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.
Data Journalism Bootcamp: Excel, Open Refine, Tableau And More with Sarah Ryley, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner. Sarah will provide a “basic toolkit” of best practices and programs to get started in data journalism. “These are the tools I’ve used for the past 4+ years to produce high-impact data stories, including my Pulitzer Prize-winning series on nuisance abatement, proving there’s a lot you can do with this basic toolkit,” Sarah says. All day Sept. 23 and 24. $599; $479 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more
Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro CC with Jennifer Hamblett. This five-week, hands-on module teaches the ins and outs of a software that is the industry standard for video editing. 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. 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24. $599; $479 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more
Investigating Your Elected Officials with Andrew Lehren, Pulitzer Prize team-winning reporter for The New York Times. In this two-part, hands-on workshop, you will learn techniques and tools for backgrounding and fact checking those in power. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Oct. 11 and 18. $299; $239 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more
Augmented Reality (AR) for Journalism with Matt MacVey. In this hands-on, evening workshop we’ll try out AR projects from different news organizations, see how to get started with tools like Blippar, Vuforia and Tango and look at what might be coming next. 6:30 to 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 19. $25. Learn more
Build a Bot: Artificial Intelligence and Bots for News with John Keefe, bot developer and app product manager at Quartz. In this two-part workshop, John Keefe will focus on natural language processing and conversational interfaces and help you build a Facebook Messenger bot. John has taught this popular class to journalism students and to journalists at conferences such as ONA. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. $249. $199 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more
Charts for Data Analysis and Presentation with Datawrapper with Sandeep Junnarkar. Enhance your journalism with data analysis and presentation with this popular software. This 2.5 hour, hands-on class will go over the bases, as well as tips and tricks for more polished charts. 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesday, November 7 from 6:30 to 9 pm. $25. Learn more
Intro to 360° Video Journalism with Bob Sacha and Matt MacVey. Get up to speed with 360 video journalism and try the Ricoh Theta camera and 360 apps on your smart phone in this hands-on, evening workshop. 6:30 to 9 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 8. $125; $99 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more
Social Media Videos: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Live with Luis Miguel Echegaray. In this three-part, hands-on workshop, we will focus on making videos using smart phones and the top three video-heavy social media platforms: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Live. 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesdays, Nov. 14, 21, and 28. $375; $299 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more
Adobe After Effects and Motion Graphics with Graham Roberts, Senior Editor at The New York Times. In this daylong workshop, you will learn the basics of Adobe After Effects, the leading software for digital visual effects, motion graphics and animation. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 18. $549; $439 Early Bird Summer Deal until Aug. 31. Learn more
10 Ways to Improve Your Writing with Diane Nottle. This hands-on two-hour session focuses on high-impact tricks and techniques to make your writing for any purpose stronger, clearer and more memorable. 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29. $25. Learn more
The Business of Freelancing with Tim Harper. This breezy, conversational two-hour workshop is both an introduction for beginning freelancers and a top-up review for longtime veterans. Bring your questions and issues on every aspect of freelancing, from ideas to reporting to contracts and rights to pitching, publishing and getting paid. 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 6. $25. Learn more
To come: Online Research Series: SuperResearcher with Barbara Gray. Find even the most elusive sources. Dig up hard-to-find information. Avoid embarrassing mistakes in your news stories, in this series of workshops by the former director of news research at The New York Times. Join our email list to receive alerts about new classes
To come: Edit, Sequence, Present and Promote Your Photographs with James Estrin, the co-editor of the New York Times Lens blog. Many people can take decent photographs. Few photographers understand how to edit, sequence and present their work. These skills will enable you to be better visual storytellers and will help you distinguish yourself from other photographers. Join our email list to receive alerts about new classes
ONLINE CLASS: VideoStorytelling for the Web, an online class to help you make short digital videos people want to watch. Video coach Kayle hope covers everything from shooting to editing in 10 short and engaging videos. $35
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All workshops will be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street in New York. Map.
This is what we have coming up:
The Hot Hot Show
The main bar story is about heat islands in cities – and fixes for that, including planting trees. The lineup already includes: the anatomy of a hot flash, thermophilic bacteria, a weather vs. climate explainer, how forest fires can influence weather, and the Chinese healing concept of internal heat.
Got anything ‘temperature’ related that will surprise our audience — on topic — but unexpected? For this one, I'm looking for ONE more 3-5 minute piece (maybe already produced) because the deadline is coming soon, mid-July.
The Gender Show in Mid August
Seeking health + science pitches: Anything from … “Girling up,” the science of being female … to the health advantages men enjoy within the American health system.
The Language Show in Early September
Seeking health + science pitches: Looking for ideas from Deaf culture, bilingual families, even tech.
Sending pitches to both addresses can help cut through the clutter:
ALSO THIS SPECIAL EPISODE …
WORKING TITLE: Travels on the Big Muddy in Early September
The mighty Mississippi River is the final destination for a vast network of streams that stretch across nearly half of the U.S. The river’s pull has created great cities, thriving industries, and vibrant culture along her banks. But we haven’t always treated the river well. We wash our waste into the waters, restrict natural movement, and engineer the stream to our needs. What’s been the toll on human health and the environment? On this episode, The Pulse travels the Mississippi from the headwaters in Minnesota to the mouth in the Gulf of Mexico.
Got an idea? We’re looking for stories about the ways people use and abuse the Mississippi. Pitch us stories about river conservation efforts, nearby agriculture as well as urban stories about runoff and water quality. Profile someone using science to protect the Mississippi, or a worker who makes his living along the river.
First edit around August 7
The BIG MUDDY call for pitches closes June 28, please send us your idea before then.
AIR seeks: Daring makers from all corners of the country, especially individuals from underrepresented communities and groups.
Apps open for @AIRmedia's New Voices Scholars! Attend @ThirdCoastFest & help shape media w/ your voice. Details: airmedia.org/programs/new-voic
Join AIR's #NewVoiceScholars revolution! @AIRmedia seeks diverse, daring makers who are fired up about audio/media: airmedia.org/programs/new-voic
Writing Pad’s LA, SF, and Online podcasting and radio fiction courses start next week w/ 99% Invisible Alum Sam Greenspan and Snap Judgment’s Eliza Smith. Friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount.
15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.
PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO–STARTS NEXT WED. 6/
Sam has been a producer and reporter at 99% Invisible since the early days and a long-time NPR Vet. He is now starting his own super-secret podcast. Sam will help you conceive, develop & produce an outline for your podcast & record a teaser. He will teach you interviewing techniques, sound editing, using music, archival material +more. Class includes a recording session at a professional studio.
PODCASTING w/ Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible)
June 28, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 9 (5 Wed. nights), 7:00pm-10pm, SF
RADIO FICTION CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO–STARTS SUN. 7/16
Podcasts like Homecoming, Limetown and A Night Called Tomorrow have expanded the horizons of radio storytelling to fiction. Eliza is the producer of Snap Judgment’s fiction program and has adapted the short stories of Manuel Gonzalez, Amelia Gray, and Kelly Link into radio plays. Learn what works/doesn’t work for a radio play, the importance of scenes, the use of sound and music to enrich pieces, narrative structure, and the Snap Judgment Method for telling stories.
By the end of the class you will have, a draft of a stand out story that you can get published in a literary journal and submit to radio shows. You will record it at Snap Judgment Studios. Join the ranks of the 32 students who have published short stories from and 11 students who have gotten stories on the radio from our classes. For a preview, check out Eliza’s interview here:
RADIO FICTION w/ Eliza Smith (Producer Snap Judgment, NPR)
July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 13, 20, (4 Sun., 1 recording session), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., SF
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is hiring an Audio Producer to collect food bank client stories and turn them into NPR-style podcasts. Story formats include individual client audio diaries and in-depth interviews with a broad range of clients. Deliverables will be 1-2 audio diary podcasts in the style of Radio Diaries (http://www.radiodiaries.org/)
Elena Hollander, MPH
Community Nutrition Senior Manager
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Phone: (408) 266-8866 ext. 303