Snap Judgment Calls for Stories!!

Hey guys. Some of you may have met Glynn at one of the happy hours. His show is looking for stories. Details below! -mia


Snap Judgment, winner of CPB’s Public Radio Talent Quest, launches April 2010, and is putting out a call for stories.

We’re looking for amazing stories. Quick. Distinctive Voice. Bobbing and weaving. Surprising ending. Raw. Urban sensibility. Intimate. Voyeuristic.

The “perfect” long form Snap Judgment story runs six to nine minutes.

Check out Episode ONE (Magic Doors) at . . .

Typically in Snap Judgment pieces, the narrator presents a high stakes choice early on – subtly daring listeners to put themselves in place of the protagonist. Snap Judgment heroes make choices with consequence. As the story unfolds we learn more about both the teller and the environment / context they operate.

We like stories that transport listeners to different worlds. We really like international stories, but equally dig stories that navigate ethnic or social-economic communities outside the scope of traditional media. (For example, we would love a story about a Tongan prince, but would also dig one from the perspective of a sister-wife in north Utah.)

While main characters are allowed to draw lessons from their experience, we leave the “judging” of the story to the audience. We don’t mind if overlapping narratives conflict in their conclusions. (One person could conclude that arranged marriages are evil, another could conclude they are great.)

Don’t let facts get in the way of a good story! We like lies and lying liars. Lies and exaggerations are often more important than some antiseptic recall of the facts. We want character. A snapshot of the person in the moment of their Snap Judgment.

The more fantastical, the better. Snap Judgment dances on the edge of credulity. Did you see someone fly? Fantastic. Picked up by a UFO? Even better. Got a fictional piece you think would work? Try us.

The Snap Judgment theme is important, but most important is the story. Good stories have decision points. Good characters suck listeners in. The teller should want to share their story. (Or be so compelling in their reluctance, that we identify with them.) Either way, we must be compelled to listen as they illuminate a hidden piece of the world.

We’re currently working through a few basic “themes” – BUT don’t let this limit your imaginings. If you have a good idea, let us know!

1) 5150 (Stories involving people who are a danger to to themselves or and others.)

2) Drop Everything (people who have abandoned their current lives in search of a new one).

3) Library Tales (stories in or involving the most innocuous place of all – the local public library . . .)

4) Superheros (stories of people who use their powers to shake things up . . . hopefully in tights!)

Interested producers should send a pitch, and a quick synopsis of the story. We will read each and every pitch (promise) and let you know whether we would like to move to the next level.

We are interested in both fully edited stories and raw interview tape (that show staff will cut into stories for the radio show and podcast).

For uncut interviews, interested producers/interviewers should send the name and one line bio of the storyteller they’d like to interview. Also include a quick synopsis of the Snap Judgment story being told. Flat rate for uncut interview tape: $125.

For more difficult pieces that require editing or multiple interviews, compensation is based on commissioned length: 3 minutes or less- $250; 3-7 minutes- $450, 7-11 minutes – $700. Only under rare circumstances are we looking for anything over 11 minutes. Special terms may be in effect for regular contributors. Final mix, sound design and music will be completed by Snap Judgment staff.

Write to us:

Thanks a million! We can’t WAIT to hear from you . .

outLoud Radio’s call for Instructors

OutLoud Radio needs your expertise! Details below. -mia


*call for media instructors!*

OutLoud Radio is seeking experienced media producers and social justice youth workers to teach in our Youth Stories Program!

outLoud Radio works with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, intersex and allied (LGBTQIA) young people to tell their own stories and produce radio. For 15 weeks, March 6- June 15, 2010, we’ll meet with high school aged young people once a week to teach radio production and storytelling skills. We teach with a social justice analysis and strong group process.

We are looking for instructors who are good at working with young people and/or who have strong radio production skills- ideally both! Preferably, you have a connection to the queer community, but everyone is invited to apply.

Instructors are asked to commit for once per week for group work with the outLoud youth interns and once per week for instructor meetings. On average, instructors spend no more than 10 hours a week. A stipend is provided for your time.

For more information call

415-658-6010 x 6

Applications are due by February 12, 2010

Email your resume and cover letter to

In your cover letter please tell us about your strengths and experience working with youth and your strengths and experience with media storytelling.

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Apply now! 2010 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater

I’ve heard good things about this one. Check it out. -mia

++++++++++++++++++++++++++ * * *NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater *Fellowship Opportunity •• Apply Now! *May 17-27, 2010*

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Los Angeles, CA * * *FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT*: ** * * *To view press release click here *

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are pleased to announce the *6th* *annual Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater*. This is an 11-day intensive workshop in theater and musical theater for writers, editors, broadcast and online producers from the 50 states and Puerto Rico. Based in Los Angeles, the Fellowship provides a total immersion experience that includes attending as many as ten performances or rehearsals. Participants will meet theater professionals ranging from directors and administrators of Los Angeles’ primary theater companies to artists and journalists of national stature, who will engage them individually for writing instruction and exercises. Professional sessions addressing changes in the media industry will be offered and special attention will be paid to building multimedia skills and storytelling. The institute is designed for American arts journalists. No specialized knowledge of theater is required. Staff journalists and freelancers who work in print, radio, TV or online media are welcome to apply. * * *IMPORTANT DETAILS* * * *Institute dates*: May 17-27, 2010 *How to apply*: Go to to fill out an electronic application, instructions are provided. Only electronic applications will be accepted. *Application Deadline**: March 11, 2010**, received no later than 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).* *Notification of Acceptance:* March 25, 2010

*Location**:* USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, downtown Los Angeles. Hotel is located in Little Tokyo. *Cost:* The program covers most expenses, including: roundtrip travel to and from Los Angeles, hotel, most meals, reading materials, Internet access in your hotel room and transportation within Los Angeles. * * *PERFORMANCES* *THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS MIGHT ATTEND*

· World premiere of *”Road to Saigon”* developed and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera at East West Players · *”Bengal Tiger Baghdad Zoo”* by Rajiv Joseph at the Mark Taper Forum · Jonathan Brielle’s musical, *”Nightmare Alley,”* directed by Gilbert Cates at the Geffen Playhouse · American premiere with Malcolm McDowell of *”Tynan”* at the Kirk Douglas Theatre · *”The Playboy of the Western World”* by celebrated Irish playwright John Millington Synge at A Noise Within · American premiere of *”The Arsonist”* performed by the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble * * *COMMENTS FROM PAST FELLOWS AND THEIR EDITORS*

“I couldn’t have asked for a better mix of the sweepingly theoretical and the palpably concrete. One day would see furious discussion over the ways that technology has impacted the journalistic landscape, the next would offer fresh ideas for approaching, and advocating for, the arts in my community.” ~ *Glen Weldon*, *Washington City Paper *and, D.C.

“I use things I learned through the Institute every day.” ~ *Sharon Eberson*, *Pittsburgh Post-Gazette*, Pa.

“Amazing, inspiring and career-changing.” ~ *Bridgette Redman*, *Lansing State Journal,* Mich. “The Institute helped me make crucial connections with other writers and editors. It surely opened my mind about the myriad ways to cover the arts, and I’ve definitely made the jump from ink on paper to blog, voice and video.” ~ *Wendy Rosenfield*, *The Philadelphia Inquirer*, Pa.


Multimedia and magazine study-abroad programs still accepting students

For you recent grads. (Hint – if you do one of these programs, you can write it off on your taxes!) -Mia


Please share with students and recent graduates interested in journalism, communications, photography and video:


We still have a few openings for the summer multimedia programs in Perpignan, France and Urbino, Italy co-sponsored by San Francisco State University and the Institute for Education in International Media as well as a magazine internship program in Urbino. The applications can be found on the ieiMedia Web site (

The programs are open to college students and recent graduates from all schools.

* * MULTIMEDIA: Urbino, Italy (June 3-July 2, 2010)* This picturesque Renaissance hill town is the capital of the Marche region, a beautiful but little-touristed region of Central Italy. The city’s impressive Ducal Palace houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in the world. Students study digital video, photography, blogging and reporting (as well as intercultural communication and Italian language) and produce a multimedia Web site about the town (see last year’s project at Students will live and dine (most meals included) in a University of Urbino dormitory.

* * MULTIMEDIA/VIDEO: Perpignan, France (June 24-July 23, 2010) *Perpignan lies in the Languedoc region of southwestern France, 8 miles west of the Mediterranean Sea and 19 miles north of the Spanish border, within sight of the Pyrenees. The city features a charming, pedestrian-friendly historic quarter; a daily market; and lively nightlife. Many attractions in France and Spain are only a short train ride away. Students will share studios in a modern apartment-hotel and take French and multimedia classes at the ALFMED language school in the heart of the old city. Students will study various aspects of multimedia with a particular emphasis on video storytelling and will produce a multimedia Web site about the city. The program includes 30 hours of French instruction at the beginner or intermediate level (students will be assessed and placed appropriately).

Students can earn 3 transferable units of upper-division undergraduate credit (JOUR 677 Multimedia Study Abroad) through the San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning.

Program cost: $4,900 plus airfare

* * MAGAZINE: Urbino View Magazine Internship Program (June 2-July 3, 2010)* Applications are also available for a four-week summer magazine program in Urbino. Students will write, photograph, edit and design the second edition of Urbino View, an English-language magazine for distribution in the Marche region of Italy. The program includes full room and some board. Interpreters will assist in the interview and reporting process.Open to journalism, magazine, graphic design and photography students (or students with campus newspaper or similar experience). Students seeking credit must arrange at their home campus independently. Students are required to bring their own laptops and cameras. Those interested can download a PDF of the premier issue of the magazine, produced in summer 2009, at the ieiMedia Web site.

Program cost: $3,900 plus airfare

For more information about the Urbino programs, email; to learn more about Perpignan, email Go to and http://incagli.netto see past ieiMedia student projects.

McCloy Fellowships in Journalism

Fellowship opportunity for journalists in all media – details below. -Mia


2010 McCloy Fellowships in Journalism – Call for Applications

Application Postmark Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2010

Questions? Contact Robin Cammarota, Fellowship Coordinator, at 212-826-3636 or Applications via e-mail are welcome.

The American Council on Germany is seeking applications for the McCloy Fellowships in Journalism. McCloy Fellowships provide American print, broadcast, and new-media journalists in relatively early stages of their careers with the opportunity to travel overseas to conduct on-site research and interviews and pursue stories of their own design. Fellows travel to Germany and/or other EU27 countries, provided that the project bears relevance for contemporary Germany within the wider EU context. The fellowship provides a stipend in the amount of $200 per day for up to 21 days abroad; transatlantic airfare and pre-approved inter-city travel are also covered. Fellowships may be extended for up to 7 additional days if a compelling need for additional time is demonstrated.

Past fellows have explored issues such as immigration and integration in Germany, energy security and climate change policy, Germany’s Jewish renaissance, European labor policy, architecture and national identity, and comparative perspectives on a wide range of public policy issues, from health care to education.

Fellows are chosen through a competitive process by a jury of distinguished journalists, including William M. Drozdiak, President of the American Council on Germany and former Chief European Correspondent for The Washington Post; Josh Friedman, Director of International Programs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting; and Michael Parks, Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and also a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.

Journalists attached to media organizations are encouraged to apply. Freelance journalists are asked to demonstrate where resulting articles and/or related pieces could be placed. Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship. At least one fellowship in 2010 will be awarded to a student enrolled in a graduate program in journalism at the time of application.

To apply, please submit: a cover letter outlining your personal and professional objectives for the fellowship; a project proposal of at least two pages detailing the background and scope of your project, the general sources and institutions with whom you would like to consult while abroad, and the relevance of the project for transatlantic relations; a current resume; two letters of recommendation; and (if applicable) a statement outlining why an extension beyond 21 days is preferred to:

Selection Committee, McCloy Fellowships in Journalism American Council on Germany 14 East 60th Street, Suite 1000 New York, NY 10022

Application Postmark Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2010

For more information, please visit or contact Robin Cammarota, Fellowship Coordinator, at 212-826-3636 or Applications via e-mail are welcome.

PRNDI adds multimedia category to 2010 awards

Hey folks. A couple awards deadlines coming your way. And don’t forget about tonight’s happy hour! 7:30pm at Pacific Coast Brewing Company in Oakland. Hope you can make it. Best, Mia


March 1st is the deadline to apply for PRNDI Awards for local news production. Here’s the link to the rules and regs.

Good luck,

Julie Drizin Talent Manager MQ2: Public Radio Makers Quest AIR: Association of Independents in Radio 240-432-1726

Women in Periodical Publishing Conference – Special deal for FC

Hey folks. One of our new members just let me know about the Women in Periodical Publishing (WIPP) annual conference that’s happening this Friday in SF. There are a few discount tickets available if anyone is interested – details below. Best, Mia


The conference will offer:

– A line-up of forward-thinking *speakers *including folks from print (*Dwell, Craft, Make, Saveur, *and others) and digital (Google, Facebook,, and more).

– Compelling *panel discussions* about the future of media. – Hands-on *new media workshops. * – Speed *life coaching* (20 minutes with a certified life and career coach, if you so choose).

– *Networking opportunities* throughout the day, as well as during lunch and at our post-conference wine and chocolate tasting.

I’ve attached a preview program, if you’d like to check out the details.

The ticket price is $199, but I just got news that, thanks to last-minute support from some generous sponsors, we have *a limited number of subsidized tickets available at $99.* Being a freelancer myself, I wanted to give Freelance Café members a shot at some of these tickets. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

We have a special discount code that you can offer Freelance Café members to get that rate.

Register at: * * Enter discount code 9SPONS10.

Thanks so much, Kim

(415) 775-8361

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Enter the 2010 Casey Medals Competition

Info below on the Casey Medals – in recognition of excellent reporting on children and families. Go for it! -mia


[image: JCCF logo] The 2010 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

Enter the 16th annual Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalismcompetition, which recognizes exemplary reporting on children and families. This year, we’ve updated our categories for the digital age: For the first time, citizen journalists and reporters from online-only news sites are eligible to apply. We have revamped the audio and video categories, and we welcome Web audio and video entries.

First-place winners receive $1,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Casey Medalists are automatically considered for two additional $5,000 awards presented by the America’s Promise Alliance .

The Journalism Center on Children & Families is a nonprofit training and resource center based at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Nearly 4,500 journalists have competed for Casey Medals since 1994.

2010 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

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For exemplary reporting on children & families

Enter Now

Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2010

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freelancers gathering Thursday 1/28, 7:30pm

Hello freelancers. First, I heard that the turnout for the CPA workshop with Jason Stallcup was great, so a huge thank you to Jason and everyone that showed up.

In case you missed it, you can reach Jason at: *415.215.0639* 525 Irving Street, SF

Also, thanks to Sandbox Suites for hosting! Make sure you check them out if you’re looking for a co-working space or want to hold an event. Ask for Sasha.

*Sandbox Suites* 123 10th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 659-8197

Finally, the next FC gathering is coming up next week.

Thursday, Jan. 28 7:30pm Pacific Coast Brewing Company 906 Washington Street, Oakland

Contact Rori at (415) 730-7380 if you have any questions.

As always, contact me at if you have comments or questions about the group or have something you want to share. You can also join the FC group on Facebook .

All the best, Mia 845-444-4034 (new cell)

[Un]Observed seeks contributions

Hey folks. One of our own has started a very cool new project and she’s looking for contributors. Details below! -mia


The [Un]Observed, on-line radio magazine, is launching this month. It consists of interviews, more produced radio pieces, and sound pieces in and around art and culture (the culture part makes it a bit more broad). Over the years The [Un]Observed hopes to grow into a hub for interesting and engaging work that both reflects and is produced by the artistically inclined. Currently, The [Un]Observed has several contributors: Ben Adair, Douglas McGray, Aaron Ximm, Kara Oehler, Ann Heppermann, Jason Cady, Jeremiah Moore and Tania Ketenjian.

The [Un]Observed is seeking contributions! The idea for The [Un]Observed is that it be a play space for brilliant producers like you. Somewhere where you can place work that you are excited about, you really enjoyed producing or you love the way they turned out. Or even ones that are off the beaten path for you and you are in the midst of creating.

The piece can be as short as 60 seconds to an hour long, it can have aired before or it can be new, a work in progress, a collection of sounds, recordings of a family dinner, whatever you would like to get out there. The main thing is that the piece be about art or culture, or be artistically produced.

The [Un]Observed can be an archive for you as well where people can come to hear your work, amongst your peers and colleagues from around the world.

The magazine was conceived of by Tania Ketenjian who is seeking to expand the ways we can have access to interesting and engaging radio and sound works.

Currently The [Un]Observed is not in a position to compensate contributors but will do so as the site grows. That said, your contribution is invaluable and so appreciated.

To contribute, please send an e.mail to with CONTRIBUTION in the subject line.