Who are Public Media’s 30 under 30? Nomination deadline MONDAY 10/31

Know any under-30 superstars in public media? Help get them some attention. Details below.


Each year, Edison Research puts out a call for the 30 people under 30 in all of broadcasting making a real difference in the industry now, and likely will shine even brighter in the future.

Who should public media nominate?  Lets put some good names forward by Monday.

Two Contests from Narrative Magazine, deadlines Oct 29 and Nov 30

See the latest storytelling contests from Narrative. At least one is open to multimedia. CASH prizes! Details below.


CALLING ON YOUNG WRITERS, artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, between eighteen and thirty: TELL US A STORY. We’re interested in narrative in the many forms it takes, including fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, and audio/video works.

  • $1,500 First Prize
  • $750 Second Prize
  • $300 Third Prize
  • Ten finalists receive $100 each.
  • Contest Deadline: October 29. See the Contest Guidelines.

    All entries will be considered for publication. All are eligible for the $5,000 Narrative Prize for 2012 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

    Read the winners of last year’s contest, including Kevin A. González’s wonderful First Place story, “Cerromar.”

    With more than 120,000 readers and a host of excellent authors, including well-established and new and emerging ones, Narrative is a great place to publish your work.

    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, an Atlantic prize, and others. View some recent awards won by our writers.

    Contest Deadline: November 30.

    All entries will be considered for publication.

  • $3,250 First Prize
  • $1,500 Second Prize
  • $750 Third Prize
  • Ten finalists receive $100 each.
  • See the Contest Guidelines.

    Read works by previous winners here.


  • 2012 Jack Straw Artist Residencies, application deadline 10/31

    Pass this along to your colleagues in the Pacific Northwest. Thx!


    Applications for 2012 Jack Straw Artist Residencies available now!

    THE JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Artists may apply to only one program per year.

    Monday, October 31, 2011 Applications must be postmarked or delivered by 5:00 pm on the due date.

    Applications and more information online at: www.jackstraw.org/programs/asp/2012/2012_apps.shtml

    FAQs online at:


    Twelve writers working in all forms and styles are selected by an invited curator. Participants create new work during the residency to be presented through live readings, recorded interviews, a published anthology, and via podcasts on our web site. Participants also receive professional training in voice and microphone technique, performance and delivery, and studio interviews.

    Up to eight artists/teams are awarded 20 hours of recording and production time with an engineer at Jack Straw Productions; an additional 10-12 artists/teams receive matching awards. The Artist Support Program is open to artists of all disciplines whose project proposals include sound as a major component. Such projects might include recording a music CD, producing radio programs, oral histories, audio literature, sound for a gallery installation or public art project, film, performance, digital media work, etc. Completed projects are publicly presented at a Meet the Artist Night, Artist Showcase, or Composer Spotlight event, and via our Artist of the Week podcast series.

    The Jack Straw New Media Gallery is a unique venue in Seattle where artists from various disciplines .can present works in which sound is an integral or exclusive element. This program enables artists to experiment with audio and to develop new skills and ideas in a supportive setting. Up to three artists/teams are selected to receive 20 hours in our studios with an engineer to realize the sound component of their project, and to exhibit their completed project in our gallery. Gallery exhibitions include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop, podcasts/interviews, and other events.

    About Jack Straw Productions
    Jack Straw Productions is a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to the creation, production and presentation of all forms of audio art. Jack Straw Productions' history began in 1962, when a group of artists, educators, and journalists formed the Jack Straw Foundation, which founded KRAB-FM, one of the first community radio stations in the United States. Jack Straw continues to assist artists, educational institutions, and community organizations that are interested in working creatively with sound through our audio production services and recording studios, artist residency programs, educational programs, and community partnerships. Jack Straw Productions has been open to the public in Seattle's University District since 1989.

    Jack Straw Productions thanks The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of the Jack Straw Artist Programs.

    Jack Straw Productions
    4261 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (206) 634-0919

    full time podcast producer gig at Marketplace, Los Angeles

    A rare post for a full-time gig, but Marketplace is a great show so I had to share. Job is in Los Angeles, pretty good pay.


    Marketplace is looking for a podcast producer. Yeah, Marketplace produces programs on business and economics, and yeah, it’s public radio. But it’s no snooze. Marketplace is one of the most creative, fast-moving outfits in radio, with a cumulative audience of nine million people across the US. We have a portfolio of six programs, four of which are daily shows, and we are looking for ways to grow, and grow quickly. We want to hire someone who has broad knowledge of and experience in the podcasting business, and who can help us build a new product line by repurposing existing and new content for podcast distribution. If you’re interested, click on the link to American Public Media’s website and apply. If you know anyone who might be interested, please send them the link.

    We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


    New Yorker Writer Adam Gopnik at the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley, Nov 1

    For you Northern CA New Yorker fans – event details below.



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    Adam Gopnik


    Gopnik_Adam-crop– Writer, The New Yorker

    – Author of Paris to the Moon & The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food


    We are a culture obsessed with food but how did we get here?  Gopnik traces our table ancestry back to France and discusses its rapid evolution.


    In the hopes to create a new discussion about the way we eat, Gopnik explains how food helped families and friends come together and why those conversations and relationships were always more important than what was actually put on the table. 


    Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Time: 6:30 p.m. Check-In; 7:00 p.m. Program; 8:00 p.m. Book Signing

    Location: Cubberley Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

    Price: $12 Members; $20 Non-Members


    For tickets call 1-800-847-7730 or register online at



    audio event at UnionDocs in Brooklyn this Sunday, Oct 16

    Listening event at Union Docs in Brooklyn this Sunday – this sounds awesome! (pun intended) Details below.



    Sunday, October 16 at 7:30pm, $9 suggested donation.– 322 Union Avenue

    Nick Yulman and participants Steve Smith, Marion Smith, Mark Wayne Thomas, Geri Pacheco in attendance for discussion.

    This project presented audio oral histories about North Brooklyn through listening stations situated in construction fences and on the street. This created serendipitous encounters for passers-by, inviting them to engage with neighborhood’s history while standing at sites of its developing future. Starting in the fall of 2010, Yulman and the The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) reached out to community members, including long term residents, business owners and leaders, from Williamsburg and Greenpoint to record their stories about the neighborhood.

    We will feature selected recordings, ranging from family immigration stories to accounts of the 1975 sit-in at the People’s Firehouse. From July through September, the project was installed at sites throughout Williamsburg, including the McCarren Park Pool and the Triangle Court construction site, a few blocks away from UnionDocs. This event marks the closing of Yulman’s public sound installation and oral history project.

    This project is sponsored in part by funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council. The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn provided additional support.

    Localore seeks producers to help stations tell untold stories across multiple platforms, deadline Nov 10

    Great potential in this AIR and CPB funded initiative. Details below.


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    THURSDAY, NOV 10, 2011


    Since our September 15th launch, more than 2000 unique visitors have checked out the Localore Station Runway and details for how to get aboard this new initiative. We'll bring more than $1 million in CPB funding to support 10 station-based producer-led teams that help stations "go outside" of their walls and traditional reporting routines to tell untold stories across multiple platforms.

    If you'd like to be one one of our lead Localore producers, you must submit proposals for project ideas at Localore.net by the November 10th deadline. By that same deadline, stations hoping to serve as Localore incubators must produce 3-5 minutes of media to upload to our Station Runway, where we're showcasing the creative culture and aspirations of potential incubators. (Note:  the sooner you get your media up, the more eyeballs you'll attract.) Up to 30 lead producers and incubator stations will be selected by December 2nd and invited to submit a second-round proposal. Final teams will be announced by late January, and projects will begin launching in March.


    Want to learn more?
    Read our FAQ and Guidelines.
    Watch the project's launch video.
    Check out coverage of Localore in Current, the Nieman Journalism Lab, and MediaShift.
    Watch our recent project webinar, produced in conjunction with the National Center for Media Engagement.
    Interested in helping us spread the word? Feel free to share this message with colleagues or relevant listservs, or tweet about the project using the #Localore tag.
    Questions? Contact Media Strategist Jessica Clark at jessica@airmedia.org

    Produced by the Association of Independents in Radio with support from CPB, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the NEA, Localore will charge producers with inventing new, multiplatform models for fresh, locally-sourced, high quality journalism. Selected producers will lead a 9-12 month station-based project designed to expand the station's innovation capacity. 

    +++AIR is everywhere.+++

    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 Wyncote Foundation, Recovery.gov, 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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    Boston, Massachusetts 02122

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    Scoop a storytelling kit! GPRX announces call for pitches, deadline Oct 26

    Fantastic opportunity for you educator types. Help spread the word!


    Hello producers and teachers of youth radio!
    I am very excited to present a new and creative producing project from Generation PRX:
    With help from the Motorola Mobility Foundation, we're launching Bullying Stories: A Community Storytelling Project from GPRX.  For the first time, we’re asking youth radio groups to send us pitches for stories on the topic of bullying.  
    In return, we're offering some terrific resources: an audio storytelling kit, training webinars, and possible inclusion in an hour-long special on bullying which will be shared nationally by PRX.
    Are there bullying stories you've witnessed in your community? Have you created a story about bullying that you'd like to take further? Pitches should address a specific theme and make a concise, compelling case for the story.  Please see details here.  Send pitches to generationprx@prx.org by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    All pitches will be reviewed by a panel of youth and adult producers.  Selected pitches will receive:
    – Audio storytelling kit that includes a digital recorder, microphone, and audio editing software (a $500 value)
    – Training webinars on producing, refining, and distributing stories
    – Likely inclusion in a youth radio special to be broadcast nationwide via PRX
    For all groups, the Bullying Stories Project is an opportunity to develop pitching skills and be part of a national movement of young people speaking up about bullying.  As the project progresses, we'll send updates and links on ways to be involved.
    Please download details here (also available in this blog post).  As always, thank you for being part of this important movement!


    Johanna (Jones) Franzel

    Generation PRX Director

    PRX Public Radio Exchange

    upcoming Digital Audio storytelling workshops in Rhinebeck, NY

    Hey folks. I'm teaching a couple audio workshops in the next month here in the Hudson Valley: a 3-hour intro to digital audio storytelling on Sunday Nov. 6, and a 4-week mini-course in which I'll help attendees produce a short audio piece from beginning to end – Wednesday evenings from Oct. 19 – Nov. 9.

    All classes are held at Wing and Clover – 22 East Market Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572 [map](845) 876-1035

    Come enjoy the fall colors and enhance your audio skills 🙂 Drop me a line if you have any questions, and spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested!

    More info below and at http://wingandclover.com/?page_id=5.

    From Concept to Completion: Audio Storytelling in the Public Radio Style

    Are you obsessed with NPR? Do you have a story you’ve always wanted to tell with sound? In this 4-part series we’ll cover all the steps to creating a digital audio story including recording, editing, mixing, and writing for the ear. Come to the first class with an idea, and I’ll help you turn it into into a completed audio project that you can burn onto a CD, post on your website or Facebook, or email to your family and friends. Equipment is provided but individual laptops and/or recording equipment are welcome. The workshop will break down as follows: class 1-conceptualizing an audio piece and tools of the trade; class 2- recording and interviewing; class 3- editing and mixing; class 4- critique, resources, distribution.

    Wednesdays, October 19, 26 & November 2, 9, 6:00-8:00

    $150 ages: 14- adult

    Intro to Digital Audio Storytelling

    Stories are best told by the people who live them. In this workshop you will learn basic digital audio recording and editing to produce public-radio-style features, oral histories, and other sound-rich documentaries. Together, 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.

    Sunday, November 6, 1:00-4:00

    $60 ages: 14- adult

    2011-12 deadlines for grants from the New York State Council on the Arts

    More funding opportunities from the NYS Council on the Arts. Details and deadlines below.



    The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, has announced that The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS) is the new administrator of two state-wide regrant programs for NYSCA Electronic Media and Film (EMF).

    The two programs, Presentation Funds and Finishing Funds, were previously administered by the Experimental Television Center (ETC) in Owego, NY.  Another previous ETC program, the Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund, is now being managed by free103point9 Transmission Arts, in Acra, NY.  All three programs are supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

    Presentation Funds offers partial support to non-profit organizations located in New York State for in-person appearances by independent artists working in film, video, sound, new media and Web-based art. The mission of the program is to encourage opportunities for conversations between artists and audiences, support the creative programming of independent media-makers, and help increase appreciation for electronic media and film as an art form throughout New York State.

    Deadlines are four times a year:

        December 1, 2011 for projects occurring between January 1 – March 31, 2012
        March 1, 2012 for projects occurring between April 1 – June 30, 2012
        June 1, 2012 for projects occurring between July 1 – September 30, 2012

        September 1, 2012 for projects occurring between October 1 – December 31, 2012

    Finishing Funds provides support to New York State artists for the completion of film, video, sound, new media and Web-based art. Awards are made annually and range from $500 to $2,500. The postmark deadline for applications is March 15, 2012.

    Please visit www.eARTS.org/EMF for detailed information on both grant programs, or email director@eARTS.org.