Digital Storytelling Grant Opportunity – The Places We Call Home – with Cowbird, deadline Feb 12

Fun opportunity for important community-based storytelling. Details below. Deadline Feb 12.

Hey everyone, 
Looking for funding to do ambitious digital/audio storytelling? 
Here's a new public media grant opportunity that might be a perfect fit for producers out there who want to experiment with new approaches, work closely with a community, and get some mentorship in the process:
The public media non-profit Pacific Islanders in Communication is partnering with Cowbird to fund storytelling projects that creatively explore how the concept of home is evolving for Pacific Islanders around the world — including immigrant communities in America and elsewhere — as well as on the Pacific Islands themselves. 
The stories will combine audio, pictures and text on the Cowbird platform. 
Here's all the info, and feel free to write me with questions too and I can help get answers. 
Don't miss out — deadline Feb 12. 


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discount on equipment-sharing service KitSplit for FC members

Hey folks. Update on the equipment-sharing post I put out a couple days ago. KitSplit will offer a 15% discount on equipment rentals through the end of February. Discount code: Freelancecafe15. And if people have any questions they can reach out to
More about KitSplit follows:
ForbesFast Company, and No Film School have called KitSplit "the AirBNB of creative equipment" because we make it easy to rent top quality gear on-demand or to earn money renting out gear you own.
Sign up to join KitSplit here.
Once you join, you’ll be able to:
Save 20-30% renting gear from vetted professional and rental houses nearby
-Get your rentals delivered 
-Enjoy damage and theft coverage at no extra charge
-Make extra money on equipment you own while you're not using it
Thousands of creative professionals use KitSplit. I'd love for you to join them.
Many thanks,

Lisbeth Kaufman | CEO & Co-founder, KitSplit 
30 John Street, Brooklyn New York 11201
Read about us in Forbes and Fast Company

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equipment-sharing service – KitSplit – wants your business

KitSplit is a NY-based equipment-equipment sharing service – an interesting idea. This isn't an endorsement – I'm just passing it along. -Mia
PS: Should I let folks advertise on Freelance Cafe? Something I've been thinking about for a while…
Forbes, Fast Company, and No Film School have called KitSplit "the AirBNB of creative equipment" because we make it easy to rent top quality gear on-demand or to earn money renting out gear you own.
Sign up to join KitSplit here.
Once you join, you’ll be able to:
Save 20-30% renting gear from vetted professional and rental houses nearby
-Get your rentals delivered 
-Enjoy damage and theft coverage at no extra charge
-Make extra money on equipment you own while you're not using it
Thousands of creative professionals use KitSplit. I'd love for you to join them.
Many thanks,

Lisbeth Kaufman | CEO & Co-founder, KitSplit 
30 John Street, Brooklyn New York 11201
Read about us in Forbes and Fast Company

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Fellowships galore from GIJN, IJNet, and The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team

Very cool fellowship from The Boston Globe's Spotlight team. I love to see the production companies capitalizing on the film's success in this way. Nice! – Deadline Feb 29

Open Road Films and Participant Media, with support from First Look Media, are sponsoring a fellowship of up to $100,000 to be awarded by The Boston Globe for one or more individuals or teams of journalists to work on in-depth research and reporting projects. The chosen journalist(s) will collaborate with established investigative reporters and editors from The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.

And The Global Investigative Journalism Network released a giant list of fellowships here: – Various deadlines.
Seeking a chance to improve your skills and expand your world? Tired of the everyday routine in your newsroom? We regularly update our guide to grants and fellowships. These are programs of special interest to investigative journalists around the world. There are plenty of short-term and long-term opportunities, both for staff and freelance reporters. Follow the links for information on deadlines and background on the various programs.

We've targeted this list to investigative journalists. For a comprehensive listing of fellowships for journalists and journalism students generally, see the Opportunities section of our friends at IJNet (and search "fellowships").

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WHYY’s The Pulse seeks pitches on The New War on Drugs, deadline Feb 8

Pitch The Pulse! Details below – deadline Feb 8.

WHYY’s “The Pulse” is actively seeking pitches from reporters and producers for an upcoming show dedicated to understanding what’s become of the “War on Drugs.” With a nationwide opioid crisis raging, our jails full, and our understanding of the addicted brain perpetually changing, it’s hard to not think our society is losing the long-fought battle against one of the trickiest public health threats we’ve ever faced—addiction. But many folks think that by incorporating science and the language of disease into the battle, we could be at a turning point. We’re interested in stories about how people and organizations are tackling the conundrum of addiction and waging a new kind of war against drug addiction.

We pay approximately $100 per produced minute, though that rate can vary depending on your reporting plan. Please send pitches by Monday, February 8th to

“The Pulse” is a weekly, hour-long show about health, science, and innovation produced by Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY. Learn more about our show on AIR’s Pitch Page.

Looking forward to working with you!

Joel Patterson
Managing Editor

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2016 Screen Forward Labs seeks Innovative Creators with Story-Driven, Serialized Projects, deadline March 4

Are you inspired by Serial? So is the IFP apparently. Applications for the 2016 Screen Forward Labs are now open with an emphasis on serialized projects. Details HERE and below. Application deadline March 4.

To apply, click here.


Who Can Apply

*Innovative creators with story-driven, serialized projects created on all platforms and formats including, but not limited to, web series, VR, or app-based work (Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, etc)

*All projects must have at minimum a representative visual sample (a completed episode, demo, excerpt) already in place and cannot have launched publicly. 

*Web projects in early development (script/pitch stage only) are not eligible for the Labs.

About the Program

IFP’s Screen Forward Labs is a yearlong program and incubator for the creators of serialized projects that push storytelling forward. Inspired by the Independent Filmmaker Labs that focuses on helping directors complete, market and introduce audiences to cutting edge first-features, the Screen Forward Labs will support innovative media creators with $10,000 worth of services and support. An intensive week-long Lab will provide participants with the knowledge, resources, and mentor support necessary for developing strong pitches, securing financing, creating marketing strategies and finding unique avenues for the distribution of their work.

A free six-month residency at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP as well as individualized access to classes, workshops and support from industry and creative mentors will follow. The Lab will culminate with all projects presenting and pitching to investors, digital distributors, network executives, tech companies, and partners at Screen Forward Newfronts.

2015 Advisors and Program Mentors included Ingrid Jungermann (The Slope and F to 7th), Michael Gottwald (High Maintenance and Beasts of the Southern Wild), as well as industry leaders Saschka Unseld (Oculus Story Studio) and Jennifer MacArthur (Borderline Media).

For more information on how to apply, please see our Program Guidelines.

To keep up to date, follow IFP: on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Youtube. For IFP’s weekly newsletter, sign up on the bottom right of this page!

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USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship, $2-10K, deadline March 18

Apply now for the National Health Journalism Fellowships at USC Annenberg / The National Center for Health Journalism. Includes a week's training in LA (July 17-21 and grants to support your reporting. Collaborative projects are encouraged, especially between mainstream and ethnic media. Details below.
USC Annenberg/National Center for Health Journalism
February 1, 2016
When: July 17-21, 2016
Where: Los Angeles
Deadline to Apply: March 18, 2016

Are you a journalist with big ideas who wants your work to matter? If so, USC Annenberg invites you to apply to apply for the all-expenses-paid National Health Journalism Fellowship — 4 1/2 days of stimulating discussions in Los Angeles, a proving ground for new ways to think about health, plus reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000.

This year, the program will focus on vulnerable children and their families and the community conditions that help determine their prospects for health and well-being.

Based at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Health Journalism Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and online journalists from around the country. About half of the 20 National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000 each to undertake ambitious reporting projects on underserved communities, healthcare reform or vulnerable children. The other half will receive grants of $2,500-$10,000 from one of two specialty reporting funds — the Dennis A. Hunt Journalism Fund and the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being.

The Hunt Fund will support investigative or explanatory projects that examine the effects of a specific factor or confluence of factors on a community's health, such as poverty, health disparities, pollution, violence, land use, urban development, access to health care and access to healthy food. The Child Well-being Fund will support investigative or explanatory reporting on the impact of poverty, trauma or adversity in childhood .

Competition for the National Fellowship and the specialty reporting grants is open to both newsroom staffers and freelancers. The grants can be used to defray reporting and publishing-related costs such as travel, database acquisition and analysis, translation services, community engagement strategies and a journalist's otherwise uncompensated time. Preference is given to applicants who propose co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic media.

For more information, visit or e-mail Martha Shirk at To improve your prospects for success, we strongly recommend that you discuss your project idea with us in advance (no later than March 16).

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Climate One is hiring a Director of Content, San Francisco

Another very occasional post about a full-time gig. Climate One is hiring a Director of Content. Details and contact info is below. -Mia


Climate One at The Commonwealth Club, the thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the environment and the economy, is recruiting for the position of Director of Content.  Climate One brings together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about a clean energy future through public programs, a dynamic website, public media programs, and podcasts. The Content Director position is a new role responsible for managing the editing, packaging and distribution of Climate One’s radio, video and written content across all distribution channels, with a larger focus on creating innovative media and strengthening the program’s engagement with its constituents and the broader community of individuals concerned about climate change. This work is performed in alignment with the goals of The Commonwealth Club, the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum and Climate One’s parent organization. Interested candidates should submit a single PDF attachment that includes a cover letter, resume or CV with salary requirements, and two writing samples to The subject line of your email should be: Director of Content/ your name.

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reminder, Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) funding application deadline is Feb 10

Get money for your investigative stories! FIRE – Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors provides freelancers with stipends for investigative work. Applications are due Feb 10. More info below.

Independent reporters are encouraged to apply to a new program, Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE), for support with investigative stories.

FIRE, a collaboration between Project Word and Investigative Reporters and Editors, offers stipends of $2,500 to $5,000, plus a suite of reporting tools. 

Application deadline is Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

To apply, reporters should read the program's Guidelines page before they access the online application.

Project Word
PO Box 311
Great Barrington, MA  01230
(413) 528-6592

A project of Investigative Reporters and Editors

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Northern Short Course on visual journalism, February 25-27, NJ

The Northern Short Course is new to me (thanks Will Coley!) but features two workshops with the inimitable Alison McAdam. Definitely worth checking out! (Pay per day or get a discount for all three days.)

The 35th Annual Northern Short Course (NSC) will be held February
25-27, 2016, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, NJ.

This three-day event is packed with more than two dozen workshops on a
variety of topics relevant to professionals and students in the field
of visual journalism [and 2 audio sessions, see below].

Learn from and network with industry leaders, as they share their work
and discuss what makes them successful.  Choose from a variety of
workshops and lectures on topics such as business practices,
multimedia, lighting, video storytelling and more.  Sign up for
one-on-one portfolio reviews from top photo editors and photographers.
Meet manufacturers and suppliers of photographic equipment, presenting
the latest technology available.  You won’t find a more diverse
conference – there’s something for everyone!


Good video demands good audio. In this session, we’ll listen to a
range of audio and explore – together – how audio storytellers think.
What are the different kinds of sounds you can use in a story? What
are the different ways you can employ narration, interviews, and
natural sound? And ultimately, what kind of sound makes your story
worth listening to (or watching)? Come to this session ready to listen
and talk.

Even when we’re reporting the latest news on NPR, the best audio
stories share qualities of great fiction: There’s suspense, an
unanswered question, or a captivating character. How do you take
information and give it a narrative, using sound? In this session,
we’ll take some raw ideas (hopefully, yours!) and workshop them –
going in search of the possible story structures. You’ll leave this
session with a set of tools to help yourself develop structure in your
own stories.

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