Reminder – KALW news’ training program looking for applicants – Deadline 5/1

There are still spots available in KALW's News Audio Academy; deadline for applications is May 1. Details below!


Enrollment now open for the KALW News Audio Academy

KALW is calling for applicants for our 10-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a graduate level audio production education, tuition-free.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for covering diverse communities, and ideally have some knowledge of the Bay Area.

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.

Training will include:

Working closely with reporters on developing stories, producing original feature stories for broadcast, interviewing potential guests/sources, researching topics, fact-checking, script writing, recording sound for pieces in the field, and learning story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design. The training will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom. Our editors and engineers, along with other public media producers, will lead workshops on every aspect of production specifically for the Audio Academy. Previous featured speakers have been: Roman Mars, Hansi Lo Wang, Daniel Alarcón, Marianne McCune, and Jason DeRose (to name a few).

Selected participants will make a 10-month commitment (September 2014 to June 2015): minimum 20 hours per week (one six-hour shift at our studios and another 14 hours working in the field). The Academy includes a one-week break at Thanksgiving, a two-week break in late December, and a one-week break during the spring. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV and any audio/writing samples to:

Application deadline: May 1, 2014, 11:59 PT

We look forward to meeting you!

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.

Call for Proposals on Data Journalism & Storytelling on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

Thanks to Will Coley for forwarding this along!

Call for Proposals: Data Journalism & Storytelling on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
// 18 Million Rising feed

Data-inspired journalism is seemingly everywhere these days, from recently-launched ventures like Vox, more established ventures like FiveThirtyEight, and even rapidly evolving sites linked with traditional media enterprises, such as The Atlantic Monthly’s, and Quartz ( and the New York Times’s forthcoming section The Upshot.


These enterprises attempt to use quantitative data as a tool to explore society, policymaking and electoral politics. But even with data, context is everything. And as we’ve frequently seen, one of the most critical areas in which a lack of representative diversity can produce distorted or misleading results — or an absence of content at all — is in the coverage of race, culture and ethnicity. A particularly glaring omission across the data-inspired journalism landscape is contextually rich content that relates to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).


With Asian Pacific American Heritage Month approaching, we are proud to announce the launch of a new platform that will develop and feature data-inspired feature writing and provocative short pieces relating to AAPI communities and AAPI experiences. The goal is to harness both the power of compelling data and the storytelling talent of the vibrant AAPI journalist, blogger and academic communities, to inspire more news coverage and public understanding of key aspects and features of our rapidly growing and changing AAPI populations.


To this end, we are openly soliciting pitches for contributions on the following themes for APA Heritage Month in 2014. While the contributions we’re seeking should be anchored in data and explore trends, patterns, nuances or exceptions to conventional wisdom that these data reveal, the style in which the pieces are written can range from analytic to creative, and from sober to humorous, and can range from short pieces (300-500 words) to longer-form, feature-length articles (1000 words+). Whatever the style or format, storytelling counts: Above all, we want to these contributions to be compelling, inviting — and provocative.


Contributors will be paid at competitive online rates (see details below); stories will be published on AAPI Voices, a new and experimental platform developed jointly by and, and potentially via other partners and distribution channels as needed to maximize their exposure to both media and audiences at large. AAPI Voices will provide data analysis and visualization support as necessary for accepted pitches.


Our Schedule


May 1 to May 5: Are AAPIs "One, Two, or Many?” Stories that use data to explore and grapple with questions related to whether and when Asian America should be considered a collection of parallel ethnic worlds, a coalition of many cultural communities or a single emergent pan-ethnic “race” — and that touch on issues like evolving racial, ethnic and cultural categorizations (e.g., Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders; multiracial and multiethnic; transracially adopted and other emerging identities).


May 6 to May 12: Health: Stories that use data to explore health access, issues, outcomes, and policies, including mental health — including stories on the impact of ACA, on the intersection of culture and healthcare, and on the landscape of AAPI health practitioners.


May 13 to May 18: Immigration: Stories that use data to look at historical waves of migration and contemporary issues like temporary workers, undocumented AAPIs, the impact of AAPI immigration on changing demographics in different geographical locations, and topics related to immigration policy (H-1B visas and the digital economy, family reunification, LGBT marriage and immigration, visa backlogs, deportations, DREAMers, transnationals, students and parachute kids, etc.).


May 19 to May 25: Age and Generational Differences: Stories that use data to put a lens on issues related to youth, age and generational cohorts, including the growth of the AAPI senior population, cultural trends and preferences among 2nd generation AAPI youth, culture shock and language barriers, childhood and parenting.


May 26 to May 30: Education: Stories that use data to illustrate and explore disparities in educational attainment across national origins; Affirmative Action; language schools and other attempts to cope with loss of Asian language ability; the racial climate on college campuses, and curricular issues, bullying, segregation, the impact of testing and the effect of “specialized” and charter schools on AAPIs in the K-12 system.


In any of the topics above, dimensions of difference such as ethnicity, AA vs. NHPI, gender, LGBT identification, etc. may be considered as relevant and important.




  • 300-500 words or 1 photo/image with accompanying text of approx 150 words: $75
  • 800+ words or a series of multiple images with accompanying text of at least 500 words total: $150
  • Submissions must be original pieces of content that are currently unpublished
  • Selected writers will be compensated within 30 days of publishing date

Selection Process


  • will manage the editorial assignment process.
  • Proposal submission will be managed via Google Forms, link forthcoming.
  • All submissions will receive a response (accepted or rejected)

Proposal Deadlines


  • “One or Many”: Friday, April 18
  • Health: Friday, April 18
  • Immigration: Friday, April 25
  • Age and Generational Differences: Friday, April 25
  • Education: Friday, April 25 will select and inform writers within 3 days of each proposal deadline.


Editorial Process


After being accepted, contributors will receive relevant datasets/datapoints and accompanying basic analysis as appropriate for their particular week, including any data that will be turned into infographics for that particular week. Contributors may request more customized data, based on their proposals; these requests should be sent to the editor within 48 hours of receiving the initial data. Final drafts should be submitted to the editor on the following dates: April 27 for the first two themes, and May 5 for the last three themes.


Editors will work with contributors to provide editorial suggestions and/or copyedits, before approving them for publication.


Usage Rights


AAPI Voices retains a perpetual license to publish and feature the contribution across all platforms, with usage governed by Creative Commons standard licensing of attribution, non-commercial use, and “share alike.”


Submit a Proposal!

CDS summer courses / AIR stipend

One of few programs tailored for both beginning and mid-career/veteran producer types. I WILL attend one of these days! Details below. (Note, the travel stipend is for AIRsters only, so if you're not yet a member, now is a good time to join.) -Mia

Spring’s here and it’s time for the annual invitation to our weeklong intensives, aka “summer radio camp for grownups,” here in Durham, NC. Our pair of more-than-decade-old courses, one for relative beginners (Hearing is Believing, July 13-19) and the other for more advanced folk (Making It Sing, August 4-9), are on their way to filling up and we do often turn people away so don’t wait too long. Between those two on the calendar, our friends at Big Shed are again offering Digging In: An Artist’s Retreat (July 27-August 1), a chance to come and get work done on that favorite project of yours alongside other creative types. 

AIR is offering members a $100 travel stipend to attend our advanced course, Making it Sing. Five stipends are available, though I believe a couple have been claimed. To apply for the AIR stipend go here: If you know someone who's NOT an AIR member who might benefit from this opportunity, tell em to join AIR. 

We have a brilliant roster of guest instructors, all AIRsters. Lulu Miller, who’s made great work for Radiolab among others and is now with NPR, will be our guest teacher/presenter for Hearing is Believing (the intro-ish course). For Making it Sing it's veteran editor Loretta Williams, long with NPR and more recently working on indie projects like The DNA Files, Burn: An Energy Journal, and The Great War Project. And as always the inimitable Shea Shackelford of Big Shed will be here along with me for both Hearing is Believing and Making It Sing — and of course for Digging In.

To register or to read more about all these courses, and a few others offered by CDS in video, photo, and writing, go here:

Any questions, write to

Freelance Cafe West gathering TOMORROW, April 17, 7pm, SF

The time is nigh! I’m in the Bay Area for a quick visit and would love to see the FC West crew, new and old. 

Join me on Thursday April 17 for a screening of Sam Grant’s documentary, A Fragile Trust at the Roxie in SF at 7pm, followed by drinks at Dalva – 3121 16th St at Valencia. 

We may move elsewhere if Dalva is too crowded so text me if you can’t find us and I’ll redirect you. 
Looking forward to it! (Understatement.)

  • Indy publishing seminar May 12

    SF event on self-publishing. Details below. -Mia

    Want to become an indy publisher of your own work but still have questions on how to do so? Book editor and designer Bonnie Britt returns 7 pm, Monday, May 12 to the Media Guild, 433 Natoma Street, 3rd floor,to discuss how other self-publishing authors are doing t and what it takes to convert your book into print and digital formats. Send advance questions to to ensure yours will be answered. 

    With moon and stars properly aligned, she will live demo wrangling a manuscript into an ebook that may be uploaded for sale at as many online stores as you wish.

    The session is free to members of any Guild unit; $10 for everyone else.

    Theme list for upcoming Re:sounds

    From the fine folks at Third Coast.

    As we plan upcoming episodes of Re:sound, Third Coast's weekly radio/podcast, we'd love to hear your story suggestions. Re:sound is Third Coast’s mix of audio stories and sonic gems that we curate from around the world. The show is hosted by Gwen Macsai and produced by Dennis Funk, and each episode explores a subject or idea through a variety of intriguing angles. The show airs weekly on WBEZ here in Chicago, and select episodes are broadcast all over the U.S. You can listen by subscribing to the Third Coast Podcast, or on our website: 

    Some themes for upcoming Re:sounds are below – we invite you to suggest stories that would fit well (directly about, tangentially connected to, or even metaphorically symbolized by the theme…). These can be your own stories, or suggestions of others you’ve heard and particularly enjoyed – especially if they haven’t received wide air/podcast play. Note: Third Coast pays producers a “rebroadcast fee” of $12/minute.

    You know that “global system of interconnected computer networks” you spend so much time in? Where we are right now? Privacy, immortality, seduction, addiction…we’re looking for stories about this mighty force in our lives.

    Stories of things that are made (or attempted) from scratch…

    Found in the Want Ads
    The back of the newspaper, Craigslist, the personals, online dating, and more. WANTED: stories about ads placed, numbers called, surprising connections made.

    Send your suggestions, and links to the audio, to: resound [at] thirdcoastfestival [dot] org.

    Thanks, and happy listening!


    POV Digital Documentaries seeks submissions, deadline May 30 + Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab mentorship program (for future reference)

    Two links for you filmmaker types. 

    Now Accepting Submissions: POV Digital Documentaries // POV Blog

    POV announces a new set of initiatives to re-imagine digital storytelling with an investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (modified from original post) 
    As part of this initiative we are now formally seeking to co-produce digital documentaries from independent media creators and technologists that push the boundaries of nonfiction media for co-production. Co-productions will be funded in the range of $15,000-$50,000 and producers do not necessarily need to be based on the United States. Funded projects are more likely to be focused on mobile and emerging technologies.
    POV is also seeking to license short web-native documentaries or chapters of web-native documentaries. These productions must be based in the United States, and will be funded in the range of $2,500 to $10,000.
    Funding Available: $2,500 – $50,000
    Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014
    Application Form Link:

    Submit and find out more at

    Also, the folks below aren't currently accepting applications but it's a good group to bookmark for future reference.

    Producers' Lab

    Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab is a mentorship program for talented and independent producers of color. Participating producers work with award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, and his team of senior producers, writers, editors, new media, and fundraising specialists to complete their projects for a national broadcast. The Lab also provides monthly workshops and seminars to our producers on relevant and contemporary topics. Firelight Media started the Producers’ Lab as a way to provide infrastructure support for diverse producers to help overcome some of the barriers to completing their film or video. Services include support and consultation in the areas of writing, treatments, budgeting, script development, editing, and other areas as needed. In the future, we will have editing suites, a screening room, and a safe place for producers to create and complete their work. Click here for profiles of current Producers’ Lab filmmakers and their projects.

    Free Online, Five-Week Community Journalism Course, begins April 14

    I have mixed feelings about online courses, especially in something like journalism which depends on face-to-face interaction, but I thought this was worth passing along. Details below. -Mia

    Community Journalism Course
    Cardiff University is now accepting registrants for its Centre for Community Journalism Course. Over five weeks, this course builds on the expertise and experience of community journalism in order to offer insight and practical skills for all those interested in community and hyper local journalism.

The course combines practical skills in setting up a community website, identifying and building an audience, creating content, establishing a workflow to sustain a site, managing an online community, media law and ethics, with a broader understanding of this new sector, how it has developed and the experience of those operating community sites. It will also explore different forms of community – whether geographic, professional or personal interest.

The course is free and open to anyone with an interest in journalism and in connecting their communities online. No prior qualifications are required. Core essentials of journalism principles, skills and practice are covered as part of the course as are hands-on skills in creating and sustaining hyper-locals. Practicing journalists or more experienced students will be particularly interested in learning about current developments in hyper-local journalism in the digital environment.


    Registration is now open and the course begins April 14, 2014. Click here for more information about how to apply:

    Year-Long Investigative Reporting Fellowships from UC Berkeley, deadline May 19

    Investigative Reporting Fellowships from the UC Berkeley grad school of journalism. Application deadline May 19. Details HERE and below.

    UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism is accepting entries for its eighth annual competition for year-long fellowships in investigative reporting. The fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists.

    Graduates from UC Berkeley's master's program in journalism are encouraged to apply.

    Fellows will receive an annual salary of $54,336 and be eligible for full UC benefits.

    Fellows will also be provided with office space, basic expenses and up to $10,000 in funds for approved travel.

    This year’s fellowships to the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) are made possible by a core grant from the Sandler Foundation, matching grants from Scott and Jennifer Fearon and Margaret and Will Hearst, along with donations from The Financial Times, Peter Wiley and Valerie Barth.

    Applications are due no later than midnight on Monday, May 19th. Up to three fellows will be selected in June. Occasionally, the IRP awards special project support in lieu of a fellowship in-residence. This is a one-year academic appointment expected to begin on August 29, 2014.

    Please see the job description for complete fellowship details and application requirements: