CUNY J+ Fall workshops, early bird discounts until Aug 31

Happy summer, Freelance Cafe folks! In case you're an advanced planner, you can sign up now for CUNY J+ workshops for the fall. There's a 20% off early bird deal until Aug. 31, and after that Freelance Cafe members can still get 10% off with the code JPLUS10. The current list of courses is below.



Data Journalism Bootcamp: Excel, Open Refine, Tableau And More with Sarah Ryley, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner. Sarah will provide a “basic toolkit” of best practices and programs to get started in data journalism. “These are the tools I’ve used for the past 4+ years to produce high-impact data stories, including my Pulitzer Prize-winning series on nuisance abatement, proving there’s a lot you can do with this basic toolkit,” Sarah says. All day Sept. 23 and 24. $599$479 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro CC with Jennifer Hamblett. This five-week, hands-on module teaches the ins and outs of a software that is the industry standard for video editing. You will learn the principles of non-linear editing, how to use the interface and features of Adobe Premiere and how to plot and edit a sequence 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24. $599$479 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Investigating Your Elected Officials with Andrew Lehren, Pulitzer Prize team-winning reporter for The New York Times. In this two-part, hands-on workshop, you will learn techniques and tools for backgrounding and fact checking those in power. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Oct. 11 and 18. $299; $239 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Augmented Reality (AR) for Journalism with Matt MacVey. In this hands-on, evening workshop we’ll try out AR projects from different news organizations, see how to get started with tools like Blippar, Vuforia and Tango and look at what might be coming next. 6:30 to 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 19. $25. Learn more


 Build a Bot: Artificial Intelligence and Bots for News with John Keefe, bot developer and app product manager at Quartz. In this two-part workshop, John Keefe will focus on natural language processing and conversational interfaces and help you build a Facebook Messenger bot. John has taught this popular class to journalism students and to journalists at conferences such as ONA. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. $249. $199 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Charts for Data Analysis and Presentation with Datawrapper with Sandeep Junnarkar. Enhance your journalism with data analysis and presentation with this popular software. This 2.5 hour, hands-on class will go over the bases, as well as tips and tricks for more polished charts. 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesday, November 7 from 6:30 to 9 pm. $25. Learn more


Intro to 360° Video Journalism with Bob Sacha and Matt MacVeyGet up to speed with 360 video journalism and try the Ricoh Theta camera and 360 apps on your smart phone in this hands-on, evening workshop. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 8. $125; $99 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Social Media Videos: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Live with Luis Miguel Echegaray. In this three-part, hands-on workshop, we will focus on making videos using smart phones and the top three video-heavy social media platforms: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Live. 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesdays, Nov. 14, 21, and 28. $375$299 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


Adobe After Effects and Motion Graphics with Graham Roberts, Senior Editor at The New York Times. In this daylong workshop, you will learn the basics of Adobe After Effects, the leading software for digital visual effects, motion graphics and animation. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 18. $549; $439 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more


10 Ways to Improve Your Writing with Diane Nottle. This hands-on two-hour session focuses on high-impact tricks and techniques to make your writing for any purpose stronger, clearer and more memorable. 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29. $25. Learn more


The Business of Freelancing with Tim Harper. This breezy, conversational two-hour workshop is both an introduction for beginning freelancers and a top-up review for longtime veterans. Bring your questions and issues on every aspect of freelancing, from ideas to reporting to contracts and rights to pitching, publishing and getting paid. 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 6. $25. Learn more


To come: Online Research Series: SuperResearcher with Barbara Gray. Find even the most elusive sources. Dig up hard-to-find information. Avoid embarrassing mistakes in your news stories, in this series of workshops by the former director of news research at The New York Times. Join our email list to receive alerts about new classes


To come:  Edit, Sequence, Present and Promote Your Photographs with James Estrin, the co-editor of the New York Times Lens blog. Many people can take decent photographs. Few photographers understand how to edit, sequence and present their work. These skills will enable you to be better visual storytellers and will help you distinguish yourself from other photographers. Join our email list to receive alerts about new classes


ONLINE CLASS: VideoStorytelling for the Weban online class to help you make short digital videos people want to watch. Video coach Kayle hope covers everything from shooting to editing in 10 short and engaging videos. $35


Are you eligible for a discount? Check here.


All workshops will be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street in New York. Map.

KALW seeks a digital editor

Gig alert!

KALW is looking for a digital editor to manage KALW’s growing digital audience. The editor will be responsible for day-to-day tasks such as website management and social media, as well as long-term projects such as metrics tracking and audience development. You can find out more info about the job posting here:

Pitch the Pulse @WHYY

Pitch WHYY's The Pulse! (First deadline is tomorrow – sorry for the short notice.)



This is what we have coming up:


The Hot Hot Show

The main bar story is about heat islands in cities – and fixes for that, including planting trees. The lineup already includes: the anatomy of a hot flash, thermophilic bacteria, a weather vs. climate explainer, how forest fires can influence weather, and the Chinese healing concept of internal heat.


Got anything ‘temperature’ related that will surprise our audience — on topic — but unexpected? For this one, I'm looking for ONE more 3-5 minute piece (maybe already produced) because the deadline is coming soon, mid-July.


The Gender Show in Mid August

Seeking health + science pitches: Anything from … “Girling up,” the science of being female … to the health advantages men enjoy within the American health system.


The Language Show in Early September

Seeking health + science pitches: Looking for ideas from Deaf culture, bilingual families, even tech.


Sending pitches to both addresses can help cut through the clutter:





WORKING TITLE: Travels on the Big Muddy in Early September

The mighty Mississippi River is the final destination for a vast network of streams that stretch across nearly half of the U.S. The river’s pull has created great cities, thriving industries, and vibrant culture along her banks. But we haven’t always treated the river well. We wash our waste into the waters, restrict natural movement, and engineer the stream to our needs. What’s been the toll on human health and the environment? On this episode, The Pulse travels the Mississippi from the headwaters in Minnesota to the mouth in the Gulf of Mexico.


Got an idea? We’re looking for stories about the ways people use and abuse the Mississippi. Pitch us stories about river conservation efforts, nearby agriculture as well as urban stories about runoff and water quality. Profile someone using science to protect the Mississippi, or a worker who makes his living along the river.

First edit around August 7


The BIG MUDDY call for pitches closes June 28, please send us your idea before then.

Email both Managing Editor Taunya English and Guest Host Irina Zhorov

Apply for @AIRmedia’s 2017 New Voices Scholarship, deadline June 30

ATTN fierce storymakers: Apply for AIR's 2017 New Voices Scholarship! Deadline June 30th.
We're very excited to share that AIR is now taking applications for our 2017 New Voices Scholarship. We're looking for folks from all corners of America. Please consider applying if you're a rising voice in audio and public media. Or, spread the call for submissions far and wide through your many channels and networks.

AIR seeks: Daring makers from all corners of the country, especially individuals from underrepresented communities and groups.

If chosen, you receive: A travel stipend up to $1,500 to attend the 2017 Third Coast Conference, a complimentary one-year AIR membership, and special opportunities and support at the conference.

Here are some sample tweets for sharing:

Apps open for @AIRmedia's New Voices Scholars! Attend @ThirdCoastFest & help shape media w/ your voice. Details:

Join AIR's #NewVoiceScholars revolution! @AIRmedia seeks diverse, daring makers who are fired up about audio/media:

new audio courses with @WritingPadUS start next week, discount for FC friends

Writing Pad’s LA, SF, and Online podcasting and radio fiction courses start next week w/ 99% Invisible Alum Sam Greenspan and Snap Judgment’s Eliza Smith. Friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount.


15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.



Sam has been a producer and reporter at 99% Invisible since the early days and a long-time NPR Vet. He is now starting his own super-secret podcast. Sam will help you conceive, develop & produce an outline for your podcast & record a teaser. He will teach you interviewing techniques, sound editing, using music, archival material +more. Class includes a recording session at a professional studio.


PODCASTING w/ Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible)

June 28July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 9 (5 Wed. nights), 7:00pm-10pm, SF



Podcasts like Homecoming, Limetown and A Night Called Tomorrow have expanded the horizons of radio storytelling to fiction. Eliza is the producer of Snap Judgment’s fiction program and has adapted the short stories of Manuel Gonzalez, Amelia Gray, and Kelly Link into radio plays. Learn what works/doesn’t work for a radio play, the importance of scenes, the use of sound and music to enrich pieces, narrative structure, and the Snap Judgment Method for telling stories.


By the end of the class you will have, a draft of a stand out story that you can get published in a literary journal and submit to radio shows. You will record it at Snap Judgment Studios. Join the ranks of the 32 students who have published short stories from and 11 students who have gotten stories on the radio from our classes. For a preview, check out Eliza’s interview here:


RADIO FICTION w/ Eliza Smith (Producer Snap Judgment, NPR)

July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 13, 20, (4 Sun., 1 recording session), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., SF