CBC wants your pitches about the body, deadline June 15

Fun call for pitches from the CBC (via AIR). Deadline June 15. -Mia


We’re looking for surprising, funny and or poignant stories about the body.

A new series is launching this summer on CBC Radio called Stripped. Each week we explore a particular body part, what we do/think about that body part, and what that says about us as a culture.

So far, we’ve looked at hair and included a story from a hair extension shop owner held at gunpoint for his goods. We looked at the politics of the beard with a Pakistani man who was kidnapped because a militant group wanted him to cut off his gigantic moustache. And, for an episode on voice, we spoke to a stand-up comic who lost his voice early on in life but delivers his jokes using text to speech software.

Right now, we’re looking for pitches for future episodes.

Some are more fully formed than others, with a theme attached.

– The theme will revolve around the (hidden) riches of teeth. Take the meaning of that as you will (including the more obvious one of how teeth express your identity, particularly your socioeconomic status).

– The theme will revolve around the idea of thick skin, from its strength to the vulnerability it protects. The skin as ‘tough’ in scientific terms and yet also so fragile and needy.

We’re also looking for personal stories or short documentaries about genitals, breasts, hands, bones, stomach, the ‘dead body’, etc.

CBC rates depend on several factors, including the length and format you pitch. We’re flexible on both of those things, but please keep in mind each episode is about 30 minutes.

Pitch us your idea/story by June 15 to stripped@cbc.ca with the body part you’d like to pitch in the subject line or contact us if you have further questions.

AIRsters everywhere & Finding America

The next round of Localore is underway! Details below on how to get started.
We're excited to launch applications for Localore: Finding America for media makers on June 1. As part of that process, makers look at video postcards from public radio and TV stations to find incubators and collaborators. (You can think of these as a station's dating profile.)
We've heard from scores of producers who are excited to be involved in our next production and who would like to watch some of the station videos in a group so they can share support, ideas, etc. — that's where you come in.

If your listening group would like to host a watch party, we've made a “Make Story, Make Change: Find your Station Incubator" card that you can use for inspiration (attached), and a timeline (attached) that gives independents the basics on how to apply. Please feel free to share these online and in person.

Three cheers,

AIR is everywhere

Rebecca Feldhaus Adams
AIR Talent Manager
AIR will match 15 creative producers, artists, coders, educators and entrepreneurs with 15 public media station in a fresh round of R&D. Applications open this spring.

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Doc Fun in the Summertime! Big Shed’s 5th Annual Retreat at CDS (July 26-Aug 1)

More from CDS.

Join us this summer for Digging In, our 5th-annual Artists Retreat at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Registration is open, and we'd love to have you there!

Whether you work in audio, photography, writer, film, docu-hacker, multimedia, etc. – this is an opportunity to make meaningful progress on the projects most important to you. We've designed this time to help you catch your creative breath while delving into something that could use some focused attention – whether you're finishing a story, writing a proposal, exploring a new project concept, or maybe you just want the space and community to think about your creative trajectory,

Digging In: An Artists Retreat with Big Shed
@ Center for Documentary Studies at Duke (Durham, NC)
July 26 – August 1, 2015 | Course Fee: $625

For tempting details — http://bigshed.org/retreat

To register — http://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=13442

This summer we've got an exciting team to make this a great week for you. We're thrilled that Lisa Morehouse (californiafoodways.com) will again join Big Shed’s Shea Shackelford and Jesse Dukes in leading the week. Our creative cabal includes Ben Pagac, Jim Adams and Logan Jaffe. And as a special guest, we're excited to have Kara Oehler back in the Shed. Woohoo!!

The week is lightly structured to help you make significant progress on a project that’s important to you. Each day, you’ll have 6+ hours of work time on your project, and we’ll help you make the most of it. We’ll offer strategies and tools for focusing your work during the week and beyond. Each day you’ll share progress on your work with other participants and the Big Shed team. When it’s time to put your pencils down, we’ll stoke your creative fires and make sure you also take time relax and play. You can expect brilliant adventures, special guests, tasty food, thought provoking presentations, late-night conversations, and hand-cranked ice cream on the porch!

If you have any questions, just email shea@bigshed.org

We hope you'll join us on the porch this summer!
Shea, Jesse and Lisa

Ps. Digging In is proudly part an amazing lineup of Summer Intensives at CDS. If you're looking for even-more editorial guidance and hands-on instruction to help you produce a great radio story, you should also consider Making it Sing, a week-long intensive for more experienced producers (Aug 3-8). This summer, the amazing Deb George will join John Biewen and Shea Shackelford in helping you shape your stories. (AIR is offering five members a $100 travel stipend to attend Making it Sing.)

KALW public radio news department hiring part-time digital strategist

Interesting companion gig for you Bay Area freelance multimedia folks with some digital know how. Details below! -Mia


Here's a link to the application guidelines (I've also added them below). http://kalw.org/post/kalw-news-department-hiring-part-time-digital-strategist


Angela Johnston


KALW news department hiring part-time digital strategist

The KALW public radio news department is hiring a part-time digital strategist. This is a position for an independent contractor.

The ideal candidate will coordinate with our data analyst and our news director to build our online and mobile audience, leverage content partnerships with other organizations, and curate our social media presence, sparking and encouraging conversation inspired by our stories. You will work with our dynamic news team to make our daily show Crosscurrents a household name in the San Francisco Bay Area, and to get our content into the ears of the communities we serve. Though we have an initial vision for where we want to go with our digital strategy, we're also excited to hear your ideas and help you make them reality.

If you’re interested, please submit a cover letter, resumé, and samples to kalwapplications@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.

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. Proven experience with social media, content distribution, and big-picture thinking a plus.

Summer Audio Camp at CDS

Summer camp for audio nerds. Yes.


Our intro summer audio intensive, Hearing is Believing, is filling fast but still has some spaces. Our August course for more experienced producers, Making It Sing, has openings too and several of AIR's $100 stipends for members are still available for Making It Sing. I'd like to emphasize the latter, MIS, for y'all AIRsters. It's workshopish and individually oriented, aimed at helping you make the most of that challenging piece you're working on, so it works great for people of all experience levels — whether you're working on the third piece you've ever made or the 300th, and indeed we've had seasoned pros do the course.

Deb George, one of the best editors in the land, is returning as guest teacher/editor for Making It Sing, and the estimable Glynn Washington (!) of Snap Judgment will be here for Hearing is Believing. Our Man from Big Shed, Shea Shackelford, is here for all our summer courses as per usual.

The details:

Hearing is Believing, July 12-18, a kickstart for beginners (really: NO experience required) or those relatively new to the craft and wanting a solid grounding in the fundamentals — recording, shaping and scripting, mixing on Hindenburg. You and a partner make a piece during the week.

Making It Sing, August 3-8, for more experienced producers with a challenging project to bring and workshop with lots of individual and small-group attention.

Between those two on the calendar, our friends at Big Shed are again offering Digging In: An Artist’s Retreat, July 26-31, which brings together documentary makers and storytellers of all stripes (and all mediums) for a productive and rejuvenating week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects.

AIR is offering five members a $100 travel stipend to attend our advanced course, Making it Sing. To apply for the AIR stipend go here: https://airmedia.wufoo.com/forms/q7x1k3/.

CDS offers big porches, great lunches, and yes, AC.

To register or to read more about all these courses, and a few others offered by CDS in video, photo, and writing, go here: http://tinyurl.com/nly355s

Any questions, write to cdscourses@duke.edu, or to me off-list.

Hope to see you this summer.

Pulse of the Planet Seeking Story Pitches

Pitch to Pulse!
Pulse of the Planet, one of radio's longest running short format science/environmental programs, is looking for stories. If you're not familiar with the series, please visit pulseplanet.com, click on Daily Programs and have a listen to the kind of stories we carry. Ideally, they have a sound component and are often seasonal in nature. We're looking for raw sound and interviews, not produced features. We've covered a lot of ground over the 25 year run of the program, so it's probably a good idea to check the search engine on our site to see if we've already done the story you're pitching. However we often revisit topics if you've got a new slant. If we haven't worked with you before, please send a link so that we can hear a sample of your work. We pay $250 for an interview with sound. Typical interviews run from 45 minutes to an hour. Email me <pulse@igc.org> for our producer guidelines. Look forward to hearing from you.
Jim Metzner

looking for professional photographer for retail wine store marketing/web project

Opportunity for Bay Area photog, below.

Professional photographer needed for retail wine store marketing/web project

I'm looking for a creative, independently minded professional photographer (with portfolio) interested in shooting some marketing materials for a Berkeley wine store over the next few months (June-Sept.)

This would include staff photos, retail store shots (indoors/outdoors), some interaction shots (customers in store) and potentially one tasting event (in Sept.) We'd need digital copies of photos for use on our web site and in press print materials.

Ideally we're looking for someone with a photojournalistic style, who might have some interesting ways to frame our world of wine (that too often is cliched or just generically staged).

Interested photographers please contact aimee.nbi@gmail.com with general hourly rates/project rates and we'll continue the conversation. Thanks!

WHYY’s The Pulse seeks pitches on Love and Lust

From WHYY's The Pulse:
WHYY's health and science show "The Pulse" is dedicating an upcoming episode to the science of love and lust. In recent years, a substantial amount of research has gone into understanding the complexity of our desires and what bonds us to one another. This is a rich, deep topic, and we would love to hear any pitches you'd care to submit.

Please send any pitches to: pulsepitch@whyy.org. We'll get back to you with questions or assignments…fast.

Excited to see your ideas.

Cal Humanities Offering $10k Grants for CA Community Stories, deadline Aug 3

Cal Humanities is offering grants of $10,000 through their Community Stories program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities—past and present. Application deadline is August 3, 2015; grant awards will be made beginning December 2015. Details below.
Grants available for California’s community stories
Cal Humanities is pleased to offer grants of $10,000 through our Community Stories program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities—past and present. Applications deadline is August 3, 2015; grant awards will be made beginning December 2015.
Interested? Peruse the Community Stories grant application guidelines, and attend an informational webinar for potential applicants on Wednesday, May 20 (registration here—webinar recording available to all registrants). For more information about the program, visit the Cal Humanities website.
Cal Humanities’ Community Stories grants program provides funding to support a wide range of community-initiated public humanities projects, including:

  • story-based performances
  • community forums
  • websites
  • video and radio documentaries
  • interpretive exhibits 
Since 2003, we have made more than 450 awards for projects that collectively illustrate the diversity and breadth of the California experience.
Who’s eligible?

  • California-based nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations
  • local/state public agencies or institutions
What is the funding criteria?
Cal Humanities supports story-based public humanities projects that:

  • focus on collecting and sharing real stories of California’s communities
  • involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor
  • use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research
  • produce work that is publicly accessible
What is the funding level?

  • Grant awards range up to $10,000
  • Matching cash or in-kind donations are required
Need more info?
For complete program information, including current guidelines, application materials and instructions, and descriptions of funded projects, click HERE.
Please note: Applications submitted to the February 2015 deadline are undergoing review; awards will be announced in June.
Thank you!!!

new radio competition from @tapefest, deadline June 30

New radio competition brought to you by Mooj Zadi of @tapefest, David Weinberg of Random Tape and KCRW's Independent Producer Project

The idea is simple. We want your best tiny, standalone, golden audio moments — a little clip, a deleted scene, a lovely tangent. These bits can be absurd, bizarre, emotional, or just completely unexpected. Like Random Tape, the Gold Tape Competition is a home for orphaned audio.

Don’t delay, submit your entries soon. And rejoice! Now there’s an award for radio lacking a beginning, middle, and end.

The winner will receive $1,000, a license for REAPER editing software, and 1 free pass to Tape Festival, among other goodies. 


Tuesday, June 30 at 11:59 PM EST.
For more info visit tapefest.org/competition
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Thanks so much!