Category Archives: Resources

Kitsplit, a new way to get creative audio and video equipment in NY

Great new resource for NY producers – a peer-to-peer rental service – like AirBNB for camera and audio equipment. Details below!

KitSplit is New York’s first peer to peer rental platform for creative equipment like cameras, microphones, Oculus Rifts, and more.  We bring creators together to find low-cost, reliable, and convenient gear right when you need it.  And we provide an easy way to earn some cash by renting out the gear that you own.


We are thrilled to invite you to become the first members of the KitSplit community. We know you’ll find that KitSplit makes the rental process easier, less expensive, and more secure. And you’ll be happy to know that for our first month there are no fees, meaning that if you list equipment for rent you’ll get 100% of the rental price.  So sign up now!

KitSplit is currently a private beta and is invite only. Email us at contact@kitsplit.com to request your personal invitation code. Mention Freelancer's cafe and include your contact info + a link to your site or portfolio.

We hope that you’ll join us in this community and that you’ll invite other creators and friends to sign up.  We look forward to collaborating with you as you list, earn, find, and create.   

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Kristina Budelis | Co-founder, KitSplit 

LIST•EARN•FIND•CREATE
(254) 307-7548 | @kitsplit 


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New Gear Rental Company in NYC

Great new equipment rental resource in NYC. Check 'em out. (They have audio packages too.)

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Presenting 16by40.com
 

Cinema rentals simplified. We've made the process of rentals in New York easier (and cheaper!); 16by40 allows you to place your order online and even schedule the equipment's delivery to your office or shooting location. 

From a basic Chrosziel follow focus to a production ready Ikonoskop package, we are filling out our catalogue and continuously adding new products. 

Take a peak and tell us what you think, we'd love to hear from you! 

– Michael and Elisa
 
1-844-SHOOT-16  // help@16by40.com

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BBC training resources now available online, FREE for one year

BBC online training materials available FREE for one year. Details below. -Mia

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http://ijnet.org/blog/bbc-makes-its-training-resources-free-public-11-languages

BBC makes its training resources free to the public in 11 languages

If you're in the market for a free journalism education, hundreds of training materials are now at your disposal. The BBC's College of Journalism made a slew of videos and guides – initially created to train its own journalists – available to reporters worldwide for free. You can watch videos and tutorials made by BBC journalists in the field on journalists' safety, social media, multimedia techniques, as well as subject and writing style guides galore. Check out the whole library here.

The resources are already available in 11 languages – Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hausa, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Urdu and Vietnamese, and cover "the essential editorial skills that journalists working in the BBC World Service language departments use on a daily basis."

Four more languages – French (for Africa), Hindi, Indonesian and Turkish – will be available this month, and they're working on translating the site into the BBC's 27 other broadcast languages.

The resources were already available for anyone to browse, but until today the BBC enforced a subscription model for readers to gain full access to all the site's materials.

But soak up all the free knowledge while you can – the BBC is suspending the paywall only for a trial period of 12 months.

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Media Ethics Blog

I just learned about this fantastic resource on media ethics and law. Here's a note from the researcher, Nancy Hubbard:

I researched and completed a list of 100 sites dedicated to Media Ethics and Journalism. I found all the most fun and informative blogs covering press organizations & societies, ethics blogs & expert media law information, law resources and news articles that anyone within the industry would find useful. You can see the list at http://journalismdegree.org/media-law-ethics/

Spread the word to your fellow journos!

-mia
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new online tax help resource for self employed

Joy joy – it’s tax season. I’ve been doing my own taxes with Turbo Tax for the past few years and it’s daunting, but totally doable. A good friend introduced me to this book that has proven an invaluable resource for tax planning (what you can write off, etc.) and I just learned about a new not-for-profit site – TaxHelp.org
This from the folks at TaxHelp:

Having a basic understanding of tax codes, regulations, and benefits is essential to being self-employed. Whether you are a sole proprietor of a business or a freelance contractor, the IRS considers you self-employed and will hold you to a different tax filing standard. With the goal of creating a more user-friendly site than the IRS’, our guide introduces readers to the basics of self-employed taxes, accurate bookkeeping practices, and deductible expenses in succinct and accessible language.

You can learn more about the site on the about page: http://taxhelp.org/about-us/
Or jump right to the self-employed tax guide: http://taxhelp.org/resources/self-employed/.
The site also includes a searchable database of 200K CPAs if you don’t want to go it alone. I started poking around the site and found it incredibly useful (though a bit depressing – found out that NY has the highest tax burden in the country, though CA isn’t far behind. Bummer.)
Anyway, check it out for what it’s worth.
Cheers,
Mia
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