Freelance Cafe West gathering TOMORROW, April 17, 7pm, SF

The time is nigh! I’m in the Bay Area for a quick visit and would love to see the FC West crew, new and old. 

Join me on Thursday April 17 for a screening of Sam Grant’s documentary, A Fragile Trust at the Roxie in SF at 7pm, followed by drinks at Dalva - 3121 16th St at Valencia. 

We may move elsewhere if Dalva is too crowded so text me if you can’t find us and I’ll redirect you. 
Looking forward to it! (Understatement.)
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    Indy publishing seminar May 12

    SF event on self-publishing. Details below. -Mia

    Want to become an indy publisher of your own work but still have questions on how to do so? Book editor and designer Bonnie Britt returns 7 pm, Monday, May 12 to the Media Guild, 433 Natoma Street, 3rd floor,to discuss how other self-publishing authors are doing t and what it takes to convert your book into print and digital formats. Send advance questions to to ensure yours will be answered. 

    With moon and stars properly aligned, she will live demo wrangling a manuscript into an ebook that may be uploaded for sale at as many online stores as you wish.

    The session is free to members of any Guild unit; $10 for everyone else.
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    Theme list for upcoming Re:sounds

    From the fine folks at Third Coast.

    As we plan upcoming episodes of Re:sound, Third Coast's weekly radio/podcast, we'd love to hear your story suggestions. Re:sound is Third Coast’s mix of audio stories and sonic gems that we curate from around the world. The show is hosted by Gwen Macsai and produced by Dennis Funk, and each episode explores a subject or idea through a variety of intriguing angles. The show airs weekly on WBEZ here in Chicago, and select episodes are broadcast all over the U.S. You can listen by subscribing to the Third Coast Podcast, or on our website: 

    Some themes for upcoming Re:sounds are below – we invite you to suggest stories that would fit well (directly about, tangentially connected to, or even metaphorically symbolized by the theme…). These can be your own stories, or suggestions of others you’ve heard and particularly enjoyed – especially if they haven’t received wide air/podcast play. Note: Third Coast pays producers a “rebroadcast fee” of $12/minute.

    You know that “global system of interconnected computer networks” you spend so much time in? Where we are right now? Privacy, immortality, seduction, addiction…we’re looking for stories about this mighty force in our lives.

    Stories of things that are made (or attempted) from scratch…

    Found in the Want Ads
    The back of the newspaper, Craigslist, the personals, online dating, and more. WANTED: stories about ads placed, numbers called, surprising connections made.

    Send your suggestions, and links to the audio, to: resound [at] thirdcoastfestival [dot] org.

    Thanks, and happy listening!


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    POV Digital Documentaries seeks submissions, deadline May 30 + Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab mentorship program (for future reference)

    Two links for you filmmaker types. 

    Now Accepting Submissions: POV Digital Documentaries // POV Blog

    POV announces a new set of initiatives to re-imagine digital storytelling with an investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (modified from original post) 
    As part of this initiative we are now formally seeking to co-produce digital documentaries from independent media creators and technologists that push the boundaries of nonfiction media for co-production. Co-productions will be funded in the range of $15,000-$50,000 and producers do not necessarily need to be based on the United States. Funded projects are more likely to be focused on mobile and emerging technologies.
    POV is also seeking to license short web-native documentaries or chapters of web-native documentaries. These productions must be based in the United States, and will be funded in the range of $2,500 to $10,000.
    Funding Available: $2,500 – $50,000
    Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014
    Application Form Link:

    Submit and find out more at

    Also, the folks below aren't currently accepting applications but it's a good group to bookmark for future reference.

    Producers' Lab

    Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab is a mentorship program for talented and independent producers of color. Participating producers work with award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, and his team of senior producers, writers, editors, new media, and fundraising specialists to complete their projects for a national broadcast. The Lab also provides monthly workshops and seminars to our producers on relevant and contemporary topics. Firelight Media started the Producers’ Lab as a way to provide infrastructure support for diverse producers to help overcome some of the barriers to completing their film or video. Services include support and consultation in the areas of writing, treatments, budgeting, script development, editing, and other areas as needed. In the future, we will have editing suites, a screening room, and a safe place for producers to create and complete their work. Click here for profiles of current Producers’ Lab filmmakers and their projects.

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    Free Online, Five-Week Community Journalism Course, begins April 14

    I have mixed feelings about online courses, especially in something like journalism which depends on face-to-face interaction, but I thought this was worth passing along. Details below. -Mia

    Community Journalism Course
    Cardiff University is now accepting registrants for its Centre for Community Journalism Course. Over five weeks, this course builds on the expertise and experience of community journalism in order to offer insight and practical skills for all those interested in community and hyper local journalism.

The course combines practical skills in setting up a community website, identifying and building an audience, creating content, establishing a workflow to sustain a site, managing an online community, media law and ethics, with a broader understanding of this new sector, how it has developed and the experience of those operating community sites. It will also explore different forms of community – whether geographic, professional or personal interest.

The course is free and open to anyone with an interest in journalism and in connecting their communities online. No prior qualifications are required. Core essentials of journalism principles, skills and practice are covered as part of the course as are hands-on skills in creating and sustaining hyper-locals. Practicing journalists or more experienced students will be particularly interested in learning about current developments in hyper-local journalism in the digital environment.


    Registration is now open and the course begins April 14, 2014. Click here for more information about how to apply:

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    Year-Long Investigative Reporting Fellowships from UC Berkeley, deadline May 19

    Investigative Reporting Fellowships from the UC Berkeley grad school of journalism. Application deadline May 19. Details HERE and below.

    UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism is accepting entries for its eighth annual competition for year-long fellowships in investigative reporting. The fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists.

    Graduates from UC Berkeley's master's program in journalism are encouraged to apply.

    Fellows will receive an annual salary of $54,336 and be eligible for full UC benefits.

    Fellows will also be provided with office space, basic expenses and up to $10,000 in funds for approved travel.

    This year’s fellowships to the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) are made possible by a core grant from the Sandler Foundation, matching grants from Scott and Jennifer Fearon and Margaret and Will Hearst, along with donations from The Financial Times, Peter Wiley and Valerie Barth.

    Applications are due no later than midnight on Monday, May 19th. Up to three fellows will be selected in June. Occasionally, the IRP awards special project support in lieu of a fellowship in-residence. This is a one-year academic appointment expected to begin on August 29, 2014.

    Please see the job description for complete fellowship details and application requirements:

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    Announcing a call for entries for Rough cuts June event, deadline May 14th

    For you Bay Area film folks – get feedback on your doc work. Details below.

    Announcing our Call for Entries for Rough Cuts in June!


    Deadline is Wednesday, May 14th

    Rough Cuts is currently seeking documentaries in post for our next event on Tuesday, June 3rd at the Dolby Laboratories Screening Room in San Francisco 

    We are seeking long-form works with a final running time of 40 minutes or longer.


    Principal photography should have been completed, and we encourage filmmakers to submit cuts that are in the later stages of post-production (i.e. NOT first or second cuts).

    Filmmakers can now submit two ways—electronically or via mail (including UPS, Fed Ex, etc.)


    To submit, visit:


    And for more details about Rough Cuts and our programs, visit:






    Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:30 p.m


    Dolby Laboratories Screening Room


    100 Potrero Avenue

    San Francisco, CA




    Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided

    $9 admission




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    REMINDER – Freelance Cafe West meeting TONIGHT! 6:30pm

    Just a reminder, the Bay Area Freelance Cafe crew will be meeting TONIGHT – March 31 at 6:30pm.

    2374 Eunice St., Berkeley

    Many thanks to the freelancers of 2374 Eunice street for offering up your home for this month's meet-up! Please bring a snack or drink to share. The house is near the Berkeley Rose Garden and if anyone would like to carpool from BART or elsewhere let us know and we can help coordinate rides. There will also be a big projector, speakers and lots of curious eyes and ears- so bring your stories and (multi)media to share.

    Also, mark your calendars for a special gathering on April 17. Film screening of A Fragile Trust at the Roxie, SF followed by drinks at a nearby location TBD. I'll be in town and would love to see many of you!
    'Til soon,
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    call for pitches from Civil Eats, online news mag

    Call for pitches from Civil Eats, an online news mag about sustainable agriculture and food systems. Details here and below.

    Civil Eats, an independent daily news source for critical thought about the American food system, invites you to send story pitches in the following categories:

    - News or feature articles about farming, food production, food policy, sustainability in the food system, food safety, the plight of young farmers, animal welfare, food and technology, food movement organizing, etc.

    - In-depth profiles of individuals or groups working to effectively change the food system for the better.

    - Book reviews, interviews, photo essays, or op-eds about food and farming (with an emphasis on sustainability and/or food politics).

    Payment: $100-$250 depending on the scope and the amount of reporting and research required.

    Contact us here.

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    paid fellowships at This American Life, deadline April 1

    Fellowships with TAL. $3,750/month, 50-60 hours/week. Based in NYC. Spring deadline April 1. Details here and below. 

    This American Life is pleased to offer two six-month fellowships per year, one beginning in January and the other in July.

    This American Life is a weekly, nationally-distributed public radio program that's a mix of documentaries, investigative reporting, interviews and stories. The show is part of WBEZ Chicago, but its offices and this position are located in New York City.

    The fellowship program focuses on every facet of producing This American Life—from reporting and copyediting to technical production and data management to administrative duties. The fellows observe and participate in the weekly production of the show by sitting in on meetings and edits with producers, while honing their production skills. Please note: this is not an entry-level position. This American Life fellows are required to have experience with Pro Tools or similar digital editing software and are responsible for producing rerun episodes, weekly promos and show segments out of the gate. Our fellows transcribe tape, learn to structure and mix a radio story, and perform assorted menial tasks that are true signs of an apprentice program like this. By the end of the program, fellows are encouraged to produce their own pieces, including editing and mixing voice, sound and music. The diversity of tasks depends largely on initiative and self-motivation. If you have no radio and/or audio editing experience, this program is not for you.

    The fellow will be provided a monthly wage of $3,750, before taxes for the duration of the fellowship. We are committed to providing payment in part because the work hours are long. We feed the show on Friday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern time, so as we get closer to the end of the week, the hours become longer. The typical work week varies between 50-60 hours. As a result, we feel strongly that this be our fellow's sole commitment during these months, i.e. no other jobs or classes. Also important to note: we do not offer college credit or assistance in obtaining work visas for international applicants.

    • The Fall 2014 term starts July 7. Applications must be received by April 1, 2014; decision by May 1.

    • The Spring 2015 term starts January 5. Applications must be received by Oct 1, 2014; decision by November 1.

    The Application:

    To apply for the fellowship program, send a cover letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you should be selected to take part in the program and letting us know something about yourself and why you'd like to work in public radio. You should include a resume and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of two references we may contact. We ask that you also answer the questions below. You can be brief with your responses—the point of the exercise is both to get an idea of the kind of thinking and work that go into the fellowship while also allowing us to get to know you a little better.

    Application questions:

    • Briefly describe any previous radio and/or documentary journalism experiences.

    • What is your familiarity with Macintosh computers, recording equipment and digital editing? Have you worked with Pro Tools? If not, have you worked with other digital editing programs? Have you ever transcribed tape?

    • Suggest two documentary/reporter pieces for This American Life. Please explain each story as a whole, along with specific characters and scenes. This probably sounds harder than it actually is. We're not looking for award-winning war stories or anything, rather stories that you find genuinely interesting, no matter how small. Details are helpful. Don’t forget to include why these stories would work specifically work on This American Life.It may be very useful for you to read our submission guidelines, as they lay out what we're looking for in stories on our show. 

    • Last, tell us your favorite personal story. This can be anything from a something you heard at a party to a story your family loves to tell to something that happened in your life that you find particularly amusing, surprising or emotional. It doesn’t have to be a story that would work on This American Life or even on radio; this is about your personal taste. And please tell us why you like this story so much even if the real reason makes no sense to anyone but you. Again, try to be brief; we get hundreds of applications and do read them all.

    The application is now paperless! Send answers to the questions above, along with your cover letter and resume, to by no later than 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on the day of the deadline. Please attach the entire application as a PDF, and also paste your application in the body of the email, indicating which session you are applying for (Spring or Fall) in the subject line.

    PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR CALL WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION. We are a small staff and simply don’t have the time to respond to individual inquiries. You will be automatically notified by email when we receive your application, and we'll follow-up with finalists in a timely fashion. We will notify all applicants of our decision by the dates listed above. We apologize in advance for the informality of email notification, but, like we said, paperless. Good, right?

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