Grant opportunity for Arts Writers, deadline June 8

Wow – this looks like a good one! I'm not familiar with this org so if anyone has experience they'd like to share, drop me a line. Details below.


Online application form opens:
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Application deadline:
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 USD.

Writers who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the following categories:

New and Alternative Media
Short-Form Writing

Due to legal constraints we can only fund U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and holders of O-1 visas. For guidelines and additional eligibility requirements, please

<<Art Writing Workshop>>

In partnership with the International Association of Art Critics/USA Section, the Arts Writers Grant Program offers applicants consultations with leading art critics. For more information, please visit

This American Life looking for contributions for next week’s show

Forwarded from the folks at AIR, a fabulous opportunity from Ira Glass. LOVE this idea!


Hi there This American Life friends and contributors:

It’s Ira Glass here.  We're doing this show next week – May 6th – that
we've been planning for months and are very excited about.  It's
unlike any show we've ever done.  The theme is simply:  "This Week."
Everything in the show will have happened in the previous seven days.
That'll include an international story or two, and things that are
happening in national news in DC and elsewhere.  But it'll also
include hyper-local: hopefully a bar fight, a first kiss.  In other
words: an approach to doing a “news” show in a narrative way,
reporting the week's news with great characters and stories and
hopefully a lot of feeling.  Fingers crossed on that anyway.  Not one
minute of tape has been recorded as I write this.

Here's where you fit in.

Do you know of anything especially interesting happening (to you or
anyone else) between Saturday April 30 and Friday May 6th?  Something
that might qualify as having a “big” week?  Some ideas we’ve thrown
around here: a Youth League soccer or school sports rivalry that'll
come to a big decisive game?  Someone doing something for the first
time?  Someone who might go into remission or come out of a coma or
get married or open a business or shut down their business?  Anyone
who'll get their tax check back from the government and get to spend
it?  A talent show or recital or school play?  Someone getting their
first drunk tattoo or braces put on or braces taken off?  Someone
trying as hard as they can in the last weeks of the semester not to
flunk out?

Or maybe there's an interesting local news story where you are that
might be approaching a turning point next week?

Obviously, the best stories – as always – would be ones where
something important is at stake for someone.  What we already have: a
beauty pageant, Wisconsin electoral news, a college student who's
graduating and moving back in with her parents.  That leaves a lot of
room for you.

Because we'll be turning these stories around so fast, if you're not
an experiened radio producer or reporter we most likely will pay you
for the idea and then either set up a quick phone interview with the
subject or figure out a way to get a producer to gather some tape.

And if nothing comes to mind as you read this right now, please keep
us in mind next week should you happen to fall in love for the first
time, decide suddenly to emigrate to Norway, find a thousand dollar
bill on the sidewalk or get called up from the minor leagues to the

Like always, you can send pitches/ideas/thoughts to Julie Snyder at

Thanks!  I know the contributions we get from all of you will be an
important part of this show.

Ira Glass

UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Event in New York, 5/4, 6pm

Great looking event hosted in NYC by my alma mater.

NYC Investigative Reporting

Join fellow Berkeley alumni and friends in the New York area for

Uncovering the Future of Investigative Reporting

Featuring Lowell Bergman, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and producer and professor of investigative reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism in conversation with veteran journalist Bill Moyers.

As traditional news organizations face decreasing resources and readership, how can investigative reporting be sustained?  What new models are emerging?  What role will nonprofits and universities play? How is new media changing the field? Join Professor Bergman, a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and Emmy award-winning journalist Bill Moyers, for this provocative conversation. Al Pacino played Bergman in The Insider, a 1999 film about his investigation of the tobacco industry for 60 Minutes.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

Networking reception from 6–7 p.m., 7th Floor
Program from 7–8:30 p.m., Museum Theatre

$25 in advance only
Please note that at-the-door registration will NOT be available for this event 

Includes hosted hors d’oeuvres and wine

Please register now, as registration will close prior to the event.

For information, call 888.864.8225 or e-mail Catherine Brennan.


Copyright © 2011 UC Regents. All rights reserved.


The Art of Audio for Non-Fiction Writers

For print writers AND audio producers – this promises to be a great event. Evite and details below!



You are warmly invited to an informal gathering and professional discussion April 28 sponsored by the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) and the Mills College journalism program. “The Art of Audio – for Nonfiction Writers in a Trans-media World” brings radio reporters Rachel Louise Snyder of NPR and Sarah Varney of KQED to talk about how the audio story is another element of a literary & journalistic calling and how radio reporting can complement other skills when building a journalism career. Please tell others about the event at Mills College in Oakland if you think they might like to attend. We will begin and end with a wine reception; the discussion will start at 7 p.m.


Rachel Louise Snyder is the best-selling author of "Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade (WW Norton)." She is also the host and executive producer of the weekly public radio program "The Global Guru," which uncovers mysteries of global culture around the world, as well as hosting a new global affairs show in Washington, DC called "Latitudes." Her work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Travel & Leisure, the New Republic, and Slate, among others, and she received a 2006 Overseas Press Award for her work on the public radio show "This American Life." She lived in London for two years, before moving to Cambodia for six, and she recently relocated to Washington, D.C., where she is an assistant professor of literature in the MFA program at American University. She earned her MFA degree in Creative Writing with a focus in fiction from Emerson College in Boston.


Sarah Varney covers health for KQED's statewide news programs The California Report and Health Dialogues. She has reported extensively on health policy, health disparities, public health and environmental health, including a series of stories on the safety of alternatives to banned substances like phthalates. She began reporting for KQED in 2002 and has covered a range of subjects and stories – from the ethics, politics and science of stem cell research to the religious and legal challenges over gay marriage to the inside workings of baseball park food vendors. Sarah also reports regularly for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 


Katherine Ann Rowlands

Assistant Managing Editor for News, Bay Area News Group-East Bay

Metro Editor, Contra Costa Times

President-elect, Journalism & Women Symposium (

925-943-8379 office or 510-872-2007 cell


Grant funding available from the CA Council for the Humanities

Upcoming info sessions (both in-person and online) on receiving grant funding from the CA Council for the Humanities. Details below!


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The California Council for the Humanities recently held its first informational session for California Story Fund (CSF) grantseekers. If you were unable to attend Monday's session, don't worry: more meetings and webinars are coming up! For more information about CSF, see below. (You may need to enable graphic elements.) Please feel free to forward this email to friends and colleagues who might be interested.

Dates and times for upcoming informational sessions are as follows:

Informational Meetings

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2011—4:00 to 5:30 pm

    Fresno Central Library, Fresno, CA

  • Thursday, April 28, 2011—12:30 to 2:00 pm

    Beale Memorial Library, Bakersfield, CA

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2011—12:30 to 2:00 pm

    Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA

Informational Webinars

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2011—10:30 am to 12:00 pm PDT
  • Friday, May 6, 2011—10:30 am to 12:00 pm PDT*

    *Note: this webinar is for Academic Applicants—faculty, staff, and students of two- and four-year colleges and universities.

For more information on these meetings and webinars and to register for one of the sessions, click HERE.

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NYC journalism and trauma event w/Daniel Zwerdling, Wed. 4/27, 5:30pm

Another upcoming event for you NYC folks. This looks like a good one.


2011 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

 5:30 – 8:00 pm


Reception: 5:30 pm * Awards and winners' round table: 6:00 pm *


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

World Room, 3rd floor

116th Street and Broadway

New York, NY


Crusading Against Silence:

High Impact Reporting on Invisible Victims


The 2011 Dart Awards recognize searing, in-depth investigations which exposed how important institutions – schools, universities and the military – betray the very people they are supposed to protect: victims of teenage bullying and campus rape, brain-injured soldiers and families left behind by war. Please join us in celebrating the winners and engaging in a conversation on journalism that is both hard-hitting and humane.




Kevin Cullen, Columnist, Boston Globe

Sonya N. Hebert, Photographer, Dallas Morning News

Kristen Lombardi, Reporter, Center for Public Integrity

T. Christian Miller, Reporter, ProPublica

Daniel Zwerdling, Correspondent, NPR


Moderator:   Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma


This event is free and open to the public.


Winners of the the 2011 Dart Awards are The Boston Globe for "A Tormenting Problem: An Exploration of New-Age Bullying"; The Dallas Morning News for "Private Battles"; NPR and the Center for Public Integrity for "Seeking Justice in Campus Rapes"; and NPR and ProPublica for "Brain Wars: How the Military is Failing its Wounded."


Established in 1995, the annual Dart Awards recognize exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families and communities.  The Dart Awards are administered by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of  the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia.

Several Columbia Jschool events over the next few days

The latest events at the Columbia J-school. Spread the word.


Please see below and share widely…

In addition to the Social Media Weekend May 13-15 (with limited 15% off tickets) described below, here are several other events at the J-school over next few days:

* Tuesday, April 26

4-5 pm: "Storycraft." Long-form narrative writing coach Jack Hart shares his trade secrets to help you develop, craft, structure and edit your work. Room 601B of the Journalism School.

5:30-7 pm J-School Debates. Round 2. SPJ hosts another debate for students, faculty and industry, with the motion: "This House would accept government funding to finance its journalism operations." Featuring Columbia President Lee Bollinger; Chen Weihua, the Editor of the U.S. Edition of the China Daily; John Bentley, CBS reporter, Political unit; Dan Pashman, formerly of NPR, host of the Sporkful; and students Linette Lopez, Bilal Lakhani and Jonathan Hall. Professor Richard Wald will be chairing. Lecture Hall of the Journalism School.

* Thursday, April 28

7-9 pm: Delcorte Lecutre by Amy DuBois, editor-in-chief, Ebony The Delacorte Lectures examine various aspects of magazine journalism, presented in the spring semester each week by a leader in the field of magazine publishing.

* Monday, May 9

12-2 pm Social Media in the Middle East
Rasha Abdulla, Chair of Journalism and Mass Communication, American University in Cairo, "The People Want to Tweet the Revolution: How Social Media Brought Down Egypt's Dictator." Journalism 601B

* Tuesday, May 10

The release of The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism

A special report by

Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia Journalism School

Principal, Quantum Media
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia Business School

Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia Journalism School

Discussion moderated by
"Annals of Communication" Writer, The New Yorker

Author, Googled: The End Of The World As We Know It

Opening remarks by
Dean, Columbia Journalism School


Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Columbia Journalism School
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception, World Room
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion, Lecture Hall


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Social Media Weekend at Columbia Journalism School

May 13-15 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon), the Continuing Ed department of Columbia Journalism School (@columbiajourn) is hosting a weekend of workshops, panels and keynotes to help journalists, media professionals and others understand social media better. We expect about 200 people from around the country to attend various parts of the weekend, which will be a fun, interactive, multi-day learning experience filled with new-fangled tools and services and sprinkled with some old-fashioned networking, too.

The opening event will give you a flavor of the weekend:
Friday 6-9 pm Opening Keynote & Reception features Andy Carvin (@ACarvin) of NPR, whose innovative Twitter work during #Egypt, #Libya, #Japan, etc, have gotten attention around the world, including a Washington Post Style cover profile; and CJR asked, "Is this the world's best Twitter account?"

SAMPLE TWEET: JOIN US! @ColumbiaJourn’s first Social Media Weekend of LEARNING, May 13-15 (Fri-Sun): #socmediaweekend

NOTE: 75 tix get 15% off the weekend pass!

Prof. Sree Sreenivasan |
Dean of Student Affairs, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism |

Contributing editor, DNAinfo:

TWITTER: @sree –

Sonic Soiree in SF Bay Area, May 1, 5-7pm, Berkeley

Another gathering of Bay Area audio/multi-media producers. Don't miss it! Details and contact info below.


Independent producers in the Bay Area are again meeting at the house of Lonny Shavelson in Berkeley (see address at on Mayday, Sunday May 1,from 5-7pm. If interested, reply offlist to the emcee, David Dunaway, new Professor of Radio at San Francisco State University ( We will audition current and past projects, and David will offer a short session on gaining national distribution for long-form projects. Bring something to eat or drink and some great voices and sounds !

EMPAC – Summer Workshops in Music and Audio

Very cool stuff going on at this place. See below for two upcoming workshops.


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Composer Hans Tutschku in residence at EMPAC – photo by Natt Phenjati

EMPAC – the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY – offers two unique one-week workshops this summer, each suited for advanced undergrads, graduate students, and professionals:

Composing for Large Scale Multi-Channel Loudspeaker Environments offers the opportunity to work in a very large 24-channel speaker set-up plus two “smaller” rigs (16 and 8 channels) while studying with Hans Tutschku (Harvard), one of the foremost composers for such configurations. This is a workshop with an emphasis on hands-on work, as well as discussion of participants’ pieces, aesthetics, and technology. June 5 – 10, 2011

Physical Modeling for Digital Audio Workstation Plug-ins is your chance to get an introduction on using computers to generate physical models of analog audio circuits with plug-in guru David Amels (Bomb Factory) as instructor. Participants will work together to reverse engineer and model the Shure Level-Loc (limiter/compressor unit) with a Shure SM57 microphone attached – and then integrate it as functional VST plug-in. The best way to learn with an expert in the field! July 18 – 23, 2011

For more information:


EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions

EMPAC Box Office:

Plan your visit to EMPAC! Get directions, maps, parking info, and a visitors guide.

Our mailing address is:


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Troy, NY 12180

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NAM Weekly Newsletter (15 April 2011)

Just a reminder that the NAM newsletter has a ton of great resources/information in it. There are a bunch of great upcoming events/workshops/fellowships listed below, so check it out!! (FYI – FC has no affiliation with NAM. I'm just a fan.




NAM Access Washington

15 April 2011


DEADLINE EXTENDED! Attention California ethnic journalists! Four of you could win $1,000 each, and three of you could win $500 each. Seriously.

This is an easy-to-enter essay contest. Here is what you need to know:

California is gearing up to redraw state and congressional district lines to ensure fair representation for all Californians. But how should those lines be drawn?  For the first time a citizen's commission will make those determinations drawing on recommendations from people across the state about what constitutes "community."   As the story tellers and advocates for our audiences, ethnic media practitioners have an important responsibility to help identify, explain and describe the communities our media organizations serve. With that in mind, we at NAM are offering a contest that is open to all ethnic media reporters and content producers in the state… enter it and you could win $1,000 for describing the community your ethnic media organization serves.

NAM will select four winners and three runners-up. Deadline extended to April 22. So do it now. For complete details and entry form, go to this page.

If you have some questions or concerns about the state's redistricting effort, we have been covering it a lot recently. Please look these stories over:

New Panel Holds Key to Minority Political Power in California

In Redistricting Debate, What Role Should Citizenship Play?

Why Asians (and Other Minorities) Must Get Involved in CA Redistricting

Tracking The Crackdown: On Wednesday April 20th, New America Media and The Opportunity Agenda will be holding a teleconference call to discuss the most recent developments in immigration policy efforts at the state level. Now that efforts for comprehensive reform at the federal level have taken a backseat on the federal policy agenda, states around the country are dealing with the issue directly. Please join us on the call on April 20, 2011 at 10am PST/1pm EST.

NAM partner Azizah Magazine celebrated their 10th Anniversary in Atlanta, GA on April 9th. From everyone at New America Media to everyone at Azizah Magazine–Happy 10th Anniversary! We are proud to partner with a publication that does such great things for the community.

Last week's New York Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop: About 60 reporters and editors from the ethnic media in the New York area attended the IRE Ethnic Media Workshop last weekend at the New York Times. The two-day boot camp, which took place from April 8 to 9, taught the journalists new investigative skills, including utilizing Web resources, using multi-media, and developing award-winning police and disaster stories. Speakers at the workshops include reporters and editors of the New York Times, IRE and El Nuevo Herald.

Follow the Money: Tracking Stimulus Dollars and Covering the Budget Crisis in Your Community is a free workshop for reporters — May 9-12, 20011 at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston — that will provide you with the tools and the expertise you need to for insightful coverage of the next big story taking shape in post-stimulus America — the budget crises gripping communities and states nationwide. You’ll also learn how to track the stimulus dollars that have flowed into your community in an effort to revitalize the economy.

Deadline to apply for the workshop is April 10. Tuition and travel underwritten by the McCormick Foundation. For details, click here or contact Joe Bergantino, Director/Senior Investigative Reporter, New England Center for Investigative Reporting at 617-353-4546.

And now for our weekly news roundup. Here are this week's most read stories:

Letter from Fukushima: A Vietnamese-Japanese Police Officer's Account This letter, written by a Vietnamese immigrant working in Fukishima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, has been circulating on Facebook among the Vietnamese diaspora. It is an extraordinary testimony to the strength and dignity of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of life near the epicenter of Japan's current crisis, the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Is Japan's Elite Hiding a Weapons Program Inside Nuclear Plants? One logical reason for the chain of lies about the Fukushima disaster: the nuclear industry is trying to prevent the discovery of weapons research facilities.

Eye on Arab Media: Facebook Loses Face After Intifada Page Is Pulled Facebook has outraged Arabs by shutting down “The Third Palestinian Intifada” page, based on questionable Israeli-government claims that the page incited violence.

Every workday, our stories are packaged up and sent to inboxes around the globe. They could just as easily come to yours. Sign up here for our new home delivery service. And remember for instant gratification, you can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook. And we have a lively presence on Tumblr.

If you are living close to Washington, D.C. or if you have the means to travel there, consider attending World Press Freedom Day. Focusing on "21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers," the event will be held May 1-3, 2011, in venues in throughout the capital city. Information is available here.


Hmong National Conference
Apr 22-24 Marriott City Center Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota

San Francisco Diasporic Vietnamese Film Festival
Apr 23 SF State University in San Francisco, San Francisco

Asian Law Caucus' 39th Anniversary Dinner
Apr 29 Marriot Marquis in San Francisco, California

The American Arab Media 10 Years since Sept. 11
Apr 29 – May 1 Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan

Playground Raising
Apr 30 Wade Johnson Park in Oakland, California

A Place Of Her Own
May 5 SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, California

Follow the Money
May 9 New England Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston, Massachusetts

15th Annual Immigrant Day
May 24 State Capitol in Sacramento, California

Netroots Nation
Jun 16-19 Minneapolis, Minnesota



San Francisco Latino Film Festival's Cine+Mas
Deadline: Jun 3

Daniel Pearl Awards
Deadline: Jul 1


Career Opportunities

California Documentary Project Grant
Deadline: April 29

National Health Journalism Fellowship at USC Reporting Grants
Deadline: May 2

Beyond The Border: Covering The Immigration Phenomenon through Digital Media
Deadline: May 2

Coastal Impacts: A Marine Science Seminar for Journalists
Deadline: May 9

California Council for the Humanities: California Story Fund
Deadline: June 15

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