intro digital audio storytelling workshop at Wing and Clover next Sunday?

Hi all. Are any of you interested in an intro to digital audio storytelling workshop in Rhinebeck next weekend? I'm supposed to teach it but somehow the summer has just slipped away and I haven't had time to promote it. So far only one person has signed up. We can reschedule it for later this fall, but I'd love to gauge general interest in this sort of thing. The class will be held at the fabulous Wing and Clover, 22 East Market Street in Rhinebeck. Let me know if this is something you'd like to do (either next weekend or in the future), and feel free to pass it on to anyone who might be interested – all ages welcome!

Oral History: Intro to Digital Audio Storytelling

Stories are best told by the people who live them. In this class you will learn basic digital audio recording and editing to produce public-radio-style features, oral histories, and other sound-rich documentaries. As a class, we will create a short audio feature that you can use as a guide for future personal projects. We will cover interview and recording techniques, tips for telling stories with sound, and basic digital editing and mixing. Recording and editing equipment will be available for your use in class, but we will also discuss how to set up your own digital recording suite at home.

Instructor: Mia Lobel

Sunday, Aug. 15, 1:00-4:00

$70 ages: 14- adult

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NYC Area Freelance Journalist’s Meeting, Aug 11, 6:30pm

Hey folks. Some colleagues in NYC are holding a meeting to discuss freelancer issues. The organizers are radio folks but journalists in all media are welcome to attend. Details below.

Also, for the HV folks, I'm hoping to schedule a gathering before the end of the summer. I'll keep you posted!


Hey there New York Producers,

We're planning a meeting for any of you who have done or plan to do any kind of freelance work. If you produce any kind of freelance work this is something you should attend.

Wed., Aug. 11, 6:30
Maximo Pino Cafe

We'll be getting together to discuss the basic needs of freelancers. Working on developing a criteria for pay scale and other issues that works for us and reflects the amount of work that we actually put in to our pieces.

We need everyone to come to the meeting to give input and work together on the issues.

Please RSVP to:

Sally Herships


Laura Friedman

Looking forward to seeing you!

Sally Herships
Laura Friedman

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NAM Newsletter highlights

Some highlights from the latest New America Media newsletter. Some great opportunities in here. I only pass on the newsletter once in awhile so sign up to receive it yourself if you like it. (FYI, FC is not associated with NAM, I just find them really useful!)


$1,500 Aging Fellowship — Only 5 Days to Apply!

The deadline to apply for the MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, offered by New America Media (NAM) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), has been extended to Tuesday, Aug. 10

NAM urges ethnic media to apply for this opportunity to cover the critical and under-covered issues of aging.

The fellowship includes an expenses-paid trip to New Orleans for GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting, plus a $1,500 stipend for each of the 14 journalism fellows – half from ethnic media and half from the media covering aging. Fellows will write at least one brief article or blog based on any aspect of this huge conference and also propose and write a longer-term, in-depth project on any topic in aging.

See the call for proposals at

Contact Todd Kluss, GSA Communications Manager at; 202-587-2839, or NAM Ethnic Elders Editor Paul Kleyman,, 415-503-417 ext. 133.


Calling all chefs, cooks and culinary enthusiasts!

picKulinarya: A Filipino Culinary Showdown is being held in San Francisco. The grand prize winner in both the professional and amateur categories will receive a round trip ticket to the Philippines and a tour to Philippines culinary destinations, gift certificates and other prizes. Submit your short bio-data/credentials and recipe of their entry dish no later than August 10, 2010. Semi Finals will be held August 15, 2010 and the finals will be October 24, 2010 in celebration of the Filipino-American History Mopicnth.

For more information and guidelines of the contest, email or call 415-956-4060, or visit

And tune in to NAM's upcoming series: New America Now On Assignment: Philippines. Anchor Odette Keeley takes you on a culinary travelogue via the Philippine Department of Tourism's "Kulinarya [Culinary] Food Trips" also sponsored by Philippine Airlines and the Phil. Tourism Office-Philippine Consulate General-San Francisco


Travel stipends available for a two day training on health reporting in New Orleans, LA on August 11 -13, 2010. The training will enable journalists to interact, learn from one another, and share strategies for reporting on health care and health disparities. Contact: Sherice Perry,, 202-628-3030. For more information, click here.

Don't miss a special 5-day IRE boot camp, August 16-20, 2010, hosted by San Diego State University and The Watchdog Institute. Learn how to use spreadsheets and databases to analyze data, plus how to download data, how to convert it from text, where to look for it on the Web, and more. Contact: Stephanie Sinn,


25 spaces in a free workshop on the coverage of Urban Education as initiative to prioritize urban education reporting, September 29 to October. 2, at the Columbia Journalism School in New York as part of the New York Times Institute Fellowship on Education Reporting. Contact: Arlene Morgan, DEADLINE: September 3, 2010


picThe California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism provide California journalists with an opportunity to gain insights into community health issues and to learn multimedia reporting skills during two four-day sessions in Los Angeles October 21-24, 2010 and January 20-23, 2011. All-expenses-paid fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers. Click here to register. DEADLINE: September 2, 2010.


The Rory Peck Awards, honoring the work of professional freelance cameramen and women is calling for entries for 2010. The competition is free to enter. Entries must have had their first broadcast between August 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010. DEADLINE: September 6, 2010.


GRANTS AVAILABLE! The Fund for Investigative Journalism seeks grant proposals from journalists investigating issues in their states and local communities, and working on investigative stories for ethnic media. The program for local, regional, and ethnic media is funded by a $100,000 grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Contact: Sandy Bergo,, 202-481-1218. DEADLINE: September 8, 2010


Visual Communications seeks to cultivate a new generation of Asian Pacific American. The Armed with a Camerica Fellowship will award up to ten fellows $500 to complete a five-minute digital video, within a five-month span of time. Contact: Kennedy Kabasares, DEADLINE: October 1, 2010 5PM PST


Call For Submissions for an anthology on women of color's self/body image as shaped by family, friends, media, society etc. Click here for more information. DEADLINE: October 15, 2010


South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts are calling for submissions that are reflections, critiques, and analysis on how the way we think about race, religion, etc has been change by 9/11. More information here. Contact: DEADLINE: October 15, 2010.


The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is offering a $25,000 stipend and half the tution for graduate study in the US for applicants 30 and younger who are either a resident alien, someone who has been naturalized as a US citizen, or the child of a US naturalized parent. DEADLINE: Novemeber 1, 2010

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Fund for Investigative Journalism grant proposals, deadline Sept 8

Another great funding opportunity – this one from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Seems like they'll fund many different types of projects: print, broadcast, multimedia. FYI, it looks like the link to apply for the grant is broken on their main page, but you can access it here: Good luck!


FIJ Seeks Grant Proposals from Journalists Investigating Issues in States and Local Communities – and for Stories for Ethnic Media

For more information contact:
Sandy Bergo

WASHINGTON (August 4, 2010) — The Fund for Investigative Journalism has announced that the deadline for its next round of grant proposals is Wednesday, September 8.

The Fund is particularly interested in proposals from U.S. reporters investigating issues in their states and local communities, and working on investigative stories for ethnic media. The program for local, regional, and ethnic media is funded by a $100,000 grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

FIJ accepts applications through its newly redesigned website,

Questions about the application process can be sent to Fund executive director Sandy Bergo,

For more than forty years, the Fund for Investigative Journalism has supported work by reporters who do not have the resources to do their investigations, with grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. The Fund’s distinguished board not only decides which applicants to help, but also provides guidance in pursuing stories and placing them with media outlets. In a new partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Fund also matches grant recipients with veteran journalists who serve as mentors, at a recipient’s request. 

The Fund depends on donations from foundations and individuals. Donations can be made online or by mail to The Fund for Investigative Journalism, 910 17th Street NW – 7th floor, Washington DC 20006.

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CA Documentary Project grants, deadline Nov 1

Hey CA producers – a BRILLIANT funding opportunity here for film, radio, and new media. At least two FC members have received funding from CDP in the past, so drop a line if you have questions and I'll put you in touch with one or both of them. Good luck!



California Council for the Humanities


The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program of the California Council for the Humanities. CDP supports film, radio and new media projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective; enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples and histories; and be suitable for California and national audiences. Guidelines are now available at


Grants are offered in the following categories:

·         Production
Film and radio up to $50,000. New media up to $20,000.

·         Research & Development
Film, radio and new media up to $7,000


Please see the Council’s website for guidelines and a list of previously supported projects. For more info contact John Lightfoot, CDP Program Officer, at


DEADLINE: November 1, 2010

John Lightfoot

Program Officer

California Documentary Project

California Council for the Humanities

415.391.1474 ext. 314

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Sounds Elemental Workshop

This isn’t cheap, but they do some very cool work. Grants may be available to attend. Details below.


From Earth to Sky! AIR’s Sounds Elemental with Harvestworks

New York City

November 15-19, 2010

We’ve completed our first 2010 summer intensive focusing on “earth” with high marks from attendees, from “a remarkable opportunity to return to the wellspring of the craft” to “I found the Q&A with Amy O’Leary super valuable for thinking about the future of audio journalism and journalism in general.”

Grab one of 10 available slots for our second week-long immersion – this time the focus is on “sky.” It’s a unique way to treat yourself to a deep dive into unconventional approaches to assembling sound and telling story. The cost is $650. AIR members who are accepted are eligible for a stipend to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC.

Producers benefit from intensely individualized attention from renowned sound artists-teachers, NYC-based composers and performers Michael Schumacher, Hans Tammen (Harvestworks) and Brenda Hutchinson (AIR), plus New York Times new media editor Amy O’Leary.


Learn more, and – most importantly – apply now:

To listen to previous work and to hear interviews from past Sounds Elemental participants, visit:

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production opportunity at City Visions Radio Show, KALW, SF

Another opportunity at City Visions Radio, KALW. This is a volunteer gig but a good opportunity to get some experience and a foot in the door at KALW; they do a lot of great work. This from their senior producer:

In nearly all cases, producing with us has given a nice push to producers to further their careers and find new work opportunities.  I feel strongly that producing for us provides a great opportunity to demonstrate and fine tune skills and deepen resumes. 

Application details below. -Mia


Radio Producer  (Volunteer)


Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Organization: City Visions Radio

Skill(s): Producing, Writing

Start date: Training would begin as soon as interview process was completed

Last day to apply: Open               


City Visions, a live call-in radio program, has aired weekly on KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco since 1991. (Monday, 7:00-8:00pm). We aim to educate, stimulate, and make positive contributions to discussions on Bay Area issues.  Our production team – a talented group of multi-disciplined, public policy minded volunteers – brings a broad perspective to current issues. This is a fantastic opportunity for people interested in learning about radio production or who simply want to be part of a team of volunteers informing our community about important issues.


City Visions is looking for someone interested in producing one radio program per month. With support from the Senior Producer and others on the team, producers develop guest panels to discuss a variety of topics important to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Production requires approximately 10-20 hours per show and consists of: researching a topic; developing a guest panel; providing background material, bios and potential questions for the host; writing copy; in-studio production on show nights from 6pm to 9pm one Monday per month.  Attendance at weekend bi-monthly production meetings is also required. Show topics are flexible depending upon a producer’s interests and skills.

Please visit our website ( to check out previous shows and read the bios of current producers.


Qualified producers will be professionals looking to add radio production to their skill set. Excellent writing and communication skills are necessary though radio experience is not required. Applicants should be deadline-oriented, highly organized, willing to commit for at least one year and possess a strong interest in public policy and current affairs.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume, with subject line "Producer Resume," to: Brian Moran, Senior Producer, at

Brian Moran
senior producer
City Visions Radio Show
KALW 91.7 FM
San Francisco
323-309-8699 – cell

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Reality Radio book signing in SF, Aug 5, 7:30pm

John Biewen of Duke's Center for Doc Studies and the Kitchen Sisters' Davia Nelson will be signing books at The Booksmith in the Haight on Thursday at 7:30pm. Check it out!

1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688


John Biewen will be joined by the wondrous Davia Nelson of the Kitchen Sisters for a presentation and Reality Radio book signing this Thursday, August 5, 7:30, at The Booksmith in the Haight. Would be great to see you there.

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Nat’l Conf for Media Reform

Send your ideas for the next National Conference for Media Reform. Details below.


Hello friends,
The next National Conference for Media Reform will be April 8-10, 2011 in Boston.
We know everyone in this community has great ideas for better media, so we are excited to let you know that the call for suggestions for the conference is now open. If you have a session, speaker, or topic idea and want to share it, go here to submit a suggestion. (
We want the conference to reflect the broad sweep of media reform — from policy to journalism to social justice to technology and innovation. Your input will help make this our best conference yet. 
More info is below. Feel free to contact me off list if you have questions.
Looking forward to hearing from you! Mary Alice

Program Priorities: We are looking for session proposals on topics related to media reform, media activism and media policy. Sessions should fit into one of our themed tracks for the conference. Descriptions of the tracks can be found here.
  • Policy and Politics
  • Social Justice and Movement Building
  • Journalism and Public Media

  • Media Makers, Culture and the Arts
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Workshops and Trainings

Sessions should be designed to:
  • Energize, motivate and inspire participants to reform the media.
  • Educate on pressing media reform issues and actions to achieve real change.
  • Share models for successful media reform campaigns and actions.
  • Strengthen the skills of activists working for media reform.
  • Examine "who's doing what" in various sectors of media reform, media policy and media activism.
  • Provide opportunities to network, connect with allies, and meet others interested in making media better.
  • Discuss strategies for realizing concrete change in our media system.
More information about the session selection process can be found here and more information about deadlines and timelines can be found here.

Learn More: Frequently Asked Questions and other information can be found here.

Spread the word: Let everyone know about the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform by forwarding this e-mail and sharing details on Twitter and Facebook.
Sign up for updates: You can sign up for future conference announcements and updates here.
Mary Alice Crim
Outreach Manager
Free Press ::
413.585.1533 ext. 202
reform media. transform democracy.

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