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

$2500 stipends from Cowbird to work with their storytelling community. Details at http://bit.ly/1IPqTyz and below. 
-Mia

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 (www.cowbird.com) 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:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/08/pine-ridge/community-project-intro

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/photographing-and-listening-to-the-lakota/

http://cowbird.com/collection/pineridge/

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 hay@cowbird.com and complete the questions HERE.

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Reporting Fellowship at Latino USA, deadline April 27

NPR’s weekly program Latino USA is taking applications for a year-long California-based fellowship, open to early career reporters with no more than five years’ experience in the field.

The fellowship will last 12 months and will include a stipend of $1,000 a month for 40 hours of work each month. The fellowship is funded by the California Endowment and will focus on reports about current health issues in California, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The fellow will be located in California and will be supervised by Latino USA staff, and will participate in editorial meetings via phone or Skype. Each fellow will be expected to produce no fewer than three stories for air on Latino USA and also provide multimedia content (web copy, tweets, Facebook entries, photos, etc.) for each story.

Fellowship applications should be sent to Latino USA’s senior editor, Leda Hartman, at ledahart@mindspring.com. Please include a resume and cover letter summarizing your background and goals, and why you would be an appropriate fit for this fellowship. Please also include three links to your audio work. The fellowships are open to everyone. Journalists of color and of other diverse backgrounds and graduate journalism students are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship will begin in May 2015 and last until April 2016. The application deadline for the fellowship is Monday, April 27, 2015. We’ll announce our selection in early May.

Thanks!

Leda Hartman
NPR’s Latino USA
919-542-0008
ledahart@mindspring.com
www.latinousa.org

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Fellowships available for travel to INPUT 2015 in Tokyo, deadline April 20

This organization is new to me – looks like they have some great opportunities lined up for TV folks! -Mia
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Attention US Public Media Producers

US INPUT Producer Fellowships Available for INPUT 2015 in Tokyo, Japan on May 11 – 14

South Carolina ETV has been awarded a grant from the Corporation from Public Broadcasting to provide a limited number of INPUT Producer Fellowships ($2500 each) to assist U.S. public media producers with travel to INPUT 2015 in Tokyo, Japan on May 10th – 14th.

Applicants will be asked to submit an application, resume and letter of support from a public media organization familiar with his or her work. The application process will be turned around quickly. The deadline is April 20, 2015 and grantees will be announced on April 22nd.

Please visit www.usinput-tv.org for instructions and an online application form. For questions, please contact Amy Shumaker at shumaker@scetv.org; 803-737-3433 or Betsy Newman at bnewman@scetv.org; 803-737-3466.

INPUT is the International Public Television Screening Conference, an annual international forum for television professionals to discuss and challenge the boundaries of television in the public interest. To learn more about the INPUT 2015 conference visit www.input-tv.org

This project is made possible by funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Call for pitches – Modern Notion

Multimedia site Modern Notion wants your stories – details below!
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Hey everyone – We're still (always) looking for more pitches to Modern Notion. We want stories for the ultra-curious.

Most stories will be in the 2-8 minute range. Here are some ongoing themes of our show.

What If - A story revolving around a hypothetical question that's popped into our heads, and sure, it's totally crazy, but what if… Think about people in history who have asked a what if question, or ask one yourself and bring in experts to answer it. What if history had gone differently? Or for futurists: What happens when you can download your brain to your computer? What happens when we find definitive proof of parallel universes? What happens when we make contact with aliens?

Thank God for Science - Stories and topics focused around the intersection of science and religion and the not-so-clear boundary that exists between the two

Builders – Stories from people who’ve built things with their hands or minds they never imagined they could
Lost – About all the things and non-things we've lost: languages, ideas, documents, people, information, etc.

Heirlooms – The things we pass down: traditions, objects, morals, manners, etc.

Conspiracies, Cults, and Creeps – Checking into a conspiracy theory, retelling a creepy story, or exploring a cult

General History or Science Stories

People Are Strange – Short profiles of people from history who did something weird

In your pitch to pitches@modernnotion.com, include 1-2 paragraphs about your story, approximate length, and a link to your previous work.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Emma Morgenstern

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KQED’s The Lowdown is looking for steady freelancers

KQED is looking for freelancers! Details and contact info below. -Mia
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The Lowdown, a multimedia news explainer blog at KQED public media,  is currently looking for a small group of steady freelance contributors to produce a variety of features. Although intended for a general audience, the site specifically aims to produce creative resources for high school educators interested in using current events in the classroom. The site contains a pretty wide variety of content that primarily pertains to national and California news issues. Much of the content is interactive in format and, while directly connected to breaking news, is generally more evergreen. The site seeks to provide background context on major news issues, specifically focusing on the questions of “How’d we get here and why should you care?”

 

That said, I am looking for excellent writers who can boil down complex issues and concisely answer questions in a clear, clean and  easy-to-digest manner. Multimedia skills are not required, but definitely a plus. Ability to pitch ideas and meet deadlines without the need for much editing is a must. Compensation is dependent on experience and scope of work, but will be reasonable (the editor is a former freelancer and thus empathetic to the hustle).

 

If interested, please send your resume, links to 2 or 3  fairly recent clips and names and contact info of two related references. Additionally, please include a few sentences demonstrating that you have looked over the site, and explain why contributing to it is of interest to you.

 

Contact: mgreen@kqed.org

 

Thank you!

 

Matthew Green

 

Editor, The Lowdown

 

www.kqed.org/lowdown

 

 

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IRP fellowships for reporting on nuclear security, religion, and health/development, Deadline May 11 and rolling

Apply Now for IRP's Reporting Fellowships 
The International Reporting Project (IRP) is now accepting applications on nuclear security, religion and health/development.

All candidates must complete an application form, including a detailed essay describing the types of stories they would pursue and a proposed budget.    

 

IRP will purchase the fellows' roundtrip air tickets to and from their homes and destinations, and we will offer a stipend to cover other expenses.

 

The nuclear security fellowship will focus on compelling issues of the security and safety of nuclear and radiological material. This fellowship is offered in collaboration with the Stanley Foundation.

 

This fellowship is open to U.S. journalists only. Applicants may propose traveling to any country, but some preference will be given to topics in regions that include the Middle East and North Africa, China and East Asia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.

  

The deadline for submitting applications for the nuclear security fellowship is May 11, 2015.  

 


Photo: Jacob Baynham

 

The religion fellowships may examine any stories that relate to religion, including its relationship with conflict, politics, economics and cultural issues. 
These fellowships are supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

For the religion fellowships, we encourage applicants to propose stories and destinations not covered by recent IRP fellows on religion. 

Applications for the religion fellowships will be considered as they are submitted on a rolling basis.

The health/development fellowships will focus upon maternal and child health; poverty; infectious diseases; and other pressing health issues. These fellowships are supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For the health/development fellowships, we have a strong preference for in-depth reporting from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Applications for the health/development fellowships will be considered as they are submitted on a rolling basis. 

Learn more about the fellowships, read our frequently asked questions and submit your application now!
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2015 GroundTruth Middle East fellowship – deadline TOMORROW, APRIL 3

2015 GroundTruth Middle East fellowship: “Life Beyond Conflict”

We’re proud to announce our third annual GroundTruth Middle East fellowship in the amount of $10,000 from The Correspondents’ Fund.

This year we offer the fellowship in the spirit of the late James Foley, the American freelance journalist who was murdered by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Jim was always more than a conflict reporter. He came at this profession not purely from the adrenaline rush of covering war, but more deeply from a sense of caring about the people caught in conflict. Before becoming a journalist, Jim offered public service with Teach for America in a tough inner-city school in Phoenix, Arizona. He also received a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst for writing and won a prestigious literary prize for a collection of published fiction.

We hope the GroundTruth Middle East fellowship will provide the opportunity for a young journalist on the ground to take inspiration from Jim’s approach, which included a sense of caring about people that coursed throughout his reporting and his life. We are also interested in proposals that might honor another side of Jim, which was his love of fiction and poetry.

In this year’s call for applications we encourage young journalists to put forward proposals focusing on life, education and culture in the Middle East — themes which too often go unreported amid a focus on conflict coverage in the region.

To apply, please send the following to GroundTruth managing editor Kevin Grant at kgrant@thegroundtruthproject.org by April 3:

*Cover letter
*Resume
*Project proposal with a budget not exceeding $10,000
*Three work samples
*Three references

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Enrollment now open for the 2015-2016 KALW News Audio Academy – 2 WEEKS LEFT

From the fine folks at KALW:
There are 2 weeks left to apply for the KALW Audio Academy. Application guidelines here and below.  
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Enrollment now open for the KALW Audio Academy

KALW is calling for applicants for our 9-month radio journalism training program based at KALWpublic radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production education, tuition-free.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for covering diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area.

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.

Training will include:

Working closely with reporters on developing stories, producing original feature stories for broadcast, interviewing potential guests/sources, researching topics, fact-checking, script writing, recording sound for pieces in the field, and learning story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design. You will be responsible for minor administrative and production duties. You will also pitch and produce an entire Crosscurrents show. The training will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom. Our editors and engineers, along with other public media producers, will lead workshops on every aspect of production specifically for the Audio Academy. Previous featured speakers have been: Al Letson, Roman Mars, Hansi Lo Wang, Daniel Alarcón, Marianne McCune, and Jason DeRose (to name a few).

Selected participants will make a 9-month commitment (September 2015 to June 2016): minimum 20 hours per week (one eight-hour shift at our studios and another 12 hours working in the field). TheAcademy includes a two-week break in late December and two flexible vacation weeks. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.

To apply please put together a cover letter, CV, any audio/writing samples, and (if you can) a short, original audio work that you craft as part of your application. Send it all to:

KALWapplications@gmail.com

Application deadline: April 12, 2015, 11:59 PT

We look forward to meeting you!

KALW encourages 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. We value diversity.

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BackStory call for pitches

BackStory is now accepting pitches for the following shows (dates in parentheses are dates by which all tape would be due):

Tools of the Trade (4/24): This is probably the most design-heavy episode we’ve ever done. We’re looking at the changing nature of work in American history, through the objects and technologies that shaped those changes (the office chair, the typewriter, the cubicle, etc. etc.). Got a “tool of the trade” (or a set of tools, technological systems, etc.) you think would fit this show? Be sure to tell us not only the history of the technology, but what it meant and how it changed the way Americans worked.

Speed! (5/08): How fast — and slow — has life moved in America? What big shifts in velocity did people witness in the 18th and 19th centuries? How did the new pace at which people and ideas move change the course of history? How have we measured speed, scientifically and culturally? We’re open to stories that look at the pace of life, the concept of speed and all of its cultural reference points (drugs, the Roadrunner, Speedos…?).

Infrastructure (5/22): On this show, we’ll explore how the physical foundations of life in America went from being highly visible to nearly invisible. Think burying power lines, air traffic control, alligators in sewers, tunnels, Internet cables, and more. We want your stories of building America from the ground up … only to put it ‘underground’ again.

Here’s a link to the pitch page on our web site, for info about what makes a good BackStory pitch: http://backstoryradio.org/producers/

BackStory is especially interested in freelance pieces that get out of the studio — that is, site-specific and sound-rich stories from around the country. Include what, if any, sources you would use in your story and how you would produce them. Give us an idea about what you imagine your piece would sound like (field tape, scoring, effects, readings, etc.). We’re open to non-narrated features, written essays, and reported pieces. Three to 10 minutes in length is ideal.

Email Associate Producer Kelly Jones at <khjones at virginia dot edu>, with “PITCH:” in your subject line. We’ll do our best to be in touch with you within a week of receiving your pitch. Thanks!

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Call for pitches – Modern Notion radio show/podcast

New show, new opportunities! Theme and how to pitch details below.
-mia

Hi radio people:

I'm working with a radio show and podcast called Modern Notion (an offshoot of the website of the same name) that's launching April 6. Modern Notion is all kinds of stories for the ultra-curious.

We want any interesting story from history and stories about emerging technology and its impact, and we have a few theme ideas below my signature (but feel free to submit a story even if it doesn't fall into any category).

It's a daily, hourlong show out of WCGO in Chicago, but we're looking for stories of national interest. Many of the segments from the radio show will also be podcasted in smaller, themed podcasts from Modern Notion.

Our fee structure is as follows:

Commentary/essay – $125

2-3 minute audio postcard – $125-$150
2-5 minute story with at least 1 interview – $150-$250
5-8 minute feature – $250-$800+ depending on length and complexity

Most stories will be in that 2-5 minute range.

We're launching in less than two weeks, so send your ideas soon to pitches@modernnotion.com. Include 1-2 paragraphs about your story, approximate length, which category/ies the story would fall into, and a link to your previous work.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Emma Morgenstern
What If - a story revolving around a hypothetical question that's popped into our heads, and sure, it's totally crazy, but what if… Think about people in history who have asked a what if question, or ask one yourself and bring in experts to answer it, or what if history had gone differently. Or for futurists: What happens when you can download your brain to your computer? What happens when we find definitive proof of parallel universes? What happens when we make contact with aliens?

Thank God for Science - Stories and topics focused around the intersection of science and religion and the not-so-clear boundary that exists between the two

Builders – Stories from people who’ve built things with their hands or minds they never imagined they could
Lost – About all the things and non-things we've lost: languages, ideas, documents, people, information, etc.

Heirlooms – The things we pass down: traditions, objects, morals, manners, etc.

Conspiracies, Cults, and Creeps – Checking into a conspiracy theory, retelling a creepy story, or exploring a cult

….or anything that doesn't fit into these categories!
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