SF & LA @WRITINGPADUS PODCASTING CLASSES STARTING SOON

Hi FC,

 

Happy New Year! Here’s some great Podcasting Classes starting IN 2 WEEKS at Writing Pad San Francisco or LA.

 

Marilyn

 

Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.

 

Craft your show with a producer or contributor to prominent podcasts–John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment) or Anna  Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 11 of our students have sold stories to NPR–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 snagged freelance producer gigs.

 

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS NEXT TUES. 1/28 or NEXT THURS. 1/30 IN SF or LA

Podcasting 1 w/ John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment)

Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25 (5 Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

San Francisco

writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-1-class-john-fecile

 

OR

 

Podcasting 1 w/ Anna  Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)

Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 5 (5 Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

LA – West

writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-1-class-anna-scott-3/

 

In this class, learn the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You’ll learn interviewing methods, use of archival audio, miking techniques. By the end of the class, you’ll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

 

John Fecile’s podcast stories have appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, & Snap Judgment. He won the Gold & Bronze Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. He is also co-founder of The Trump Diaries Project (KCRW) and contributes to 99% Invisible and Curious City (WBEZ).

 

Anna Scott has worked on big NPR Shows like There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. She’s also a reporter and producer for KCRW on Press Play w/ Madeleine Brand. Before that she worked w/ Warren Olney on To The Point & Which Way LA. Anna’s a top teacher whose students rave about her insight! 

 

Best,

Marilyn

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ONLINE, SF, LA @WRITINGPADUS PODCASTING/JOURNALISM CLASSES STARTING SOON

Hi FC,

Happy New Year! Here’s some great Podcasting and Journalism Classes starting THIS JANUARY at Writing Pad Online, in San Francisco or LA.

Marilyn

Use coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% offFREELANCE30 for $30 off a 1 Day Class.

Craft your show with a producer of a prominent podcast–John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment) or Anna  Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood), or your story with a successful journalist Sophia Kercher (NY Times 8x, Los Angeleno Editor), Terri Cheney (NY Times Modern Love), or Autumn Stephens (NY Times Modern Love).

Because of our radio journalism classes, 11 of our students have sold stories to NPR–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 snagged freelance producer gigs. From our essay and journalism classes, 152 Writing Pad Alums (13 of whom got into the NY Times) have sold essays and articles!

1 DAY LIVE ONLINE FREELANCE JOURNALISM CLASS THIS MONDAY 1/13

Freelance Journalism w/ Sophia Kercher (NY Times 8x, Elle)
Jan 13 (Monday, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST)
Online
writingpad.com/classes/online-freelance-journalism-class-sophia-kercher/

Want to sell an article or essay to your favorite magazine or newspaper? Learn how to sell your stories, identify the right outlets so you can build up some impressive clips, and build a successful freelance journalism career. Learn Sophia Kercher’s secret to pitching your stories & you’ll see your name in print or online before you know it!  Sophia will cover the mechanics of being a professional freelancer: how much to charge, time management, where to pitch your ideas, and how to avoid the rookie mistakes. You’ll get to pitch an idea to Sophia, find out which outlets to target and how to approach them. One student sold a 10 article series from this class, and one got into the NY Times! Note: it’s a LIVE ONLINE 1-Day class so you can take it from anywhere in the world! This is what they look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr4kyqDkSOs

Sophia Kercher has published 8 articles in the NY Times & pieces in Women’s Health, Elle, California Sunday, Variety, LA Weekly, Salon and LA Times. Plus, she’s got an extensive rolodex. We call her the publishing whisperer because she’s helped so many students get into huge outlets (8 out of 13 students who got into the NYT were her students) and she’s helped students publish pieces in Washington Post, Harpers Bazaar, Real Simple, New York Magazine, and 9 in Los Angeleno (where she’s the editor).

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LA OR SF IN JANUARY

Podcasting 1 w/ John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment)
Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25 (5 Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
San Francisco
writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-1-class-john-fecile

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Podcasting 1 w/ Anna  Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)
Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 5 (5 Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
LA – West
writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-1-class-anna-scott-3/

In this class, learn the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You’ll learn interviewing methods, use of archival audio, miking techniques. By the end of the class, you’ll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

John Fecile’s podcast stories have appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible, & Snap Judgment. He won the Gold & Bronze Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. He is also co-founder of The Trump Diaries Project (KCRW) and contributes to 99% Invisible and Curious City (WBEZ).

Anna Scott has worked on big NPR Shows like There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. She’s also a reporter and producer for KCRW on Press Play w/ Madeleine Brand. Before that she worked w/ Warren Olney on To The Point & Which Way LA. Anna’s a top teacher whose students rave about her insight!

5 WK PERSONAL ESSAY CLASS IN LA NEXT SUN. 1/19 or MON. 1/20 OR SF NEXT TUES. 1/22

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay w/ Terri Cheney (NY Times Modern Love, Psychology Today, 2 NYT Bestsellers)
Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 1 (5 Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
LA – West
writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-private-ny-times-worthy-personal-essay-class-terri-cheney/

OR

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay w/ Sophia Kercher (NY Times 8x, Los Angeleno)
Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 24 (5 Mondays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
LA – East
writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-private-ny-times-worthy-personal-essay-class-sophia-kercher/

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NY Times Worthy Personal Essay w/ Autumn  Stephens (NY Times Modern Love)
Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 19 (5 Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
*One on one meetings on February 19 will take place via web conference.
San Francisco
writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-private-ny-times-worthy-personal-essay-class-autumn-stephens-2/

In this class, you’ll find out what NY Times essay columns & Modern Love look for. Learn an easy-to-understand formula for publishable essays, how to write a pitch letter & identify the publications where your story fits. Plus, you’ll get help forming & polishing your essay so it’s publication-ready. Over 5 weeks, you’ll find your sexy idea, write the hardest parts, get detailed notes as well as advice on your pitch letter & finding your publishing outlet.

Terri Cheney’s NY Times Modern Love essay on her struggle with bipolar disorder was adapted into an episode of the new Modern Love series (she was played by Anne Hathaway!) & can be heard on the podcast voiced by actress Rebecca Hall. You’ve seen her work in Psychology Today (where she has a regular column), Glamour, & she’s published two NY Times bestselling memoirs, Manic (which was optioned by HBO) & a prequel, The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar. Her personal essay collection, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Manual to Modern Madness, will be published in fall 2020. Terri’s Modern Love: www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/style/modern-love-take-me-as-i-am-whoever-i-am.html

Sophia Kercher has published 8 articles in the NY Times & pieces in Women’s Health, Elle, California Sunday, Variety, LA Weekly, Salon and LA Times. Plus, she’s got an extensive rolodex. We call her the publishing whisperer because she’s helped so many students get into huge outlets (8 out of 13 students who got into the NYT were her students) and she’s helped students publish pieces in Washington Post, Harpers Bazaar, Real Simple, New York Magazine, and 9 in Los Angeleno (where she’s the editor).

Autumn Stephens is a Modern Love Alum & the author of over 20 books, including the popular “Wild Women” series by Conari Press. Autumn’s an incredible writer (her ML is one of the best I’ve read–it’ll make you cry), experienced teacher & a generous soul. Autumn’s Modern Love: www.nytimes.com/2004/11/07/fashion/a-body-scarred-a-marriage-healed.html

Best,
Marilyn
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Invite to Cooper

Hi FC,

Here’s a resource for you. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Best,

Marilyn

You’re invited to join the early beta of a new professional network named Cooper.

On Cooper, your inner circle vouches for you with video stories. First, you talk about your biggest professional achievements. Then, they add a 15-second video reference that show they have your back. Next time you’re asked to present yourself, show your Cooper profile to let your work family do the talking. 

As a member of the Freelance Cafe community, you can get early access if you sign up through this link: https://cooper.app/beta?ref=freelancecafe

 

Here’s a small preview of what a profile on Cooper looks like.

 

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Oral History Workshops

Hi FC,


Oral History Summer School
 is back in session this Winter with three workshops in Hudson and New York City. Come all ye documentarians, journalists, artists, media-makers, educators and those looking to learn new things in good company. Open to all levels, no experience necessary. Feel free to email me back with questions. 

 

January Mini-Intensive

Dates: January 4 & 5

Location: Verso Books Loft,  Brooklyn, New York

This hands-on workshop––open to all––is based on our popular 10-day intensive, covering oral history theory, method and practice. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll address interview techniques, recording tutorials, ethics, memory, annotation and experimental outcomes. 

 

Oral History for Educators

Dates: January 18 – 20

Location: Hudson, New York

This workshop is designed for educators who want to bring oral history into their classrooms and learning spaces. We’ll begin with a rigorous introduction to oral history theory, methods and practice before reviewing existing curricula as a jumping off place to design our own curricula/projects.

 

Oral History: A Queer Art 

Dates: February 1 & 2

Location: Bureau of General Services Queer Division, NYC

Oral History, a Queer Art will follow the course of our usual immersive workshops by offering foundational oral history training–theory, method, practice– while inviting exploration into the way that oral history values and theory are arguably queer and/or well-positioned to support emergent complex queer narratives. 

 


 

About Oral History Summer School: 

Oral History Summer School was established in Hudson, New York, in 2012, as an immersive training program to help students from varied fields––writers, social workers, radio producers, artists, teachers, human rights workers––make use of oral history as an ethical interview practice in their lives and work

 

 

Sabine Bernards

Program Assistant

Oral History Summer School

www.oralhistorysummerschool.com

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THIS TUES.: PODCASTING CLASS @WRITINGPADUS

Hi FC!

 

Here’s a great Podcasting Class starting THIS coming Tues. 11/5 at Writing Pad in LA. Craft your podcast with Rico Gagliano (NPR, Safe For Work, Zoom, Dinner Party Download). He is currently working on 2 podcasts, is a back-up host for LA NPR stations, and his show "The Dinner Party Download," started as a small podcast and ended up downloaded 30 million times and aired on nearly 200 public radio stations nationwide. Because of our radio journalism classes, 11 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 snagged freelance producer gigs. Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.

 

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LOS ANGELES IN NOVEMBER

 

Podcasting 1 w/ Rico Gagliano (NPR, Wondery Podcast, Dinner Party Download)—THIS Tues. 11/5

Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10 (5 Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

LA – East

https://writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-1-class-rico-gagliano/

 

In this class, Rico teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You’ll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking techniques. By the end of the class, you’ll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and learned how to create a recording of your show teaser.

 

Rico is a print and radio journalist, producer, & host. He currently co-hosts the Wondery podcast "Safe For Work," & is Senior Producer of Focus Features’ film history podcast "Zoom." He also serves as a backup host for L.A. NPR public radio giants KPCC-FM & KCRW-FM. In 2008 he co-created and began co-hosting American Public Media’s "The Dinner Party Download," which was downloaded 30 million times and aired on nearly 200 public radio stations nationwide. His personality profiles for that show and for KCRW have earned him three Southern California Journalism awards from the L.A. Press Club, along with three National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards. He was a reporter for "Marketplace," his arts and culture writing appears regularly in The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles magazine. He’s a great person to work with & can teach you all the industry secrets. 

 

Best,

Marilyn

 

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.@AIRmedia Winter 2019 Full Spectrum @UnionDocs open for apps, deadline Nov 4

Hey FC! Applications are now open for AIR's Winter 2019 Full Spectrum happening at UnionDocs in NYC, December 9–13. I know all four of these instructors personally and can tell you that you are in VERY good hands. Details below!

-mia

We're thrilled to have Chiquita Paschal returning as our Winter 2019 lead instructor. She brings experience from her independent background and past work with Gimlet Media, BuzzFeed, and beyond. Successful applicants will learn from Veralyn Williams (WNYC’s The Stakes), Julia Alsop (indie sound design), Keisha TK Dutes (Hear to Slay), AIR staffers, plus more to come. It's five days in Brooklyn to push indie and station-based producers and podcasters to next-level craft.

Submissions for our 2019 Winter Full Spectrum storytelling intensive close on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 5 pm PT.

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new podcast classes from @writingpadUS begin soon (first one next week!)

Hi all. New podcast classes from Writing Pad start soon. Details below!
Best,
Mia


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Here's a couple great Podcasting Classes starting THIS Tues. 10/22 and Tues. 11/5 at Writing Pad. Take them Online or in Los Angeles and craft your show with an NPR Producer of a prominent podcast–David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts) or Rico Gagliano (NPR, Safe For Work, Zoom, Dinner Party Download). Because of our radio journalism classes, 11 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–10 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 snagged freelance producer gigs. Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.

 

1 DAY LIVE ONLINE FREELANCE JOURNALISM CLASS THIS TUESDAY 10/22

 

Freelance Podcasting w/ David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts)

Oct 22 (THIS Tuesday, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Online

https://writingpad.com/classes/online-freelance-podcasting-101-class-david-weinberg/

 

Want to hear your stories on one of your favorite podcasts? Learn how to sell your stories, identify the right outlets so you can build up some impressive clips, and build a successful freelance radio journalism career. Learn David Weinberg's ((99% Invisible, Radiolab, Love & Radio, 2 KCRW Podcasts) secret to pitching your segments & you'll hear yourself on the radio before you know it!  David will cover the mechanics of being a professional freelancer: how much to charge, time management, where to pitch your ideas, and how to avoid the rookie mistakes. You’ll get to pitch an idea to David, find out which podcasts or shows to target and how to approach them. Note: it's a LIVE ONLINE 1-Day class so you can take it from anywhere in the world! This is what they look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr4kyqDkSOs

 

David Weinberg is a Los Angeles based journalist and radio producer. His stories have been featured on 99% Invisible, Radiolab, The World, Love and Radio the BBC. He was a staff reporter at Marketplace and is currently a reporter at KCRW and host of the podcast Welcome to LA and Below The Ten. He has won multiple journalism awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting for "Mr. Fries Man." His story "Grace of the Sea" was named "One of the 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015" by The Atlantic. His print work has been published in The New York Times.

 

 

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LOS ANGELES IN NOVEMBER

 

Podcasting 1 w/ Rico Gagliano (NPR, Wondery Podcast, Dinner Party Download)—Starts Tues. 11/5

Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10 (5 Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

LA – East

https://writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-1-class-rico-gagliano/

 

In this class, Rico teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and learned how to create a recording of your show teaser.

 

Rico is a print and radio journalist, producer, & host. He currently co-hosts the Wondery podcast "Safe For Work," & is Senior Producer of Focus Features' film history podcast "Zoom." He also serves as a backup host for L.A. NPR public radio giants KPCC-FM & KCRW-FM. In 2008 he co-created and began co-hosting American Public Media's "The Dinner Party Download," which was downloaded 30 million times and aired on nearly 200 public radio stations nationwide. His personality profiles for that show and for KCRW have earned him three Southern California Journalism awards from the L.A. Press Club, along with three National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards. He was a reporter for "Marketplace," his arts and culture writing appears regularly in The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles magazine. He's a great person to work with & can teach you all the industry secrets. 

 

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The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing & Podcasting Workshop comes to KCRW, Nov 12

My favorite ladies of radio take their interviewing and podcasting workshop to Los Angeles. Details below!

-mia

Hi All,

The Kitchen Sisters are coming to KCRW to present The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop on Tuesday, November 12, 2:00-5:00 pm in the spanking new KCRW Annenberg Performance Studio in Santa Monica. This 3-hour session is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects — radio, podcasts, online stories, oral histories, family histories, news, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

In the Workshop, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva cover interviewing and miking 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, how to listen (which is harder than it looks) and how to build a narrative. And we talk podcasting. Serious talk about getting your podcast going and giving it a real sound.

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made. Of course, snacks will be served.

Thanks to KCRW for hosting this workshop for the community.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: $160.00

Tickets available through our friends at Eventbrite.

Please pass this announcement along to your Southern California community.

Expand your skills, meet new people, see KCRW, See you there.

The Kitchen Sisters

P.S. Our new podcast just dropped, the latest in our Keepers series — The Kitchen Sisters Present: Lawrence Weschler—Archivist of The Odd, The Marvelous, The Passionate and Slightly Askew

Weschler, author of the new book How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks, leads us into the mind of David Wilson and the Museum of Jurassic Technology and into the making of Bill Morrison’s film, Frozen Time, about the discovery of a cache of thousands of reels of old nitrate films buried in the permafrost in Dawson City, the heart of the Gold Rush in the Klondike. Weschler weaves stories of memory palaces, archives of misery, the early history of museums, obsessed collectors and more.

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SF-based newspaper @SFPublicPress is hiring

TWO SF-based newspaper gigs. Details below!
-mia

The San Francisco Public Press is hiring for two positions.

The managing editor is a full-time staff position with health benefits. The graphic designer is a seasonal, contract position. You can find full descriptions here:

• Managing editor: https://sfpr.es/2019-joblisting-editor
• Graphic designer: https://sfpr.es/2019-joblisting-designer

The Public Press is a small newsroom known for punching above its weight, seeking out ambitious, exclusive stories with high social impact. We dive through data and documents to produce local investigative news about City Hall and life in San Francisco. We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit powered by memberships, donations and philanthropic funding — we don’t accept ads — and we’re growing. Find out more at sfpublicpress.org.

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Submit your entries now! –> 🏆 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards Contest 🏆

The deadline for the SPJ Norcal awards is approaching – Sept 20. Details below!

-mia

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Have you started working on your EIJ entries?

The deadline is next Friday, Sept. 20.

2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards Contest

DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Contact: spj.excellenceinjournalism@gmail.com or Lila LaHood (415) 846-5346 or Liz Enochs (415) 323-0220. This full announcement is also available on spjnorcal.org.
 

Know a journalist who has done brilliant work over the past year? Someone who does whatever it takes to get the story, photo or video? Whose dedication to our craft is second to none? Maybe that journalist is you! For the past 34 years, the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has selected from among the Bay Area’s best of the best for its acclaimed Excellence in Journalism Awards. These awards honor the journalists whose outstanding work embodies SPJ’s ideals of initiative, integrity, talent and compassion.

We’ve made a few changes to the instructions — read below for details and submit your entries on the contest entry site: awards.spjnorcal.org. Create an account, and the site will walk you through the rest.

We welcome entries from journalists producing work in emerging formats and recommend broad interpretation of award categories. Be sure to name everyone who played a significant role in producing the entry and explain how each person was involved. Letters of nomination are required for Board Award nominations; they are optional for other categories.

See below for complete Contest Categories and Submission Guidelines.

Best of luck!

CONTEST CATEGORIES

BREAKING NEWS
Honors individuals, teams or news organizations whose work demonstrates clear and accurate reporting and engaging writing on deadline. Judges will consider deadline pressure and complexity of subject.
Entry specifications: Submit up to three stories and related multimedia content.
Categories: Print/Online, Radio/Audio and TV/Video.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
Honors individuals or teams that identify important issues and reporting that demonstrates initiative, persistence and resourcefulness in pursuing information that is restricted or not easily available.
Entry specifications: Submit one story or a series, along with any related multimedia content. If entering a series, please submit no more than four stories.
Categories: Radio/Audio, TV/Video, and Small and Large divisions for Print/Online.

EXPLANATORY JOURNALISM
Honors journalists who elucidate significant stories and complex situations. Entries may deepen understanding of issues in the news or may focus on subjects largely uncovered by the media.
Entry specifications: Submit one story or a series, along with any related multimedia content. If entering a series, please submit no more than four stories.
Categories: Radio/Audio, TV/Video, and Small and Large divisions for Print/Online.

COMMUNITY JOURNALISM


Honors journalists and organizations whose primary focus is coverage of a community or neighborhood. Entries may include print publications, news broadcasts or news sites. University-supported projects are not eligible.
Entry specifications: This is for community-based outlets. Submit no more than five news stories and related multimedia content, or two news packages demonstrating the range and depth of local news coverage.
Categories: Print/Online, Radio/Audio and TV/Video.

FEATURES JOURNALISM
Honors journalists for exceptional narrative writing. Judges will consider creativity, use of humor or drama, style, clarity and suitability of the writing to the subject.
Entry specifications: Submit one story (fewer than 5,000 words if in print or under 15 minutes if broadcast) along with any related multimedia content. 
Categories: Radio/Audio, TV/Video, and Print/Online.

LONGFORM STORYTELLING
Honors journalists for exceptional longform narrative writing. Judges will consider creativity, use of humor or drama, style, clarity, structure and flow.
Entry specifications: Submit one story (at least 3,000 words or more than 15 minutes broadcast) or a series, along with any related multimedia content. If entering a series, please submit no more than four stories or broadcast segments.
Categories: Radio/Audio, TV/Video, and Small and Large divisions for Print/Online.

ONGOING COVERAGE
Honors journalists who follow a story for at least six months (i.e. long-term coverage of a topic or major event) with solid reporting and demonstrated excellence in presenting new angles with complexity and perspective. More specific than a general beat, the issue or event being covered should be an emerging news story.
Entry specifications: Submit up to five stories, along with any related multimedia contentEntries may include a mix of story types, e.g. breaking news, features and explanatory.
Categories: Radio/Audio, TV/Video, and Small and Large divisions for Print/Online.

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS
Honors individuals and teams for exceptional commentary, analysis and editorials. Entries may include bylined or unsigned content. News-related blogs are also eligible. Judges will consider quality of expression, clarity and originality.
Entry specifications: Submit up to three samples.
Categories: Print/Online, Radio/Audio and TV/Video.

ARTS & CULTURE REPORTING
Honors journalists for incisive reporting about art, music, movies, theater, dance, books, restaurants, architecture or other public performance. May also include reviews, for which judges will consider quality of analysis and persuasiveness of arguments.
Entry specifications: Submit up to three samples.
Categories: Radio/Audio, TV/Video, and Small and Large divisions for Print/Online.

TECHNOLOGY REPORTING
Honors journalists and organizations whose primary focus is coverage of technology. Entries may include print publications, news broadcasts or news sites.
Entry specifications: Submit no more than five stories and related multimedia content, or two packages demonstrating the range and depth of coverage.
Categories: Print/Online, Radio/Audio and TV/Video.

SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT and HEALTH REPORTING
Honors journalists and organizations whose primary focus is coverage of science, environment and health. Entries may include print publications, news broadcasts or news sites.
Entry specifications: Submit no more than five stories and related multimedia content, or two packages demonstrating the range and depth of coverage.
Categories: Print/Online, Radio/Audio and TV/Video.

SPORTS REPORTING
Honors journalists and organizations whose primary focus is coverage of sports. Entries may include print publications, news broadcasts or news sites.
Entry specifications: Submit no more than five stories and related multimedia content, or two packages demonstrating the range and depth of coverage.
Categories: Print/Online, Radio/Audio and TV/Video.

DATA VISUALIZATION
Honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated excellence in presenting complex information using graphics, maps and other data visualization and interactive tools.
Entry specifications: Submit up to three samples. Include the associated stories or links to them online.
Categories: All media.

BEST SCOOP
Honors individuals or organizations for breaking an important news story that led to extensive coverage by other organizations.
Entry specifications: Submit one story or package of related stories and associated multimedia content.
Categories: All media.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
Please include the written story or explanation with each submission.
Breaking News — Honors individuals, teams or news organizations whose work demonstrates clear, accurate and artistic photojournalism produced on deadline. Judges will consider deadline pressure and complexity of subject.
Entry specifications: Submit photos with cutlines from up to three stories. No more than 15 images in all.
Categories: Individual and Team.
Photo Essay — Honors individuals, teams or news organizations for excellent storytelling presented in series of related photos that either serve as a stand-alone photo essay or are associated with a written story.
Entry specifications: Submit photos with cutlines from one photo essay. No more than 15 images in all.
Categories: Essay of 1 to 5 images; Essay of 6 to 10 images; Essay of 11 to 15 images.
Portfolio — Honors an individual for excellence in photojournalism.
Entry specifications: Submit up to 10 images with cutlines. Include the associated stories or links to them online.
Single Image — Honors an individual for a single excellent image captured in the past year.
Entry specifications: Submit one image with cutline. Include the associated story or a link to it online.

VIDEO JOURNALISM
Video journalism is image-driven and may or may not include narration.
Breaking News — Honors individuals, teams or news organizations whose work demonstrates clear, accurate and graceful video journalism produced on deadline. Judges will consider deadline pressure and complexity.
Entry specifications: Submit videos from up to three stories.
Feature — Honors individuals, teams or news organizations for excellent, artful storytelling
Entry specifications: Submit one video of up to 60 minutes.
Portfolio — Honors an individual for excellence in video journalism.
Entry specifications: Submit up to five stories with a maximum combined length of up to 60 minutes.

PODCAST JOURNALISM
Honors an individual or team for a podcast that displays excellence in reporting and journalistic storytelling across multiple episodes that stand alone or are part of a series.  
Entry specifications: Submit up to four episodes. Podcast entries may have also aired as radio broadcasts.

DESIGN
Honors individual designers or teams whose artistic presentation significantly enhances the audience experience and improves engagement and access to journalistic work.
Entry specifications: Submit up to three samples of work.
Categories: Sound design, video design, print design and web/mobile design

OUTSTANDING EMERGING JOURNALIST


Honors a journalist with less than five years of professional experience whose work shows great promise.
Entry specifications: Submit resume and three samples of work.
Categories: All media

STUDENT SPECIAL PROJECTS
Honors individuals or groups of students for exemplary reporting, writing, and/or photography produced by all forms of student media, including special projects that report local news. These should be student-generated and not part of an ongoing university-sponsored project.
Entry specifications: Submit up to three samples.
Categories: All media

PUBLIC SERVICE
Honors individuals, teams, or news organizations that try to improve conditions for the benefit of society. Entries will be judged on the significance of the issues, initiative, presentation and results.
Entry specifications: May include articles, editorials, public service announcements, cartoons, photos and graphics.
Categories: All media

NORCAL SPJ BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARDS
Every year, the SPJ-NorCal Board of Directors honors individuals in the following six categories. Anyone may nominate candidates. Letters of nomination are required for Board Award nominations. There is no fee to nominate candidates for Board Awards. Complete instructions are available online.
1) Journalist of the Year: For extraordinary journalistic contributions in the past year.
2) Career Achievement: For extraordinary achievements exemplifying the highest standards of the profession.
3) Unsung Hero: A person whose contribution to journalism usually happens behind the scenes and is often overlooked (for example, a copy editor, librarian, web producer).
4) Meritorious SPJ Service/John Gothberg Award: For outstanding contributions to the Northern California Chapter of SPJ.
5) Distinguished Service: For advancement or advocacy of journalism by a journalist or non-journalist.
6) The Silver Heart: Awarded to a journalist whose work exemplifies an extraordinary dedication to amplifying unheard voices and sharing stories from marginalized communities.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Qualifying Timeframe: Entries must have been published/broadcast between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, by a news outlet or individuals based in Northern California — which for the purposes of this contest includes everything from Santa Barbara County to the Oregon border. Each entrant may submit only one entry per category.

Deadline: Entries must be time-stamped by 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

Multiple entries: Stories or projects entered in the Public Service, Best Scoop or Outstanding Emerging Journalist categories may also be entered in one other category. Entries for other categories may not be entered in multiple categories.

Cover letters: Letters of nomination or recommendation are permitted in any category, but they are not required, except for Board Award nominations.

Divisions: Some categories are divided into Small and Large divisions to reflect the reality that larger organizations have more resources than smaller ones. “Large” organizations are defined as organizations where one or more of the following apply: print circulation exceeds 100,000 and/or average monthly unique website visitors exceed 500,000. If neither of those apply to your organization, select “Small.” If your organization is a news service or an organization that produces content for syndication, choose your division based on the estimated reach the story received in syndication.

You must supply information regarding circulation or audience reach where it is requested. If a category receives a large number of entries, judges may create two divisions and will need circulation or audience information to do so.

Fee:
For SPJ members**: $30 per entry.
For non-SPJ members: $40 per entry.
For students: $10 per entry.

** To be eligible for the $30 SPJ member entry fee, you must be a member of both the SPJ national organization (current membership fee $75) AND the SPJ Northern California chapter ($20) as of the time-stamp of entry. Membership is good for 12 months, based on the date you joined. Chapter membership entitles you to free or reduced member admission to NorCal chapter activities, including the Excellence in Journalism Awards dinner. To join SPJ and the NorCal chapter, please go to: www.spj.org/join.asp.

Payment:
NEW PAYMENT PROCESS FOR 2019 —> You have three payment options, all of which require that you select “pay by check” to submit your entries. Please choose one of the following:
a) Pay by check
• Select “pay by check” and submit your entries.
• Send a check for the full amount to:
SPJ NorCal Chapter
c/o San Francisco Public Press
44 Page St., Ste. 504
San Francisco, CA 94102
b) Pay online via PayPal
• Select “pay by check” and submit your entries.
• Use PayPal to send the amount you owe to treas.spjnorcal@gmail.com.
c) Pay with a credit card by phone
• 
Select “pay by check” and submit your entries.
• Call Lila LaHood at 415-846-5346 and ask to pay with a credit card. Your payment will be processed by Square.

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