Audio Art for Radio – Deadline Passed

Hey all. I totally missed the boat on this (my apologies) but it might be worth putting these folks in your contact lists for the future.


Sometimes you can’t do something right without doing it wrong. A mistake can be an unplanned act of genius. Getting hopelessly lost can set you on the right path.

Broadcasting For Reels is seeking works of audio art that address the idea of “Success Through Failure.” Chosen entries will be aired on CKDU-FM in Halifax and distributed to community radio stations throughout Canada.

Broadcasting For Reels is an audio art project presented annually by the Centre for Art Tapes since 1993. The project accepts new audio work no more then one year old up to a maximum of 10 minutes in length. Works should be submitted as an audio CD or as a data file (wav, aiff or mp3) via email, web transfer or disc. Only those selected will be notified. If you would like your submission returned to you please include a self addressed, stamped envelope.

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2010. Artist fees will be paid.
Send submission with current CV and artist statement to:

Centre for Art Tapes
5600 Sackville Street, Rm. 207
Halifax, NS B3J 1L2

For more information contact (902) 420-4002 or visit

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PRX and NPR’s State of the Re:Union is hiring!

Full time radio producer gig for the right person. The show is based in Jacksonville, FL, but word is you can work from anywhere in the continental U.S.  Details below.


State of the Re:Union is hiring a producer! It's an amazing job– involving travel all over the country, producing long-form documentary radio– though it's also a really demanding one… And we need just the right talented, motivated, creative-minded radio producer for the gig… Description is below. You can also find it here:


About the Show
State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) is an hour-long, nationally-aired radio show distributed by PRX and and NPR and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Each episode SOTRU introduces listeners to a different city and town and examines various aspects of that area’s community. The show aims to illustrate that despite the many issues, interests and actions that divide us a country we’re all really more alike than we are different.

Hosted by poet, playwright, and Public Radio Talent Quest winner, Al Letson, SOTRU combines a fresh voice and distinctive storytelling with music and interviews to create fascinating radio that has a sound all it’s own. In addition to radio episodes, SOTRU also produces regular video podcasts, short documentaries and various multimedia segments for the show’s website.

Job Description
The SOTRU producer must be ready and excited to work on location, collaborate with the team and create challenging and engaging audio while still being cognizant of and contributing to the digital media aspects of the show. Our ideal candidate will have experience in public radio, but also a willingness to think about the medium in new ways. Strong leadership skills are required to manage all aspects of episode production from initial research to show completion. She/he will have strong ideas and fight for their opinions, but also be willing to make concessions for the good of the show and see the bigger picture. The producer will have a clear understanding of the show’s mission and be passionate about helping that mission evolve and grow.

Job tasks include, but are not limited to:

• Work with host, production staff and multimedia team to create original and compelling radio and multimedia programming.
• Propose and research story/segment ideas for program.
• Participate in regular production meetings with staff.
• Suggest, locate, pre-interview, and evaluate guests; book guests and confirm bookings.
• Work to manage logistics of getting people and equipment on location when needed.
• Interview subjects as needed, collect ambient sounds and relevant archival recordings.
• Field produce radio show episodes, segments and special projects.
• Make frequent blog entries and provide on-location material to multimedia producers.
• Conduct background research to ensure correct facts and cleared copyrights, and provide host with materials for broadcast.
• Develop script outline for host to work from, write and edit copy as needed.
• Use sound & music in creative ways to add texture, imagery, and a sense of place to each SOTRU episode.
• Work with executive producers and content editor to achieve a consistent State of the Re:Union feel and sound.
• Edit and mix audio for episode segments, and build a timeline for the overall episode.

The ideal candidate will have a combination of education and work experience that illustrates the necessary skills and abilities to thrive in this position, including:

• 2 years of previous radio production experience.

• Work well under pressure and effectively manage multiple priorities.
• Available to travel as needed.
• Dependable and flexible to perform unscheduled assignments and work odd hours to ensure all deadlines are met without sacrificing output quality.
• Proven ability to work well in a collaborative team environment as well as independently.
• Previous experience conducting interviews and gathering audio material on-location.
• Ability to develop an overall story-arch and tell stories creatively.
• Capable of assembling and mixing radio stories (voice, sound and music) at a broadcast-quality level.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Focused and determined work ethic with strong creative thinking skills.
• Experience researching stories and writing scripts.
• Strong interest and knowledge of national news and passionate about community.
• Computer savvy with a strong knowledge of other forms of media a plus.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and links or files of 3-5 radio stories you’ve produced to

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Northcoast Environmental Center journal seeks writers (volunteer)

Hey folks. A new North coast environmental journal is looking for volunteer writers. I know, I know – volunteer – but this is a good opportunity for students or other newbies who are looking for clips. I know the editor and she's a total pro, so this is a great chance to get edited by a professional team and get clips for your portfolio. That is worth something if you're just getting started. Contact for more information.


The Northcoast Environmental Center publishes a journal focusing on forestry policy and environmental news.  Volunteer writers are needed for assignments, and pitches are welcome.  This is a great opportunity for law students, environmental science students, or journalism students to see their name in print.  Stories are read by an educated community, so you won't have to shy away from the details.  You will make great contact within the environmental community, and learn about the biggest news items in the forestry field.  Stories must be related to the Northcoast area, although this isn't hard given the breadth of forestry impacts in this area, and the local nexus of state-wide and national policy endeavors.    
If you are interested in writing a 300, 500, 800 or 1200 word story, please send a short pitch or request for an assignment to the editor. Include links to published work or an attached writing sample.  Final stories should also include photos.  

Amy Coombs Editor, EcoNews Northcoast Environmental Center (415) 407-3739 (cell)

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Upcoming events at the UCB J-School

Some great events coming up at the UCB j-school including a talk TOMORROW by radio super-star and good friend of FC Tamara Keith. Don't miss it!


The Big Story: National Public Radio’s Tamara Keith

When: Wednesday, October 6

Reception: 5:30 PM
Lecture: 6:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

NPR Reporter and Journalist-in-Residence Tamara Keith discusses radio journalism, the challenge of covering disasters, and NPR’s transition in the digital age, while outlining her experiences covering major stories ranging from the world financial crisis, to the earthquake in Haiti, to the BP oil spill in Louisiana.

Our Patchwork Nation: political journalist and author Dante Chinni

When: Wednesday, October 13

Reception: 5:30 PM
Lecture: 6:00 PM

 North Gate Hall Library

Political journalist and author Dante Chinni talks about his highly praised new book, Our Patchwork Nation. The outgrowth of an online reporting project that began in 2008, Patchwork Nation demonstrates that the subtle distinctions in how Americans vote, invest, shop, and communicate reflect what they experience on their local streets and in their local communities.

What Happens When Refugees Tell Their Own Stories?
A film screening with Becky Palmstrom

When: Wednesday, October 27,  6:00 PM

Where:  North Gate Hall Library

Over the summer Becky Palmstrom worked with Film Aid International in Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya. Together with 30 young refugees from Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo, Uganda and Kenya they produced four short documentaries about life in the camp. Becky will be screening the documentaries and talking about participatory video and its implications for humanitarianism and citizen journalism.

The event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Center, the Center for African Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley and YouTube: Innovators at Work!

Thursday, October 28

Reception: 5:30 PM
Discussion: 6:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Join J-School student Shannon Service, alumna Anna Bloom, YouTube’s Olivia Ma, New America Media's Kevin Weston, ABC's Jennifer Mitchell and the Bay Area Video Coalition's Ken Ikeda as they discuss an exciting joint project in which the School is working to understand, curate, and engage citizen-contributed news content to the online video powerhouse. Moderated by Associate Dean Paul Grabowicz.

George Azar
Film maker and photographer based in Amman, Jordan

Tuesday, November 9,  6:00 PM

North Gate Hall Library

George Azar will screen and speak about his two powerful films:

"The Gaza Fixer" –  the human story of one man's personal loss during the Gaza War.                            

"Two Schools in Nablus" – teachers at a boys and a girls school work to educate students living under the Israeli occupation.

George Azar has covered the Middle East and Arab/Islamic culture for the past 29 years from Beirut, Jerusalem and Gaza. He is a recipient of television’s 2007 Rory Peck Award for his film ‘Gaza Fixer.’ The following year his film, ‘Two Schools in Nablus’ won the Japan Prize and the U.K. Royal Television Society’s Education Award.

As a photojournalist, Azar’s work has appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Economist, Newsweek, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other leading newspapers and periodicals. His photographs appear on the covers of many books, most recently Mahmoud Darwish’s State of Siege (2009).

He is the author of the books Palestine, A Photographic Journey (University of California Press, 1991) and Palestine, A Guide (Interlink Books, 2006).

Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends
Historian and Israeli journalist, Tom Segev

When: Friday, November 12,  Noon

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Historian and Israeli journalist, Tom Segev, speaks about his widely acclaimed new book, Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends.

Segev, who writes a weekly column in Ha'aretz, Israel's leading daily newspaper, is the author of The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust and other pathbreaking books, including One Palestine, Complete, which was named one of the ten best books of 2000 by the New York Times Book Review. He lives in Jerusalem.

"A Mad Day Out, 1968", by Stephen Goldblatt
An Exhibition and Public Lecture

When:  Friday, November 12

Reception: 6:00 PM
Lecture:  7:00 PM

Where:  North Gate Hall Room 105

On Sunday, July 28th 1968, in the midst of recording sessions for the White Album, The Beatles decided to spend a Mad Day Out being photographed at seemingly random locations all over London. This exhibition of photographs by Stephen Goldblatt traces that day and the madcap and energy of the Beatles roaming and playing through London.

Stephen Goldblatt began his career as a news photographer, including work for the London Sunday Times, and later specializing in shooting rock stars, including The Beatles at the peak of their popularity. He ran Anthony Armstrong-Jones' studio in Pimlico for three years before attending the Royal College of Art Film School. Upon graduation, he went to work shooting documentaries and animation, much of it in 16mm. Among his assignments were two "Disappearing World" episodes for Granada TV. He became a director of photography in 1980 for the feature, "Breaking Glass". He has been nominated for an Oscar twice: "Prince of Tides" (1991) and "Batman Forever"(1995) and has been director of Photography for "Julie and Julia", "Angels in America", "Percy Jackson and the Olympians", "Rent", "Charlie Wilsons War", "The Pelican Brief", "The Cotton Club" and is currently finishing "The Help" based on the #1 NY Times best seller list novel.

Julie Hirano
Event & Fundraising Coordinator
Graduate School of Journalism
121 North Gate Hall
University of California at Berkeley
(work) 510.642.3394

(fax) 510.643.2680

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a note about the last FC West gathering

See the following note from FC West coordinator Jen Ward. I'll take it as a good sign that there were enough people out to have two complete groups at Luka's!


I’d like to offer an apology for any confusion connected with the different Freelance Café groups that met on Thursday. I didn’t receive a text sent to me by a group chilling in the back by the pool tables. Consequently, there were two Café groups at Luka’s Thursday night. From what I know, both groups had a blast, I’m just sorry we could not have hung out as one big group. In any case, a good time was had by all. We’ve got our eye on San Francisco for next month’s gathering. Maybe we’ll find a smaller spot, what do you say?


Jen Ward


Jennifer Inez Ward
Contributing Editor
Oakland Local

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workshop open house at Wing and Clover TOMORROW, Sunday Oct. 3, 1-3pm

Hey folks. For any of you interested in the workshops held at Wing and Clover in Rhinebeck, they're having an open house tomorrow (Sunday 10/3) from 1-3pm. You can come see the place and talk to the teachers of the fall/winter workshops. (And I hear they'll be apple cider too!) Many of the workshops are great for older kids (12 and up).

I'll be around to answer questions about my upcoming digital audio storytelling workshop. Family oral histories can make fabulous holiday/birthday/anniversary gifts, and we can talk about how to add your audio to slideshows and other multimedia presentations. If you have an idea but aren't sure if the workshop is right for you, stop by tomorrow and we can talk it out. You can also contact me directly at

Hope to see you tomorrow!

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, October 17, 1:00-4:00

$70 ages: 14- adult

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