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2019 CA Documentary Project Grants & Application Webinar, app deadline Nov 1

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Dear Friends of California Humanities—


With apologies for the group email, I’m writing to ask for your help in sharing the announcement of the upcoming 2019 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant deadline for film, audio and interactive media productions. I’ve attached information and language that may be helpful for sharing.


This year’s deadline is November 1 and funding is available in two categories:


  • Research and Development Grants up to $10,000
  • Production Grants up to $50,000


For grant guidelines and application instructions, visit the California Documentary Project grants page at


Please note that we will also host a free informational webinar on how to apply to CDP in Monday, September 16 1-2:30 pm PST. Anyone interested can register here to attend:


Thank you in advance for your help. As always, please feel free to direct any likely applicants to me with questions.






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California Humanities

538 9th St, Suite 210

Oakland, CA 94607


tel. 415.391.1474 x314

fax 510.808.7533



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Oral History Summer School – October 19-20 Mini Intensive at Verso Books

Hey FC. I've done one of these workshops and it's SO worthwhile. Really changed the way I think about interviewing. Details below!

Oral History Summer School will be back in NYC this fall for a mini-intensive weekend at Verso Books!
Please help us spread the word via social media, your favorite listservs, and word of mouth–for all friends/colleagues who might be interested in oral history, ethical documentary practices and the art of the interview. More information + registration links, below. 
Oral History Summer School: October Mini Intensive at Verso Books
Dates: Saturday, October 19 (9:30 AM to 5:00 PM) and Sunday, October 20 (10:00 AM to 6:30 PM)
Location: Verso Books Loft, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn NY
Instructor: Suzanne Snider

More information and registration.

Join Oral History Summer School for a weekend intensive in NYC. This hands-on workshop––open to all––is based on our popular 10-day intensive, covering oral history theory, method and practice. 

Over the course of the weekend, we'll address interview techniques, recording tutorials, ethics, memory, annotation and experimental outcomes. Come all ye documentarians, journalists, artists, media-makers, educators and those looking to learn new things in good company! No experience necessary.

This workshop is offered at a sliding scale, with a limited number of discounted tickets. Early registration is encouraged.

About OHSS: Oral History Summer School was established in Hudson, New York, in 2012, as an immersive training program to help students from varied fields––writers, social workers, radio producers, artists, teachers, human rights workers––make use of oral history as an ethical interview practice in their lives and work. 


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New Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop, Monday, September 16 in San Francisco

Hey FC! My FAVORITE ladies of radio are offering their interviewing, recording, and podcasting workshop again. Don't miss this chance to learn from THE BEST. Details below.

Hi All,

Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop. Davia Nelson is holding two workshops on Monday, September 16th in Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope building in San Francisco. This three-hour session is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects — podcasts, radio, online stories, storytelling, oral histories, family histories, news, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

We cover interviewing and miking techniques, sound gathering, original, imaginative story structure, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, how to find your voice and how to listen (which is harder than it looks). We also talk podcasting. Serious talk about getting your podcast going and giving it a real sound.

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, podcasting, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, beer brewing, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, film, cheese-making and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.

Sign up for one session on the 16th, whatever time works best for you.

Morning Workshop: 10:00 – 1:00pm
Afternoon Workshop: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Cost: $160.00

Tickets available through our friends at Eventbrite.

The workshop is in North Beach at 916 Kearny St. Of course, snacks will be served.

Please pass this announcement along to your community.

Expand your skills, meet new people, support the work of The Kitchen Sisters.

See you there,

The Kitchen Sisters

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Call for pitches from @Making_Contact

The latest call for pitches from Making Contact – below!

Making Contact produces media that analyses critical issues and showcases grassroots solutions in order to inform and inspire audiences to action. We are accepting pitches for 7-10 minute segments or 29-minute documentaries for upcoming shows in our Fall schedule.

We’re looking for both new radio pieces, or potential audio material that has previously aired non-exclusively (radio features, video docs, sound-rich podcasts etc.)

Although we’re always looking for stories on a variety of topics (so send those over, too), we’re particularly interested in the following list.

Please see our submission guidelines for more info on our style guidelines and pay rates. Your work will air on our 151 affiliate stations and on our podcast.

Please submit pitches to by September 16th


Prisons and People in Prison

  • Re-entry.
    • We’re seeking segments on post-release monitoring or surveillance – such as changes to the parole process, an exploration of monitoring and the use of algorithms, Life Without Parole, women in prison, and plea bargains.. What new solutionary approaches are there for success when our community members come back home? We’re more interested in stories of people working together than those finding individual one-off solutions.
  • Tech and prison. 
    • The modern prison system isn’t just a physical space – these days it’s virtual: breathalysers used in DUI cases; surveillance or predictive policing; tracking online activity are some examples.  How do we grapple with these new technologies and how do people fight them? 


  • New stories from the border
      • We’re looking for illustrative, character-driven, myth-busting stories. What’s happening at the border? Why are people immigrating and what’s it like when they get here? And we love historical context! So bring on the history, economics and politics! 
  • Climate refugees 
      • How have rising seas and temperatures forced people to move? how is the world responding to such an unprecedented mass migration? How are island communities or people of color and the poor living on the coastline fighting to secure their safety and homes?
  • Rise of right wing nationalism
    • White nationalists, but also hindu nationalists, buddhist nationalists etc have always used immigrants as a scapegoat. How are we seeing this echoed across the world? Who belongs where? What about stateless people? What’s being hidden when governments expel the most vulnerable from their borders?

Reproductive Justice and Women of Color

  • Abortion access.
      • We’re seeing attacks on abortion all across the US with access to abortion rapidly decreasing. What’s the role of religious fundamentalism or the role of Catholic hospitals? What’s happening on the level of schools and colleges and availability of birth control and abortion healthcare on campus? How are students organizing?  How are people organizing to maintain and expand abortion access. Stories need to empahsize the intersection of race and gender and the particular impact of abortion access on the young, poor+working class women of color. 
  • Criminalization of reproductive access.
    • Women are being criminally punished for miscarriage or inducing abortion. We want to hear about the push to punish women, especially women of color or women from states in which abortion is not readily available. Again, what’s being done to protect women? 
  • Comprehensive Reproductive Justice 
    • Beyond access to abortion or birth control, Reproductive Justice includes the right to raise any children we do have with dignity in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. Pitch us stories exploring ways women are dismantling health and social inequalities throughout our life cycles, and across our multiple realities of race, immigration status, queer and trans bodies, incarceration, age and geography.

White Supremacy and the Right Wing 

  • The historical roots of white supremacy.
    • The recent wave of white supremacy raging across the United States, and the internationally isn’t new “How are people confronting and dismantling it while exploring its history, financial backing, and the role police and governments? We’re seeking innovative stories about the history of white supremacy here and abroad and ways organizers are confronting that past.
  • Voter disenfranchisement and the ballot in 2020.
    •  How are people of color dissuaded or prevented from voting and exercising our/their political voice? How are white supremacists actively securing the voting booth again people of color in 2020. What are activists doing to stop voter disenfranchisement and protect the right to vote? 

Climate Change and Climate Justice

  • Grassroots Insurgency:
    • Pitch us stories that aren’t just about the coming apocalypse. Instead, stories that complicate the idea that we’ll be easily eradicated or that there’s no hope. How are people preparing to adapt to a changing climate? What’s going to make a difference in the coming decades? How are people organizing in their towns, communities or local jurisdictions? We’re looking for your stories that reframe the inevitability of global warming as a time for radical hope and imagination. 
    • Corporate Accountability and Water Privatization: We’re looking to build upon our past coverage of this issue spanning realms of environment, democracy and corporations attempting to privatize municipal water systems, and communities responding. We have a segment underway in ME and we’re interested in working with freelancers in areas such as Pittsburg, Flint, Lagos and your town.
  • Water Stories: 
    • Corporate Accountability and Water Privatization:   We’re looking for stories spanning realms of environment and democracy, in particular the corporations attempting to privatize municipal water systems, and how communities are responding. We have a segment underway in ME and we’re interested in working with freelancers in areas such as Pittsburg, Flint, Lagos and your town.
    • Got an update to the story of  Flint, MI? It’s one of the worst examples of water supply contamination and inadequate responses.  Also, one population that has endured generations of poverty, disputes over water rights, and a lack of plumbing infrastructure live throughout the Navajo Nation (Utah, New Mexico, Arizona), where nearly half of all people must get their water from pumps outside of the home. We’re looking for stories about the barriers to clean water access on Native American reservations, and what people are doing to improve access to clean water.

Looking forward to reading your pitches,

Salima Hamirani, Anita Johnson and Monica Lopez — Making Contact producers

Lisa Rudman, Executive Director, Making Contact 



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Opportunity for Journalists – Hostwriter offers €5000 in awards for collaborative journalism projects

Hello FC! See below for an upcoming opportunity from Hostwriter.

Application Process Opens for 2019 Hostwriter Prize

€5000 in Awards for Collaborative Journalism Projects


(Berlin, Germany) 3 September 2019 – Hostwriter is now accepting applications for its 2019 Hostwriter Prize, which grants €5000 in awards for collaborative journalism projects between members. The deadline to apply for the prize is 31 October 2019.


The Hostwriter Prize consists of two categories. The Story Prize presents awards for collaborative projects that have already been published, with €2000 going to the first prize winner and €1000 going to the second prize winner. The Pitch Prize awards €1000 each to two collaborative projects that have not yet been realized. Applications are accepted via the form at the Hostwriter Prize website.


Recent winners of the Story Prize include the first prize winners, Nathalie Bertrams and Ingrid Gercama, for their story, "Vanilla fever: Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar’s success," published in Mail & Guardian. There were two second place winners: Arthur Debruyne and Kolawole Talabi for their story, “Fish for cash: How the EU robs Africa of its seafood” and Irene Caselli, Mariangela Maturi, Claudia Jardim and Emil Staulund for their story, "A woman’s game: The first naturalised Dane female soccer player with Afghani roots."


More info on all of last year's prize winners can be found here.


The Hostwriter Prize was established in 2014 and is supported by an annual donation from the Otto Sprenger Stiftung, a foundation that honors the work of Otto Sprenger, a former unionist and employee of the NDR (a German public service broadcaster).


Hostwriter is an open network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. We connect more than 4,300 journalists from 150+ countries to seek and offer help, whether in the form of local advice, story collaboration or accommodation. We see cross-border journalism as a tool to overcome national bias and prejudice, ultimately contributing towards better informed, more accountable and democratic societies.


Click here for a link to our online press kit, including high-res photos.


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Bernadette Geyer

 Collaborate with journalists worldwide: #JoinHostwriter

An award-winning network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders.

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Two positions at KALW: Development Director and Executive Producer

See below for two job postings at KALW – a fab station in the Bay Area. Help spread the word!

We’re looking for a development director for KALW and an executive producer for our daily public affairs show, Your Call.
Seeking energetic people who can bring news ideas and lead their teams through exciting transitions. Please send to your networks (Bay Area and beyond) and post these links widely! 
Many thanks,
Tina Pamintuan
General Manager
91.7 KALW, San Francisco
415-841-4121 x3003
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Signal to Noise Award from @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio, deadline Aug 9

We’re excited to announce that the Signal to Noise Award is back! Co-presented with Gilded Audio, this grant celebrates creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design. 
Due on August 9th and open to all styles of production, the award includes: $5000 for production; production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design; editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs; a free Hindenburg Journalist PRO license; and a celebratory event at the UnionDocs space in Brooklyn. 
You can check out more details + apply here: 
If you know anyone who is interested, feel free to pass this opportunity along! I have included sample promotional materials below. 
Looking forward to receiving your application! 
Abby Lord
Programs Assistant
Attention all audio makers! UnionDocs and Gilded Audio are pleased to announce that The Signal to Noise Award is back. Celebrating creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design, the winning applicant will receive a $5000 production grant; production consultation and technical support from Gilded Audio Design; editorial consultation from the staff of UnionDocs; a free Hindenburg Journalist PRO license; and a celebratory event at the UnionDocs space in Brooklyn.
Applications are due 8/9! You can find more information + apply here: 
Audio makers! @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio have announced The Signal to Noise Award to give your project the chance to come to life! Apps are due 8/9: 
Do you have an audio project that combines doc + experimental sound design? Apply to @UnionDocs + Gilded Audio’s Signal to Noise Award to win $5,000, production and technical support from Gilded Audio Design, editorial consultation + more! Due 8/9! 

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7th Annual #RadioRace from @IPPkcrw, Aug 10

Hey FCers – KCRW's Radio Race is coming up on August 10. Details below.



KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race: August 10 to 11 

KCRW’s 7th Annual 24-hour Radio Race begins at 10 a.m. PST August 10 and lasts through 10 a.m. PST August 11. The Radio Race is great way for storytellers of all experience levels to break out of their daily routines and make a four-minute audio piece overnight. Winners get a cash prize, plus other perks like a free year-long membership to AIR and PRXYou’ll have just 24 hours to write, record and edit a four-minute nonfiction radio story. You can join as an individual or as a team of your creation. KCRW will air the top three winning pieces, and this time around, one team's piece will be chosen to air on our newest podcast Nocturne. And remember: the Radio Race is more than just an overnight competition. It’s an opportunity to produce the most original piece of radio anyone will hear in 2019. Think big, people! 

Registration here:

Let me know if you have questions!

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final @WritingpadUS podcasting class of the summer

Details below!




Take a Podcasting Class at Writing Pad in Los Angeles and craft your show with a Producer of a prominent podcast (There Goes The Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 3 of our students landed podcast producer jobs on Freakonomics, RFK Tapes, Unfictional, and Pandora. Use the coupon code FREELANCE or FREELANCEPLAN for 15% off.




Class deets:

Podcasting w/ Anna Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)—Starts NEXT Thurs. 7/25                           

Jul 25, Aug 8, Aug 15, Aug 22, Sep 12 (4 Thursdays, 1 Recording of Show Teaser at KCRW, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)


Anna Scott is a reporter and producer for KCRW. She works on Press Play with Madeleine Brand and reported for KCRW's podcast There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. Before that, she produced Warren Olney's news programs To the Point and Which Way, LA


In this class, Anna teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.




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Blue Ridge Public Radio seeks Director of Content

More gigs! Blue Ridge Public Radio in lovely Asheville, NC is seeking a director of content. Details below.

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