New Voices Grants and New Media Women Entrepreneurs Grants

I know some of our members have gotten funding from j-lab in the past. Details below. -mia ____________________________

From our friends at J-lab:

Call for Proposals: 2010 New Voices Grants It’s time again to submit your proposal for a project to improve your community news landscape. J-Lab will award 8 grants of up to $25,000 each to launch new community news efforts. Are you ready to make the media you wish to see in the world? Deadline: March 1, 2010

Read the FAQs and Guidelines: http://www.j-newvoices.org/site/story/2010rfp/

APPLY NOW: http://www.j-newvoices.org/site/story/online_application/

2010 New Media Women Entrepreneurs Grants: Seeking Fresh Ideas for Journalism J-Lab will give four women-led projects $12,000 each in start-up funding in 2010. New forms of journalism are being created where online local news sites have launched to report on their communities. The journalism is characterized by a deliberate shift in the definition of objectivity and broader definitions of “news” that seek to connect readers to a sense of the place where they live.

Read the Guidelines: http://www.newmediawomen.org/site/proposal_guidelines/ APPLY NOW: http://www.newmediawomen.org/application/

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The Missouri Review’s Audio & Video Contest

Fun and creative contest. Check it out! -Mia _______________________________________

The Missouri Review’s Audio & Video Contest 2009 Postmark Deadline: January 16, 2010

Audio/Voice-Only Literature If you have a short story, a piece of creative nonfiction, narrative essay or poetry that you think worthy of recording, enter this category. All literary genres are considered. Pieces in this category can be solely author-read or contain other tracks of sound, voice and/or recorded interviews. Entries are judged on literary merit, technical proficiency and, most importantly, how the author uses audio media to futher the literary strength of his or her piece. Note: Poets may enter one or more poems as a single entry as long as the total recorded time does not exceed the 10-minute limit. We encourage writers and producers to make innovative use of recording technology as a means of furthering their literary craft.

Time: 10 minutes or less. First Prize: $1,500 Second prize: $500

http://www.missourireview.com/contest/audio_competition.php

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Award Deadline and June Workshop

Environmental reporting prize and workshop – deadlines approaching. Go for it! -mia

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Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

January 4, 2010

Metcalf and Grantham 2010 Deadlines ANNOUNCED www.metcalfinstitute.org www.granthamprize.org

Entries for the 2010 GRANTHAM PRIZE for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment are now being accepted. Journalism entries on the environment must have been originally published, broadcast, or posted in the United States or Canada between January 1 and December 31, 2009. Book entries must be postmarked by January 11, 2010. All other entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2010. Details can be found at www.granthamprize.org or by contacting info@granthamprize.org.

Metcalf’s TWELFTH ANNUAL SCIENCE IMMERSION WORKSHOP FOR JOURNALISTS, Coastal Impacts: Energy Sources and the Marine Environment, June 6-June 11, 2010, will team journalists with scientists and regulatory experts to work in the field and lab. The workshop will consider research and policy on the value of different energy sources in mitigating climate change and how these options affect surrounding environments. Fellowships are available to working journalists in all media and include tuition, room, board, one year of membership in the Society of Environmental Journalists and limited travel support. There is limited space for non-U.S. citizens. Details and applications are available at www.metcalfinstitute.org.

Metcalf Institute and Brown University Superfund Research Program will offer a two-day SCIENCE SEMINAR FOR JOURNALISTS, March 31-April 1, 2010, on the science and impacts of toxic chemicals. This program will feature leading environmental scientists and journalists, visits to research labs and discussion of case studies on the communication of bisphenol-A and air quality impacts. The seminar is tuition-free and includes lodging, but travel costs are not included and space is limited. Details and applications available online at www.metcalfinstitute.org.

Pending funding, Metcalf will offer one to two slots for the 2010-2011 ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING FELLOWSHIPS, a program that provides unique opportunities for early-career minority journalists who want to better understand and report on the complexities of environmental news. Updates to be announced in early 2010.

ABOUT METCALF INSTITUTE Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote clear and accurate reporting of scientific news and environmental issues; to strengthen understanding and working relationships between members of the scientific community and members of the news media; and to provide opportunities for beginning journalists to learn, on both a formal and an informal level, how to improve their skills in marine and environmental reporting.

To make a tax-deducible gift or for additional information about us, contact Metcalf Institute’s Executive Director, Sunshine Menezes, at (401) 874-6211.

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting URI Graduate School of Oceanography 218 South Ferry Road Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882

tel: (401) 874-6211 fax: (401) 874-6486 info@metcalfinstitute.org www.metcalfinstitute.org

To be added to the enewsletter list, or to change your email address or preferences, send an email to news@metcalfinstitute.org with the subject “Subscribe” or your detailed request.

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TCF seeks interns in early 2010

Hey guys. Happy 2010! I usually don’t post unpaid items, but the TCF is amazing and this could be a great opportunity for those looking to get work experience with some fabulous folks. Spread the word. -mia

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From: Julie Shapiro

The Third Coast Festival plans to take on 2010 full force, and is looking for some interns to help with the assault. We’ll be hiring a Festival Intern, Website Intern, and Re:sound Intern, starting in March. These are unpaid internships, but will be extremely valuable for anyone looking to get a handle on the radio landscape in the US and beyond. There’s more information, including details about each internship, here: http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/about_staff.asp#internships

The winter/spring internship deadline is coming up soon – February 1. Please forward to and encourage anyone who you think might be interested.

Thanks! And happy days as the year winds down.

-Julie

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Freelancers Guild Post-holiday party

Hey folks. Happy New Year! Start the freelancing year off right with a party sponsored by some good friends of FC. Details below. -mia

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Hi freelancers:

Please join us at California Media Worker’s end of the year party:

*7-11 p.m. Saturday Jan. 9 at the Tempest, 431 Natoma Street in San Francisco. * (That’s just downstairs from the Guild office, and an easy walk from the Powell BART station).

Free eats, cash bar, and beginning at 9 p.m., music by Kevin Fagan, theHEAVYthin and other special guests.

Please help spread the word — download the flyer on www.MediaWorkers.org

and / or RSVP through our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=211711294794&index=1

The event is open to all California Media Workers Guild members — and guests are welcome!

🙂 Sara

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journalism mixer, Jan 21, SF

Hey folks. If anyone is interested, details below on an event sponsored by the Freelancers Guild. -mia _____________________________

The Guild freelance unit is sponsoring an upcoming mixer with the Bay Area Association of Black Journalists and a few other journalists’ groups.

Make it by!

Thursday, January 21 5:30pm – 8pm Urban Tavern (urbantavernsf.com) 333 O’Farrell Street/SF 94102

Our partners include: Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA) Asian Journalists Association (AJA) Public Relations Society of America, Diversity Committee (PRSA) East Bay Press Club National Lesbian/Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA)

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possible photo opportunity and poetry prize

Hey folks. A couple posts courtesy of the Freelancer’s Guild. There has been some confusion in the past about this, so let me clarify: the Freelancer’s Guild is a separate organization (part of the CA Media Workers Guild) that has its own organizers, events, posts, etc. They are doing some great work for Bay Area freelancers, including trying to get a group health insurance policy, so if you haven’t already, check out their website and join up: http://guildfreelancers.org/gf/

We are Freelance Cafe, a group that started out as a social network and has since turned into an information sharing listserv and community. All of the posts to Freelance Cafe are copied to the Freelancer’s Guild, and while we share a lot of information and resources, we remain two separate entities. If you have any questions about this, please contact me or Sara Steffens <modernsara@gmail.com>, the Freelancer’s Guild organizing guru.

Hope all who attended had a great time at the holiday party, and happy holidays from the very COLD northeast! Best, Mia ___________________________

Topic: Stock photo company?

Is anyone familiar with Cavan Images? They have been posting on Craiglist looking for new contributors, and their Web site claims that their photographers regularly earn $500 – $1000 per day: http://www.cavanimages.com/blog/?page_id=931 * Here’s the latest Craigslist ad:*

Who we are: Cavan Images is a wholly owned image library that buys and commissions work from talented photographers. Photographer’s can either submit images they have shot on their own or, with a proven track record, can be selected for commissioned projects.

What we are looking for: – Assistants and those just breaking out. This is an excellent way to make money using your camera instead of pushing someone else’s lights around. – Professionals looking for a great way to help subsidize the costs of your travels and various personal projects.

Benefits: – Photographer’s that are working with us have free access to the latest digital gear to help pull a shoot together. We currently have Canon 5D mark II kits, which include a 24-70mm 2.8 and a 70-200mm 2.8, plus plenty of flash cards. – Any imagery that we choose to add to our collection will be retouched by one of most highly respected retouching studios around. These retouched images will be returned to you for your own self-promotional and fine art needs. – As our company expands and our outreach grows we will continue to help market photographers working with us through our website and contacts in the photographic community.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/med/1503605375.html

Topic: Kundiman Poetry Prize for Asian American writers

Kundiman announces Poetry Prize The Kundiman Poetry Prize for Asian American writers New York- Kundiman, Inc. is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Kundiman Poetry Prize in partnership with Alice James Books.

The prize is open to emerging and established Asian American poets. The award of $2,000, publication of the winning manuscript, and sponsorship of a reading make this a highly desirable prize. Submissions are accepted from November 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010. Guidelines for submission are available to http://www.kundiman.org/%5BCLB%5D_Brightside/1.Source/prize.html Alice James Books is a cooperative poetry press with a mission is to seek out and publish the best contemporary poetry by both established and beginning poets, with particular emphasis on involving poets in the publishing process. For more on Alice James Books, go to http://www.alicejamesbooks.org/ . Kundiman was founded in 2002 to provide opportunities for Asian American poets to perfect their skills through education and performance and to promote Asian American literature as a vital part of American letters. Its programs include a summer poetry retreat, held annually since 2004 and a reading series in New York City.

Kundiman’s partnership with Alice James Books for The Kundiman Poetry Prize is made possible through the support of Fordham University. For more information on Kundiman, go to http://www.kundiman.org .

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CPA Workshop, Tuesday, Jan 12, 6:30pm, SF

Hey folks. Back by popular demand, we’re holding our CPA workshop again this year. Details below. -mia

Please Join us for a workshop with Jason Stallcup, CPA. Jason specializes in tax help for small businesses and freelancers. In fact, he’s known as the “freelance CPA”. Jason was a big hit last year, and has generously agreed to answer all our tax questions once again this year!

What: A free talk presented by Jason Stallcup, CPA http://www.jasoncpa.com/

When: Tuesday, January 12th 6:30PM

Where: Sandbox Suites http://www.sandboxsuites.com/, 123 10th Street, San Francisco

Hope to see you there for some great tax advice!

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FreelanceFolder is Looking For Designers

Hey design folks. A blog I really like is looking for designers. Check out the following. And don’t forget about the holiday party at Bliss Bar, SF – tomorrow night at 7:30pm!

Best, Mia

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FreelanceFolder is Looking for Designers! http://freelancefolder.com/freelancefolder-is-looking-for-designers/

Are you an avid FreelanceFolder reader who happens to be a graphic or web design fanatic? Do you spend more time using Photoshop or Illustrator than anything else, except maybe sketching in your Moleskine notebook? Do you happen to be looking for a new source of design work?

If you answered yes to any of those questions — then now is your chance. The current owner of FreelanceFolder, Mason Hipp, and the original founder of FreelanceFolder, Jon Phillips, are teaming up to create a new design site called MediaLoot http://medialoot.com/ — and we need designers. Here’s what’s involved:

– We need all sorts of resources: icons, buttons, brushes, vectors, etc… – You’ll get paid on a per-project basis for all of your work (no waiting) – You’ll get your name and a link on every resource that you contribute – We’ll be needing new designs regularly, so this could be a good ongoing relationship.

If you’re interested in applying, you can find all of the requirements and instructions after the read more link.

Job Requirements

Okay, before you go and apply for the job, you’ll want to know what we’re looking for and what you’ll be getting yourself into. Here are the basic requirements:

– *Lots of design experience.* The resources you’ll be designing will be used by other designers in their own work, so they have to be pretty darn good. We’re creating a sort of ‘design toolbox’ that will help make designers lives easier, and each of the resources you contribute will need to be very high quality and easy to use by others. If you’ve got this sort of skill (and the portfolio to back it up) then we’d love for you to apply. – *Resell rights.* We’re not sure what the exact licensing will look like, but we will need most of the rights for the designs you produce. These designs will be made available to others on a subscription basis, and they will be used commercially without attribution. We will definitely pay fairly for these rights, but please make sure you understand and are okay with this before applying. – *Consistency & professionalism.* We’re ideally looking to build long term relationships with designers, so the perfect applicants will be able to create designs regularly, work consistently, and act professionally. Most of this goes without saying, but it can’t hurt to put it in here 🙂

How To Apply

If you’re interested in applying, just send your application to jobs [at] medialoot [dot] com. In the subject line, put “Designer Application” and then in the body of your message include the following information:

1. What kind of design do you specialize in? 2. Where can we find your portfolio or past designs? 3. Do you meet all of our above requirements? Why or why not? 4. What resources do you prefer to design: icons, web elements, textures, brushes, vectors, fonts, other? 5. Can you provide us with 2-3 sample projects, and how much you would charge? For example: icon set with 20 icons, cost $xxx. 6. Do you have any questions for us?

Apply to for this design job →

If you can’t tell already, we’re really excited about building and launching this project, so I hope you’ll consider applying. We’re really looking forward to reading all of these applications and I hope to speak with many of you personally in the near future.

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