Summer Audio Camp at CDS

Summer camp for audio nerds. Yes.

Our intro summer audio intensive, Hearing is Believing, is filling fast but still has some spaces. Our August course for more experienced producers, Making It Sing, has openings too and several of AIR's $100 stipends for members are still available for Making It Sing. I'd like to emphasize the latter, MIS, for y'all AIRsters. It's workshopish and individually oriented, aimed at helping you make the most of that challenging piece you're working on, so it works great for people of all experience levels — whether you're working on the third piece you've ever made or the 300th, and indeed we've had seasoned pros do the course.

Deb George, one of the best editors in the land, is returning as guest teacher/editor for Making It Sing, and the estimable Glynn Washington (!) of Snap Judgment will be here for Hearing is Believing. Our Man from Big Shed, Shea Shackelford, is here for all our summer courses as per usual.

The details:

Hearing is Believing, July 12-18, a kickstart for beginners (really: NO experience required) or those relatively new to the craft and wanting a solid grounding in the fundamentals — recording, shaping and scripting, mixing on Hindenburg. You and a partner make a piece during the week.

Making It Sing, August 3-8, for more experienced producers with a challenging project to bring and workshop with lots of individual and small-group attention.

Between those two on the calendar, our friends at Big Shed are again offering Digging In: An Artist’s Retreat, July 26-31, which brings together documentary makers and storytellers of all stripes (and all mediums) for a productive and rejuvenating week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects.

AIR is offering five members a $100 travel stipend to attend our advanced course, Making it Sing. To apply for the AIR stipend go here:

CDS offers big porches, great lunches, and yes, AC.

To register or to read more about all these courses, and a few others offered by CDS in video, photo, and writing, go here:

Any questions, write to, or to me off-list.

Hope to see you this summer.

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Pulse of the Planet Seeking Story Pitches

Pitch to Pulse!
Pulse of the Planet, one of radio's longest running short format science/environmental programs, is looking for stories. If you're not familiar with the series, please visit, click on Daily Programs and have a listen to the kind of stories we carry. Ideally, they have a sound component and are often seasonal in nature. We're looking for raw sound and interviews, not produced features. We've covered a lot of ground over the 25 year run of the program, so it's probably a good idea to check the search engine on our site to see if we've already done the story you're pitching. However we often revisit topics if you've got a new slant. If we haven't worked with you before, please send a link so that we can hear a sample of your work. We pay $250 for an interview with sound. Typical interviews run from 45 minutes to an hour. Email me <> for our producer guidelines. Look forward to hearing from you.
Jim Metzner
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looking for professional photographer for retail wine store marketing/web project

Opportunity for Bay Area photog, below.
Professional photographer needed for retail wine store marketing/web project

I'm looking for a creative, independently minded professional photographer (with portfolio) interested in shooting some marketing materials for a Berkeley wine store over the next few months (June-Sept.)

This would include staff photos, retail store shots (indoors/outdoors), some interaction shots (customers in store) and potentially one tasting event (in Sept.) We'd need digital copies of photos for use on our web site and in press print materials.

Ideally we're looking for someone with a photojournalistic style, who might have some interesting ways to frame our world of wine (that too often is cliched or just generically staged).

Interested photographers please contact with general hourly rates/project rates and we'll continue the conversation. Thanks!

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WHYY’s The Pulse seeks pitches on Love and Lust

From WHYY's The Pulse:
WHYY's health and science show "The Pulse" is dedicating an upcoming episode to the science of love and lust. In recent years, a substantial amount of research has gone into understanding the complexity of our desires and what bonds us to one another. This is a rich, deep topic, and we would love to hear any pitches you'd care to submit.

Please send any pitches to: We'll get back to you with questions or assignments…fast.

Excited to see your ideas.

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Cal Humanities Offering $10k Grants for CA Community Stories, deadline Aug 3

Cal Humanities is offering grants of $10,000 through their Community Stories program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities—past and present. Application deadline is August 3, 2015; grant awards will be made beginning December 2015. Details below.
Grants available for California’s community stories
Cal Humanities is pleased to offer grants of $10,000 through our Community Stories program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities—past and present. Applications deadline is August 3, 2015; grant awards will be made beginning December 2015.
Interested? Peruse the Community Stories grant application guidelines, and attend an informational webinar for potential applicants on Wednesday, May 20 (registration here—webinar recording available to all registrants). For more information about the program, visit the Cal Humanities website.
Cal Humanities’ Community Stories grants program provides funding to support a wide range of community-initiated public humanities projects, including:
  • story-based performances
  • community forums
  • websites
  • video and radio documentaries
  • interpretive exhibits 
Since 2003, we have made more than 450 awards for projects that collectively illustrate the diversity and breadth of the California experience.
Who’s eligible?
  • California-based nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations
  • local/state public agencies or institutions
What is the funding criteria?
Cal Humanities supports story-based public humanities projects that:
  • focus on collecting and sharing real stories of California’s communities
  • involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor
  • use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research
  • produce work that is publicly accessible
What is the funding level?
  • Grant awards range up to $10,000
  • Matching cash or in-kind donations are required
Need more info?
For complete program information, including current guidelines, application materials and instructions, and descriptions of funded projects, click HERE.
Please note: Applications submitted to the February 2015 deadline are undergoing review; awards will be announced in June.
Thank you!!!

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new radio competition from @tapefest, deadline June 30

New radio competition brought to you by Mooj Zadi of @tapefest, David Weinberg of Random Tape and KCRW's Independent Producer Project

The idea is simple. We want your best tiny, standalone, golden audio moments — a little clip, a deleted scene, a lovely tangent. These bits can be absurd, bizarre, emotional, or just completely unexpected. Like Random Tape, the Gold Tape Competition is a home for orphaned audio.

Don’t delay, submit your entries soon. And rejoice! Now there’s an award for radio lacking a beginning, middle, and end.

The winner will receive $1,000, a license for REAPER editing software, and 1 free pass to Tape Festival, among other goodies. 


Tuesday, June 30 at 11:59 PM EST.
For more info visit
Help us spread the word? 
Thanks so much!
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FIJ Grant Application Deadline Approaching, May 11

Deadline reminder from FIJ. See below! -mia

(Washington) Reminder: the deadline to submit proposals for grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism is approaching. The upcoming deadline is Monday, May 11, at 5pm Eastern time. The Fund's Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power in the public or private sectors.

A typical grant is $5,000 and covers out-of-pocket expenses. Small stipends are considered as part of the grant.

Detailed instructions are here:

The next deadlines are set for September 21, 2015 and February 1, 2016 – both at 5pm Eastern Time.

Executive Director Sandy Bergo welcomes questions about the application process and requirements by email,, or phone, 202-662-7564.

Sandy Bergo
Executive Director
Fund for Investigative Journalism
529 14th Street NW – 13th floor
Washington DC 20045
Selected for the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

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Calls for pitches from WHYY’s The Pulse

Two calls for pitches from WHYY's The Pulse, below.


WHYY (Philadelphia NPR affiliate) and its health and science show "The Pulse" are looking for story pitches on behavioral/mental health issues under a special reporting grant from the Scattergood Foundation. Pay for projects can range between $500 and $1,500 depending on scope of the reporting.

The goal of the grant is to foster in-depth reporting on behavioral health issues in different realms of life: workplace, family, health care, civic issues, education, politics, culture etc.

The stories should have a strong web / multimedia component (photos or video) and can be published / aired on other outlets after airing on WHYY/The Pulse.

Please email Maiken Scott ( with pitches, ideas and questions!


WHYY's health & science show "The Pulse" will be dedicating an hour-long episode in June exclusively to the exploration of space. Whether that means how astronauts sleep in zero gravity or the quest to understand dark matter or the legacy of Tang and the space program…we're wide open to ideas. Also, we pay AIR's national rates.

Pitch away.

Joel Patterson (
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UCB Grad School of Journalism is hiring a podcasting instructor, app deadline May 15

My alma mater is hiring! Looks like a fun gig. Details attached and pasted below. -Mia

The Graduate School of Journalism is recruiting a lecturer in the Radio /Audio program beginning Fall semester, August 2015.


Required Qualifications: Minimum of five years professional radio/podcasting experience.

Recommended Qualifications: Teaching experience at college level or higher. The ability to facilitate publishing student work on a professional outlet.

Course description: This course is designed to bring students, who are already familiar with basic radio/audio/reporting and production, to a new level of expertise and to learn the dos and don'ts of podcasting. Past instructors helped students create a podcast called "The Bell Curve."

The new instructor can either build on the existing structure or work with the students to create a new podcast. It's anticipated that students will produce a minimum of six episodes of a podcast during the semester. Students should receive instruction on the mechanics of setting up an RSS Feed and all parameters for creating and marketing a successful podcast.

Applications are due May 15, 2015.


To be considered, you need to formally apply for the position through the university's academic recruitment website.

Enter the portal through "Applicants"

Enter "Journalism" in the search bar and our open lecturer recruitment should come up right away.

Upload your CV including a summary of teaching experience, broadly defined as:

Delivering instruction in a university or college classroom;

Providing mentoring in the field for which you are applying;

Editing the work of others in the field for which you are applying;

Guest lecturing in the field for which you are applying.

The statement of teaching needs to include the time you spent in each activity (i.e. I led a week long workshop on radio in March 2010.)

In your cover letter, please include a few sentences on what the course might look like if you were teaching.

You will be contacted if your experience is a match for what we need.

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New “Unheard Voices” Fellowship from Cowbird, deadline May 10

$2500 stipends from Cowbird to work with their storytelling community. Details at and below. 

Cowbird: Unheard Voices

We live in a media landscape dominated by the voices and stories of a privileged few. Even in this age of social media, we still learn most of what we know through filters and pundits, experts and academics, politicians and editorialists.

What voices are not being heard?

We want to help correct this imbalance by using the Cowbird ( storytelling platform to amplify unheard, marginalized voices from around the world — in their own words, sounds and images.

That’s where you come in.

We’re excited to begin accepting applications for the very first Cowbird Unheard Voices Grant.

The work of grant recipients will be part journalism, part facilitation and part community organizing. Grantees will work closely with a community to:

- Help people share their stories on Cowbird.
- Host training and multimedia workshops.
- Build relationships with community leaders.
- Create a collection of their stories on Cowbird.
- Write a narrative overview for the collection that tells its backstory, weaves together its themes, and gives readers vivid places to start exploring.

Strong preference will be given to applicants with deep and existing connections to the communities they hope to work with, and also to applicants with multimedia journalism or storytelling experience.

Grantees will receive a $2,500 stipend for their project, in addition to technical and logistical support from Cowbird.

For an example of the type of project we’re looking for, please read about our collaboration with photojournalist Aaron Huey, who used Cowbird to gather stories from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to be published on National Geographic’s website:

Applications are being accepted from now through midnight, May 10th. Once the grant is awarded, recipients will be expected to facilitate the posting of between 20-30 pieces to Cowbird within 3 months. We will announce the grants on or before June 1st.

To apply, please send your resume and one professional reference to and complete the questions HERE.

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