Radio production class

An online radio course offering from the lovely and talented Claire Schoen. Details below! -Mia

I want
to get the word out about an on-line radio production I'm offering this October/November through Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies (CDS). This is an on-line class with virtual group meetings via Zoom (like Skype) and individual project mentoring via email, phone and our class website.

First important point: This is NOT a theoretical seminar-style class like my Soup-to-Nuts weekend. It is a hands-on production class where each student will create a radio feature. The pieces will be 6 to 8 minutes long using documentary-style elements. Over the 9 week course, each student will research a topic, pitch their story, find characters, pre-produce locations and interviews, record, log, create a script outline, write narration, edit a rough cut, fine cut and final mix. (Voila, a finished radio piece!)

Second important point: You do not have to be in Durham or Berkeley or anywhere else to take this class. (Well, you have to be somewhere!) We are holding this class virtually. Class meetings will be conducted on-line using a program where we can all see each other and talk to each other and see work that I put up on my computer. Assignments will be posted on a group

website. Students will post their class work on the website as well. And I will work individually with each student, each week via phone, email and the website.

Third important point: Students need to have their own recording equipment and know how to use it. You also need to have an audio editing program and know the basics of how to upload, cut, mix and download on it.

You can find out more about the class and register through the CDS at:

Please contact Mark Maximov or April Walton regarding registration questions: 919-660-3678

Feel free to contact me with questions about the class itself.

I hope you can join us!
And, please pass this along to anyone who you think might be interested.

Thanks, Claire

-- Claire Schoen Media 510-882-6164

RISE Media Project


Internships — Asian American Writers’ Workshop

The Asian American Writer's Workshop's Open City Magazine is hiring THREE interns: editorial/writing, multimedia, and educational programming. Details below.

AAWW’s Open City Magazine is looking for a full-time, highly motivated editorial and writing intern. Duties include:

–Coordinating and commissioning media for all staff and freelance articles (audio, video, still photo). This includes captioning photos, coordinating social media copy with social media intern

–Writing bi-weekly posts on NYC Asian American neighborhoods and submitting photos and audio as necessary
–Contributing to editorial meetings and brainstorming ideas for regular series, reporting projects
–Working with multiple staff and volunteer editors and production intern to coordinate timely posts
–Maintaining freelancers' paperwork, communication with office business director to process payment of freelancers

Desired Skills / Work Experience:

–Strong interest/knowledge of Asian immigrant neighborhoods in NYC (Chinatown, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Richmond Hill, Sunset Park, and others)
–Strong writing and copyediting, experience with creative nonfiction
–Excellent organizational and communication skills
–Fact checking skills, great research and reporting skills
–Photo and visual composition skills
–WordPress Skills
–Social media networker
–Deadline oriented
–Graduate students and persons interested in transitioning to editorial work strongly encouraged to apply.
(Please designate "Open City — Editorial Intern" in your application)

AAWW’s Open City Magazine is looking for a highly motivated multimedia intern to work 1-2 days a week. This intern will work on supplementary media for all Open City articles / features. Duties include:

–Edit and crop photos

–Create photo, video, audio packages for Open City Magazine
–Working with writing fellows to plan shoots, productions

Desired Skills / Experience:

–Strong interest/knowledge of Asian immigrant neighborhoods in NYC (Chinatown, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Richmond Hill, Sunset Park, and others)

–Photoshop, Still Photo, Audio/Video production skills
–Excellent file management
–Captioning photos

–Deadline oriented

(Please designate "Open City — Multimedia/ Production Intern" in your application)

AAWW’s Open City Magazine is looking for a highly motivated educational programming intern to work 1-2 days a week. This intern will work on assisting the Open City editor to run the fellowship program. Duties include:

–Planning and facilitating monthly meetings for the fellows

–Maintaining a calendar of deadlines for fellows in the writing program

–Researching and maintaining handouts, exercise materials, educational resources for fellows

ITVS diversity fund for film

I missed the boat for this one – the deadline for the Diversity Development Fund has already passed for this year, but these folks should be on your radar for the future. And here's a link to the ongoing funding opportunities for filmmakers. -Mia

The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities.

DDF accepts:

Projects that have not yet begun production
Programs that can become eligible for ITVS production funding initiatives as single programs of standard broadcast length (half-hour or one-hour). In rare cases ITVS will consider feature-length programs.

DDF does not accept:

Proposals for completed projects seeking distribution

Series proposals or fictional dramas

Projects intended solely for theatrical release

There is one funding round per year. Applicants may apply for only one project per call. The entire proposal review process takes up to three months. Around five percent of applicants will receive funding.

DDF is not a grant; applicants receive funding in the form of a development agreement that assigns ITVS certain important rights over the project during the term of the contract.

New Knight News Challenge – health/data/communities

The latest Knight News Challenge on HEALTH. Details below. -Mia

Today, we're sharing the details of the second Knight News Challenge for 2013, on health <>. Launching Aug. 19, the challenge will focus on this question:

"How can we harness data and public information for the health of communities?"

We have more details on our blog <>, including the timeline and the partners from health innovation and philanthropy who are joining with us on the challenge.

Look forward to hearing your ideas.

– John S. Bracken
Director/Journalism and Media Innovation
Knight Foundation

Radio Boot Camp at UnionDocs, Brooklyn, Oct 19-20

This Radio Boot Camp for wannabe radio heads is run by two of the most fabulous ladies in the field. Don't miss it!

Radio Boot Camp @UnionDocs

Sat., Oct. 19, 10:00 – 6:00
Sun., Oct. 20th, 10:00 – 5:00

UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211

Tuition: Early registration is $285.

Come learn the art and craft of producing radio stories from start to finish. This class is for enthusiasts, fans and beginners so please share with your friends and anyone else who's oh so jealous of your awesome career. Space is limited to 12 so sign on up!

More information is here:

American RadioWorks is looking for an intern!

American RadioWorks needs an intern. PAID! Details below. -Mia

We're looking for a smart, capable, self-motivated intern to help with the research and production of radio, podcast, and web projects at American RadioWorks, the national documentary unit of American Public Media. This is a 6-month, 15-20 hour/week position, paying $15/hour. It's based in St. Paul. Deadline is 9/13/2013.

Details here.

Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! Got any questions about the position, or about living in Minnesota? Shoot me an email at

Samara Freemark
Reporter/Producer, American RadioWorks, American Public Media

2013 CA Documentary Project, deadline Oct 1

Potential big money for CA-based doc projects. Details below! -Mia

Guidelines are now available for the California Documentary Project (CDP), a competitive grants program of Cal Humanities that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects must use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through broadcast and/or distribution. CDP grants support projects at the research and development, production, and public engagement stages. Award amounts range from $10,000 up to $50,000 and the deadline is October 1, 2013.


Please see for the latest guidelines, a list of recently supported projects, and information on upcoming grant workshops and webinars.


To attend an informational grant workshop in San Francisco on August 26, please click here.


Thanks so much for helping to spread the word. Please feel free to direct any inquiries to me at


All the best,





More time for WBEZ podcast sonic logos

From the folks at WBEZ:

We've extended the deadline a week for you to design a WBEZ podcast sonic logo. If you've been kicking around an idea for a 5-second logo, you have until August 26th at 5pm CST to submit. We hope you can have some fun making these buttons!

Ira Glass of This American Life, Nick van der Kolk of Love + Radio and Snap Judgment, and Julie Shapiro of the Third Coast International Audio Festival will pick the winning ID, which will be used in WBEZ's podcasts. You can find more information here:


Mickey Capper
Podcast Intern at WBEZ

Knight News Challenge – Health

Two important updates on the Knight News Challenge: Health: 

– Inspiration phase opens: We’re launching a virtual brainstorming session around the theme of this challenge: How can we harness data and information for the health of communities? During the next two weeks, we want to collect your ideas surrounding the difficulties, successes and opportunities you have experienced with health information. (Official entries will be accepted starting Sept. 3.)

Link to travel schedule is below.

– Additional prizes: Also, two of our collaborators, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation, are providing an additional $200,000 in grants to the $2 million challenge. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award funds to three projects that “best combine public health data and health care data to improve the health of communities.” Meanwhile, California HealthCare Foundation will award funding to one or more projects focused on helping county and city officials use health data for policymaking.

My colleagues and I will be traveling around the country for the next several weeks talking with people about the News Challenge. Meanwhile, you can learn more, and submit those inspirations, at

– John Bracken

Director of Journalism and Media Innovation
Knight Foundation

Information at:

Travel schedule: