freelance arts reporter needed in Colorado

Hey Colorado freelancers. Great (STEADY) opportunity from the CPR arts desk. Details below. (Wish I lived in CO!) -Mia

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Colorado Public Radio in Denver is looking for a talented freelancer to produce a regular 5-minute audio/web segment for our Arts Bureau Editor, Chloe Veltman, once a month. The segment is called Voicebox. here are a couple of examples of segments produced to date:

https://www.cpr.org/news/story/voicebox-how-singing-cures-stuttering

https://www.cpr.org/news/story/voicebox-how-auctioneers-turn-selling-art-form-and-sport

This person needs to be a great reporter, based in Colorado and ideally has an interest in stories about the human voice.

The pay is $375 per segment. That covers pitching, reporting, writing and going through whatever editing stages are necessary to create a polished piece. Mixing the final product is not a requirement, at least to start, though mixing skills are a plus.

If interested, please contact Chloe at cveltman@cpr.org.

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Journo training opportunity with North Country Public Radio, Aug 25-26

I admit – I don't know if there are any spots left and this training is coming right up, August 25th and 26th, but it might be worth an email if you'll be in this neck of the woods. Details below. -Mia
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Free Training Opportunity. North Country Public Radio's Prison Time Media Project will hold a two-day training session for journalists interested in doing more in-depth reporting on America's vast prison system and the war on drugs. For two years, NCPR has been examining the criminal justice system in the context of escalating 'mandatory minimum' prison sentences for drug crimes, debates over amending those laws, and the impact of mass incarceration on urban and rural communities within our region and across the US. Now, we have an opportunity to hold a workshop to explore ideas and strategies for bringing this important story to audiences. This will be especially helpful for small- and mid-sized newsrooms interested in tackling this complex topic without assigning a full-time 'beat' reporter. Brian Mann, the lead producer for the NCPR project will lead and moderate the sessions, along with producer Natasha Haverty, and participation by experts in the field. The session, August 25th and 26th, will be held at the remarkable Blue Mountain Center, a historic wilderness retreat in the Adirondack Mountains. Room and meals and training will be offered free of charge, thanks to the Blue Mountain Center, NCPR, and John Brown Lives. There are eight places available. Journalists will cover costs of their own travel to and from Blue Mountain Center, located in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. There is no formal application process. To apply, email Brian Mann at brian@ncpr.org. Deadline: Open until positions filled.

Martha Foley
News Director
North Country Public Radio
Canton, NY
martha@ncpr.org
315-229-5304

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Innovation Hub is looking for pitches

Call for pitches from WGBH's Innovation Hub – details below! -Mia

Innovation Hub is a new national show, from WGBH and PRI, about how the world is changing and how we'll be living next. Yes, we cover tech and startups. But we also look back at important inventions that have changed us, and forward at new ways to change human behavior and the world. We examine what it takes to be successful, what genius is made of, and what causes failure. We're an hour-long, weekly show that includes conversations from some of the biggest thinkers of our day. You can check us out at InnovationHub.org.

We're looking to expand our coverage to include more reported pieces about innovations happening all over the country – from Manhattan to Meridian, Idaho; Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania to Seattle.

We're now accepting pitches from reporters at local stations or freelancers. Repurposing a piece that aired locally is fine. Pay will be commensurate with other national public radio shows.

Please send a short email with a description of your story, as well as links to previous work, to mary_dooe@wgbh.org, and we'll take it from there.

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CALL FOR PITCHES, Making Contact

Call for pitches from the incomparable Making Contact. Pitching specifications and contact email is at the bottom of this post.  -Mia

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We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes. If you feel you have a story that fits or a new idea, please let us know!

DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS

We’re looking for stories about students putting pressure on colleges and universities to cut financial ties with the oil and gas industry; as well as other government bodies and private organizations making similar choices. We’re looking for lively pieces that explain the complicated financial issues at stake. We’d also be interested in personal stories about students or staff involved in these campaigns.

SQUATTERS

This show looks at how squatters around the world continue to maintain their delicate existence, while (often unintentionally) challenging commonly held notions about property ownership, community, and the human right to a home.

Most American’s image of squatters that we might be familiar with – punks, semi ‘homeless’ folks in abandoned buildings. Some even choose it as a lifestyle. But that stereotype blinds us to other ways of seeing people living on land/property without paying for it. How squatters are seen by society varies widely by region.

We are looking for several first person narratives, with squatters in different countries around the world, squatting for different purposes. Some possibilities include:

-The Philippines, where “vote-conscious politicians and the police have been reluctant to push out squatters, who register in large numbers to vote.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/world/asia/land-disputes-slow-recovery-in-philippines.html
-Venezuela (-Torre David, the “world’s tallest squat” in Caracas.)
-Kenya, Where the Constitution recognises the right of former hunter-gatherers to their ancestral forest lands
http://allafrica.com/stories/201401150580.html?page=4
-Denmark (Christiana)
-Berlin, where seniors squatted in a community center to avoid eviction.
-MST landless workers movement in Brazil

The last several years has also seen occupations of foreclosed or other unoccupied homes throughout the US and Europe—technically these people are ‘squatting’ too, but has this movement changed public perceptions of squatters— something besides the“dirty punk” image?

LOW WAGE WORKERS MOVEMENT/MINIMUM WAGE

Over the past year or so, we’ve been watching workers at Wal-mart, fast food chains and elsewhere begin to stand up for higher wages, and change public perception of who they are and what they deserve. At the same time, cities are debating and instituting) minimum wage increases of up to $15/hour.
We’d like unique approaches to this show–not just a profile of a campaign to raise the minimum wage in your local town…Perhaps a profile of a particular organizer…A large company that voluntarily raised wages when workers asked…An especially strange coalition of supporters for higher wages. We know this story has been covered elsewhere, so we’d like to do it with a focus on the grassroots and the ideas at stake, not just the numbers and votes.

THE FEMALE BODY AS A TOOL FOR CHANGE

We have already commissioned a piece on the Ukranian-based group known as Femen, groups of women who cover their exposed breasts with calls to end patriarchy. Theres no shortage of controversy about what constitutes an ethical and effective use of women’s bodies to advance social change. Who controls the imagery? Does it do more damage than good? Is it feminist? Does it need to be? We are interested in stories that use real examples to explore these questions–which may not have any clear answers or consensus.

  • **Note: we get occasional pitches about feminist or other forms of pornography. Feel free to pitch these for this show, but they must contain a wide variety of perspectives and views. Porn is such a complex issue in itself, we might just wait and do a separate show on it at some future time.

    VOTING RIGHTS

    In 2013, the Supreme Court eliminated provisions in the Voting Rights Act designed to protect voters from intimidation and disenfranchisement tactics. The ruling lifted restrictions on nine states that now allow them to change their election laws without advance federal approval. These are jurisdictions that have had a history of enacting racially biased election practices. What are the implications of lifting these restrictions? What is happening in jurisdictions previously under federal oversight? Are we seeing any questionable voting practices being pushed? What’s protections do voters have now? We are looking for first person accounts of voter disenfranchisement.

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  • SPECIFICATIONS

    Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. Amplifying voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.

    This call for pitches is for segments of about 8 minutes (unless otherwise noted), and we generally pay $450 per story. but we also occasionally take longer pieces (12 or 26 minutes).

    As with any pitches you send us, please check out our show and read our guidelines before you pitch. http://www.radioproject.org/production/submission-guidelines/

    Consider the following. Does the story:

    Link grassroots issues and human realities to national or international trends?

    Give listeners a historical, political, or social context of major national and international events?

    Shed light on social and economic inequities?

    Explore any alternatives or solutions?

    Send pitches to pitches@radioproject.org. Please be detailed but succinct, and include a description of your idea, narrative/story arc, interview subjects, scenes, and sounds/ambi. If you’re pitching to us for the first time, please include a brief bio and relevant audio clips.

    We’re also always interested in pitches on any of our regular beats: prisons, poverty, climate change, reproductive health, and the environment.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez, Andrew Stelzer & George Lavender
    Making Contact producers

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    [conferences] Journalism Next Conference in Atlanta September 6

    I don't know much about the Journalism Next conference but I thought I'd pass this along. Sept 6, Atlanta.

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    The Atlanta Press Club is hosting a day long conference on all things journalism titled "Journalism Next, thriving in the digital age."

    http://journalismnext2014.com

    It promises to "arm media professionals with the tools and knowledge to thrive, not just survive, in a dynamic media landscape."

    The conference will bring journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place for hands-on training and to learn from industry experts.

    Great speakers and lots to learn. 
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    AIR’s New Voices scholarships for upcoming Third Coast Festival (woot!), application deadline Sept 1

    Hello budding radio people! AIR is offering a bunch of scholarships for up-and-coming radio producers who want to attend the 2014 Third Coast Conference. (Which is the best conference around IMHO.) Application deadline is Sept 1. And let me know if you plan to go to the conference – I'll be there and would love to meet up with some FC folks. Best, Mia

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    Dear AIRsters and friends,

    We're thrilled to announce the opening of AIR's 2014 New Voices scholarship to support minority producers attending the Third Coast Conference in Chicago this fall. We expect this year's gathering to be bigger and better than ever, with hundreds of producers coming from across the country to celebrate and learn the craft of audio storymaking.

    For six years running, AIR, with support from CPB and NEA, has recruited gifted producers, providing stipends and professional support to help them chart new paths into public media. This new class of recruits will join an important cohort of New Voices alumni, nearly one hundred strong, who are working across the system as indie producers, network reporters, station staff and more to expand and diversify our industry's workforce.

    Are you a New Voice? Do you know someone ripe with potential for expanding their skill set and passionate about public service media?  

    Check it out.  Apply here, or share the news with a colleague. 

    The application is open Aug. 1 through Sept. 1, 2014. Those selected will be notified by Sept. 18, 2014. For all the details, please carefully read the AIR New Voices FAQ

    Get touch if you have questions. I'm at rebecca@AIRmedia.org. I can't wait to hear from from you. 

    Cheers,
    Bec

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