SEJ call for entries, deadline April 1

It's award season for everyone: here's the call from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

SEJ Awards
Society of Environmental Journalists
$500 prize offered for first place in seven categories. Details here:
HOW TO ENTER (access entry forms on this page) 

2014 RULES 

Enter your best environmental stories from March 1, 2013 – Feb. 28, 2014.
Spread the word – and Good Luck!
Did you know…
* Entry fees are lower for SEJ members. To enter at the member rate, Join SEJ.   (Eligibility requirements apply. You'll need to register on to access the application form.) 
* Winners will be announced in July and recognized at SEJ's Awards Presentation Ceremony in New Orleans, Sept. 3.
Also note:

We've changed the Email list format for informing you about SEJ awards. It's now a LOT easier to opt out of messages. However, please don't, unless you really don't need this information.

SEJ awards messages will be sent out five more times between now and April 1, and once in July or August to inform you about the winners. 
Want to see past winners? Click Here and select the year you want to view.

2014 Oral History Summer School

Learn the fine art of oral history this summer with Suzanne Snider and friends. Details HERE and below.

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Dear Friends and Fellow Media-Makers, 

We're please to announce Oral History Summer School 2014 workshops. Please help us spread the word to budding documentarians or oral historians looking to delve deeper.

Oral History Summer School was established in Hudson, New York in 2012 to train an international group of students to make use of Oral History in their documentary and artistic practices. This summer, we're also offering specialized short courses for continuing oral historians or those interested in advanced issues in the field.

This summer’s instructors include Suzanne Snider (Founder/Director OHSS),  Michael Garofalo (Storycorps), Eugenie Mukeshimana (Genocide Survivors Support Network), Sarah Kramer (Journalist), and Jen Karady (Artist/Photographer)


  • Oral History Intensive with Suzanne Snider, and Visiting Instructor Eugenie Mukeshimana, June 13-20
  • Oral History and Radio with Michael Garofalo, June 21-25
  • Oral History Experiments: Project Lab with Suzanne Snider and Visiting Artists Sarah Kramer and Jen Karady,June 27-July 1

More information can be found, here:

Our Facebook page will also keep you up-to-date.



Suzanne Snider

Founder/Director, Oral History Summer School

New session of Radio Boot Camp June 7-8, NYC

New session of Radio Boot Camp announced for June 7-8. Details below.
Don't just listen to stories, tell your own!

Do you love Ira, have a secret crush on Terry Gross, or wanna be Audie Cornish when you grow up? Come to Radio Camp's Boot Camp and learn how to produce a radio story from start to finish. This hands on class will cover the basics of writing for the ear, (very different than print) and producing for radio using professional equipment and software. Be prepared to grab your gear and hit the streets. Learn interviewing and mic techniques by doing the real thing. Voicing will also be covered. Students will produce two stories over the course of the weekend. There will be an hour and a half (approx) of homework on Saturday night.

Dates & Location

March 15 & 16, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211 
$285 for early registration by Feb. 15, afterwards, $315.

June 7th & 8th, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Harvestworks, 596 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 
$285 for early registration by May 7th, afterwards, $315.

upcoming events from the NY Press Club, esp Tax Prep for journos, March 6

Highlights from the NY Press Club Newsletter: Tax Prep for journos info session on 3/6. And a look at the evolution of food journalism on 4/2. Both events at CUNY j-school, NYC. 

Tax Prep For Journalists
GRAPHIC   Thursday, March 6th
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W 40 Street (7th & 8th)
6:30 p.m. refreshments/schmoozing
7:00 p.m. program
The New York Press Club will again provide helpful information this year for journalists and journalism students who must prepare tax returns.

Press Club member (and CPA), John Lieberman of Perelson Wiener LLP, and colleagues, will once again conduct a discussion and answer your questions about filing your 2013 returns. They will also provide up-to-date information about pertinent changes in tax law. John is a New York City-based certified public accountant and personal financial specialist with nearly 30 years experience. A number of high profile sports and entertainment figures are on his impressive client list.

John and his colleagues will gear their presentation to situations unique to journalists along with updated information concerning the new world of digital media.

Free for New York Press Club members, CUNY J-School students and alums: RSVP required. Non-members, $15: Please RSVP here.

The Evolution & Future of Food Journalism
GRAPHIC   Wednesday, April 2nd
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W 40 Street (7th & 8th)
6:30 p.m. refreshments/schmoozing
7:00 p.m. program
Renowned local and national editors and writers will discuss food journalism as it has been practiced over the past decade or so and will look ahead to the future of this popular journalistic niche.

Details are only half-baked at the moment but our chef is working overtime to prefect them. When complete, the evening will definitely be a feast of useful information for those culinarily inclined.

Free for New York Press Club members, CUNY J-School students and alums: RSVP required. Non-members, $15: Please RSVP here.


Freelance Cafe West meeting TONIGHT! Feb 24, 6:30pm, Oakland

From our fabulous west coast leader:  

Hello everyone, 

Just a little reminder that our monthly meeting is tonight at The Trappist, 460 8th St. in downtown Oakland. We'll be gathering around 6:30, hope to see you there!

Happy Monday


And for you east coast folks, I'm working on arranging a meeting (the first in awhile) for Thursday, March 13, somewhere in the Hudson Valley. Mark your calendars! Details TK.

Banff Centre Science Communications Program – now open for applications, deadline March 26

This science training program for journalists in the Canadian Rockies looks AMAZING. Deadline March 26. 

Here's a quote from someone who's done the program:

This is a fabulous program for any science journalist or anyone in the media whose work includes covering science stories. It takes place in the stunning surroundings of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies and brings together scientists, journalists and communicators at all career stages (early, mid, late are all well-represented) for an intensive 2-week-long life-changing experience.

Science Communications 2014

Program dates: July 28, 2014 – August 9, 2014

Application deadline: March 26, 2014

Please visit for more information about people, projects, and partners.

Program overview

Working with some of the world’s leading science communicators, participants explore the creative use of words, images, action and technology, with the goal of fostering a more engaging role for science in public culture. 

This is an immersive residency experience that is uniquely aimed at mid-career professionals in both science and communications. The program is structured around daily seminars and workshops on new forms of creative science communications. Emphasis is on group discussion and work, and participants will be urged to create outside their usual medium of scientific communication. At the end of the program, participants publicly present collaboratively created group projects using media such as the web, television, print, and three-dimensional scenarios that have developed under the influence of debates, visits, talks, and one-on-one dialogues.

Who should attend

The program is designed for people working in science and engineering, science communications, journalism, knowledge transfer, science outreach, science policy, and cultural industries. Up to 20 participants are accepted into the program each year: there is always a mix of researchers, educators, communications professionals, and creative practitioners.

Participants bring a rich array of experiences to the program. Each year will typically include professors, published authors or artists, managers and communications professionals, as well as graduate and postgraduate students. While diverse in skills, they share one trait — an interest in both science and communicating about science. A demonstrated commitment to science and its social relevance is required.


Successful applicants will have:

  • strong communication skills, with experience in science communications
  • keen interest in exploring new ways of presenting science in a public sphere
  • demonstrated creativity and excellence in a professional capacity
  • high standards for both scientific accuracy and cultural relevance

Want to extend your stay?

Extend your stay before or after this program by applying for a Self-directed Residency:

next Bay Area FC gathering, Monday Feb 24, 6:30pm, Oakland

Attention Bay Area freelancers: join us for the next gathering of Freelance Cafe.

Monday, February 24
6:30 PM
460 8th StreetOakland, California 94607

We had a great turnout last month and expect another great one this time. Join us! 
Contact Ana Adlerstein <> o(207) 807-6152 if you can't find the group or if you want to get more involved. We've got big ideas for the FC of the future and welcome anyone who wants to contribute in any way, shape, or form.
And follow along on Facebook or Twitter.

Unheard America storytelling series debuts at UnionDocs, NYC, Feb 23, 7:30pm

I saw the premiere of this show a couple weeks ago – a super-interesting mashup of portraiture, music, and radio storytelling. It was especially interesting to hear producer Emile Klein talk about his process. Definitely worth a visit to UnionDocs for the NYC debut! Feb 23, 7:30pm. Details below.

Here's teaser link:
And the event:

Get tickets while you still can!

UNHEARD AMERICA, A NEW SERIES COMBINING RADIO STORYTELLING WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC, DEBUTS AT UNIONDOCS, BROOKLYN, NY, – Sunday, February 23th, 7:30pm, at UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, 11211. For one day only UnionDocs (UnDo) and national arts organization You’re U.S. come together, presenting seven stories that took a nation to create, each told in a mixture of radio and music. The event includes a Q&A with the artists, followed by a reception. Admission: $9 suggested donation

The stories, which tackle religion, race, family, and environment, were produced by Jeff Emtman and Emile Klein, who have embraced the musical concept of the ”mashup.” A children’s choir sings odes to a Virginian nun, an off-the-grid survivalist speaks over a Miami DJ’s peppy beats, a Hmong North Carolinian defines the nation within an ambient soundscape. Each story walks the line between the personal and the foreign, exploring America’s cross-cultural harmony.

Musical collaborators for UNHEARD AMERICA include the iSing choir/ Karen Linford/ Jungmee Kim (choral), the Blind Willies (folk), Phantom Fauna (ambient), Gabriel Zucker (orchestral), Zack Varland-Hopkins (down-tempo), Richard Haig (electronic), and JJ Beck (classical).

6 stories

Q&A w/ Klein, Emtman, MC Paul Barman, and select musical collaborators

Total Time: 95­ minutes

BackStory with the American History Guys seeks two FT positions and a summer intern

BackStory is currently accepting applications for the following open staff positions. If you have questions about anything here, please put them in writing and send them to


BackStory with the American History Guys is seeking an Editor to join its Charlottesville-based radio production staff. The Editor will coordinate production of each of the program’s weekly episodes, and supervise the editing of all show content, including host interviews, listener calls, script copy, and reported pieces. The Editor will also oversee audience outreach and engagement efforts for each episode, collaborating with fellow producers to utilize and develop the program’s social media and other digital assets. The Editor will also work closely with BackStory’s historian-hosts in the studio, directing their recording of interviews, analysis, and narration.

Competitive candidates will be passionate, curious, and skilled radio professionals who are enthusiastic about the program’s mission of making historical scholarship relevant and accessible to a broad audience. Experience editing the work of others is a must, and supervisory experience in a journalistic setting will be considered a definite plus. The Editor must be comfortable engaging intellectually challenging content under tight deadlines. Candidates with a background in U.S. history, American studies, or a related area of the humanities will be particularly well suited to the demands of the position.

View complete details and apply online through UVA Human Resources. >>


BackStory with the American History Guys is seeking an energetic, thoughtful, creative associate producer to join the show’s production team. This individual will be responsible for all aspects of show production, including research, generating segment ideas, booking, directing of hosts, scripting, field recording, and editing. Associate producers also assist in maintaining the program’s online presence and may help to create and disseminate related multimedia content.

Competitive candidates will share a passion for making the study of American history accessible and relevant to a broad public audience. Applicants should have extensive experience with audio and/or multimedia production software (preferably Pro Tools). They should possess excellent research, writing, conceptual, organizational, and decision-making abilities, have an active interest in current events, and feel comfortable engaging high-level humanities scholars and scholarship. A background or experience in the field of American history and journalism is preferred.

View complete details and apply online through UVA Human Resources. >>


BackStory is seeking a summer intern to join its Charlottesville-based staff. Although some remote work is possible, the majority of the four-month internship will take place at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, where the program is produced. Interns will be expected to devote 10-20 hours per week to the program, and will receive a stipend prorated to the number of hours they work, not to exceed $2,250 in total. If you are a student, we’re also willing to work with your host institution to arrange for school credit for the internship.

The intern will be involved in a wide range of production tasks, with a particular emphasis on maintaining and growing the program’s social media presence. He/she can expect to devote a significant portion of each week to cultivating and participating in the program’s social media presence. The intern will also sit in on editorial meetings, and participate in editorial discussions with staff producers. Interns receive basic training in the use of Pro Tools (the industry standard for digital audio editing), and basic studio engineering practices. Self-starters who display an interest in and facility for field reporting may also have the opportunity to report, voice, and produce stand-alone segments for the radio show.

The ideal candidate will have an active interest in the field of history, and will be an avid consumer — if not creator — of digital and/or audio media. We’re looking for someone with excellent research, writing, and organizational skills, as well as a thorough working knowledge of social media practices and conventions. Digital multimedia production experience is a plus, but not required. Last but not least, we’re looking for someone who is excited by the mission of making academic material relevant and accessible to the public-at-large.

Start Date: Mid-May; Application Deadline: March 15

View complete details and application instructions. >>

two PAID internships at ProPublica, NY

ProPublica is looking for two interns – PAID ($700/week?!). GO FOR IT.

Research Internship

ProPublica is seeking a research intern to support the newsroom on investigative projects. The internship is full-time, based in New York and pays $700 a week.

The intern will work closely with the Director of Research, reporters and senior editors to help with ad hoc requests while also balancing longer term research projects the intern will manage.  Projects vary depending on newsroom needs, but the intern could work on tracking down former employees of a Fortune 500, calling states to get autopsy data, creating a newsroom guide for backgrounding people or finding examples of kids who were injured in a certain type of accident.  

Candidates should have some experience with or a strong enthusiasm for public records, databases such as LexisNexis and Pacer and FOIA requests. An ideal candidate has a meticulous attention to detail, a passion for digging and strong reporting skills.

Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to work with ProPublica’s Social Media team on crowdsourcing and collaborative reporting projects, assisting with calloutsreporting recipes and research/verification of user-generated content. The intern could also pitch ideas to report and write shorter pieces for our website.

Interns at ProPublica have gone on to work at The New York Times, Reuters, PBS FRONTLINE, Bloomberg, NPR, Center for Public Integrity and the Chicago Tribune.

To apply, please send an email to [Subject Line: “Research Intern”] with your resume and a note explaining why you’d be a good fit.  Also, please describe how you’ve investigated a person, business or topic and what methods, databases or public records you used to do it. We’d love to see links to relevant work that shows your skills, as well as either a brief idea for an investigative story you’d like to research or a short description of how you would have researched a story published on ProPublica’s website.

Please also include how long you’d be able to work until, up to a year, and when you’d be available to start. No calls please.

ProPublica is committed to building a diverse workplace. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. 

Engagement / Reporting Intern

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 this summer. It will last a minimum of 16 weeks and can be extended 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 engagementefforts. Nieman Lab has also written about our approach todigital journalismcrowdsourcing and audience engagement.

Interns at ProPublica have gone on to work at The New York Times, Bloomberg, NPR, Center for Public Integrity and the Chicago Tribune.

If you would like to apply, please send an email to with your resume and a note explaining why you’d be a good fit. Also, include two clips and an explainer-type sample post. It should help guide readers through some accountability topic in the news. Here are a few examples.

Please include your clips as attachments—either Word docs or PDFs. Your application will come into the inbox of several staff members, so there is no need to address it to a specific person. Deadline for applications is March 3, 2014.

ProPublica is committed to building a diverse workplace. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.