Radio Ambulante CALL FOR PITCHES

For you Spanish speakers – a call for pitches from Radio Ambulante – a new Spanish language podcast. See below for links to pitch pages.


Radio Ambulante is a monthly Spanish-language radio program launching in early 2012, telling uniquely Latin American stories. At a time when much of the rhetoric seeks to harden the concepts of borders, we believe precisely the opposite is needed. We take the view that the Spanish-speaking Americas—including the United States—together form a diverse cultural region, united by a common language.

We’re currently accepting pitches for our first three episodes. To find out the sorts of stories we’re looking for, please click here >

For more information, write us at:

Call for pitches in English:
Convocatoria en Español:



Stipends from the Prometheus Radio Project to promote community radio

Interesting opportunity from the folks at the Prometheus Radio Project. Details below.


Hit the Road! Go on tour to expand community radio!

The passage of the Local Community Radio Act has opened up the possibility of thousands of new community radio stations. Now, we have about a year to mobilize social justice organizations and community groups around the country to take advantage of this amazing one-time opportunity and get their own radio stations.

We need to make sure that this historic moment in radio expansion is not wasted and that real community groups and organizations working for justice know about this opportunity and have the information they need to successfully get their own station.
Prometheus is offering $500 stipends for people to go on tour to spread the word about community radio and what groups need to do to prepare.
If you would like go on tour to support the largest expansion of community radio in our country's history this is what you need to know:
Goal of the tour
The goal is to get organizations in your region thinking about how radio can be a powerful tool in their work and to explain the process by which they can get their own community radio station. We also want to connect groups to resources and other organizations who can support them to successfully apply for a license.
In addition to the $500 stipend you can expect that we will:
  • Check in with you by phone or email
  • Help you identify resources you might need
  • Help to connect you with allies in your touring area
  • Promote your event on our websites, Facebook pages, and email list
  • Provide training for using the Popular Education Tools
  • Follow-up with participants who want more information
In exchange for our support, we need a few things from you:
  • Logistical information about your events so we can help promote it
  • Good communication with our staff and volunteers who want to help you
  • Pictures, videos or audio from your event
  • A follow-up call to let us know how the event went and to help you wrap up
  • Timely return of contact data – either online or by mail
Proposing a tour
To be considered for the stipend you must review the Radio Summer Toolkit and propose a tour including:
  1. the dates when you plan on touring,
  2. the towns or cities you plan to visit,
  3. the groups you plan to meet with or have connections with,
  4. how you will do outreach to meet other groups, and
  5. what kinds of events you will hold
You will also need to provide two references who can speak to your organizing skills. And that's it!
Tour stipends will be awarded on a rolling basis until the end of August or until the six stipends are awarded. We'll call you if your proposal has been accepted to work out more details!
Stipends will be awarded based on the following priorities. We are eager to find organizers who have experience outreaching to communities who have been historically marginalized from participation in the media. Priority will be given to proposed geographic areas that we don't have strong ties to and with populations that we don't have connections with. We'll also value the setting of realistic goals in your proposed tour.
To propose your tour, email

AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship, deadline Jan 27, 2012

Six $20k student scholarships available from Google and the AP. Details here and pasted below. Sweet!


The Associated Press and Google announce a new national scholarship program intended to foster digital and new media skills in student journalists. The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, will administer the program.

The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship program will provide $20,000 scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year to six promising undergraduate or graduate students pursuing or planning to pursue degrees at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media. The program is targeted to individual students creating innovative projects that further the ideals of digital journalism. A key goal is to promote geographic, gender and ethnic diversity, with an emphasis on rural and urban areas.

Our goal: To shine a light on the hidden treasures in schools across the country — the digital-minded journalists who will be the future of our industry.

Applications are now open for the 2012-13 academic year. Scholars will be chosen in Spring 2012.

“AP has long recognized how important and powerful new digital tools and knowledge can be in the hands of journalists,” said Sue Cross, AP senior vice president for the Americas. “The scholarship program, part of our ongoing relationship with Google, will help build these vital skills in a new generation of journalists.”

“So many students have new ideas for news, and with the right encouragement they will become leaders showcasing what’s possible through digital journalism,” said Nilka Thomas, manager of Global Diversity and Talent Inclusion, Google. “We hope this program with the AP and ONA encourages innovation at the grassroots level while also furthering the opportunities available for women and minorities considering the fields of computing, technology, and journalism.”

Irving Washington, consulting Scholarship Manager for ONA, will manage the application process. Washington is a nonprofit media education consultant who created new partnerships for the scholarship and internship programs for the National Association of Black Journalists, and managed scholarship, fellowship and internship programs as Diversity/Education Coordinator for the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation. He holds degrees in Journalism and Public Relations from Ball State University.

The scholarships are open to college sophomores or higher with at least one year of full-time undergraduate or graduate study remaining. Applicants must submit a project or concept that explains how his or her strategy moves digital journalism forward. Scholarship winners also will receive a one-year ONA membership and recognition at ONA’s 2012 conference in San Francisco. Read about the eligibility criteria and apply here.

“We’re proud to be part of the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship program,” said ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell. “Our hope is to shine a light on the hidden treasures in schools across the country — the digital-minded journalists who will be the future of our industry.”

For more information, contact:
Irving Washington, Scholarship Manager
(317) 441-5051

Harvard short video contest, deadline Sept. 15

Cash prizes (and the eye of an impressive panel of judges) for the best short video about the future of news. Details below. Good luck!



In celebration of the Shorenstein Center's 25th Anniversary we're calling on aspiring journalists, filmmakers and avid media consumers to help us think about the future of news.

To be eligible for the competition, you must create a video no more than two minutes long (PG-rated please) that answers the question, "What is the future of news?"

Winning videos will be chosen by a selection committee appointed by the Shorenstein Center. The judges are Lorie Conway, documentary filmmaker; Rick Kaplan, executive producer, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, ABC News; and Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor, CNN. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $2,000. Two runners-up will receive $500 each. The grand prize winner and two runners-up will be invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Shorenstein Center: "The Media and Politics Frontier."

To Submit a Video:

Send an email to Include a link to your Entry (hosted on YouTube, Vimeo or another site of your choosing), as well as your name, age, mailing address, daytime telephone number and email address.

Or, mail a DVD Entry to: Video Contest, C/O Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Your DVD should be in .mov .avi or .wmv format. Your submission must include your name, age, mailing address, daytime telephone number and email address.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, September 15, 2011. If you have questions, please email us.

Click here for important contest rules.

25th Anniversary of the Shorenstein Center

About the Shorenstein Center

The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard University research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars, and between them and the public.

Related Links

Official Contest Rules
History of the Shorenstein Center
Harvard University's 375th Anniversary

Front Page Awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, deadline Sept 6

Hey ladies of FC NYC, this is for you!



The Newswomen's Club of New York is now accepting entries for the 2011 Front Page Awards. Each year, our awards honor the best journalism by women in the New York Metropolitan area for their work in print, wires, broadcast and online media.

— Categories

— Contest Rules

— Entry Form

— Past Winners

Entries must be postmarked no later than September 6, 2011. Entries submitted by email will not be accepted.

Segments of winning entries will be shown at the Front Page Awards dinner on November 10, 2011.

Direct queries to Please include FRONT PAGE AWARDS QUERY in the subject line of your email.

Microgrants from ITVS

Doc money available from the Indie Television Service. Details and links below. Rolling deadline ends Sept 15. Good luck!

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) is beginning a multiyear, public media initiative called "Women and Girls Lead" []. To prime the pump for inspiring public media stations to participate in the Women and Girls Lead campaign, ITVS is awarding up to 20 microgrants for late summer/early fall starter activities for the initiative.

The microgrants will be available on a rolling basis until Thursday, September 15, or until all grant funds have been distributed, so apply now! Read more about the initiative [] and download the application for the microgrants here [].

Also, while you are on the ITVS site, visit their Indies Showcase [] with free online documentaries to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Best of luck!
Cristina Hanson
Deputy Director
National Center for Media Engagement
Engage Your Community. Share Your Story.

ITVS website:
NCME blog:
Public Media Maps:

AIR offers 2011 New Voices Scholarships to PRPD, deadline Aug 12

The Public Radio Program Directors conference is coming up Sept 20-23, and AIR is offering $20K in scholarships to attend. Contact the fabulous Erin Mishkin <> with any questions.



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AIR @ PRPD: Scholarships for New Voices




AIR will again offer $20,000 in New Voices scholarships to support independent producers and new station-based programmers attending the PRPD Programming Conference in Baltimore, MD September 20-23, 2011.  AIR offers these scholarships contingent on an anticipated signed agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The goal of this scholarship is to advance innovation in local programming by exploring new pathways between stations and the extensive network of independent producers across the US. AIR invites bright program makers – producers and station programmers alike – to step forward with their ideas. AIR membership is not required to apply for a scholarship.

Applicants are invited to submit a brief statement outlining one big idea for how independent producers and stations can work together to blend broadcast and digital media tools to expand the tentacles of public radio stations into the local community. A panel will be convened to review applications and final decisions announced by August 19. Those who have never attended a PRPD Conference are particularly encouraged to apply.  If you’ve received a conference scholarship from AIR in the last 3 years, you are not eligible to apply (i.e. (New Voices 2010 or Making Creative Media 2009).

Individual scholarships of up to $1500 per individual will be awarded and must be used to offset costs associated with PRPD transportation, meals, hotel, and registration.

For more information, visit and also read our FAQ. To apply for a New Voices scholarship, please complete an on-line application. Those chosen to be a New Voice Scholar 2011 will be automatically eligible for the discounted early bird registration fee to the conference.

If you have any questions about AIR’s New Voices 2011, please contact Erin Mishkin at or 617-825-4400.

+++AIR is everywhere.+++

New Voices information:
New Voices FAQ:
New Voices application:
PRPD Conference:

Funding for AIR comes from our members and the generous support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Robert E. Davoli and Eileen McDonagh Charitable Foundation,, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Association of Independents in Radio
P.O. Box 220400
Boston, MA 02122
Phone: 617-825-4400


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PO Box 220400

Boston, Massachusetts 02122

Copyright (C) 2011 Association of Independents in Radio All rights reserved.

Mission Arts Performance Project and KALW event, THIS Saturday, Aug 6, 6pm, SF

Some familiar names on the list of performers for this event – sounds like it will be a great show! Don't miss it. Details below.




Saturday, August 6th
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Secret Garden – El Jardin Secreto, on Harrison St. between 23rd and 24th
Join us at MAPP (Mission Arts Performance Project) for an evening of funny, moving, and surprising stories from around the Bay – curated by KALW 91.7FM Local Public Radio. This special evening will feature spoken word storytellers, radio producers, digital media artists, and musicians. Come and get the chance to share your story with KALW as well! We’ll be recording first-person stories, which we might just put on air…
Performers Include:
Martina Castro, KALW

Julie Caine, Independent Radio Producer
Ali Budner, KALW
Sophia Simon-Ortiz, Independent Radio Producer
Chris Colin, Writer and former Salon editor

And more…
With music by San Francisco musician Jeremy Rourke.

News Reporter Position Open at WMNF in Tampa

Hey folks. One of our members worked at this station awhile back. Let me know if you want to be put in touch and I’ll hook you up.



Senior Reporter/Producer for non commercial radio. Produce and develop stories, field production, anchor news. Must be flexible in work schedule. Min one year exp in radio journalism, proven record of reporting skills, excellent writing, announcing and editing ability required. EOE. Resume deadline 09/16/2011. Send to

JOB OPENING – Senior Reporter/Producer


Please send resumes for consideration to Mercedes Skelton


TITLE: Senior Reporter/Producer (Supervisor is Assistant News Director)

Provide quality local, national and international news in accordance with WMNF style and format. Listed below are the responsibilities of the job. Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Write, edit and produce stories as appropriate for radio presentation.
Perform local reporting and field production of at least one original story per day, on tight deadlines, to be broadcast on the WMNF evening news, which also may be utilized on morning and afternoon newscast, as assigned by Assistant News and Public Affairs Director, or News and Public Affairs Director.
Assist with the production of the WMNF evening news.
Anchor evening newscast as assigned by Assistant News and Public Affairs Director.
Develop news story ideas and coordinate coverage of local events and stories with the News and Public Affairs Director and the Assistant News and Public Affairs Director.
Maintain fairness, accuracy and high ethical standards
Perform Assistant/News Director functions when necessary.
Gather sound and communicate with a variety of sources.
Participate in on-air fundraising during the WMNF Marathons
Assist with station events as requested.
Assist in the training of news volunteers.
Supervise assigned volunteers
Report problems to supervisor.
Daily updates of WMNF news website.


Proven record of reporting skill.
Excellent writing and editing ability
Good computer skills
Good live on-air presentation
Ability to work on deadline and at varying hours
Ability to edit sound files digitally.
Work well as part of a team
Ability to research independently
Photography, video, editing software, web and social media competence.


B.A. with Liberal Arts background or equivalent
Minimum one year experience in radio/print journalism
Basic knowledge of broadcast production and field recording equipment.
Good broadcast voice, demonstrated announcing and writing skills
Familiar with current copyright regulations
Must have a working vehicle, valid drivers license and minimum amount of vehicle insurance required by the state.
Ability and willingness to travel.
Understanding of FCC Rules and Regulations regarding broadcast

Salary is $34,000

KUOW Venture Fund seeks applicants, deadline Oct 31

The folks at Puget Sound Public Radio are looking for creative project proposals for their upcoming Program Venture Fund. Details below, deadline October 31.


KUOW is now accepting project proposals for Round 19 of the KUOW Program Venture Fund (PVF).  The PVF provides
special support for staff and independent producers to develop new programming focused on the Puget Sound region in Washington state.

Programs funded by the PVF can be a series of features, a long form documentary or a variety of short audio pieces.  There is no set format.  Be creative.  This is your opportunity to dig into a subject, bring new voices to the air and share the history, culture and issues that impact the Puget Sound region. 

Before submitting a full application you need to send me a short description of your project, no longer than a page.  Once the preliminary idea is approved then you can officially submit the full application.  All instructions are at our website (see below).

The application deadline is Monday, October 31, 2010 at 5:00 pm (PT)
For application information go to
Contact:  Jim Gates –
Past producers who've contributed include Dominic Black, Jessica Partnow, Jeannie Yandel, Sarah Waller, Liz Jones, Feliks Banel, Harriet Baskas, Phyllis Fletcher, Andrea Smardon, Cathy Duchamp, Patricia Murphy

Jim Gates
Senior Editor
KUOW 94.9 – Puget Sound Public Radio