From the lovely folks at TAL. -mia


Hello This American Life friends and contributors,

We've gotten hundreds of great pitches from you since we sent out our call for stories last Friday for the "This Week" show. Thank you so much. Now, we’re reissuing the call for help in hopes of filling some holes in our lineup. And, you guys: this show is going to be so much fun. Please be a part of it!

Just to remind you about the project, here's what we're doing: the show is for next week and the theme is “This Week,” meaning the show is united by the simple fact that all of the stories take place in the seven days prior to broadcast. It’s kind of a “news” show and kind of not. We’re hoping for a mix of more traditional, topical stories (a school board fight, a drug bust, even a weather-related story) and more personal, specific stories (a break-up, someone losing a job, moving to a new school, etc).

The eligible dates for this “This Week” show are Saturday, December 1st through Friday, December 7th. If you know of anything interesting happening – to you or someone you know – between Dec 1st and Dec 7th, we want to hear about it. It can be anything that matters to the people involved – just so long as something, however tiny, is at stake: a first date, a championship game, an audition, a medical diagnosis, the first day of a new business, or the last day of a dying one.

What we’re especially hoping for now are some lighter stories. Funny would be good. We’re also short on political stories – a local politics or news story would be great. Is some huge fight over a stoplight coming to a head the first week of December in your town? Is there any election aftermath playing out in your county in an interesting way?

Even if you don’t know of anything now, please keep your eyes and ears open and, if possible, even make your own recordings. Most smartphones have recording capabilities so if you come across some scene or event or even just are having an interesting conversation, record it! If you think it’s something we might want – just even as a small clip – email us and let us know what you’ve got and we may ask you to send it. (A note here: you can’t tape anyone secretly. All parties must know they’re being recorded for possible broadcast.) One of our favorite moments from the last “This Week” show was only a few seconds long. It was from a student on a class trip who taped a chaperone telling the kids: Please don’t push each other into the Grand Canyon. It went like this:

Ira Glass: So much has happened this week. What else? In the Grand Canyon on Wednesday, high school freshman were on a class trip.
Lauren: This is Lauren. We're walking down the trail to go to the Grand Canyon right now.
Teacher: Now. I know you wouldn't push anybody over the edge. But just don't even pretend to do it. OK? It's something we want to avoid. OK?
That’s the kind of stuff we’d love to hear.
Please send your pitches to: thisweek@thislife.org . You can also use that address to let us know if you have tape you’d like to email or upload to our server.

Thank you so much, again, for helping us make this show happen.

Sincerely, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder

two IRP Fellowships for 2013, deadlines early December

Two grant opportunities from the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins. Details below. -Mia


Apply Now for IRP’s New Media Fellowships in 2013

Application deadline: December 7, 2012


In 2013, the IRP will offer up to six year-long reporting fellowships to influential journalists and media figures who are actively engaged in the new media landscape, using new media and multimedia tools, with strong ties to a social media community, in order to support reporting projects on issues related to health, development, and innovation in the developing world.  

Priority for these 12-month reporting grants will be given to journalists and other new-media practitioners from the United States, Brazil, France, Germany, Australia, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and sub-Saharan Africa, but applications from other countries and regions are welcomed.

IRP New Media Fellows will receive a stipend of US$15,000 to produce new and original content focusing on issues specific topics dealing with themes related to poverty, health, foreign assistance/aid and economic progress in the developing world. All candidates must fill out an application form on which they should describe the stories they would produce during the calendar year 2013. A brief telephone interview with finalists would also be part of the selection process.

IRP New Media Fellows should propose producing both short-form and long-form reports in a variety of media, such as regular blog posts, tweets, video blogs, slideshows on Storify or Flickr, multimedia series, video documentaries, as well as in-depth stories online, in print, radio or television media. Multimedia productions are encouraged. 

IRP New Media Journalists Trip to India: Examining Child Survival

February 17-27, 2013

Application deadline: December 10, 2012

Children of a migrant community working at a brick kiln near Bishanpur in Darbhanga district are vaccinated by a polio vaccination team.

Photo: "We – the solution" on Flickr

In 2013 the IRP will offer three separate reporting trips of 8 to 10 days each for US and international new media journalists to report on important global health and development issues in one country.

The first of those trips will be to India on February 17-27, 2013. Future trips in 2013 will be to South Africa in July and to Brazil in November.

Sandy Storyline – New Paticipatory Documentary

Interesting collaborative project, sharing stories related to Hurricane Sandy. Details below. -Mia

I want to tell you about a new project we've launched called Sandy Storyline. It is a participatory documentary project that invites contributions from anyone with a cell phone or telephone. We are also working with lots of media makers and audio story tellers to collect storie in sound, photographs, and written stories. The technology we are using is developed by MIT Center for Civic Media and a tech start up called Cowbird.

I'm writing to AIR to see if any of you fine folks might be interested in helping collect stories. Please email sandystoryline@gmail.com if you are interested.

We are also looking for radio stations who are in the listener areas that were hit by superstorm Sandy that might be interested in doing stories on the project, PSA, or helping us get the word out to listeners about this participatory project.
Here's the info:
A beta site should be live in the next few days here: http://sandystoryline.com/ but currently also lives here: http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/storyline/

Sandy Storyline is a participatory documentary about Hurricane Sandy and efforts to recover and rebuild our neighborhoods.

Share a moment. Share an image. Share a reflection. Share a vision for the future.

Using any phone or mobile device you can contribute a story:

Send a text or picture message from your phone to storyline@vojo.co
Call (888) 803-9856 to record your testimony and listen to other people’s stories.

Want to help us collect stories? Email sandystoryline (at) gmail (dot) com to get involved.

Sandy StoryLine is a collaboration between HousingisaHumanRight.org, the MIT Center for Civic Media, in partnership with Cowbird, Interoccupy.net, Occupied Stories and a growing number of media makers, storytellers and people like you.

CPB/PBS Producers Academy – call for applications

Forwarded from AIR, here's a great opportunity from the CPB. -Mia

CPB/PBS Producers Academy

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) invite you to participate in the 2013 Producers Academy at WGBH. The CPB/PBS Producers Academy offers professional development activities designed to identify public broadcasting’s next generation of creative talent.

In the belief that the best producers enhance their production skills and their own creative energy by working and interacting with others, the Producers Academy seeks to: 1) encourage formal learning opportunities under the guidance of experienced producers, 2) facilitate relationship building in a business based on relationships, 3) offer exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences both inside and outside of the public television environment.

The CPB/PBS Producers Academy is open to both station-connected and
independent producers. Those selected will be chosen for their production talent, commitment to public broadcasting and potential for success in the program.

For more information contact: Kathryn Lo at PBS – producers_academy@pbs.org or Angie Palmer at CPB – apalmer@cpb.org.

For the application and more info (PDF):

About the CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH

“It was the best professional development experience of my career, bar
none. I feel fortunate and humbled to have been chosen to participate. It was a mind altering and life changing experience.” – Beverly Penninger, 2010 Workshop

I honestly learned more during the workshop than I did in three semesters of graduate producing courses. Not a critique of my grad school but a testament to the amazing program put together. – Bao Nguyen, 2011 Workshop

The 2013 CPB/PBS Producers Academy will be held at WGBH-Boston during the week of Saturday, March 30 through Friday, April 5. It has been developed for producers who create or intend to create works for public broadcasting, either through a station or independently. It is an opportunity for these producers to work intensively on the skills that will benefit them most, through classes and through direct contact with some of public television's most talented personnel.

The definition of "producer" includes producer/writers and producer/directors; individuals who have worked locally as well as nationally, in all genres of programming; professionals who work in video, film, and interactive media; and those who work in studio-based as well as field production. Please note that this program is not for beginners.

Over its eleven-year life, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy has accepted participants from 43 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Many of these producers have since contributed to public television's signature programming (American Experience, History Detectives, African American Lives, Latin Music U*S*A*, Freedom Riders). They have made programming for local and regional broadcast (New Jersey Legacies, Oregon Field Story, Greater Boston Arts) and online (Katrina Film Project, Journey to Planet Earth Web site). Their independent films (More Than A Month, Promised Land, A Son’s Sacrifice, Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Green, The Eyes of Me, The Longoria Affair) have reached national PBS air.

To learn more about past Academy producers, visit

The 25 producers selected for the 2013 Workshop will receive scholarships that pay for the cost of the program and the week's travel and living expenses.

Pro Publica offering paid internship in NY

Happy to spread the word about a PAID internship with Pro Publica. Details below. -Mia

ProPublica is seeking an intern to both report and help build community around our investigative projects with social media and engagement tools.

The internship will begin in January and last for up to a year. It is full-time and based in New York. Compensation is $700 per week.

Interns will be part of our investigative team focused on quick-turn reporting that riffs off the news as well as our engagement team, which works across social networks to build communities around our coverage and develops crowdsourcing and social media strategies for our reporting. Applicants should have prior journalism experience, and a demonstrated interest in leveraging social media for newsgathering purposes. 

Here are a few examples of the kind of explainers and hard-hitting pieces we do, as well as examples of our engagement efforts. Niemab Lab has also written about our approach to digital journalismcrowdsourcing and audience engagement.

UnionDocs’ December events

December Events at UnionDocs:

The poetics and politics of Glauber Rocha and the Cinema Novo

Saturday, December 1 at 7:30pm

 Suggested donation $9

“While Latin America bemoans its general wretchedness, the foreign interlocutor cultivates a taste for this wretchedness not as a tragic symptom, but rather as simple formal information for his field of interest. Neither does the Latin convey his true wretchedness to civilized man nor does civilized man truly comprehend the Latin’s wretchedness. What turned Cinema Novo into an internationally important phenomenon was the degree of its commitment to the truth; once written by the literature of the thirties, this very miserabilism was now photographed by the cinema the sixties. If it was once written as a social condemnation, today it is discussed as a political problem.”  – Glauber Rocha in “AESTHETIC OF HUNGER”

Historian of Brazil, Marc A. Hertzman (Center for Brazilian Studies, Columbia University) will be in attendance for a discussion.
This event was curated by Marcia Mansur.

Forest of Bliss with Richard Allen

Sunday, December 2 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $9

Forest of Bliss is intended as an unsparing but ultimately redeeming account of the inevitable griefs and frequent happinesses that punctuate daily life in Benares, one of the world’s most holy cities. The film unfolds from one sunrise to the next without commentary, subtitles or dialogue. It is an attempt to give anyone who sees it a wholly authentic though greatly magnified view of the matters of life and death that are portrayed. Of the multitude at work, at play and at prayer, three indivividuals are seen in somewhat greater detail than others. They are a healer of great geniality who attends the pained and troubled, a baleful and untouchable King of the Great Cremation Ground who sells the sacred fire, and an unusually conscientious priest who keeps a small shrine on the banks of the Ganges.

Richard Allen, Kathryn Myers, and Dr. Pradosh K. Misrha will be in attendance for discussion.

Upcoming Events at UnionDocs:

Those Strange, Inescapable Lines and Slivers

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $9

Brave New York & Radioactive City with Richard Sandler

Sunday, December 9 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $9

Hello Happiness: A Holiday Party featuring Tony Conrad & Guests Presented by Marie Losier

Saturday, December 15 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $10

Sunday, December 16 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $9

If you could help us spread the word about these events in any of your publications, we would really appreciate it. For more information about these events, please check out the linked titles. If you do end up publishing something about the events, please let us know!


Caitlin Dronen
322 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211



BackStory call for pitches

Great show looking for stories. Details below!


BackStory's looking for pitches for a year-end show on Armageddon:

December 21st, 2012 marks the supposed end of the Mayan Long Count calendar, and some are forecasting the end of the world. So, why not spend the end times looking back at all the good times we had… worrying about the end times. On this episode: moments when we thought it was all over. We'll try to figure out why certain Armageddon scenarios pop up again and again, and what they've told us about American hopes and fears through the centuries. Freak storms, war, supernatural predictions, technological crises – send us stories of pending world doom and what people made of them at the time.

A couple tips:

Please read our guidelines before pitching. I promise it will improve your chances: http://backstoryradio.org/producers/

Also, keep in mind that we are a history show; stories set wholly in the present or past 10 years are not going to work for us.

Our rates are based on the complexity of the piece and the producer's experience. Check out the AIR pitch page for a breakdown.

All pitches should be addressed to me, Jess (jengebretson@virginia.edu) with the word "PITCH" in the subject line.

Looking forward to all your great ideas!


Radio Diaries & Cowbird Invite You to be Part of the Teenage Diaries Project

Please share this amazing project with your teenage charges!

From Radio Diaries & Cowbird:

If you're having trouble viewing this email, you may see it online.

Share This: 

Josh Cutler
Dear Educators and Friends of Radio Diaries,
To commemorate the “sweet 16” of our acclaimed Teenage Diaries project, Radio Diaries and NPR are now teaming up with the storytelling platform Cowbird to gather new stories written, recorded and photographed by teens.
Some of these stories will be featured on NPR.org and two teens will be selected to work with Radio Diaries to produce full-length Teenage Diaries that will air on NPR in 2013!
As an organization that works with youth, we need you to help spread the word and encourage teens to participate in this project. Download our Teenage Diaries Step-by-Step guide with instructions on how teenagers can tell their stories, and what type of stories we’re looking for.  (Note: These must be TRUE stories).
What we ask of you:
1. Share this project directly with teens in your community, on the airwaves and online.

2. Incorporate the Teenage Diaries Project into your lesson plan, watch this video to see Cowbird in action, and help teens take the necessary steps to tell their stories.

3. Listen to the original Teenage Diaries and share these stories with youth.
Our goal is to collect 300 first-person stories by the end of the year. In December, in coordination with the broadcast of a radio series featuring five of the original teenage diarists, a mosaic of the Cowbird Teenage Diaries stories will be featured on the NPR website. Take a look at the stories we've collected so far.
If you’d like to participate or learn more about the Teenage Diaries Project, visit our website and join our Facebook event
We are looking forward to working with you in the coming month. Please “like” us on Facebook and follow us on  Twitter to stay connected. If you have questions or would like to participate, send me an email:  Nellie@radiodiaries.org.
Thank you for all your help in encouraging teenagers to tell their stories. 

Nellie Gilles
Teenage Diaries Outreach Manager

169 Avenue A #13 | New York, NY 10009 US

Events at CUNY this week including an evening with Gay Talese MONDAY, Nov 5, Hunter College, FREE

Lots of great events going on at the CUNY schools this week including a FREE "evening with Gay Talese" at Hunter College. Plus info on how to help with hurricane recovery. -Mia

This Week at CUNY – November 5, 2012

Best of the Week

CUNY Votes

November 6, 2012 is Election Day and the time to cast your ballot. Become a part of the CUNY Votes effort this Tuesday and vote. Some polling places may have relocated due to Hurricane Sandy, so check here to find the exact location where you can cast your ballot. MORE»

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Help for Hurricane Survivors

Check out the University site offering information on support and services to students, faculty and staff coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. MORE»

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Colleges Step Up to Shelter Hurricane Sandy's Victims

Stepping into the breach, hundreds of staff and volunteers at ten college across the city provided round-the-clock care for thousands of evacuees made homeless by Hurricane Sandy. Their heroic efforts won praise from Mayor Bloomberg and a visit by Governor Cuomo. Learn more about this remarkable story of community service in this CUNY Newswire report. MORE»

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Citizenship Now! Application Assistance Day

Nov. 9 | The University

CUNY Citizenship Now! assists permanent residents with their citizenship applications. Events are open to anyone, not only CUNY students. This all-day event is sponsored by The College of Staten Island, New York City Council member Deborah Rose and NALEO. MORE»

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CUNY Month Pan-Mediterranean Concert

Nov. 5 | Bronx Community College

Musica Sol: A concert of pan-Mediterranean music. MORE»

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Food Theory: How America's Tastes Were Transformed

Nov. 5 | Queens College

Chef Rocco Marinaccio will discuss the foodways associated with New York's Italian immigrants in the early 20th century. MORE»

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'Trust and Violence' Talk

Nov. 5 | CUNY Graduate Center

Is violence normal? In his new book, "Trust and Violence," Jan Phillip Reemtsma suggests that the notion that violence is abnormal and beyond comprehension is misleading, and attempts to contain and deter violence informed by this perspective are misguided. MORE»

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Hunter Symphony Recital

Nov. 5 | Hunter College

Reuben Blundell, conducts the Hunter Symphony. MORE»

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An Evening With Gay Talese

Nov. 5 | Hunter College

The Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas Lecture will be offered by legendary writer, Gay Talese. A wine and cheese reception will follow. For more information and to RSVP, use the website. MORE»

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Judicial Voter Guide

November 6 | The University

The Online Judicial Voter is designed to help you make a more informed decision on Election Day; visit the NYS Judicial Voter Guide at www.nycourts.gov/vote. Learn about judicial candidates in each county based on information provided by the state and county board of elections. MORE»

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Book Talk with Marta Gutman

Nov. 6 | The City College of New York

Drawing upon multiple fields of study, the fall Book Talk Series explores the context of childhood including the institutions, policies, social and educational settings most important to the healthy development of young children. Marta Gutman teaches architectural and urban history at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College and her research focuses on public architecture for children. MORE»

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International Electroacoustic Music Festival

Nov. 6 – 8 | Brooklyn College

The 24th annual festival directed by George Brunner. MORE»

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Arguing the 1930s World

Nov. 7 – 5 | CUNY Graduate Center

The Graduate Center lecture will discuss how a group of radicals at City College during the 1930s become the deeply influential political and cultural critics now known as the New York Intellectuals. MORE»

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Training for Green Jobs

Nov. 7 | LaGuardia Community College

The Green Jobs Training Program introduces participants to the principles of sustainability and provides the necessary skills to work for companies that want to develop a green focus. MORE»

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Lecture: City As Living Laboratory

Nov. 7 | Graduate Center

Join us for a conversation with collaborators involved with Mary Miss's project City as Living Laboratory, with Broadway as the "Green Corridor" of New York. MORE»

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Book Talk: 'The Italians of New York'

Nov. 7 | Queens College

Calandra Italian American Institute presents "The Italians of New York," by Maurizio Molinari, a book that offers an overview of various generations of Italians in New York, weaving together numerous stories that highlight different epochs and different backgrounds. MORE»

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Sexual Violence in Guatemala

Nov. 7 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Historical Memory Project invites you to a discussion, Legacies of Mass Atrocities: Sexual Violence Against Women in Guatemala. MORE»

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On Memory, History, and the Armenian Genocide

Nov. 7 | Graduate Center

Actor, Eric Bogosian ("Talk Radio") interviews Fatma Müge Göçek, one of a few Turkish-born scholars to publicly acknowledge the Armenian genocide. MORE»

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Queens College Art Exhibit

Nov. 7 – Dec. 21 | Queens College

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Queens College and the QC Art Center invite all alumni to send in commentary and/or current artwork — in all disciplines and media — concerning their experience at the school. MORE»

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Art from the Land of the Peacock

Nov. 7 – Jun. 27 | Queens College

Year of India event presents documents of Visual Culture in the Queens College Libraries. MORE»

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Music In Midtown Series

Nov. 8 | CUNY Graduate Center

Raphael Trio: Andy Simionescu, violin; Susan Salm, cello; Daniel Epstein, piano. MORE»

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Poetry by Pamela Sneed

Nov. 8 | New York City College of Technology

New York-based poet and actress, Pamela Sneed, reads from her book, "Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery." MORE»

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Kristallnacht Commemoration

Nov. 8 | New York City College of Technology

Featured speaker is Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus. MORE»

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On Stage: 'The Principality of Sorrows'

Nov. 8 | Brooklyn College

"The Principality of Sorrows," by Keith Bunin begins in 1923 in a Belgian castle garden where a young New York socialite, named Iris, has sought sanctuary from the real world to sort out her suffering over the loss of her brother in WWI. MORE»

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Lincoln Center White Light Festival

Nov. 8 – 10 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Focus of the festival is music's unmatched capacity to illuminate the many dimensions of our interior lives. Spanning musical traditions, genres and disciplines the festival will feature 27 performances and events. MORE»

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Annual Haitian Association Conference

Nov. 8 – 10 | York College

The 24th annual conference presents, "Haiti Beyond Borders: Challenges and Progress Across the Diaspora." MORE»

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Spotlight on Obesity in Children

Nov. 9 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Featured speaker is Janice Johnson Dias, assistant professor, Department of Science. MORE»

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Health Consequences of the War on Terror

Nov. 9 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

"The Health Consequences of the War on Terror: An Agenda for the Future." MORE»

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Victims and Survivors of Apartheid in New York

Nov. 9 | CUNY Graduate Center

Returning to the scene of his prize-winning books, "Rachel and Her Children," and "Amazing Grace," Jonathan Kozol shares insights from 25 years in New York's poorest neighborhood's public school system in conversation with teacher, activist educator Brian Jones. MORE»

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In Concert: Spottiswoode & His Enemies

Nov. 9 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Spottiswoode & His Enemies will be performing at BMCC. MORE»

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Coffee on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Nov. 9 | New York City College of Technology

Breakfast Talk with speakers Steve Jaffe, a historian, and Michael Pollack, co-owner of Brooklyn Roasting Co., located at the river and Jay Street in a building that once housed a 19th-century coffee company. MORE»

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Salsa Palooza

Nov. 10 | Lehman College

Salsa Palooza is back with three of the most successful and popular salsa artists, who will perform the hits of their amazing careers. MORE»

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KALW’s City Visions seeks show producer

Hey folks. My friends at KALW in SF are seeking a show producer for their weekly call-in program, City Visions. It's a volunteer gig, producing one show/month. KALW is a great place to learn and get some experience on the resume and clips on the reel. Details below. -Mia
Radio Producer (Volunteer)
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Organization: City Visions Radio, KALW 91.7
Skill(s): Producing, Writing
Start date: Training would begin as soon as interview process was completed
Last day to apply: Open


City Visions, a live call-in radio program, has aired weekly on KALW 91.7 FM San
Francisco since 1991. (Monday, 7:00-8:00pm). We aim to educate, stimulate, and
make positive contributions to discussions on Bay Area issues. Our production team
– a talented group of multi-disciplined, public policy minded volunteers – brings
a broad perspective to current issues. This is a fantastic opportunity for people
interested in learning about radio production or who simply want to be part of a
team of volunteers informing our community about important issues.
City Visions is looking for someone interested in producing one radio program per

month. With support from the Senior Producer and others on the team, producers

develop guest panels to discuss a variety of topics important to the San Francisco
Bay Area. Production requires approximately 10-20 hours per show and consists
of: researching a topic; developing a guest panel; providing background material,
bios and potential questions for the host; writing copy; in-studio production on
show nights from 6pm to 9pm one Monday per month. Attendance at weekend bi-
monthly production meetings is also required. Show topics are flexible depending
upon a producer’s interests and skills.
Please visit our KALW page http://kalw.org/programs/city-visions to check out
previous shows.
Qualified producers will be professionals looking to add radio production to
their skill set. Excellent writing and communication skills are necessary though
radio experience is not required. Applicants should be deadline-oriented, highly
organized, willing to commit for at least 12 shows and possess a strong interest in
public policy and current affairs.