Sandbox Suites Comes to Union Square

Wow! Co-working is going gangbusters in the Bay Area. Check out Sandbox Suite's sweet new spot in SF. Details below.


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Sandbox Suites

Sandbox Suites on Union Square!
 Opens Sept. 7, 2010
Some of you may have heard rumors about Sandbox Suites coming to Union Square. Well, it's true! Last month, we signed a lease on a 5,000 sq ft space at 567 Sutter St.

The new space is located above two galleries and features skylights, four meeting rooms, sleek private offices for 2-6, comfy lounges and unique workstations custom-made for us by the leader in office furniture innovation, Turnstone. We think you're really gonna love it!

Here's a little preview of the lobby:

Sandbox Union Square will be open for tours and trials on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
And we'll be offering desk memberships for 50% off Sept 7 – Oct 7!
The Grand Opening party is on Oct. 7 – stay tuned for the invite!   


or contact us for more info:

Phone: (415) 659-8197
Where: 567 Sutter St. (@ Mason) map

Hours: after Sept. 7 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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Arts Market SF debuts Aug. 19 in UN Plaza

This looks very cool. Go out and support your local artists!



Aug. 19: Arts Market SF debuts in UN Plaza

Participate: Vendor info, licenses, registration

Learn More: About Arts Market SF

Home Page:


Independent Arts & Media, the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission and Blick Art Materials announce a new, open-air marketplace for local arts and culture in downtown San Francisco.

Arts Market San Francisco debuts on Thursday, August 19, in UN Plaza, and will run every Thursday thereafter from noon to 8:00 p.m. throughout this summer and autumn. An additional run during the December holiday season is also in the works.


Located at 1182 Market Street between Grove and Eighth streets, Arts Market San Francisco at UN Plaza will feature diverse arts, crafts and culture, including painting, photography, mixed media, literature, music, fashion, jewelry, toys, children's goods, creative home and garden wares, and much more.


Local artists, artisans, fashionistas, musicians, publishers, crafts- and culture-makers, and more are all welcome to apply for a tent space at the San Francisco Arts Market!

  • All exhibitors must be selling work that has been handmade by local Bay Area artists. The goal of the Arts Market is to help local Bay Area arts and culture entrepreneurs as well as revitalize the arts community and cultural economy around San Francisco's Civic Center region.
  • Tents will be provided and set up on the day of each Market. Exhibitors will need to provide their own tables and chairs.
  • Exhibitors need to hold vendor permits as issued by the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
  • Musicians are welcome for the performance area, but must provide their own PA. There is no budget for performances, but performers are welcome to sell merchandise and promote their shows.



Jessica Brown
Events Coordinator
Independent Arts & Media

Clarisa Morales Roberts
Executive Director
Independent Arts & Media
415-321-4903 (direct)
707-342-3815 (cell)


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SF Freelancer’s Guild meeting this Friday, 12pm, All About Benefits

Hey all. Our friends at the Freelancer's Guild are having a meeting this Friday to discuss health benefits among other things. Definitely worth checking out if you're a Bay Area freelancer! Details below.
PS: The next FC gathering with be Thursday 8/26 in Oakland. Details to come.


Join us Friday at the Guild offices as we meet to discuss benefits.
We'll hear from Carrie Winsten,  of the Health Care Employees/Employer
Dental and Medical Trust.

We'll have coffee and bagels. Take BART to the Powell Street Station,
or park in the garage on Mission and Fifth.

If you haven't yet, this would be a great time to join Guild
Freelancers. Log onto and click on "Join Us."

12 noon
Fri Aug 20, 2010
433 Natoma St.
San Francisco, Calif., 94103
For more details:

See you there.
Rebecca Rosen Lum
Unit Chair, Guild Freelancers

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National Radio Project’s Making Contact is looking for interns

Wanna learn radio from folks who know what they're talking about? NRP's Making Contact is looking for interns. No pay, but valuable experience. Some FC members have worked there for a long time so let me know if you want more info and I'll put you in touch.


National Radio Project's Making Contact Internship
The National Radio Project, producer of Making Contact, seeks
Organizational and Production interns.

Making Contact is an internationally syndicated, public affairs
program, heard on 139 radio stations.

Making Contact currently has several available unpaid internships.
College credit can be given, but is not necessary.

    * Production Intern
    * Development Intern
    * Social Marketing Intern

 We are seeking individuals who are energetic, respectful, and
professional team players. Interns should possess a commitment to
social justice and the desire to support the use of media to inform,
inspire, and move people to take action.

Interns will gain excellent experience working on, Making Contact, an
award-winning weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs
program. Come join our team of highly trained and experienced staff
in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. National Radio
Project is an Equal Opportunity Organization and does not discriminate
on the basis of gender, color, sexual preference, disability, national
origin, religion, or economic status.

Production Intern
National Radio Project is looking for a 12-20hr/week Production
Intern. The intern must be reliable and flexible, familiar with
community and public radio, and able to make a 6-12 month commitment.
The intern will learn how to produce a radio segment or feature for
"Making Contact." (S)he will learn audio editing, voicing, script
writing, interviewing and field reporting. By the time the intern
leaves, he or she will have produced at least one piece for us for
national broadcast.


    * Must have excellent research skills.
    * Ability to book and conduct interviews (in-person and phone
interviews) and assist in script writing
    * Qualified individuals should have a basic knowledge of how to
use a microphone, digital audio recorder, headphones, and how to plug
into a multbox.
    * Some knowledge of Cool Edit Pro/Pro Tools/Sound Forge or any
other applicable editing software is preferred.
    * Additional responsibilities include: transcription, audio
editing, selecting soundbites/clips, participating in
listening/critique sessions and attending meetings, as needed.

To Apply: Download the production internship application at our
website: Copy
and Paste into a Word document, and send completed application to along with an introductory e-mail letter (2-3
paragraphs is fine) and resume.

Development Intern
National Radio Project seeks a 6-12 hours/week Development Intern to
support a range of activities, including: research, online social
networking, and administrative support.

    * Manage individual donor communications, including donor letters,
acknowledgements and tracking.
    * Assist with editing E-newsletters and mail appeals
    * Database entry to support communication with our supporters.
    * Provide administrative support to Associate Director and
Executive Director.
    * Identify and research potential foundation and individual donors.
    * Assisting in researching and editing grant proposals;

Social Marketing Intern
National Radio Project is looking for a 6-10hr/week Social Marketing
Intern. Some tasks include:

    * Be part of a team that develops strategies to increase our
online presence..
    * Manage online social networking sites like Making Contact’s
Facebook Fan page, Twitter, etc. to continue to engage and communicate
with supporters.
    * Corresponding with blogs and social media portals that cover the
environment, gender, immigration, and other topics we cover.
    * Researching and identifying potential publicity opportunities
and exploring ways in which we might engage our audience.

To Apply: Download the organizational internship application at our
website: Copy
and Paste into a Word document, and send completed application to along with an introductory e-mail letter (2-3
paragraphs is fine) and resume.

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Making Contact seeks pitches on freshwater, healthcare, recession, and more

Hey all. The fab public radio program Making Contact is looking for pitches. They are one of the few shows out there that takes long, sound-rich docs. I'm not sure about their rates so contact them if you have questions. Details below.


Hi there Making Contact reporters, freelancers, and friends,

Our latest call for pitches is below. In the short-term, we’re looking for a quick turnaround story on fresh water in the Eastern United States. We also have a pressing need for reports about health care reform and the impact of the oil industry on local communities. For our ongoing “How We Survive” series, we want recession-related features.


Please send story ideas to  Generally, we look for 7-13 minute sound-rich pieces reported from under-covered areas.

As always, feel free to send us ideas you don’t see on this list. We’ve recently increased our freelance budget, and would really like to hear some voices from around the US, and overseas.  Keep in mind, we occasionally commission full length 29 minute documentaries.

For those new to “Making Contact,” check out our site (
We try to feature voices that aren’t normally heard. Our shows highlight structural problems as well as grassroots solutions.

Thanks, and please forward widely!

Pauline Bartolone & Andrew Stelzer
Making Contact

Freshwater issues in the Eastern US

In light of the UN’s recent vote that clean drinking water is a human right, how are communities in the US working to claim their entire water systems? We already have a story about a movement in Michigan to put freshwater into a public trust. Another segment could be about crumbling water infrastructure in your city or town—how are privately owned vs. publicly owned water systems dealing with it? This piece will need to be finished by August 25th—a two week turnaround, so get your pitches in!

Cleaning up After Big Oil

Months after the explosion on the BP-owned oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the long-term impact on the coastal way of life is still unknown. For this show we’re looking for stories about how an oil company's presence in a community has changed their way of life. We’re also looking for stories about how to make oil companies accountable.

We Got Health Care Reform. Now what?
Health care reforms are just starting to be implemented, but massive change won’t be seen until 2014. But will these reforms really provide
the change system really needs? And what are people doing now to get the health care they need? We’re particularly interested in stories
about the undocumented.

Seniors in the Recession
In this show, we'll explore how senior citizens are affected by the recession, and what they're doing to maintain quality of life despite
rising costs and fixed incomes. We're particularly interested in the differences in experiences along race, class and gender lines.

Young People and the Recession
Studies show that more than a third of young people in the U.S. have cut back on cigarettes and alcohol because of strapped personal
budgets. Others are "boomeranging" back to their parents place because of a bad job market. We want stories about how young people are
getting creative and becoming active and organized. We invite collaborations with Youth Media initiatives.

We’re also looking for pitches that fit under the following themes:

Rural Areas and the Recession

Access to Mental Health Care and the Recession

Women and the Recession

Send your story ideas to

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video adjunct position in DC this fall

Not sure we have any DC folks in the group, but spread the word to your peers in the area. Or maybe find an excuse to hang in DC for a semester?


*Adjunct Instructor Videography, Washington, D.C.*

*Four days a week, flexible for 11 weeks, beginning Sept. 20 and ending Dec. 8, 2010 *

*Deadline for Applications: Aug. 18*

The Medill School of Journalism seeks an accomplished video storyteller with experience in public affairs, business or science journalism to teach in the school’s unique program in Washington, D.C. The job is a fulltime, temporary adjunct position.

The successful applicant will be an outstanding visual storyteller with experience in original video production for broadcast and non-broadcast platforms and a strong record of enterprise journalism.

He/she will be able to teach techniques that include, but are not limited to, audio collection, voice coaching, field producing, non-linear editing, creation of news packages and longer-form storytelling for digital platforms.

He/she will work with a range of students who are studying videography/broadcast, and/or specialist reporting in public affairs, business or science/health/environmental journalism.

The position is not a fulltime faculty position. It is an adjunct position for 11 weeks beginning Sept. 20. Schedule has some flexibility.

To apply, please send resume to:

Salome Angrand
Office Manager
Medill News Service
1325 G St. NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC 20005

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Hacks/Hackers summer update

Another group with great resources you might want to follow. I'll only forward this newsletter occasionally.


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Hacks/Hackers Summer Update

We bring you news from Facebook, SXSW, Mozilla and Gawker in this update about Hacks/Hackers activities of late. Please keep reading to the bottom — there are many opportunities in here.


— Hacks/Hackers is working with the Mozilla Foundation to create an online class about journalism and technology, taught by a mix of journalists and technologists. Nieman Lab wrote about the planned class ( after it was a winner in the collaboration contest at the Future of News and Civic Media Conference at MIT. Ideas for class topics are being discussed at the Hacks/Hackers Q-and-A forum.

–Daylife offered an API challenge to Hacks/Hackers members, where they will help market and sell applications developed with their API and give 70 percent of the proceeds to the developer. Read about it here and start hacking.

— Since launching — our Q-and-A community for technology/journalism problems — we've signed up nearly 200 members and generated and nearly 190,000 page views. Check out the questions and answers, or ask one yourself!


SXSW Interactive is putting out a call to news-related projects and technologies (among other categories) for its American Idol-like Accelerator competition on March 14-16, 2011. Note that the business side of news counts too! The category is “News Related Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies to support the dissemination of news and information for communities, both on the content side or on the underlying business model side (an example is advertising). This could include technologies related to data, text, documents, mapping, engagement, among other areas.” The deadline is December 10. There is a $150 entry fee, but they will nearly always waive it if you email them.


— The Medill School of Journalism still has scholarships to its journalism master's program available to people with backgrounds and/or degrees in computer programming. More information is available at

— Freelance journalist Corey Takahashi won the Hacks/Hackers scholarship to Poynter’s workshop on programming for journalists / journalism for programming.

Meetup Roundup

We’re expanding as more people launch their own chapters of Hacks/Hackers.

— Bay Area: Facebook launched their media partnership initiative at a Hacks/Hackers Bay Area meetup in July, seeking to work more closely with publishers to leverage the social network. You can read more details about the event here.

— New York: New York Hacks/Hackers had a busy July with two meetups. It had a meta-meetup at itself, featuring CEO Scott Heiferman, along with demos by Brad Flora from Chicago’s Windy Citizen and Nick Diakopoulos, a post-doc research associate at Rutgers University. It also hosted a photo-themed Meetup with the New York Times team behind the Moment in Time project and Demotix, a crowdsourced photowire service.

— Boston had their first Meetup at Microsoft’s NERD Center, featuring Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg and version "0.5" of their Time Flow tool.

— Los Angeles: The LA chapter of Hacks/Hackers had an initial meeting and is gearing up for more events in the fall. Go to to join and get involved.

— Chicago: The Chicago chapter is gearing up for a series of events this fall and is looking for people interested in helping organize and/or make presentations at these these events. Contact Rich Gordon,

— We are also looking to expand into Minneapolis, Seattle and Dallas, if anyone wants to jump in.


We’re looking for folks to help with the newsletter, job board and planning hackathons. Email


Here are some messages from organizations that have sponsored and supported Hacks/Hackers:

Gawker Media is Expanding Its Tech Team

Gawker Media has openings for bright tech minds of all kinds — with an emphasis on front-end/UI, Python and Java developers —  to help with their large tech infrastructure. Their content management system is home-grown and proprietary, and sees 30 million global visitors (up 38 percent year over year), 450+ million pageviews per month, 10,000 stories a month, and over 50,000 comments a day. Salary is competitive, includes benefits, 401k, and a 5,000-square foot roof deck! Get in touch with Gawker CTO Tom Plunkett at New York’s next big social Meetup is on September 9 at their offices. Keep an eye out.

Patch is Hiring Both Hacks and Hackers

Patch, Aol's local community journalism network which currently operates more than 50 news sites in towns with populations under 70,000, is hiring both hacks and hackers.

On the hacker front, the editorial positions Patch is filling include Local Editors (2+ years of journalism experience plus a degree in journalism) and Regional Editors (4-5 years of management experience and several years of journalism experience).

These cover jobs in the Midwest (Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana); West Coast+ (California, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona), Northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts); the South (Texas, Georgia, Florida and Missouri); plus Virginia and Maryland. As of recently, they had almost 80 editorial job listings.

On the hack front, they are looking for experienced software developers to design, implement, and improve their Ruby on Rails-based local news platform. For the front-end, the engineers must know the ins and outs of JavaScript, Web standards, semantic markup and client-side libraries (like jQuery and Prototype). And for the back-end, engineers must have experience building and scaling user-focused web applications, as well as experience with Rails and MySQL (or similar DB).  They are also looking to hire mapping engineer talent with experience or desire to work with Mapnik, TileCache, OpenStreetMap, and PostgreSQL/PostGIS.

Those and all the other Patch job listings (in editorial, advertising sales and corporate divisions) are listed online. In addition to this nationwide expansion, they also recently announced, which will allow them to cover underserved communities.

Thanks again for your support!


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SPJ NorCal 2010 Excellence in Journalism awards

Get recognized, my norcal j-friends. Good luck!


***Please distribute far and wide!***
Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter
2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards

Deadline: Sept. 7, 2010

Know a deserving journalist who soldiers on through cutbacks to get the story, photo or video? Whose dedication to our craft is second to none? Or is that journalist you?

For the past 25 years, the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has selected from among the Bay Area’s best of the best for its acclaimed Excellence in Journalism Awards. This year, in honor of our 25th awards anniversary, we’ve tweaked the format and revamped some of the categories to capture the breadth of our industry and make for a truly compelling awards ceremony. We’ve kept our special “Economy” category and added two more special categories: “Health Care” and “Environment.”

These awards honor the journalists whose work best reflects the SPJ ideals of initiative, integrity, talent and compassion. We also are seeking nominees for six special Board of Directors Awards: Journalist of the Year, Career Achievement, Distinguished Service, Unsung Hero, Meritorious SPJ Service and the Silver Heart. More details can be found in our online and pdf entry forms. For online entries, click here. Or fill out the attached PDF.

Entry deadline: Sept. 7. Best of luck!

pdf iconSPJ.NC.AwardEntryForm.pdf

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Personal Essay Class at the Grotto, 3 evenings in sept/oct

Super-talented FC member and writer extraordinaire Chris Colin will be teaching a personal essay class at the Grotto this fall. You don’t want to miss this opportunity. Details below.


Fall Writing Classes at the Grotto Now Enrolling

The Personal Essay, for Publication

Instructor: Chris Colin
Number of sessions: 3
Meeting times: Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:30; Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5
Course fee: $175

I like sandwiches. My fridge is sticky. Dad wore a beard. Our lives are full of banal but vital little bits, and god knows we should get more of them on paper. But spinning those bits into a publishable personal essay — the kind enjoyed by people other than our mothers — requires a specific and sometimes counterintuitive approach. This three-week workshop will help anyone from absolute beginners to practiced writers onto this path.

We will dissect the many approaches to a successful personal essay, from the straightforward to the unconventional. There will be reading, there will be writing. Did you spend six months on a desert island, sending smoke signals and gnawing porcupine? Cool, we’ll get you writing about it. But incredible personal histories are absolutely unrequired for this course, and for this genre. Some of the most memorable and affecting essays come from the most ordinary experiences, the most perceptive and polished from people who’d never picked up a pen before.

No need to arrive with a draft already written, but be prepared to write — and eventually workshop — over the duration of the class. Note: Class limited to 12 students.

Instructor bio: Chris Colin is the award-winning author of What Really Happened to the Class of ’93, and a former editor. His essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine and other sections of the paper, as well as several anthologies. He’s also written for Mother Jones, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, Conde Nast Portfolio, McSweeney’s, the New York Observer, San Francisco magazine, Women’s Health magazine, 7×7 and other publications, and was the longtime “On the Job” columnist for SFGate.

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Narrative Advanced Writing Workshop – Jan 2011, SF

Some FC members have a relationship Narrative; this could be a good opportunity for face time with an editor/publisher of literary geniuses. Good luck!


4-Day Intensive Workshop for Short Story Writers,
              Novelists, and Authors of Creative Nonfiction


The class will meet every day for four days, with a morning workshop and an afternoon seminar focused on craft. For the seminar, there will be reading assignments and study of works by well-known writers. Each participant will have one manuscript workshopped in class and a second manuscript reviewed for an individual conference with Tom. We will study storytelling and the formal elements of fiction, including voice, point of view, characterization, imagery, plot, and theme. Attention will also be given to scene building, sentence making, and the dramatic movement of descriptive writing.

Enrollment limited to 12 participants.

January 20 – 23, 2011

Application deadline: September 30, 2010

To apply or receive more information:

  • Please call 415-346-4477 and leave a message.
  • Or, send an email to Workshops.


    Rick Bass
    Richard Bausch
    Ann Beattie
    T. Coraghessan Boyle
    Janet Burroway
    Robert Olen Butler
    Italo Calvino
    Ron Carlson
    Michael Chabon
    Frank Conroy
    Don DeLillo
    E. L. Doctorow
    Andre Dubus
    Stuart Dybek

    Jennifer Egan
    Richard Ford
    William Gass
    Donald Hall
    Ron Hansen

    Charles Johnson
    Ken Kesey
    Min Jin Lee
    Bernard Malamud
    Peter Matthiessen
    Jill McCorkle
    Jay McInerney
    James Alan McPherson
    Arthur Miller

    Susan Minot
    Lorrie Moore
    Maud Newton
    Joyce Carol Oates
    Tim O’Brien
    Ann Pancake
    Jayne Anne Phillips
    George Plimpton
    Padgett Powell
    Annie Proulx
    Mark Richard
    Tom Robbins
    Philip Roth
    James Salter
    Bob Shacochis
    Lee Smith
    Debra Spark
    Scott Spencer
    Robert Stone
    Elizabeth Tallent
    John Updike
    Kurt Vonnegut
    John Edgar Wideman
    Joy Williams
    Tom Wolfe
    Tobias Wolff
    Richard Yates
    Alexi Zentner

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