Transmission Art Symposium call for papers, deadline March 16

Hey folks. See below for info on the 2012 Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art.
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Trans-X Symposium Call for Papers deadline March 16, 2012

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is pleased to announce the Trans-X,
a symposium about Transmission Art May 25-27, 2012

We are now inviting proposals for papers.

Rooted in the earliest experiments with radio, Transmission Art has
continued to flourish with experiments with wireless communications
technology over the past 100 years. The 21st Century is not excluded
from this experimentation as artists have ventured into exploring a
variety of mobile-based platforms and more lesser known forms of
transmission such as VLF. The terrain of transmission art is dynamic
and fluid, always open to redefinition.

The Trans-X symposium, part of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio &
Transmission Art, will focus on transmission art, with particular
interest in paper contributions that summarize, examine or reframe
traditions and histories of transmission art practices, technology,
education and pedagogy. Additionally, we are very interested in paper
presentations that go beyond the local contingent to give a sense of
what new technologies of international transmission activity might
sound like.

Proposals related to any aspect of transmission art practice are
welcome. Submit a 500-1000 word abstract, and a biography of 250 words
or less, to the symposium's Review Committee at: http://naisa.ca/transx-submit-piece.php

All symposium contributions will be webcast live, and text proceedings
will be published on-line on the NAISA web-site.

Important Information
Deadline for receipt of proposals: Friday March 16, 2012 @ 11:59 PM EST
Notification of acceptance: Monday April 2, 2012
Symposium sessions including workshops, keynote lectures, papers and
panel discussions: May 26 & 27, 2012
Keynote address by Joseph Galen-Hunter, author of Transmission Arts:
Artists & Airwaves and Executive Director of free103point9
Deep Wireless Festival concerts: May 25 and 26, 2012 @ 20:00
Symposium registration fees (General): $70 (includes admission to all
concerts)
Symposium registration fees (Student): $35 (includes admission to all
concerts)
Questions and requests for further information should be directed to: naisa@naisa.ca

Review Committee:
Galen Joseph-Hunter, author of Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves
Anna Friz, post-doctoral fellow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Gregory Whitehead, radio artist / co-editor of Wireless Imagination
Jonathon Guberman, Site 3 coLaboratory
Geoffrey Shea, OCAD University
Tetsuo Kogawa, Tokyo Keizai University
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NAISA Inquiries & general information:

Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
Address: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON
M6G 4C7
Tel 416 652 5115
www.naisa.ca

NAISA current/upcoming events:

TransX, a Symposium about Transmission Art May 25 – 27, 2012
Call for Papers, deadline March 16, 2012

http://naisa.ca/opportunities.html

Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art May 1 – 31, 2012

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Knight News Challenge Call for Applications, deadline March 17

From the lovely folks at AIR, the announcement of the latest round of the Knight News Challenge. Deadline March 17. Good luck!

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The Knight News Challenge is open for applications.

Enter by answering seven questions, with 450 words, for a shot at a share of $5 million.

The theme is networks, which means we’re seeking breakthrough ideas for using existing software and platforms to deliver news and information.

Learn more and apply at www.NewsChallenge.org.

Don’t delay, the challenge is open for 20 days – until March 17.

Twitter: @knightfdn and #newschallenge

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All-expenses-paid mini-fellowship, plus three different reporting grants from USC Annenberg, deadline April 16

Hey all. Latest grants and fellowships (up to $10K) from USC Annenberg have been announced. Deadline to apply is April 16. Details HERE and below.
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USC Annenberg/California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships
February 27, 2012

Call for Applications!

All-Expenses-Paid Mini Fellowship, $2,000-$10,000 Reporting Grants At USC Annenberg

When: July 22-26, 2012

Where: Los Angeles

Deadline to Apply: April 16, 2012

USC Annenberg's California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships program is offering three different reporting grants this year to underwrite investigative or explanatory journalism projects on substantive health issues. The grants all include participation in The National Health Journalism Fellowships , which allow journalists to step away from their daily routines to spend five days in Los Angeles exploring topics related to "Health and Place," or how neighborhood and work environments impact health and life expectancy. This intensive mini fellowship will help you understand how community health, health policy, and the nation's growing ethnic diversity intersect. You'll come away from the experience with a multitude of story ideas and sources, new insights into what community influences contribute to personal health, and funds to pursue an important health-related reporting project.

Based at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Fellowship is open to print, broadcast, and online journalists from around the country. National Fellows receive meals, travel, and lodging, plus a $2,000 stipend upon publication or broadcast of a major fellowship project on almost any domestic health issue.

The Hunt Fund (grants of $2,500 to $10,000) will support projects that examine the effects of a specific factor or confluence of factors on a community's health, such as poverty, health disparities, pollution, violence, land use, urban development, access to health care, and access to healthy food. And our new Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Fund (California journalists only) will provide grants of $2,000-$5,000 to underwrite projects focused on children's health issues.

Competition for all the grants is open to both newsroom staffers and freelancers who contribute to print, broadcast, and online news outlets. The stipends and grants can be used to defray reporting and publishing-related costs such as travel, website development, database acquisition and analysis, environmental testing, translation services, and a journalist's otherwise uncompensated time.

Applicants must join ReportingonHealth.org, a Web 2.0 community for health journalism and the official website for the Fellowships. To encourage collaboration between mainstream and ethnic media, preference will be given to applicants who propose a joint project for use by both media outlets.

For more information, visit ReportingonHealth.org or e- mail Martha Shirk at Cahealth@usc.edu. (To improve your prospects for success, we recommend that you discuss your project idea with us in advance.)

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deadlines approaching for two Independent Filmmaker Project fellowships, March 6 and 21

Two IFP fellowship deadlines coming up, March 6 and March 21. Details HERE and below.

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Applications Now Open for IFP International Fellowships

CANNES PRODUCER’S NETWORK FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline March 6, 2012

As the sole U.S. Partner Organization for the Cannes Producer’s Network & Producer’s Lab, IFP is pleased to offer producers the opportunity to attend this prestigious week-long immersion program in May 2012. Running concurrently with Cannes International Film Festival, the Producer’s Network is specifically designed for experienced producers to build up the international networks and share expertise on the international production, financing and packaging marketplace. Cannes’ latest initiative, The Producer’s Lab, is open to all emerging producers with at least completed feature film credit.

To apply, please send a resume and one-page letter of interest to John Sylva, jsylva@ifp.org, byTuesday, March 6th.  5 producers will be selected to attend the Producers Network and 2 emerging producers will attend the Producer’s Lab. All applicants must be IFP members at any level to be considered for the program.

For more information:  http://www.ifp.org/programs/international/international-fellowships/cannes-producers-network/

TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS FELLOWSHIP

Deadline March 21, 2012

TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS is an intensive three-week film training program for U.S., Canadian, and European producers seeking co-production/co-venture professional development. Module 1 begins in June 2012 in Berlin. Module 2 takes place September 2012 in Halifax leading into Strategic Partners (SP), Canada’s international co-production market. Directly following SP, Module 3 takes place at the Independent Film Week in New York, the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent scene.

TAP offers a unique combination of intensive, hands-on training with effective networking and targeted project partner search. Topics covered in the program include an overview of the European, Canadian and US audiovisual market-figures, structure, and players; the financial landscape for European, Canadian and US feature film production; and current marketing and distribution realities.TAP application forms are available at www.coproduction-training.com, and the deadline to apply is March 21, 2012.

Please contact John Sylva, jsylva@ifp.org, or visithttp://www.ifp.org/programs/international/programsinternational-programstrans-atlantic-partners/for more information.

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Only one week left to submit to Rough Cuts for the March 2012 series, SF, deadline March 1

Submit your film-in-progress to this screening series in SF. Details below.
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Thursday, March 1st is the deadline

to submit to

ROUGH CUTS – MARCH 2012 SERIES
Tuesday, March 20th at 7:30 p.m.

Ninth Street Independent Film Center

145 Ninth Street, between Mission and Howard, San Francisco

Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided
$7 admission

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Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at a variety of locations throughout San Francisco. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.

We are seeking long-form works with a final running time of 40 minutes or longer. Principal photography should have been completed, and we encourage filmmakers to submit cuts that are in the later stages of post-production (i.e. NOT first or second cuts).

Thursday, March 1st
Submissions must arrive at the Ninth Street Film Independent Center by 5:00 p.m. [This is not a postmark deadline.]

Tuesday, March 6th
Selections will be announced and filmmakers will be notified

Tuesday, March 20th
Screening, followed by discussion led by a guest moderator

To submit, and for more details about Rough Cuts, visit:
http://sfroughcuts.com/

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Upcoming events at the J-School

The latest events at the UC Berkeley J-school.
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Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong, by Raymond Bonner

A book discussion with Raymond Bonner and Mark Danner

When:  Thursday, March 15,  6:30 PM

Where:
132 Boalt Hall

In January 1982, an elderly white widow was murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a poor, mentally challenged black man with no previous felony record.  Barely ninety days after the victim's body was found, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. The case has all the issues that mark the debate about the death penalty — race, mental retardation, "snitch" testimony, DNA-testing, a strong claim of innocence, bad defense lawyers, and prosecutorial misconduct writ large.  The book also tells the inspirational story of a lawyer, Diana Holt, who fought to save Elmore's life. Reviewing the book for The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen called it "the book of the century about the death penalty." Publishers Weekly described it as a "lucid, page-turning account" and "not only a gripping human story but a first-rate introduction to the more problematic aspects of American criminal law."  

Bonner examines Elmore's defense through three jury trials and many complex legal proceedings.  He also explores the moral and legal issues in a case that has been in the courts for three decades.

Raymond Bonner earned a law degree from Stanford in 1967 and practiced before teaching law at UC Davis and founding the Public Interest Clearinghouse at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Later, he became an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times and received numerous awards and honors, including the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism, from the Nieman Foundation Fellows, in 1996. He was a member of the Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for articles about the sale of American technology to China. He has also been a staff writer at The New Yorker and has written for The New York Review of Books. His first book, Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador, received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; his second, Waltzing with a Dictator: The Marcoses and the Making of American Policy, received the Overseas Press Club and Sidney Hillman book awards. He now lives in London.

Mark Danner, Chancellor's Professor of Journalism, Politics and English at the University of California at Berkeley, has written for more than two decades on foreign affairs and international conflict. He has covered Central America, Haiti, Balkans and Iraq, among many other stories, and has written extensively about the development of American foreign policy during the late Cold War and afterward, and about violations of human rights during that time. His books include Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War (2009), The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War's Buried History (2006), Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror (2004), The Road to Illegitimacy: One Reporter's Travel's Through the 2000 Florida Vote Recount (2004) and The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War (1994).

Presented by the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic and the Graduate School of Journalism.


VALLEY OF SHADOWS & DREAMS: Reception and Book Signing
and Current Exhibition at the North Gate Hall Gallery (January 17-May 15, 2012)

When: Friday, March 16, 6:00 PM

Where: 105 North Gate Hall

Photography by Ken Light | Text by Melanie Light | Forward by Thomas Steinbeck

“Valley of Shadows and Dreams explores a different California from the one that most people know—a California far from Hollywood and Malibu and San Francisco, a California that in some elemental respects has not changed much since the days of the Spanish conquistadors.  The same sort of manual labor prevails in the fields, the same exploitation of the weakest and poorest still blights the land.  In this book you will find a powerful indictment not only of what has happened lately in America's largest state, but also of what is happening across this country right now. The abuse of illegal immigrants, environmental degradation, the madness of a real estate bubble, and all the other problems of the Central Valley are unfortunately relevant nationwide.  Ken and Melanie Light bring great compassion and an eye for beauty to this subject, facing hard truths but refusing to despair.  As John Steinbeck argued more than seventy years ago, the demand for justice and the need for true democracy are timeless, essential things.”

—Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation


******* EVENTS OF INTEREST *******

Is Democracy on the Retreat?  Europe Between Market Pressure, German Rigour, and Technocracy

When: Thursday, March 1,  4:00 PM

Where: 223 Moses Hall

Federico Rampini is la Repubblica's New York Bureau Chief. Previously, he has served as a columnist and correspondent for la Repubblica in Beijing, where he inaugurated the publication's China bureau in July 2004. As a special envoy, he travels frequently to India, Japan and Southeast Asia. From 2000 to 2004, Rampini was la Repubblica's West Coast correspondent based in San Francisco, California. From 1997 to 2000, he was the European editor of la Repubblica. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism and at the Shanghai University of Economics and Finance.


The Iranian Crisis: Is War Inevitable?

When: Monday, March 19,  4:00 PM

Where: Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

As the U.S. and Israel reach a dangerous turning point in their relations with Iran, a panel of distinguished analysts will focus on these issues:

  • Can Iran be stopped in its drive to produce nuclear weapons?
  • If Iran succeeds, what will be the consequences for regional stability?
  • In what ways do domestic politics and regional dynamics drive the principal actors—the U.S., Iran, and Israel—in their choice of war or diplomacy?
  • How has the Arab Spring changed the dynamics of regional politics and the outlook for proliferation?
  • How will the American Presidential elections affect the crisis?

Avner Cohen is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies  and a Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management.  He is widely known for his path-breaking history of the Israeli nuclear program, is an internationally recognized author and expert on nonproliferation issues, focusing on the Middle East. His most recent publication is The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb.

Karim Sadjadpour is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment. He joined Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Washington and Tehran, where he conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials, and hundreds with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.  He is a regular contributor to BBC TV and radio, CNN, National Public Radio, PBSNewsHour, and Al-Jazeera. He contributes regularly to publications such as theEconomist, Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and Foreign Policy.

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution.  His publications include his best-selling book,The Stakes: America and the Middle East.  He has been a principal investigator in the annual Arab Public Opinion Survey, conducted since 2002 in six Arab countries.


The Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service presents the 31st Annual Review of the Presidency
Election Year: The Obama Presidency and the 2012 Campaign

When:  Monday, April 2,  7:30 PM

Where: 105 Stanley Hall

As President Obama seeks a second term, we examine his presidency and the 2012 election. Is the president to blame for the stagnant economy that has bedeviled his administration? Would any president have been able to engineer a speedier economic recovery? How has the president managed the foreign policy challenges of his time? Has he met the need for symbolic leadership from the president? And what of the Republicans who seek to replace him? Four years after a dramatic election that made American history, what should we expect from the election of 2012?

31st Annual Review Panelists
Andrew E. Busch, Professor of Government and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna College
John Fund, Senior Editor, The American Spectator and author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy

Anne E. Kornblut, White House correspondent for the Washington Post and author of Notes From the Cracked Ceiling
Paul Pierson, John Gross Endowed Chair, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley and author of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class




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Event & Fundraising Coordinator
Graduate School of Journalism

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University of California at Berkeley

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Apply Now to IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs – Documentary Deadline March 9

I think I sent this one out before so consider this a reminder – IFP Indie Filmmaker Labs, deadlines March 9 and April 6.
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how to set up a small recording studio, from Transom.org

Well this is just about the most useful and comprehensive write-up for how to set up your own home recording studio I have ever seen. Jeff Towne rocks (as does Transom.org). Enjoy! http://transom.org/?p=23904

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TRANSOM.org
a showcase & workshop for new public radio
February 22, 2012

* NEW TOOL: "Setting Up a Small Recording Studio" by Jeff Towne – UPDATED *

One of Transom's most popular features ever is TOOLS Editor Jeff Towne's primer on setting up a small recording studio, but the page hasn't had an update in six years. So, Jeff has created a completely new version–covering computer and software selection, the requisite hardware, along with equipment recommendations in various price ranges and pretty much everything you need on this topic, all in one place. There are links to individual tests of gear, manufacturer's sites, downloads, etc. etc. (One interesting new thing: ProTools is becoming dislodged as the go-to choice for documentary production.) This is the kind of useful, generous advice that makes us all love Jeff Towne.

http://transom.org/?p=23904

Drop over any time,

Jay Allison
Atlantic Public Media
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
www.transom.org

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"As the trend toward smaller, less-expensive, more-powerful recording gear continues to accelerate, it gets harder and harder to stay on top of the latest innovations and deals. It seems like we updated our recommendations for setting up a home studio only yesterday, but in fact, a few years have gone by, and several important things have changed. We're temperamentally more likely to wait and see if the latest, greatest thing is really stable and reliable and useful, rather than continually staying out on the bleeding edge, so we might not include that virtual mixer that you control with your mind, until we're sure it's reliable. Ultimately we're more interested in getting work done, and doing it efficiently, than in having the coolest, shiniest, geekiest gear. Keep in mind: if your current set-up is working for you, you may not need to make any changes. But if you're feeling constricted by your old home studio, or if you're setting one up for the first time, here's what we think you might want (at least for the next few days…)."

-Jeff Towne, continued at Transom.org

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Nieman Storyboard’s 2012 conference roundup

How handy! All the storytelling-related conferences happening in 2012 written up in one convenient blog post. Thanks, Nieman Storyboard!

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All the narrative edification you need: our 2012 conference roundup

Nieman Storyboard blog
http://www.niemanstoryboard.org/2012/02/21/all-the-narrative-edification-you-need-our-2012-conference-roundup/

It’s time for our annual almost-spring listing of 2012 writing events and conferences. From California to Texas and Boston, there are options to work on your writing or storytelling skills coast to coast. Whether you want to sharpen up your scene-setting, peek into the world of multimedia, or just network with others who are devoted to narrative, we bet you can find what you’re looking for here.

But be sure to watch for dates and early bird registrations – one of these conferences has already filled! Here they are in chronological order:

The 2012 AWP Conference in Chicago, an offering of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, will take place next week, Feb. 29-March 3, but is completely sold out. Look for online updates on talks from Dagoberto Gilb, Margaret Atwood, Luis Rodriguez, Rebecca Skloot and Marilynne Robinson.

The Narrative Arc: storytelling journalism goes digital,” a production of the Boston University College of Communication, will take place March 23-25 on the BU campus. Highlights include Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Director Jon Sawyer, audio storytellers Jay Allison and Maria Balinska, New York Times reporter Amy O’Leary, The Atavist’s Evan Ratliff, and journalists-turned-authors Adam Hochschild and Tom French.

The Muse and the Marketplace 2012, put on by Grub Street, will run May 5 and 6 in downtown Boston. Highlights for nonfiction writers include Jerald Walker on suspending disbelief, Seth Mnookin on choosing topics, and Wendy Call (co-editor of the Nieman Foundation’s own “Telling True Stories” and winner of this year’s Grub Street nonfiction prize) on writing scenes.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors 2012 Writers Conference will take place April 27 and 28 (with sessions on the 26th for members) in New York City. Highlights include science writer Dan Ferber, nonfiction author Janine Latus and New York Times columnist Samuel Freedman.

The Compleat Biographer Conference, run by the Biographers International Organization, will take place May 18-20 on the campus of the University of Southern California. Highlights include Jack El-Hai on narrative suspense, Kathleen Sharp on interviewing techniques and Tracy Daugherty on choosing a subject.

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference will take place July 20-22 in Grapevine, Texas (outside Dallas). Highlights include Pulitzer winners Richard Rhodes, Isabel Wilkerson, and Amy Harmon; Esquire writers Chris Jones and Tom Junod; memoirist and nonfiction author Luis Alberto Urrea; and GQ’s Jeanne Marie Laskas.

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National Center for Media Engagement and CPB Teacher Wall Grants, deadline Feb 29

CPB and NCME team up to help teachers share their stories. Deadline February 29. Details HERE and below.

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TEACHER WALL GRANT

Purpose & Background:

In response to the nation's dropout crisis, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) recently launched American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen to advance the national conversation around the dropout crisis, its impact on children, communities and the country, and ways to address it. This multi-year, multi-million dollar effort is led by local public media stations, currently targeting 20 communities that are among those with the most significant dropout problem in the nation and, through the National Center for Media Engagement (NCME), an additional 37 communities with demonstrated need.

Research and common sense both highlight the role of teachers in students' success in school and in life. Because of this, engaging educators in honest conversation and raising teacher voices to a national stage have been important parts of the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen initiative. The National Center for Media Engagement, in conjunction with The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for public media stations to amplify teacher voices in their local communities. With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to CPB, NCME will make small grants available to up to 50 public media stations to produce brief interviews with educators in their local communities to contribute to the nationalTeacher Wall and distribute locally. By leveraging public media's unique combination of production and community engagement skills, stations have the opportunity to collect, listen to, and amplify local teacher voices, and use those voices to inform their local American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen work.

Grant Goals and Implementation:

The Teacher Wall project is a new avenue to extend public media's local and national American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen initiative. The Teacher Wall (www.teacherwall.org) enables teachers to share their ideas and add their voices to the national education conversation. A joint project of Scholastic, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Donors Choose, the Teacher Wall launched online in fall 2011, and now features over 8,000 videos uploaded by more than 3,000 educators nationwide.

Stations will structure teacher interviews around questions designed by the Teacher Wall, such as:

  • What was one of your greatest moments as a teacher?
  • What, or who, has most inspired you as a teacher?

  • What was one of the greatest moments or highlights of your teaching career?
  • Where do you go to get feedback on your performance as a teacher and why?

In addition, station will pose questions designed to inform American Graduate, which could include:

  • What do you think is the single most important reason local students drop out of school?
  • How can teachers help students who are at risk of dropping out stay in school?
  • What resources or assistance do educators need from the community to help students graduate, on time, ready for college and careers?
  • In the quest to improve graduation rates, who is your great ally and who is preventing progress?

Overall, this grant offers public media stations an opportunity to facilitate educator interviews and help communicate the personal experience of teachers, their commitment to their profession and the complexities of education, especially in high-need, underserved communities.

In collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and CPB, NCME will administer and support up to 50 public media stations with a $2,200 grant to interview at least five different teachers. These interviews are to be divided into clips no longer than 90 seconds (one question per clip) and added to the Teacher Wall site.

Goals for this grant include:

  • Build on public media's current work on advancing the conversation around the dropout crisis to amplify the conversation among teachers and their local communities
  • Foster a deeper understanding of the educational issues faced by underserved and underrepresented populations.
  • Connect and share teachers' personal experience, insights and commitment to their profession with their local and national community.
  • Use public media's on-air and online distribution channels to create broader awareness of educators' dedication, commitment and needs.

Stations will have the option to air or stream their local spots as part of the American Graduateinitiative and will submit their spots to the national Teacher Wall site. Interviews need not be overly produced and can be created using low budget mini camcorders or higher end HD video cameras.

Stations should focus their interviews on teachers who work with low-income and minority youth primarily at Title I schools. In addition, stations should propose a theme for their teacher interviews, such as, but not limited to: rural teachers, minority teachers, special education teachers, pre-service teacher candidates, career changers who have become teachers and/or other locally relevant themes. In choosing a theme stations demonstrate their ability to authentically reflect the diverse opinions, issues and perspectives of their community and add those voices to the Teacher Wall. Stations may conduct interviews in conjunction with other educator engagement activities they may already be involved in, including events for teacher recognition, professional development orAmerican Graduate Teacher Town Halls.

Grant Amounts and Term:

NCME will provide up to 50 public media stations with a $2,200 Teacher Wall Grant to capture a minimum of five teacher interviews, each of which will be divided, by the station, into clips no longer than 90 seconds (one question per clip) and submitted to NCME to be added to the Teacher Wall site.

The grant term will be March 19, 2012 through September 14, 2012.
Final reports will be due by September 28, 2012.

Eligibility:

Any public radio or television station or joint licensee that receives a CPB Community Service Grant is eligible to apply. Stations that can demonstrate they are already addressing the dropout crisis or have an American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen grant from CPB or NCME will be favored.

Application Review Process:

Applications will be reviewed by NCME and external reviewers. Grants will be awarded by NCME and CPB, based on the likelihood that proposed projects will meet the goals for the grant program.

Submission Instructions and Deadlines:

Applications must be submitted using the online form. Please review Terms and Conditions before applying. We anticipate a rapid contracting process.

The application deadline is February 29, 2012

Grant program and technical questions should be directed to Jamie Holzhuter at NCME.

Award Notifications:

Grant notifications will be made mid-March.

Grant Administration:

The Station Grant Agreements will be made between Stations and the National Center for Media Engagement. The grant award will be disbursed to Grantees once signed Grant Agreement is received by NCME. Grant deliverables will be reviewed by NCME.

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