pitche Afropop Closeups, deadline Jan 31

Afropop Worldwide is looking for pitches. I'm not sure about rates, but there's contact information below. Send a tweet or FB message if you get info about rates. Deadline Jan 31. Go for it! -Mia
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Call for pitches: Afropop Closeups 2017

Peabody Award-winning media company Afropop Worldwide is calling for pitches for the 2017 season of Afropop Closeups

Pitches must relate to Africa (anywhere on the mighty continent), the African diaspora—in a broad sense—music and culture

We are looking for pitches with a compelling story, a strong plot, and potential to appeal to a wide audience.

Length—Between ten and twenty minutes.

Here are two examples from the 2016 season to consider for general style:

Haitian Radio on American Airwaves

Fees Must Fall: A Voice Of Change In South Africa

The 2017 season will use narrative-based journalism to tell stories that about identity, politics, economics, race, class and gender, through music. 

Themes to consider in your pitches:

Current events

Diaspora and trans-Atlantic connections

Amplifying voices of Africans and people of African descent

“Micro-musics”- regional popular music, as related to identity, ethnicity, religion, etc. 

Music as a transcendent factor that can unite across difference.

The editorial process will include pitches, scripts, basic audio demos and multiple rounds of feedback. We use a studio and engineers for production, so audio mixing skills are not necessary.

Deadline for pitches: January 31st 2017

Contact: st…@afropop.org modrums9@gmail.com

More info: 

In June 2016, Afropop Worldwide launched the Afropop Closeups podcast series, building on twenty-eight years of public radio programming. These succinct podcasts tell poignant and provocative stories from the African planet and feature the voices of curious and talented producers focusing on single topics. Our debut season featured episodes about underground Haitian radio stations in New Yorka young South African rapper and the #FeesMustFall movement; stories about social activism and music in post-conflict Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo, and much more. Each Afropop Closeup is a fresh, twenty minute window into history, culture and current events across Africa and the African diaspora, using music as a lens.


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Global Press seeks freelance fact checkers, copy editors, translators and multimedia folks

Hey FC folks. A new opportunity for you all… I'm not familiar with this organization, but from a quick glance at their website, it seems they're doing some important work. See for yourself: https://globalpressjournal.com/. Info about the gig is below.
Best,
Mia
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Global Press is recruiting freelancers to join our on-call talent network! 

We are looking for passionate and experienced fact checkers, copy editors, translators and multimedia experts.

Global Press exists to create a more just and informed world by employing local journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world's least-covered places. 
 

We train and employ local journalists to report from their home countries and then employ a global network of editors, fact checkers, translators, copy editors and producers to ensure a world-class product.

 

If you are interested in applying to join the network, please email a resume, your availability, a letter of interest, and any questions to Ilana at Ilana@globalpressjournal.com




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The Kitchen Sisters Recording, interviewing and podcasting workshops, San Francisco, Dec 8

“>The AMAZING Kitchen Sisters are offering another interviewing and podcasting workshop in San Francisco, Dec 8. The price is definitely right to learn from some of the best in the biz. Details HERE and below. -Mia

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At $150 per workshop, each three-hour session will cover radio, podcasting, film, documentaries, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news and other multimedia platforms. From the nitty-gritty of recording equipment to more abstract thoughts on how to build a story, The Kitchen Sisters have got you covered.

Morning Workshop: 10:00 – 1:00pm
Afternoon Workshop: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kitchen-sisters-interviewing-recording-podcasting-workshop-tickets-28614372358

Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Recording, Interviewing & Podcasting Workshop. Davia Nelson is holding a new one on Thursday, December 8 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 radio, podcasts, film, documentaries, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news, and other multimedia platforms.

The Workshop covers interviewing and mic'ing 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 pitch a story, how to create a podcast, how to listen.

The session is customized to fit the projects you are working on. So come ready to talk about your stories and ideas too. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, farms, music, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, cheese-making and beyond.

The groups are always lively and surprising and good contacts are made.

Morning Workshop: 10:00 – 1:00pm / Afternoon Workshop:2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Come in the morning or come in the afternoon, just sign up for one.

The workshop is in North Beach at 916 Kearny St. on the 6th floor. Of course snacks from Cafe Zoetrope will be served.

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

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Oral History Winter School 2017 in Hudson, NY, application deadline Dec 15

Hey folks. Check out the latest from Oral History Summer/Winter School. These are brilliant workshops that I would highly recommend. Applications for the the next round are due Dec 15. (Details HERE and below – sorry if the formatting is off – forwarding newsletters can be weird sometimes.)
Best,
Mia
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Oral History Summer School is a cross-disciplinary program in Hudson, New York that offers training in oral history methodologies and documentary approaches using an immersive workshop format. We host foundational workshops as well as advanced training with short courses on special topics such as memory loss, mixed ability interviewing, song collection, family history, and trauma narratives/testimony.
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Applications for winter workshops will be accepted November 1 through December 15

Come learn, write, record, commune, compose, preserve, sit by a fire with Oral History Winter School.
Oral History and Radio Workshop––taught by Michael Garofalo and Lauren Kelly––visits Wave Farm for a tour and live broadcast on WGXC 90.7 FM, Winter School 2015
 
We're excited to announce our 2017 winter workshops. We welcome OHSS alums and newcomers to apply.
NEW WORKSHOP
I AM SITTING IN A ROOM, PART I:
ORAL HISTORY AND WRITING

January 11-15, 2017 (5 days)
Hudson, NY
Instructor: Suzanne Snider
Fee: $695 ($660 for OHSS/OHWS Alumni)
Level: All are welcome. More info, here

In this writing and oral history workshop, students experiment with a range of literary forms that use oral history as both source material and text.

Monologues, oral narratives, documentary theater, and oral tone poetry are among the traditions already defined at the intersection of writing and oral history. We'll explore these known traditions (and invent our own) alongside more obscure genres through discussions, writing exercises, screenings, select reading, and optional workshop time. We'll be joined by guest artists/instructors. Read more, here.

Note: Tuition includes an OHWS workshop e-reader, OHWS workbook, an extended trial/purchase discount from Hindenburg Systems editing software, and two group meals
 

LEARN MORE/APPLY: ORAL HISTORY AND WRITING
SHAKING THE FAMILY TREE: ORAL HISTORY, FAMILY HISTORY, AND INSIDER INTERVIEWS

January 26 – 29, 2017 (4 days)
Hudson, New York
Instructor: Suzanne Snider
Fee: $495 ($465 for OHSS/OHWS alums or family members who sign up together)
Level: All are welcome

For many of us, family is the obvious—and sometimes most complicated—place to start our work as oral historians. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use oral history to document and preserve their family stories. We’ll discuss common challenges: convincing your family to participate, delving into sensitive subjects and secrets, and working with interviewees who may suffer from memory loss. We’ll also discuss the potential for oral history to repair and transform relationships.

Optional evening activities include a mini family-themed movie fest and an evening of embarrassing family stories, of course! Read more, here.

Note: Tuition includes an OHWS workshop e-reader, OHWS workbook, an extended trial/purchase discount from Hindenburg Systems editing software, and two group meals. A detailed schedule is provided ahead of time for participants.
 

LEARN MORE/APPLY: FAMILY HISTORY
We'll be announcing additional OHSS workshops, events, and news over the next few months. Please visit our new website and join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on all things OHSS.

 

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Oral History Winter School & Oral History Summer School
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deadline for the Sarah Awards very, very, short, short stories contest is tonight!

Hey creative people! You have until tonight to submit your entries for the Sarah Awards Very, Very, Short, Short Stories contest. Details HERE and below!

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Welcome to the the 2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest! We're excited to announce that this year we are partnering with the inestimable podcast, KCRW's The Organist. This year's winners will be featured in the forthcoming season of The Organist. Winners will also receive a free artistic interpretation of their work from artist Cal Tabuena-Frolli, a copy of Hindenburg Journalist Pro and $200. Deadline is Monday, November 21st at midnight EST. 
(Note: Pieces MUST be between 1-3 minutes long.)

Rules

You have three rules to follow, all thought up by members of the Sarah Lawrence College writing department faculty. They include: dialogue that must be used in the story, a sound that must be used in the story, and a narrative constraint that must be used in the story. Choose ONE author for each entry. (However you can enter as many times as you wish).

SOPHIE MCMANUS

  • Dialogue: "It's a strange kind of justice."
  • Sound: Whispering
  • Narrative: Include the color green.

MARTHA RHODES

  • Dialogue: "The dog you know you are has mange."
  • Sound: A stomach growling
  • Narrative: A woman opens a high-end shoe store in a town with 80% unemployment.

CLIFFORD THOMPSON

  • Dialogue: "Do one thing for a person, and he think he owes you; do everything for a person, and he thinks you owe him."
  • Sound: Cicadas whirring
  • Narrative: The action takes place during the hottest summer on record.

TIPHANIE YANIQUIE

  • Dialogue: "But I got lost in the graveyard."
  • Sound: A baby crying.
  • Narrative: The setting must be a locale where either salt or sugar is produced.

CAROL ZOREF

  • Dialogue: "The animals kept arriving."
  • Sound: Knives being sharpened.
  • Narrative: Someone dies from suffocation.

And More Rules…

  • Stories must be between 1-3 minutes.
  • Stories must be uploaded as either an MP3 or a .Wav file.
  • You can enter as many times as you like, however, each story must have the elements from one author–no mixing and matching.
  • Stories must include all three elements to be considered as a winner.
  • We welcome entries from around the world! However, entries not in English will need a transcript.
  • You can work as a team, however, we can only offer 1 piece of artwork and 1 copy of Hindenburg Pro to the winners.
  • Deadline is Monday, November 21, 2016 at midnight EST.
  • If you have any questions, please email: info@thesarahawards.com.


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Enter the ‘Radio Is Yours’ Audio Contest, deadline Jan 15

Hello freelancers! It's been awhile… And it's with mixed feelings I announce that I've taken a regular full time job after 10 YEARS of freelancing. I'm very excited about this new venture (as Managing Producer of Panoply's original content – check out THIS and THIS to get a sense of the fun stuff I'll get to work on) but I admit I'm having a bit of an identity crisis after championing the freelance lifestyle for so long. 
In any case, I plan to keep FC going as much as I can, and am looking for someone to take over the posting if you or someone you know might be interested. And if you have an opportunity to share, you can always post it to the FB page or tweet us @freelancecafe
For now, check out the opportunity below, and thanks for the long-time support of FC!
Best,
Mia
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Good news! XRAY.fm is hosting it's 2nd Annual 'Radio Is Yours' Contest this winter with the theme of "What Now?"
If you or anyone you know would be interested, please spread the word! All skill levels are welcome, and this is a great opportunity for beginning producers or anyone wanting to experiment with other genres. 
The contest just opened up and the deadline for pieces is January 15th. Cash prizes are up for grabs! All information, including prize categories, piece requirements, and how to register can be found here.
Thanks, and happy radio-making!
XRAY.fm
Portland, OR
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Freelance Producer job with Climate One, Bay Area, deadline Oct 14

Hey folks. See below for details about a freelance production gig in the Bay Area. Could be a nice supplement to other freelance work. Application deadline Oct 14.
Cheers,
Mia

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Freelancer Job for an Audio Producer in the S.F. Bay Area:

Climate One from The Commonwealth Club is the only regular show on public radio focusing on food, energy, water, transportation, technology and other dimensions of the transition to clean energy. We are looking for an experienced audio editor who can put together our monthly radio show and podcast. This job requires advanced audio editing skills and some experience with file management. It should take about 50 hours/month starting in November/December. We are looking for someone based in the San Francisco Bay Area who can make a one-year commitment. Qualified candidates must have a strong working knowledge of climate and energy issues.

 

The Gig: 

— Pulling 3 single, mono audio files down from DropBox or High Tail.
— Work from transcripts to edit 2 or 3 recorded conversations (running about 65 minutes each) down to a combined total of 59 minutes
— Writing intros and outros of segments. (This is part of the 59 minutes) — Cleaning up volumes, fades, basic EQ— Adding music, and cutting to the NPR clock.
—Voicing announcer narration
— Salary $40-$50/hr

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume and audio samples with descriptions of what work you did on the pieces to: Greg Dalton: gdalton.climateone@gmail.com

Application Deadline:

October 14

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@Reveal Investigative Fellowships for journos of color, deadline Sept 12

Just a couple days left to apply for this Reveal Fellowship. Details at https://www.revealnews.org/job-opportunities/reveal-investigative-fellowship/ and below. -Mia
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Reveal Investigative Fellowship

The lack of diversity in the investigative journalism community is striking. Just look around at any leading investigative journalism conference to witness the glaring absence of journalists of color. The impact of this disparity can be profound. It affects the kinds of stories that are pursued, the sources consulted and the journalism produced. The result is an incomplete narrative shaped by the very sector of journalism intended to reveal the most about our society and the world.

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting is launching a new project-based fellowship for emerging journalists of color. The Reveal Investigative Fellowship will emphasize development of investigative reporting skills andpromote diversity in journalism by helping build a pipeline of investigative reporters whose diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests will enrich the entire profession.

The fellowship, made possible through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is intended for experienced working journalists already employed by another media outlet. Full-time freelance journalists also are encouraged to apply.

This fellowship opportunity is extended to U.S.-based journalists of color,with a particular focus on those reporting from or about underserved areas of poverty in the American South and the Southwest, as well as urban areas.

Fellows will travel to CIR’s San Francisco Bay Area headquarters for several consecutive weeks of embedded training. The rest of the yearlong fellowship will be spent at their home outlets or communities.

Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend and a full year of mentoring and guidance from Reveal editors, producers and reporters. Support from Reveal staff will include coaching on data analysis, document requests, interviewing and vetting of sources, interviewing for audio and more – tailored to each fellow’s needs. In addition to the stipend, the fellowship pays for attendance during the fellowship year at the Investigative Reporters and Editors national conference or another investigative conference.

By the conclusion of the year, the fellows are expected to produce an investigation (a single story or series) for their home outlets and for one or more of Reveal’s properties, which include an hourlong public radio show broadcast on 300 stations nationwide, a podcast and the RevealNews.org website. Freelance journalists will have their projects published across one or more Reveal platforms and, where appropriate, receive assistance in pitching their work to a relevant outlet.  

Selection of the fellows begins with an application that includes an investigative story proposal. Reveal will help the top candidates refine their pitches and select up to four fellows a year for each of the next three years. Those finalists not chosen for the first year may reapply the next year. Text, multimedia and radio/audio reporters and producers all are encouraged to apply.

Before being awarded a fellowship, all finalists working at a home outlet will need to provide a letter from a supervising editor confirming the outlet’s willingness to allow the journalist to participate and co-publish the resulting work. If not selected, applicants’ story ideas will remain confidential.

To apply, fill out this form by Sept. 12. Questions about the application process can be sent to fellowship Director Martin G. Reynolds at mreynolds@cironline.org.


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2 upcoming SF Podcast and Radio Storytelling Classes from @WritingPadUS

Writing Pad’s podcasting and radio storytelling courses start next week w/ NPR/KALW’s Casey Miner and Julie Caine and Snap Judgment’s Davey Kim. Friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount.

15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.

PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO–STARTS NEXT WED. SEPT. 9/21

Casey is the host and executive producer of NPR/KALW’s The Specialist and has been on multiple NPR shows. Julie Caine, her producer will be co-teaching with her. They will help you conceive, develop & produce an outline for your podcast & record a teaser. They will teach you interviewing techniques, sound editing, using music, archival material +more. Class includes a recording session at a professional studio.

PODCASTING 5 WK w/ Casey Miner and Julie Caine (The Specialist, NPR)

http://writingpad.com/san-francisco-podcasting-bootcamp/

Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19 (4 Wed. nights, 1 professional recording session)

RADIO STORYTELLING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO–STARTS NEXT MON. 9/19

Davey Kim is a producer of Snap Judgment and a radio journalist who has been on multiple NPR shows. In this class, Davey shares the Snap Judgment guidelines, themes and helps you craft a pro radio story. He helps you transform a real-life event into a deep, moving tale. You workshop it twice plus get performance notes. On the last class, you record your story at Snap Judgment studios and get a professionally recorded clip from Davey. 7 students have gotten on the radio and have been paid from this class!

RADIO STORYTELLING 5 WK w/ Davey Kim (Snap Judgment, NPR)

http://writingpad.com/san-francisco-radio-storytelling-class/

Sept 19, 26, Oct 17, 24, Nov 7 (4 Sun. nights, 1 recording session) 7-10 p.m.

 

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KALW seeks p/t Project Manager for live storytelling events, app deadline Sept 25

KALW is hiring a part-time project manager for their live storytelling events. Details below! Application deadline Sept 25.

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91.7 KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station serving the San Francisco Bay Area, is hiring a part-time contract project manager to plan and coordinate two live stage events for our branded series Sights & Sounds Live.

Sights & Sounds Live is a part of Sights & Sounds of the Bay Area, KALW’s arts coverage project that aims to shine a light on creators in Bay Area communities that are often mis- or under-represented in the media.  Through community events featuring dance, music, storytelling, and visual art – as well as multimedia presentations based on arts reporting from KALW’s newsmagazine Crosscurrents – we celebrate grassroots creativity and build new connections within and beyond these communities.

Over the past four years, KALW has produced and presented three Sights & Sounds Live events in San Francisco and the East Bay. For the 2016-2017 season, we will present two live events, one in Oakland and one in Richmond.

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The Project Manager will work with KALW’s Sights & Sounds team, connect with partner organizations, determine and execute event needs, manage a budget with moving parts, document details before, during and after the event, and write summary reports.

Optimal candidates will be clear communicators, team players, well-organized, sharp with numbers, happy to meet with and rally all kinds of people, and passionate and knowledgeable about the arts in the East Bay, especially East Oakland and Richmond. Experience with event planning, performing arts production or related work preferred.

This is an independent contract position that will pay $20,000, beginning as early as October 1, 2016 and ending no later than September 30, 2017.

We encourage a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  Candidates must reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, and be able to attend meetings at KALW in San Francisco’s Portola district a minimum of once a week.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and references to KALWapplications@gmail.com. Please do not send formulaic cover letters — we want to know who you are beyond your resume! Application deadline is Sunday, September 25, 2016, 11:59 PT.

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