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Third Coast/RHDF Competition in ON, deadline July 11

It's Third Coast Award season – get on it!

Our Call for Entries is open!

Since 2001, the TC/RHDF Competition has celebrated the best audio storytelling produced worldwide. We've honored over 130 extraordinary works from four continents, and bestowed $250,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative producers in radio & podcasts.

Announcing… the 2017 TC/RHDF Competition Judges

Dig into all ten 2016 TC/RHDF Competition winners, plus learn more about the year's best at Current Magazine and NPR's All Things Considered .


Entry Guidelines


$35 for student entries uploaded on or before Tuesday, June 13 at noon PDT.

$55 for entries uploaded on or before Tuesday, June 13 at noon PDT.

$75 for all entries uploaded Tuesday, June 13 after noon PDT through Tuesday, July 11 at noon PDT.

Entries uploaded after July 11 at noon PDT will not be judged.

ENTER the 2017 TC/RHDF Competition!


Entries must range between 3 and 60 minutes in length, with the exception of Best News Feature submissions, which can not exceed 12 minutes.

Entries must have been produced and presented publicly for the first time on the radio, the Internet, via podcast or in a public setting (i.e. gallery, museum, classroom) between July 2015 and July 2017.

Entries must be produced in English, with the exception of the Best Doc: Foreign Language category!

Work featured on this website or on Re:sound is still eligible for entry into the competition.

Each producer must sign the release and license agreement on the entry form, which provides Third Coast with broadcast and Internet rights to present submissions in their entireties as part of Best of the Best: The 2016 Third Coast Festival Broadcast between October 2017 and October 2019.


Entries should consist of an individual documentary or feature.

Each documentary in a series is a separate entry.

Each feature within a program that presents multiple pieces is a separate entry.

Each episode from a podcast is a separate entry.


Entries are only accepted through Submittable, where you'll find clear instructions for uploading your story. Submittable will be able to answer your tech questions, for everything else email Third Coast or call us at 312-948-4682.

Each entry should consist of one audio file.

Entries should not contain audio other than entry material. Please exclude ledes, intros, outros and ads.


One audio file per entry

Brief producer bio (80 words max)

A text version of the host lede, or a short intro for the entry (150 words max)

Entry fee

For Radio Impact entries only: Statement of Impact (500 words max)

For Best Doc: Foreign Language entries only: Bilingual English/original language transcript


Payment by credit card / PayPal is strongly recommended but checks are accepted only for entries submitted by the early deadline, June 13 at noon PDT. Checks must be mailed/postmarked by the early deadline, June 13.

Please contact us to pay by check.

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Media and Journalism Fellowships Feb. 8 Edition via @MediaShiftOrg

The latest journo fellowships from MediaShift. Lots of great stuff here!
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10th annual Miller Audio Prize from The Missouri Review, deadline March 15

The Missouri Review’s 10th Annual Miller Audio Prize


Entry Fee: $30, $24, $16, or $10. You choose what you pay. Your entry fee includes a one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review, which normally costs $24.

Length: All entries must be 15 minutes or shorter.

Eligibility: Previous first-place winners are not eligible to win again. Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate donation for each. Previously published or aired pieces are acceptable as long as you, the entrant, hold the rights.

Deadline: March 15, 2017



Files should be mp3 format only, under 20MB. Use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to submit.


By Mail

Submit the following:

  • a completed Audio Prize Entry Form
  • a copy of your entry on a CD, labeled with writer/ producer, title, and length
  • an entry fee of $30, $24, $16, or $10 (make checks out to the Missouri Review)

The Missouri Review Audio Competition
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211



Submit an original poem or collection of poems as a single audio file. Entries may be solely author-read or contain other voices, sounds, or music.


Submit a short story or piece of creative nonfiction. Entries may be solely author-read or contain other voices, sounds, or music.


Submit your funniest poem, story, or piece of creative nonfiction. Entries may be solely author-read or contain other voices, sounds, or music.

Audio Documentary

Submit an audio documentary on any subject. Documentaries can be presented in a variety of forms including narrative, interview, or documentary play.

Listen to past winners of the Miller Audio Prize here.

Questions? Please visit our FAQ. If your question isn’t answered there, email us: mutmrcontestquestion AT missouri DOT edu

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Daniel Schorr journo prize for pub radio superstars age 35 and under, deadline March 3

Hey youngsters – go for this prize!

Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize: Call for Entries

daniel-schorrWBUR, invites public radio journalists age 35 and under to submit entries for the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Eligible works will have been broadcast or published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016. The $5,000 Schorr Prize – sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner – recognizes a rising star in public radio and seeks to inspire a new generation of journalists to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Submissions may focus on any local, national or international news issue significant to the listening public. The work may be presented in the form of a produced news story, podcast, news feature, documentary, series on a single topic or an investigative report. Complete guidelines are online at

The award is named after the late Daniel Schorr, who gave American journalism a lifetime of commitment through his insight, intelligence and integrity. Schorr believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio. The selected Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize winner will be honored at the annual WBUR Gala which takes place on May 15 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Mass.

Past winners include WAMU Reporter Patrick Madden (2015); Reporter Devin Katayama, now a reporter for KQED, San Francisco (2014); WBEZ producer Becky Vevea (2013); KUNC reporter Grace Hood (2012); NPR host David Greene (2011); NPR reporter Ailsa Chang (2010); reporter Chana Joffe-Walt, who covers global economics for NPR’s multimedia project “Planet Money” (2009); former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, now the host of the “TED Radio Hour” (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).

All entries must be received at or before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3, 2017.


Media Contacts:


Karen Laverty

Phone: 617-275-6516

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deadline for the Sarah Awards very, very, short, short stories contest is tonight!

Hey creative people! You have until tonight to submit your entries for the Sarah Awards Very, Very, Short, Short Stories contest. Details HERE and below!


Welcome to the the 2016 Very, Very, Short, Short Stories Contest! We're excited to announce that this year we are partnering with the inestimable podcast, KCRW's The Organist. This year's winners will be featured in the forthcoming season of The Organist. Winners will also receive a free artistic interpretation of their work from artist Cal Tabuena-Frolli, a copy of Hindenburg Journalist Pro and $200. Deadline is Monday, November 21st at midnight EST. 
(Note: Pieces MUST be between 1-3 minutes long.)


You have three rules to follow, all thought up by members of the Sarah Lawrence College writing department faculty. They include: dialogue that must be used in the story, a sound that must be used in the story, and a narrative constraint that must be used in the story. Choose ONE author for each entry. (However you can enter as many times as you wish).


  • Dialogue: "It's a strange kind of justice."
  • Sound: Whispering
  • Narrative: Include the color green.


  • Dialogue: "The dog you know you are has mange."
  • Sound: A stomach growling
  • Narrative: A woman opens a high-end shoe store in a town with 80% unemployment.


  • Dialogue: "Do one thing for a person, and he think he owes you; do everything for a person, and he thinks you owe him."
  • Sound: Cicadas whirring
  • Narrative: The action takes place during the hottest summer on record.


  • Dialogue: "But I got lost in the graveyard."
  • Sound: A baby crying.
  • Narrative: The setting must be a locale where either salt or sugar is produced.


  • Dialogue: "The animals kept arriving."
  • Sound: Knives being sharpened.
  • Narrative: Someone dies from suffocation.

And More Rules…

  • Stories must be between 1-3 minutes.
  • Stories must be uploaded as either an MP3 or a .Wav file.
  • You can enter as many times as you like, however, each story must have the elements from one author–no mixing and matching.
  • Stories must include all three elements to be considered as a winner.
  • We welcome entries from around the world! However, entries not in English will need a transcript.
  • You can work as a team, however, we can only offer 1 piece of artwork and 1 copy of Hindenburg Pro to the winners.
  • Deadline is Monday, November 21, 2016 at midnight EST.
  • If you have any questions, please email:

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2016 ShortDocs Challenge – Radio Cinema – from Third Coast, deadline May 17

This is probably my favorite competition out there – the Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge. And this year's theme is so much fun – finding inspiration from mini-movies! Details are below – deadline is May 17. GO FOR IT!


The 2016 ShortDocs Challenge: Radio Cinema is live live live. 

This year’s Challenge is all about getting inspired by conventions of film. Let's show the world that RADIO really is the most visual of mediums.

Our artistic partner is Manual Cinema, an amazing film-inspired collective based in Chicago (you mighta seen them at Pop-Up Magazine last year.) Rule #1 of the Radio Cinema Challenge? Get inspired by one of their made-just-for-ShortDocs mini-movies

A couple of cool things about this year's ShortDocs Challenge:

1. ALL the submissions go up on our website (like always!) 

2. A winning piece will be chosen by Manual Cinema & turned into a live-on-stage cinematic performance.

3. Four ShortDocs winners will receive gratis registration to the 2016 Third Coast Conference (Nov 11-13) & other perks galore. 

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UnionDocs Documentary Intensive programs, application deadline April 1

And more fellowships!! These at UnionDocs. I'm a fan. Application deadline April 1.
Applications are open for some cool opportunities at UnionDocs documentary center in Williamsburg. Deadline for the summer intensive program is April 1st!
  • CoLAB is a 10 month fellowship for multidisciplinary non-fiction focused on artist development and the creation of short projects working in a group.
  • SDI is a 5 week workshop for filmmakers with feature docs in early development that pushes projects towards full production on every axis, practical to creative.
I was in the CoLAB several years ago, and can't recommend it enough. I connected with some amazing people and collaborators as a result. It's the place to be to explore the cutting edge in nonfiction storytelling. They usually select groups of people with very diverse backgrounds in art and different types of media, so it's a unique place to explore intersections of radio, film, visual art, and storytelling forms of all types. 
Check 'em out! 

The Collaborative Studio is a 10-month program for a select group of 12-14 media artists from the US and abroad who come from different backgrounds and different levels of experience (photography, visual arts, radio, human rights, journalism and more traditional forms of documentary). The program offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary and non-fiction arts, and consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists. The main goal is the development of a collection of original short creative documentaries on a shared theme.

The UnionDocs Summer Documentary Intensive is a 5-week program for a select group of emerging filmmakers from the US and abroad. Based in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the program explores contemporary approaches to documentary film, offers a stronger understanding of the best practices and business of production, and helps to develop the foundation of your independent project. The program consists of screenings, seminar discussions, professional development sessions, critique, mentorship, many guest artist and industry professionals master classes and weekly visits to relevant sites around New York City.

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US-Japan Journalism Fellowship in Japan, application deadline April 15

Another exciting fellowship opportunity – travel to Japan! Deadline April 15.
Apply for the 2016 US-Japan Journalism Fellowship in Japan 
Deadline: April 15, 2016
The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) is now accepting applications for its 2016 US-Japan Journalism Fellowship, which will provide four American journalists with the opportunity to visit Japan from June 18, 2016, for a 2~3 week program of group meetings and customized individual interviews and site visits. 
This competitive program exposes the participants to key leaders, policymakers, and innovators at the center of the policy debates shaping US-Japan relations, Japanese society, and the future of Asia. The program aims to develop a cadre of journalists who have a sophisticated understanding of the complex dynamics of US-Japan relations and, more broadly, the US role in Asia. 
Please feel free to circulate this information among your networks and encourage interested candidates to apply. You can visit our website for more information on the program, directions on how to apply, and the application form. Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact Ms. Kaede Kawauchi < or (212) 679-4130 > in advance. 

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Ida B. Wells Fellowship for investigative reporters of color, deadline April 18

Exciting opportunity for journalists of color. Spread the word! Deadline April 18.

The goal of the Ida B. Wells Fellowship is to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color. The one-year fellowship will provide four emerging reporters with the opportunity to complete their first substantial piece of investigative reporting. 
Here is a link for more information:

Application d



 April 18, 2016.

The Ida B. Wells Fellowship will award each winner a $10,000 stipend plus funds to cover out-of-pocket reporting costs. The fellows will also receive extensive editorial feedback, legal counsel, research resources, assistance with story placement and publicity, training at the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference, and journalism mentoring.

Journalists of color are strongly encouraged to apply to the fellowship, as are other reporters who believe their presence would contribute substantially to diversifying investigative reporting in other ways.

The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute incubates and supports important investigative stories with the potential for social impact. By providing reporters with editorial guidance, institutional support, and financial support, The Investigative Fund has produced stories that have sparked federal indictments, lawsuits, Congressional investigations, legislation, and the resignation of public officials. Our investigations have appeared in a wide array of outlets, including NPR and PBS as well as The Nation, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Cosmo, Slate, and GQ. Our stories have also won some of journalism’s top awards, including the Polk, the National Magazine Award, and the Emmy. 

And more from Poynter:

The Nation Institute's Investigative Fund has launched an investigative fellowship for journalists of color. The one-year Ida B. Wells Fellowship will go to four journalists and offer $10,000 each, travel and reporting costs and the chance to work with an Investigative Fund editor.

The fellowship is named after Ida B. Wells, a Jim Crow era investigative journalist. The fellowship seeks to bring more reporters of color into investigative journalism and newsrooms, which continue to be largely white and male. (You can explore what those numbers look like here.)

The Ida B. Wells Fellowship addresses these imbalances by identifying promising reporters of color, and other reporters from diverse backgrounds, who could benefit from editorial support and mentorship and who have the potential to help diversify the field.

Applications are due by April 18.

In 2014, BuzzFeed created a fellowship with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for investigative journalists of color. The first recipient, Melissa Segura, is now part of BuzzFeed's investigative team. Poynter has written about that team and about Fusion, which has built a diverse and young investigative team.

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upcoming workshops from CUNY’s new continuing ed program, CUNY J+

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism recently announced a new continuing ed program to teach digital skills to working journalists, freelancers, photographers, video journalists, and others. While I'm not involved in this particular program, I do teach at the j-school and can vouch for their excellent staff, resources, and overall community. Info about their workshops in the link and pasted below. Some discounts available. 



Mashable's Stacy Martinet leads a workshop for The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's new CUNY J+ program of continuing education for journalists. Martinet discussed Snapchat, how it's being used by Mashable and its use for media organizations, at the CUNY J School on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Photo by Skyler Reid.

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is proud to launch CUNY J+, a series of affordable and convenient workshops to upgrade your toolkit with the digital skills of tomorrow. CUNY J+ is for working journalists, freelancers, photographers, video journalists, and other communicators who want to advance in their careers, change jobs or simply tell engaging, impactful stories in today’s media overload.

Check out here whether you are eligible for a discount!

CUNY J+ also offers custom training to newsrooms and organizations on site or at the school.Learn about what CUNY J+ can do for your team.

Below is our lineup for 2016. All workshops will be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street in New York. Map


noun_10681Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro CC

This five-week, hands-on module is for anyone interested in learning professional video editing for storytelling. 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. Feb. 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23; 6:30 to 9 p.m. $250 Learn more.

noun_781Intro to Food Writing & Photography
Food journalism at its best is more than mouthwatering; it inspires us and brings us closer together. No wonder food is one of the most popular subjects for blogs, articles and books. This one-day workshop teaches food writing and food photography. March 19; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $249 Learn more.

noun_15342Video for Social Media with Bob Sacha

Video is a powerful engagement tool. Marketing research shows that including visuals with your social media posts increases engagement by 180%. This two-hour evening workshop will go over ways to enhance your social media output with better videos. March 30; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 Learn more.

noun_781Visual Storytelling: Seeing the World in a New Way with Maggie Steber

Throughout this weeklong master class, renown documentary photographer Maggie Steber will encourage you to take visual risks, recognize threads that run through your work and bring it all together in ways you had not thought about before. By application. April 4-8. $1,200 Learn more.


sensor ICONSensor Reporting for the Environment with John Keefe

Environmental reporting is becoming more and more important and sensors will be at the center of it to help journalists and activists gather data where data doesn’t exist -on global warming, water pollution and more. Join John Keefe, a pioneer in sensor journalism, to play with technology and explore journalistic applications. April 13; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $25 Learn more.

noun_15342Video Storytelling for the Web with Bob Sacha

Over two weekends, this workshop concentrates on video storytelling for the web, focusing on non-narrated stories of compelling characters and short, sharply focused pieces targeted for online viewing. Students will leave the class with well-practiced new skills and a 1-minute edited video around an “object of meaning.” April 23-24, and April 30-May 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $599 Learn more.

noun_15342iPhone Video with Bob Sacha

This 4-hour, Saturday morning course will help you enhance your work or hobby with better smart phone videos. We will go over some tips, shoot some footage and review it. Videojournalist Bob Sacha has taught this popular class many times, to students and reporters from the worlds largest metro dailies. April 16; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $199 Learn more.

noun_17890Online Security Install Party with Mike Tigas

Bring your laptop and smart phone with you and together, we will install basic encryption for your email, chats and texts. You can never be 100% secure but ProPublica’s Mike Tigas can show you how to take real steps to protect yourself, your colleagues and your sources. May 11; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 Learn more.

noun_781Smart Phone Photography
Images produced with today’s smart phones now have sufficient quality to be published on all media platforms from digital to print. This Saturday morning workshop will help you enhance your work or hobby with better smart phone pictures. May 14; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $199 Learn more.

noun_106529Data Storytelling and Visualization with Sandeep Junarkar
This 5-week course will teach you how to gather and analyze data to find stories and to visualize them as interactive narratives. This fast-growing discipline is at the crossroads of storytelling, statistical analysis and interactive design. June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 6:30 to 9 p.m. $499 Learn more.

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