Show + Tell – A Multimedia Cross Training from Big Shed and CDS (March 3-6, 2011)

A multimedia training program offered by some of the best producers out there. Details below.


Join Big Shed at the Center for Documentary studies this March for a
new course called Show + Tell: A Multimedia Cross Training.

Show + Tell is designed for practitioners–radio producers,
photographers, writers, editors, and other media makers–to build on
your expertise. The first half of the training focuses on building
your acumen in a complimentary medium, either photography or audio.
The second half focuses on multimedia production.

In workshops, you’ll develop new skills. In field exercises, you’ll
put what you’ve learned to use. In presentations, you will explore
larger issues surrounding this work. All of this so you can leave
this cross training with a working knowledge of the elements you need
to plan and create rich multimedia stories.

There will be special guests, including featured presenter New York
Times Editor, Amy O'Leary. Faculty for this workshop include Jesse
Dukes, Maisie Crow, Jennifer Deer, Elena Rue, and Shea Shackelford.

For training details and registration information —

Show + Tell: Multimedia Training from Big Shed

March 3-6, 2011 | Course fee: $650

We hope to see you there.

Shea Shackelford, Jennifer Deer and Jesse Dukes
Big Shed, an audio + media production shop

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Making Contact is Seeking Interns for Spring 2011

I occasionally post unpaid positions if the organization is really worthwhile and this one is. Making Contact is home to many FC members, and it's a great opportunity to learn and do some on-the-job networking. Details below.



please forward widely…contact info is below in email message

Making Contact is Seeking Interns for Spring 2011!

Making Contact is an internationally syndicated, public affairs program, heard on over 200 radio stations. We focus on topics of environmental, economic, political and social justice. We highlight stories of progressive organizing and systemic solutions.  The staff of Making Contact is small, but extremely talented, committed, intelligent, seasoned and professional. We are seeking individuals who are energetic team players.

1. 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.

2. Online Social Marketing Intern

National Radio Project is looking for a 6-12hr/week Online Social Marketing Intern and Online Mobilizer. Some tasks that you might do include:

  • ·         Designing and implementing outreach strategies to generate and increase awareness online.
  • ·         Creating and then managing profiles / pages / events / campaigns in social media sites (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • ·         Corresponding with blogs and social media portals that cover the environment, gender, immigration, or other topics we cover
  • ·         Researching and identifying potential publicity opportunities and exploring ways in which we might engage our user community both within our existing sites and on external social media platforms.

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.



3. Web Editing intern

National Radio Project is looking for an intern who can help update our website for roughly 3-5 hours a week. We're looking for a candidate who knows HTML and can navigate through Dreamweaver and content management systems such as WordPress. Knowledge of Photoshop or basic photo editing program preferred. The intern will work at home, but will occasionally need to come into our offices. This internship is unpaid.


Tasks include:

Making basic word and formatting edits to our website (

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short video competition from Aesthetica Magazine, deadline April 30

Another short film competition – this one from the UK's Aesthetica Magazine. Details below and here:

Thanks to FC member Niall McKay for pointing it out!



Short Film Competition

How to enter

To enter the competition and to view the Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

Supporting and Championing Short Film

Aesthetica is looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are fresh out of film school or have been making films for years, we want to hear from you. Accepting films in all genres: drama, documentary, music video, satire, comedy and artists' film.

This award offers the winner and runners-up a fantastic prize package, which will bring your films to a wider audience.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2011. All winners will be notified by 30 July 2011 and the DVD will be released with the December issue of Aesthetica Magazine.

Once you have entered the competition, please send your DVD as soon as possible. You can enter the competition up until 30 April, however we understand that postage can sometimes take a while, therefore we will be accepting DVDs until 15 May.


  • £500 first prize.
  • Screenings of your film at: Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival (London), Glasgow Film Festival, Branchage Film Festival (Jersey).
  • A weekend filmmaking course courtesy of Raindance.
  • 12 months membership to Shooting People.
  • Inclusion on a DVD that will go to all Aesthetica readers (60,000 viewers).

Runner-up & Finalists

  • £250 for the runner-up.
  • The runner-up and finalists will be included on a DVD that will go to all Aesthetica readers (60,000 viewers).

Submission Guidelines

  • Running times up to 25mins.
  • English language, dubbed in to English or with English subtitles.
  • Entries to be submitted by DVD.
  • Please include: Director's name, country of production, running time.
  • Plus full contact details including postal address, telephone number and email address.
  • Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound contained in your entry.


  • The competition is open to anyone in the world.
  • Please inform us if your work has been screened elsewhere.
  • An entry fee of £15 is required per film.
  • You may submit more than once.
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WGBH Lab Announces Open Call for video submissions – deadline Feb 14

Deadline is 2/14 for this short video competition. Details below. Go for it!


An invitation to produce a 3-minute video for WGBH Lab: The deadline to qualify for judging and a chance to win one of five $1000 cash prizes from the Lab, in collaboration with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, is February 14th, 2011. AE will also consider airing the judges' top video pick at the end of the television premier of the film Stonewall Uprising on PBS this April 25th.

This link to the Lab's open call page– — gives you all the background, details, tips, judges bios…everything you need to know, and NO! it's not too late to make a good video story! Here's fun advice from one of our judges, Mike Rosenblum, on shooting with your iPhone. .


Annie Shreffler

PS: Questions can come to me, anne_shreffler at wgbh dotorg

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Narrative Magazine Winter 2011 Story Contest, deadline March 31

Writing competition from the folks at Narrative Magazine. Details below and at


Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short stories, short shorts, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, one-act plays, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Prior winners and finalists in Narrative contests have gone on to win other contests and to be published in prize collections, including the Pushcart Prize, Best New Stories from the South, the Atlantic Prize, and others.

As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Click here to submit your work.

Awards: First Prize is $3,250, Second Prize is $1,500, Third Prize is $750, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $20 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2011, at midnight Pacific daylight savings time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2011. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

Click here to submit your work.


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Call for Submissions to the Freedom from Fear Award

Interesting award opportunity from the folks at New America Media. Details below.


NAM Media advisory
January 31, 2011

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Call for Submissions to the Freedom from Fear Award

The Freedom From Fear Award is a new national award that will honor fifteen ordinary people who have committed extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of immigrants and refugees—individuals who have taken a risk, set an example, and inspired others to awareness or action. The award seeks to honor unsung heroes who are not professional advocates. Based on nominations from people like you, awardees will receive a $5,000 cash award.

Watch the video about the award

And be sure to nominate someone before February 28, 2011

Please share this information with your networks!

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New America Media is a project of Pacific News Service.
New America Media | 275 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 | Tel. 415-503-4170
Copyright © 2009 Pacific News Service. All Rights Reserved.

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Snap Judgment Call for Stories

Hey all. Another call for stories from Snap Judgment. Details below.


Snap Judgment, “Storytelling . . . with a BEAT,” is calling for pitches for several upcoming episodes, listed below.

Snap rocks character-narrated and producer-narrated, dramatic, first person, stories and airs on over 100 NPR stations (and growing) nationwide.  Our stories are heavily produced with music and sound effects and need not have a news hook.  Pay scale is on par with other national programs.

The best Snap stories allow listeners to understand the world from the perspective of the protagonist, and start strong, often with a premise that describes the dilemma.  We dig the stories that bob and weave, dance, take listeners someplace unexpected.  And we want the ending to grab you by the throat.  (NO WISHY WASHY ENDINGS!)  

Snap Judgment seeks stories told from a points of view often under-represented on-air, particularly stories told by folks from marginalized communities, international stories, or anything off-the-beaten-path.

To hear what we’re talking about, please listen to a show.  Any one is cool, but to get an idea of the range of Snap storytelling, episodes you may want to try include:

Superheroes: Origin Stories (

Utopia ( )

The following is a list of the episodes we’re working on.  But if you have an amazing story, and it doesn’t hit one of these general “themes” – no worries!  Send it to us anyway.  Nothing is set in stone:

Episodes We’re Busy Cooking Up

Fame:  Stories about 15 seconds of fame, brushes with greatness or a moment in the sun. Examples include the story of a failed actor whose dog makes it to the big time, and the life of a central character in a chart-topping song.  

Road Trip: This episode features stories from the open road, cross-country or ‘round the world, life on the highway, pitch us your stories of breakdowns, hold-ups, train-hopping, dog-sledding or coast-to-coast skate boarding.

Lying Liars: Stories about the consequences of lying, and the lives of lying liars. Our definition of lying includes misleading, going under cover, scams, trickery and fraud.

April fools:  For this episode we’re looking for stories of amazing pranks, hoaxes or practical jokes, and the fallout when the dust clears.

Justice League: This is a follow-up to our superheros episode, and we need stories about heroes for justice, criminal do-gooders, prison breaks, weekend-warriors and peacekeepers.

BoyGirlBoyGirl: Stories about gender-bending, breaking down sex barriers, reversing parental roles, living within the constraints of biology or breaking from them entirely, stories of a new generation of boys and girls, of female firsts or ground-beaking guys.

Border Crossing: Stories of international boundaries, life on the border, refugees, asylum seekers, ex-pats and immigrants. These stories must have a narrative arc that takes listeners across an international boundary.

Best Intentions: Stories of the best laid plans, going horribly wrong: international aid resulting in famine, loving a bunny to death, surprise parties ending in cardiac arrest, gifts misunderstood or any stories of well intentioned ideas resulting in chaos, mayhem or disaster.

Mere Mortals: Stories of brushes with death, stupid or brave acts of heroism, encounters with mortality, stupendous survival or coming back from the dead.

International Intrigue: Stories of espionage, spies, secret agents, clandestine missions, sneaking across borders, midnight phone calls from the CIA, and concealed identities. Examples include the story of a man recruited by the CIA.

All In It Together: Go team. Stories about working together, feeling outcast, being accepted, signing-up or going AWOL. Examples include the story of a young man who finds himself at a bar on the night of 9/11 listening to the stories told by emergency workers.

The Wiz: Stories with a Wizard of Oz theme. Think creatively, not just searches for brain, heart and courage, but stories about going home, emerald cities, fake wizards, good witches, tornadoes and your little dog too. Examples include the story of a heart transplant recipient experiencing the memories of his donor.

Tilt: Stories about reaching a tipping point, changing your tune, convincing others, falling from grace, rising to fame, giving-up, standing-up, or more literal stories about tilting, tipping or toppling over.

Waste: Stories about trash, time wasted, lives wasted, money wasted, garbage dumps, e-waste, wasting resources, wasting talent, finding treasure in trash. Examples include the story of a high powered attorney’s slow decline into crack addiction.

Cha-Ching : Stories about the value of a dollar. Stories about learning the worth of something, something that’s value changes with time or with events, losing money, finding money, inheriting money, dirty money, money laundering, winning money, greed or generosity. Examples include the story of a robber who returned his victim’s wallet upon learning that his victim was homeless.

Pitch Procedure

1.     Listen to Snap Judgment.

2.     Check out the “Is your story right for Snap Judgment?” flowchart.

3.     Send your pitch to

4.     The Snap team will discuss your pitch and do our best to get back to you in two weeks.

We can’t WAIT  to hear your stories!


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