call for pitches on Economic Crisis from Making Contact

Making Contact wants your stories! Details below. -mia


Send all story ideas to

Hi freelancers, As you might have heard, we’re doing an ongoing series called “How We Survive,” about how communities across the U.S. are responding to the economic downturn. If you’re a Making Contact listener, you’ll know that we also strive to shed light on the systemic problems that make grassroots solutions necessary. Over the next year, we’ll be producing HWS shows about the topics below. We’re investing more resources into freelancers, so feel free to pitch us on stories outside our How We Survive series. We’re particularly looking for stories from under-covered communities outside of California. Please spread the word.

Jobs and Unemployment Record numbers are signing up for unemployment benefits, and there are dismal reports about long-term job recovery. In this show, we’ll hear how jobless folks are creating an income for themselves from Duluth, MN to Austin, TX. Stories could be about an unemployed movement in your town or what people are doing about a state-funded job program that didn’t work. How has the idea of a “decent job” changed in the U.S. and what are the obstacles to obtaining one?

Mental Health Care Across the United States, budgets are being slashed for services that care for the homeless and the mentally ill. And with the economic recession pushing millions into conditions of poverty, more and more people need mental health care. How are people taking care of their psychological well-being?

We Got Health Care Reform. Now what? Health care reform has finally been passed. But it is providing the change the system really needs? And what are people doing while they wait for the changes to kick in? We’re interested in stories about how communities are meeting their own health care needs, beyond what politicians were discussing on Capitol Hill.

Making Retirement Years ‘Golden’ In this show, we’ll explore how senior citizens are affected by the recession, and what they’re doing to obtain quality of life. Know a few seniors who’ve created an affordable, communal living senior compound? We’re particularly interested in the differences in experiences along race, class and gender lines.

Young People and the Recession Studies show that more than a third of young people in the U.S. have cut back on cigarettes and alcohol because of strapped personal budgets. Others are “boomeranging” back to their parents place because of a bad job market. We want stories about how young people are getting creative and becoming active and organized. We invite collaborations with Youth Media initiatives.

Declining Suburbia Reports say, over the past decade, poverty in suburbia has increased at five times the rate of that in primary cities. We’re looking for stories that provide glimpses into that reality. Stories could be about suburban blight, migration from cities to suburbia and failing transportation systems.

Rural areas and the Recession For many extra-urban places, joblessness is nothing new. But how has the recession changed their situation? We’re looking for stories from the South, farming communities and tribal reservations. Is there a distinctly rural history of community resiliency? How do federal policies such as the Farm Bill affect the countryside?

Send all story ideas to They need not be more than a couple of paragraphs. Please check out our pitching guidelines on our website: and


Pauline Bartolone, Tena Rubio and Andrew Stelzer

FC listening session 5/18 with audio documentarian David King Dunaway

Hey folks. First, a big thank you to all who showed up for last week’s FC gathering. It was great to see everyone and I hope to be back for another gathering soon. In the meantime, there are a lot of great events coming up and I want to plant a bug in your ear about one of them. FC and Sandbox Suites are co-sponsoring a listening session with Pete Seeger documentarian David King Dunaway on May 18. David will be critiquing up to five audio pieces, and we’re looking for your submissions. So if you have something you’re working on and want feedback from someone who knows what he’s talking about, send a note to “Rori Gallagher” .

More details to come! Best, Mia FC on Facebook FC on Twitter

Sandbox Berkeley Grand Opening May 13

Sandbox Suites, gracious hosts of some of FC’s events, is opening a co-working space in Berkeley. Freelance Cafe is invited to the grand opening party! Details below. -mia

May 13 6-9pm 1900 Addison St. Suite 200 Berkeley, CA 94704

Can’t see this email? View it in a browser You are invited to attend … Sandbox Berkeley Grand Opening

*Introducing Sandbox Suites now in the East Bay!*

We’ve excited to tell you that Sandbox Suitesis opening its second major location in downtown Berkeley next month! Located just two blocks away from BART in the historic Framas Lodge previously occupied by Nvidia, the new Sandbox Berkeley will provide the same amenities and services to the East Bay entrepreneur community. Best of all, Sandbox members will now have access to both spaces for the same price.

We invite you to:

Check out photos of the new space

Tour Sandbox Berkeley starting April 19

Sign up for a membership starting May 3

*Attend our Grand Opening party May 13!*

Drinky drinks – Hors d’ouvres – Fun music – Awesome people


Learn more on ** or follow us on *Twitter* *Date* Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM *Location* Sandbox Berkeley 1900 Addison St. Suite 200 Berkeley, CA 94704

Columbia’s Sree Sreenivasan offers social media workshop in SF, April 11, 5pm

Hi folks. Details below on a FREE social media workshop offered by Columbia’s Dean of Student Affairs. Check it out! -mia


*Sunday, April 11, SAN FRANCISCO:*

Two events at Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Social Media Workshop, Pavilion Room

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Informal, no-host drinks at Lobby Bar


THE SPEAKER: Prof. Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs, Columbia Journalism School & contributing editor, – one of AdAge’s 25 media people to follow on Twitter. More on him at and you can see how he uses social media by connecting with him on Twitter: | Facebook: | LinkedIn:

He promises the workshop, like his tweets, will most likely be: * helpful * useful * informative * relevant * practical * actionable * entertaining * fun * occasionally funny

Here’s one comment from a previous attendee: “Professor Sree’s presentation at the Columbia Club luncheon in Naples was riveting, fast-paced and packed with information. He presented his material clearly, accessing the internet in real-time to introduce his audience to new and useful websites. Sree was friendly and open to questions at all times, and his style and sense of humor contributed to what was a fun learning experience.” – Michael Hanson

Prof. Sree Sreenivasan |

Dean of Student Affairs, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism | Contributing editor, DNAinfo:


TWITTER: @sreenet –

REMINDER – freelancer gathering TOMORROW, 4/8, Pacific Coast Brewing Company, 7pm

Hey all. Just a reminder that the next FC gathering is happening TOMORROW!

Pacific Coast Brewing Company 906 Washington Street, Oakland 7pm until whenever

I’m in town this week and would love to see you long-time members and meet you new ones. Hope you can make it!

I think Rori has an FC sign (woo hoo!), but you can call my cell if you can’t find us or want to know if we’re still hanging out late into the night 😉 845-835-8158

Best, Mia

NPR and the John Alexander Project’s Above the Fray Fellowship

New fellowship opportunity for international reporting. Looks interesting! -mia


I am writing to tell you about a wonderful new opportunity for an emerging journalist interested in international reporting. NPR and the John Alexander Project have collaborated to launch the *Above the Fray Fellowship* — a joint international reporting fellowship. The John Alexander Project is a non-profit established in memory of John Alexander, an extraordinary young journalist who died of sudden heart failure while on assignment in Chongqing, China in 2007. Alexander was reporting for *Koppel on Discovery *at the time; he also previously worked for *Morning Edition *as an editorial assistant. The money raised in his honor by the John Alexander Project will support this fellowship.

The *Above the Fray Fellowship* is designed to give a promising journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. The Fellow will be selected based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months in the field, filing on-air and online stories for NPR, while cultivating a deeper understanding of the region and its inhabitants.

NPR and the John Alexander Project are accepting applications now through July 1, 2010.

– Professional journalists with at least three but no more than five years of experience are eligible to apply. – One Fellow will be selected and begin in the fall and will work with NPR desk editors and digital news editors. – Forms, requirements and additional details about the Fellowship and John Alexander can be found at

The “Above the Fray” fellowship is open to all professional journalists – *at NPR, NPR Member stations, or elsewhere*. Spread the word!

MacArthur Foundation Funds The Moth Radio Hour

This is great news for writers and radio folks alike. Keep an eye out for more opportunities from The Moth! -Mia


The MacArthur Foundation Announces Support for The Moth Radio Hour from PRX

The Moth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to live storytelling, is thrilled to announce a two-year $200,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to produce The Moth Radio Hour.

Debuting in 2009 with five pilot episodes, The Moth Radio Hour was an instant success airing on over 200 public radio stations around the country. “The Moth Radio Hour is the realization of a ten-year long dream to bring The Moth to public radio. We have long felt that radio was the perfect medium for our stories to reach a wider audience, and we are grateful to the MacArthur Foundation for making this possible,” says Lea Thau, Executive & Creative Director of The Moth.

The radio series captures the energy and authenticity of live performance at The Moth and weaves it into a compelling hour of radio. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, and produced by award-winning producer Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media, ten new episodes will be available to public radio stations for broadcast in 2010.

With generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, The Moth is building on the success of the pilot season. “I love The Moth. It is elemental, even primitive, in its simplicity: One person stands up and tells a story to a crowd of eager listeners. The only thing missing is the cave and the fire. The only thing we add is a microphone,” says Producer Jay Allison.

Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country.

“Public radio is powered by true stories that illuminate the human condition,” says Jake Shapiro, Executive Director of PRX. “The Moth introduces new dimensions through live performances as well as online participation.”

PRX first funded a sample hour of The Moth in 2007 and is now the exclusive distributor for the program on public radio.

The Moth 2010 series is available to public radio stations at beginning May 1.

About The Moth The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs, all of which contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour. The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life; The Moth’s StorySLAM competitions, which are open to all and rapidly expanding to cities across the country; and The Moth’s community outreach program, MothShop, which bring workshops to people whose stories would otherwise go unheard.

Two additional projects are launching in 2010: The Moth StoryLine invites people to pitch story ideas online or through a toll-free hotline; and the MothUP program helps groups around the country form their own Moth storytelling groups in their homes and submit the recorded stories from these evenings to The Moth.

About PRX PRX is an award-winning public media network focused on innovation at the intersection of technology and talent. The PRX platform is an open distribution marketplace connecting thousands of producers and local public radio stations, creating public radio’s largest archive of on-demand programs for broadcast and digital use.

About Jay Allison Jay Allison is an independent broadcast journalist and Executive Director of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. With APM, he co-founded PRX,, and the Cape and Islands public radio stations. Jay was the curator and producer of This I Believe on NPR, and has made hundreds of documentaries and features for national broadcast. He is the recipient of five Peabody Awards and CPB’s Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio.

Apr. 13 Social Media Class Offered Online via Center for Doc Studies

New media class taught in a new media way. Details below. -mia


If you’ve been looking for information about how to promote your work and ideas using social media, this is the class for you….

Exploits in New Media and Emerging Technologies – Online Class

Instructor: Katina Parker School: Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University Dates: ** April 13 – May 18, 2010 Location: Online Class – you can access it from anywhere in the world!

*We meet 5 Tuesdays with one break in between so that students can work on their projects. The class meets for 15 hours total. 6-9pm.

Course Description: How do you utilize Twitter, Facebook, Google Ads, Facebook Ads to promote a new site, event, film project, on-line community or movement?

This class offers step-by-step guidance on launching a social media project from scratch. You’ll learn everything from securing a domain name and using freeware to build your site to shooting and uploading web video; from choosing the right viral video distributor to creating a web advertising campaign to generate revenue. Students will create a sample social media campaign for a video or social media concept they’ve created (whether made previously or shot specifically for use in this class).

The course costs $250 – if you don’t have the $$$ try to find an organization to pay your tuition.

To register visit:

Specific Topics That We Will Cover Include: •Facebook •Twitter •YouTube/Vimeo/Bright Cove/Google •Google Ads/Facebook Ads •Cell Phone Apps •Content Management Systems (Joomla, Drupal, Ruby on Rails, Ning) •Widgets •New media institutes and personal development opportunities

Katina Parker Bio Prior to founding the nonprofit New Orleans: A Labor of Love, Katina Parker worked as a creative director and as a media strategist for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). She received an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Wake Forest University. Parker has employed her talents as a filmmaker, photographer, and graphic/web designer for such clients as Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Saul Williams. She is currently working as a social media consultant for the Association of Independents in Radio and several other progressive public media projects.

Deadline for $47K JSchool Investigative Reporting Fellowships April 9th

Couple days left to apply for this one. Go for it! -mia


J-School Announces Competition for Two Investigative Reporting Fellowships

From the Graduate School of Journalism | March 8, 2010

BERKELEY – To help develop a new generation of investigative reporters in an era of extensive cutbacks at major news organizations, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced a call for entries for its fourth-annual competition for year-long fellowships in investigative reporting. The two fellowships will be awarded in June 2010.

The fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists, but preference will be given to graduates of UC Berkeley’s master’s program in journalism. A strong track record of successfully reporting on complex subjects in the public interest is required.

Applicants will be chosen based on their qualifications and on the proposed area of investigation they intend to pursue. Story proposals must be those that have been under-reported by traditional news organizations. Proposals may include print, broadcast and multimedia components.

“Providing a unique opportunity for young journalists to pursue their passion to do a story in the public interest is the most important thing we can do,” said Professor Lowell Bergman, the director of the Investigative Reporting Program.

“We are part of the growing movement to preserve, protect and promote investigative reporting during a period of contraction in the news business. This effort does not enjoy the support of state funding and is made possible by the generous support of individuals and foundations. These contributions, along with the work of the previous fellows and my colleagues, Robert Gunnison and Marlena Telvick, have made the Investigative Reporting Program a model for a growing number of non-profit efforts,” said Bergman.

Winners of the 2009-2010 fellowships were Ryan Gabrielson of the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Arizona and a recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting and Matt Isaacs, a 1999 graduate of the journalism school and veteran investigative reporter and editor in California.

Gabrielson recently launched a multi-media, multi-outlet investigation on DUI checkpoints including a print story in The New York Times and an accompanying video on the Times website. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s “California Watch” edited versions of the story for the Sacramento Bee, the Orange County Register, Mother Jones, the Bakersfield Californian, the Stockton Record and in Spanish for La Opinion. The PBS NewsHour aired a broadcast version of Gabrielson’s investigation.

“As a newspaper reporter, I began the fellowship without experience producing pieces for multiple news outlets at once, or for television,” says Gabrielson. “But with guidance, I conducted on-camera interviews for a PBS NewsHour segment, while simultaneously writing print pieces for California Watch and The New York Times.”

“You cannot help but grow as a journalist watching Bergman and his IRP team at work,” Gabrielson says.

Matt Isaacs, who is continuing his investigation of overseas Chinese power in the United States in collaboration with a major news outlet, says, “The Investigative Reporting Program is the only place I know that can catch the ear of almost any news organization in the country. If you have a story worth telling, the program will find somewhere to place it at the highest levels.”

“Lowell knows how to make a good story great, and how to send a great one into the stratosphere,” Isaacs says. “He knows what it takes to play on the national stage because he’s been there so long.”

The IRP also occasionally awards small grants to support investigative projects not selected for the fellowships. Applicants will be notified if they have been placed in a special category for consideration for one of these grants.

Zachary Stauffer, a 2008 graduate of the journalism school and Katie Galloway, a filmmaker and lecturer in the Media Studies department at UC Berkeley were the applicants chosen to receive project-specific funding last year.

Mr. Stauffer is working as a cinematographer and reporter for the IRP. He served as director of photography for the PBS FRONTLINE documentary “The Card Game” and also shot Ryan Gabrielson’s story on DUI checkpoints for the PBS NewsHour. Ms. Galloway has been given in-residence support and editing facilities for her feature documentary on a domestic counterterrorism case.

Fellows will be provided with office space, phones, basic expenses and up to $10,000 in funds for approved travel. Proposals must include an estimate for travel expenses to complete a project. No housing or relocation supplements are provided. Fellows are expected to refrain from outside journalistic projects, and to use the Berkeley offices as their base of operations during the fellowship.

Fellows will be employees of the University of California with an annual salary of approximately $47,000. They also will be able to audit UC Berkeley classes and use campus research facilities.

The deadline for fellowship applications for the academic year 2010-2011 is 12 o’clock Midnight on Friday, April 9th. This year’s recipients will be announced in June. The fellows’ year-long tenure will begin in September.

The application and entry requirements can be found at: The job number is #10506. Please note, three letters of reference to the attention of Professor Lowell Bergman will be required. Solicit them early.

For additional details on the fellowship program, contact:

Investigative Reporting Program 2481 Hearst Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709