Dear fellow journalists and supporters,
Dear fellow journalists and supporters,
JAMES ARONSON AWARDS
We are soliciting submissions for this year's James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism.
The deadline for entries is February 15, 2016.
Since 1990, the Aronson Awards have honored original, written reporting that exposes widespread injustices, underlying causes, and possible reforms. This includes exposing discrimination based on race, class, gender, religion or sexual orientation; economic exploitation; violations of human rights, civil liberties or free expression; environmental degradation; and brutality to civilians in war.
The award recognizes original work published in English in newspapers, magazines, blogs and online publications based in the U.S.
A separate prize, the Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience, recognizes the achievements of political cartoonists whose work focuses on social issues.
Individual reporters, cartoonists and publications are encouraged to submit your work.
The Aronson Awards are administered by the Hunter College Department of Film & Media Studies and a judging committee of journalists and media critics.
For more information please contact Tami Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tami Gold & Blanca Vazquez, Directors
If you hadn't already heard, XRAY.fm in Portland OR is hosting a radio storytelling contest. You can win up to $500, get your piece on a handout vinyl record, or win a bunch of other cool prizes. We're looking for two kinds of entries, feature stories (3-7 minutes in length) and billboards (one minute or less).
All of the details and piece requirements can be found here: xray.fm/radio-is-yours
And for more incentive, if you feature a nonprofit in your winning piece, the nonprofit will also take home a donation from XRAY! The deadline for pieces is midnight on Friday Jan. 8th, so get cracking!
World Stories is a new documentary series from the BBC World Service that offers programme-makers from around the world the opportunity to produce an innovative piece of radio storytelling that will surprise and inform a global audience. We want to be challenged, surprised and moved by your stories, themes, treatments and ambition.
We will commission four original documentaries from four experienced radio producers from around the world. The subjects chosen and the way you treat them can be challenging in both form and execution and it is worth remembering that 80% of our audience have English as a second language.
The selected documentaries will be allocated a maximum of £6,600 (9,882 USD) to cover all costs incurred by the programme – eg travel, studios, equipment, presenters, contributor fees, rights clearance, hotels, expenses etc. The programmes will need to be delivered in two different durations – 23 minutes and 26 minutes 30 seconds – in line with the usual BBC programme clock, and must adhere to the BBC Guidelines –click here for more details.
We will also look at the best ways to enhance these stories online and digitally either in written, visual or audio form.
Listen to the documentaries below to get a feel for what we are looking for in the next series of World Stories – you can find these at bbcworldservice.com/worldstories and listen to more documentaries from the World Service at bbcworldservice.com/thedocumentary.
Step One: Initial proposals should come in the form of a 200 word outline to be received no later than Monday 29 February, 2016. Entries should be emailed to World Stories Commissioning
Israel Story is a documentary storytelling radio show/podcast, and we’re looking for interns for the English version of our show. Now’s especially exciting time to join— we recently launched our second English season in co-production with Tablet Magazine, and distributed by PRX!
For this position, you could choose to live in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv-Yafo. Either way, you’ll get to explore the country as you help us find and tell the stories of Israel’s most interesting characters.
This position begins in February, and is a 4-5 month commitment, which could lead to a longer-term, paid job. The position is unpaid, but outside funding may be available, for instance via a Masa grant.
Candidates with experience in audio production, production logistics, storytelling, multimedia production, journalism, and/or social media are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and links for 2-3 examples of your work to: email@example.com
About Israel Story:
Israel Story is one of the most popular national radio shows in Israel, and the country’s first storytelling podcast of its kind. Hosted by Mishy Harman, Israel Story shines a light on the big and little dramas that comprise life in Israel, amplifying voices that are rarely heard in the mainstream media. Israel Story recently branched out into English, co-producing its first English season with Tablet Magazine, and now a second season (in English) with Tablet and the public-radio powerhouse PRX. The show has gotten a lot of tremendously positive attention–it was featured in the New York Times, an episode was selected as one of the top 10 best podcast episodes of 2014, and stories from the first season have been heard on NPR stations across the US, including as the Mother’s Day special on WNYC. Our stories have been featured on award-winning nationally syndicated shows like ‘Radiolab,’ ‘Snap Judgment,’ and ‘To the Best of Our Knowledge‘.
The name Undark arises from a murky, century-old mingling of science and commerce — one that resulted in an industrial and consumer product that was both awe-inspiring and, as scientists would later prove, toxic and deadly. We appropriate the name as a signal to readers that our magazine will explore science and technology not just as "gee-whiz" phenomena, but as frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproducts of human culture.
As such, the intersection of science and society — the place where science is articulated in our politics and our economics; or where it is made potent and real in our everyday lives — is a fundamental part of our mission at Undark. As journalists, we recognize that science can often be politically, economically and ethically fraught, even as it captures the imagination and showcases the astonishing scope of human endeavor. Undark will therefore aim to explore science in both light and shadow, and to bring that exploration to a broad, international audience.
Undark is not interested in "science communication" or related euphemisms, but in true journalistic coverage of the sciences.
Beginning in April, 2016, Undark Magazine will be publishing twelve pieces of long-form, narrative-driven journalism each year, accompanied by a regular and ongoing mix of shorter features, profiles, essays, op-eds, book excerpts, Q&A's, reviews, blog posts, photography, digital video, information graphics and data visualizations.
NOTE: All prospective first-time contributors should include a brief biography and a selection of journalistic work samples, via links or attachments.
Our pay rates vary by project, but we strive to be both fair and competitive.
WHYY's "The Pulse" (stories at the heart of health, science, and innovation) is in future planning mode right now, and we're hungry for pitches. We're open to fresh new ideas or rebroadcast features that are still relevant and haven't yet been run by national news magazines.
Pitch away! Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joel Patterson, Managing Editor
****If you aren't sure what we're looking for, here are our guiding principles:
Empower people to take control of their health.
We aren’t here to market gadgets or push fad diets. We are in the business of giving people the tools to understand their options and their rights.
Put people first.
Our show humanizes complicated issues by allowing reporters and their subjects to be themselves and speak in their authentic voices.
Answer questions people didn’t even know they had.
One of the best sources for great storytelling is our own experience. If you find yourself wondering “why?” odds are our audience is, too…whether or not they know it.
If the audience can predict the next story…we’re failing.
Celebrate with skepticism.
Science and technology are fertile ground for amazing breakthroughs in our understanding the human condition. We celebrate those moments, but we do so with the caveat that “science is a moving target.”
Take the audience on a journey.
The point of departure is ignorance, the destination is understanding. And, if the choice is between interviewing someone in their office at Pennsylvania Hospital and in a hot-air balloon over the Rio Grande…you know the rest.
Keep it weird.
The fringe is where the action is.
Hey CA folks. California Humanities grants [up to $10K] are now available for Community Stories – intended to capture and share compelling stories from and about California’s diverse communities. Applications will be accepted from January 4 through February 1, 2016.
California Humanities will soon begin accepting applications for our February 1, 2016 deadline for Community Stories, our competitive storytelling grants program. The official application period is January 4, 2016 through February 1, 2016; in the meantime, the Community Stories grant guidelines are available for potential applicants to peruse beginning December 1!
In addition, our staff will host grant workshops in anticipation of the February deadline, including an informational webinar for grant applicants on December 16, 2015 at 11 am. Click here to register for this webinar, and be sure to check our website periodically for information regarding future grant workshops!
California Humanities’ Community Stories grants program provides funding to support a wide range of community-initiated public humanities projects, including:
• story-based performances
• community forums
• video and radio documentaries
• interpretive exhibits
Since 2003, we have made over 450 awards for projects that collectively illustrate the diversity and breadth of the California experience.
• California-based nonprofit and/or fiscally sponsored organizations
• local/state public agencies or institutions
WHAT WE FUND
• 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
HOW MUCH WE GIVE
• Grant awards range up to $10,000
• Matching cash or in-kind donations are required
For more information, including current guidelines, application materials and instructions, and descriptions of funded projects, click HERE.
Grants & Programs Associate