    Democracy, voter participation, voter suppression. (One example would be a story about the Texas lieutenant governor’s race.)

     

     

     

     

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