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Applications open for Resilience Journalism Fellowship

Good opportunity for mid-career journos who cover the environment. Details below! -Mia

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Applications are now open for our newest grant program, the Resilience Journalism Fellowship. Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Fellowship is designed for mid-career journalists who have some background reporting on environmental issues.

It will run from Oct. 22-27.

Fellows will focus on the science of climate change and resilience — defined as a system's capacity to absorb disturbance and still retain its basic function and structure.

For more info:

https://www.journalism.cuny.edu/2017/07/apply-now-for-new-environmental-journalism-fellowship/

Here is the direct link to the application:

 http://bit.ly/resilience-journalism-apply

The program director is Dale Willman. You can email him at Dale.Willman@journalism.cuny.edu or call him at 518-583-7247.

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@AIRmedia’s Better Edit Fellowship, application deadline July 14

Attention all wannabe editors! AIR has just launched their Better Edit Fellowship and is looking for aspiring audio editors to apply for one-on-one mentoring. There's an incredible group of mentors in this bunch – so sign up and spread the word! NOTE: you must be either an AIR or PRNDI member to apply. But you can find other mentorship opportunities and resources in the links below. Application deadline is July 14th.
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Up your editing game with the AIR hive mind

One of AIR’s greatest assets is our collective brain trust—from the knowledge shared on the AIRdaily to the meet-ups hosted to gather regional AIRsters. Our peer-to-peer mentoring program is another way AIR orchestrates this passing of expertise. In this vein, AIR is pleased to announce that we are looking for candidates interested in becoming better editors through our Better Edit FellowshipWe’re pleased to be partnering with PRNDI—the Public Radio News Directors Inc.—on this initiative.

What is The Better Edit Fellowship and how can I apply?   
The demand for good editors in podcasting, public radio, and audio stories outpaces the availability of ready talent. AIR hears this, so we’ve tapped some of the best editors in the business to give focused attention to 12 aspiring editors chosen through a competitive selection process.

If you’re chosen, we’ll match you with an editor. You’ll work for four hours over the course of 90 days to whip your project into shape and upskill your editing. Think of it as an extended story meeting where a great editor gives you insight into how their mind works and into how they help a producer structure a story or project. To read the full details and apply, visit: airmedia.org/programs/training-and-mentorship-program/airs-2017-editorial-fellowship/ 

What skills can I expect to touch on during the fellowship?
The Better Edit Fellows will learn how to pull diamonds out of the rough. Your editor-mentor will work with you to identify how to unfurl the pieces and then tie them back up together into something great. You’ll come away from the fellowship ready to apply this understanding of listening for editing and structuring audio stories to yours and others’ work.

Who can apply?
You must be either an AIR or PRNDI member in good standing. As an AIR member, you must also have been in the network for at least six months. Please read more about Fellowship eligibility here. Not a member yet? Learn more about joining AIR here. The strongest candidates are expected to be working on a specific audio project with concrete goals.

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Journalism award for collaborative work from @hostwriter, deadline July 31

An award that focuses on collaborative journalism – love it! Details at http://prize.hostwriter.org/ and below. Go for it!
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We are giving out over $5.000 for journalistic pieces and pitches that were done collaboratively, meaning that at least two journalists have to be in the byline. 
Tweet it out!
Journalists worldwide can compete for cash prizes & story funding from @hostwriter! Send in a story or pitch by 7/31 http://prize.hostwriter.org/
You can find detailed information, FAQs and the online application form here.

If you need some inspiration check out last year's winners on our blog. Thank you so much for your support. We would love to see some applications from your network.

hostwriter.org – collaborate with journalists worldwide
Apply for the #hostwriterPrize for your collaborative pieces and pitches by July 31st.

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Third Coast/RHDF Competition in ON, deadline July 11

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

http://thirdcoastfestival.org/overview/competition/_2017-third-coast-richard-h-driehaus-foundation-competition
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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 .

ENTER NOW!

Entry Guidelines

FEES AND DEADLINES

$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!

TO BE ELIGIBLE

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.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

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.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE

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

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

Guidelines:

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

Enter:

Online 

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

or

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)

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

Categories:

Poetry

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.

Prose

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

Humor

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! 
http://www.wbur.org/p/daniel-schorr-journalism-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 wbur.fm/schorrprize.

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.

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Media Contacts:

WBUR

Karen Laverty

Phone: 617-275-6516

klaverty@greenoughcom.com


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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!

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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.)

Rules

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).

SOPHIE MCMANUS

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

MARTHA RHODES

  • 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.

CLIFFORD THOMPSON

  • 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.

TIPHANIE YANIQUIE

  • 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.

CAROL ZOREF

  • 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: info@thesarahawards.com.


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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!

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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.
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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.  

http://www.uniondocs.org/colab/


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. http://www.uniondocs.org/summer-documentary-intensive/

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