PRPD RFP for Online Knowledge Base producer

Interesting opportunity from the Public Radio Program Directors Association. Proposal deadline is June 4. Details below.


The Public Radio Program Directors Association Inc. (PRPD) seeks responses from qualified vendors and web developers to develop material for the Knowledge Base of relating to current practices in and impact and dynamics of Digital Media related to programming in the public radio system.

A prime service to PRPD members is an online resource providing programmers with knowledge on a wide range of skills and practices associated with programming radio services. In 2005, we moved our PD Handbook from print to online and established it as the basis for a comprehensive Knowledge Base. With the rapid development and change in Digital Media as a key area of focus for public service media, the “placeholder” sections have become out of date.

PRPD envisions this resource as a dynamic series of pages and links. The dynamism of this rapidly evolving field requires a different set of standards than our historic “established best practices” approach to radio skills. More appropriate will be more of a “best practices to date” approach, one that will reflect the current state of the art and be easily updated as practices evolve. We understand that whatever is developed will require continual monitoring and updating as we gain experience and learn what works best to serve audiences.

Scope of Work:
To develop within the Knowledge Base comprehensive resources covering the latest practices in Digital Media as related to public radio operations including, but not limited to:
• Social media
• Streaming audio
• Podcasting
• Web sites
• News coverage in various platforms
• Integration with on-air efforts
• Mobile technology
• Platforms and Apps and the dynamics of each

Such knowledge may take the form of prose pages, links to existing knowledge and examples, case studies and/or audio/video, including incorporation of existing PRPD webinar recordings. We are open to alternate configurations that might fulfill the primary objective of helping programmers guide their decisions and aggregate the accumulating knowledge in these areas.

Requirements for any responses to PRPD:

Please provide the following:
• Details on how you would support each of the requirements & features
listed above.
• Estimates for all costs involved.
• Proposed timeline.
• An outline of particular areas of expertise and experience that
makes your proposal the best choice to provide PRPD.
• Three references with whom we may contact concerning your past

Interested parties may write to to request a temporary password to access the member restricted sections of the PRPD Knowledge Base to aid in preparing a proposal. Such password will expire on the submission deadline date.

Selection Process:
All RFP responses should contain a detailed description of how the prospective contractor will fulfill the requirements contained herein. Please do not send marketing brochures or “boilerplate” proposal materials.

After reviewing RFP responses, PRPD may conduct interviews with candidates as necessary before awarding a contract.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 4, 2010. Please send the proposal by email to Arthur Cohen, with a cc to

internship with great food editor/writer

Hey all. So this is unpaid (I know, I know) but word is that it's worth it to have an opportunity to work with this guy. -Mia


This is a link to an unpaid internship with a great food writer and editor, Scott Hocker (formerly of San Francisco Magazine, now of Tasting Table).  Someone who loves food who's just getting into the biz would really learn a ton from working with him. 

MAPP seeks story artists for SF event, June 5

KALW's Martina Castro is planning a very cool event on June 5 for the Mission Arts and Performance Project and she needs your stories. Details follow. -Mia


Bringing Story Artists Together for MAPP

KALW Senior editor, radio producer, and reporter Martina Castro is planning an event for the upcoming Mission Arts and Performance Project on June 5th and is looking for "story artists" who would like to be on the program and perform a story. You can email her at if you are interested, with an idea of what your story would be and how long you would need to tell it (also please note if you would require any special equipment).

What is MAPP?

If by chance you don't know about MAPP, it's a bi-monthly event on a Saturday evening when performances are organized around the Mission District, so that people can walk to and from local spaces — cafes, restaurants, people's homes — and get to see local artists perform and hopefully get to join in. The spirit of MAPP is for things to be informal and inviting to the community and for people who partake — an act of "cultural activism," if you will.

What's special about this event?

For her first event in MAPP, Martina wanted to create a celebration of storytelling in all of its forms and mediums, bringing radio producers, print journalists, photographers, alongside musicians and traditionally recognized artists to share in the art of what we ALL do — tell good stories.

If you're a journalist, the idea is to bring one of your best audio or print stories, condense it to five or ten minutes (or less, if its super short, those are good too!) and either read it aloud or play it for the audience. The important thing would be to look for a way to create a live element to the story, perhaps you can cut out the tracks and read them aloud to a recording of your actualities…or think of an instrument that would sound good as a soundtrack and we can pair you up with a musician…feel free to be creative. 🙂

For musicians/singers/visual artists the idea would be to bring a work that comes with some storyline that you can share. If you are an instrumentalist and want to participate, we can pair you up with someone who will be reading a story so you can provide live soundtrack.

Martina needs to hear from you by Sunday May 23rd if you are interested in participating.

Please pass this on to anyone you think would be interested, and if you cant make it or don't want to this time around, there are many other ways to help out!

We are currently looking to borrow or rent the following materials:

— microphone
— microphone stand
— big seat cushions that can be used outdoors
— blankets that can be used outdoors
— folding chairs

— benches
— candles
— Christmas lights

Freelance Camp SF, June 5

Some of you may have attended the Santa Cruz freelance camp awhile back – now it's happening in SF! Details below. -Mia

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Freelance Camp Pro: San Francisco

Saturday, June 5, 2010 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Freelance Camp PRO San Francisco 2010 is a new twist on the established series of BarCamps for freelancers and independent contractors. If you have been running freelance business full time for a year or more and are looking to trade notes with peers, this is the right venue.

Thanks to our very cool sponsors, the cost of Freelance Camp is only $50. Come ready to learn and, if you are up to it, ready to talk!

Register for the Event Now!

Space is limited to 120 people and we will close signup at that point so don't miss out.

Event Details
Location NextSpace San Francisco
28 2nd Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
Cost $50
Included Breakfast, Lunch and cool schwag
Stay Connected

Stay connected leading up to and after the event via our Facebook Freelance Camp Page and on Twitter: @freelancecampsf.

Who Should Come?

If you sell your services (or are considering it), you are a perfect fit:

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Marketers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Writers
  • Bloggers / Journalists
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Financial advisers
  • Sales
  • Artists
  • Accountants
Historically, the bulk of attendees have been from hi-tech. We encourage all types of owners to come to provide a balanced perspective to business.

What To Expect

We have based our events on the BarCamp format, which is a network of user generated participatory events whose content is fully provided by the participants. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. Here are some tips on how to prepare:

  1. Come with an answer and some questions to help make the agenda in the morning.
  2. Hang out with cool people and compare notes with other business owners in similar industries.
  3. Meet folks who can help your business and/or others whom you can help.
  4. Find potential clients, subcontractors and partners.
  5. Work together to figure out how we can all get more time and money out of our companies.

Never heard of a bar camp? Here is a quick intro:

BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense informational event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.

how it works | the rules

What Will We Talk About?

Here are some of the topics we imagine might surface. Of course, you the attendee will chose the topics on the day of the BarCamp:

  • Transitioning from Freelance to Agency
  • Balancing Products with Services
  • Running 100% Remote
  • Freelance Coops & Coworking
  • The Art of Subcontracting
  • Advanced Toolkits: PM Systems, Finance & Communication
  • Beyond the Basic Services
  • Long Term Clients

Our Sponsors
We have been blessed with a phenomenal outpouring of sponsorship offers this year so we wanted to give a quick shout out to some pretty special groups that are nurturing this year's event!
Your browser may not support display of this image. Outright
Outright streamlines the work involved with working for yourself; will help you pay the right taxes, simplify accounting, and keep your business on track and growing. Created because freelancers struggle to capture business deductions, mileage, and manage contractors. Believing you spend way too much time on the least enjoyable part of your livelihood, Outright's goal is to make it simple; free bookkeeping on auto pilot.
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Pennbrook | CAIB Insurance Services
Pennbrook | CAIB Insurance Services is a full service insurance brokerage located in downtown San Francisco who caters to business and personal clients. We anticipate their needs via risk management services and insurance products including property, general liability, directors & officers' liability, errors & omissions, bonds, workers compensation, employee benefits, individual auto, home & health. Since 1982, we have assisted our clients to understand their risks. We provide each client with a team of professionals including a single point of contact, risk manager, account manager and your own claims specialist.
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NextSpace is the workplace for the new economy. We provide innovative physical and virtual infrastructure that freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creative class professionals need to succeed in the 21st century knowledge economy. In an increasingly disconnected world, NextSpace creates a collaborative community that is revolutionizing the nature of work. NextSpace produces several local Freelance Camps and co manages the global Freelance Camp movement with Shane & Peter.
Your browser may not support display of this image. Shane & Peter
Two people meet in a coffee shop while working on their laptops. They quickly discover that they have much in common and a great deal to learn from each other. A friendship is born. A partnership is forged. This is the story of Shane, Peter, and many other independent business owners throughout the world. This is a case study of a global phenomenon. Portable technology and wireless access to information have inspired a revolution in business practices. Highly skilled professionals are now in control of their schedule, their income, their work and their lifestyle. Our clients in turn get efficiency, accountability, superior quality and a passion for success. Our mission is to build a comprehensive network of independent contractors and to mediate their skills with the business needs of our clients. Shane & Peter are co-founders of Freelance Camp.
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24Seven is the leading talent recruitment agency for the biggest names in fashion, retail, beauty, marketing, advertising, and entertainment. We represent the best talent in the industries that we serve, and our recruiters have the professional experience necessary to guarantee clients that we make the right match for your business. With one call, we can fill the freelance or full time jobs you need-quickly and effectively. No request is too big or too small. No time frame too demanding. And true to our name, we're always here for you.

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Cosmic Design Company
We are a creative design company based in the innovative surf-city of Santa Cruz, California. We are passionate about using creative design as an effective marketing strategy to help your business succeed. We work closely with you to develop a comprehensive brand strategy and think of creative ways to capture your passion and individuality in all aspects of your branding including logos, print materials, and websites.
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Colliers International
Colliers International is a leading global real estate services organization defined by our spirit of enterprise. Through our culture of service excellence and a shared sense of initiative, we have integrated the resources of real estate specialists worldwide to accelerate the success of our clients.
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We're a global community of thousands who sincerely believe in the power of technology to enrich people's lives. We're a public benefit organization dedicated not to making money but to improving the way people everywhere experience the Internet. And we're an open source software project whose code has been used as a platform for some of the Internet's most innovative projects.

Iris Kavanagh (r)evolutionary + Chief Operating Officer  |  NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, Inc.

831.420.0710  |  |

Local Freelance Camp Organizer/ Worldwide Camp Facilitator

Freelance Camp. In Business For Yourself, Not By Yourself. Find one near you…

summer radio workshops in Maine and NY

Two summer radio workshops offered by Rob Rosenthal, director of the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and overall radio/sound guru. Details below.  -Mia
PS: The Omega Institute is right in my neck of the woods so if you head this way, please drop me a line!


Maine Media Workshops
Rockport, Maine
July 4-10

It's Rockport. It's Maine. It's beautiful. And, MMW fosters an incredible sense of community with photographers, videographers, and audio producers. Every one stays and eats and works on site. It's quite something. Here's a link:

Sound Works, A Radio Documentary Workshop
The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
August 1-6

I haven't been to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY but I hear great things about it. It's a center for wellness and personal development. It, too, as far as I know, is all-inclusive with attendees living and eating and working on campus. Here's the link to the workshop.

Let me know if you have any questions. Please send far and wide if you would.

Rob Rosenthal
Shunpike Audio
30 Spurwink Ave.
So. Portland ME 04106
Director, Radio Program
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
561 Congress Street
Portland ME 04101

French Treats in San Francisco

Hope everyone is enjoying their spring and getting lots of work. We’re very excited about our May social event which is happening in San Francisco.

This month, Freelance Cafe is going to be relaxing and enjoying wonderful crepes at Ti Couz in the Mission District, just a short walk from the 16th Street BART station.

With their yummy treats, satisfying meals and nice drink selection Ti Couz is seen as the go-to place for French chow by many San Francisco locals and visitors.

If it’s sunny, we’ll try to grab some tables outside. If it’s rainy (boo) we’ll enjoy the cozy indoor space. Either way, it’s sure to be fabulous time.

Please RSVP Jen Ward ( if you want to join us in the fun. Also, let us know if you have any questions and I’ll see you in the Mission on May 27!

Open Call for 2010-11 sound art residencies

Feeling creative? Opportunity for a sound/video art installation in NYC. Details below.


Composers, sound artists, and other qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for working residencies utilizing Diapason's multi-channel sound environment. 

Diapason has two state-of-the-art multi channel sound systems (described below). Interested persons are invited to submit proposals for the use of the space to create a new work. Dates and times are flexible. Residents will receive a technical orientation, access to the space, and production assistance should they require it.

Description of the space:

Diapason consists of two rooms:

The “gallery” contains a powerful 8 channel sound system with a subwoofer and is designed for focused listening. The floor is carpeted and there are pillows available as well as some seating (cushioned benches, folding chairs).

The “lounge” contains a 12 channel sound system, as well as a 4 channel PA system. It is set up in an informal way, with benches, chairs, carpets, etc. ranged around the space.

The multi-channel sound systems are connected to MOTU 896 (gallery) and 828 (lounge) audio interfaces. Resident artists are expected to bring a laptop with the necessary drivers.

There are 2 sets of track lights in each room. The number and position of the individual lights can be adjusted.

For artists working with video, there are projection options.

It is possible to use the walls for displaying objects, but this must be approved by the gallery.


Submissions to participate are due by Friday, July 1, 2010.

Submission process:

All submissions and contact will be by email. 

Send an email to that includes the following information in the body:

Your contact information (Name, Email Address, Phone Number)

A project description     

A brief bio/artist statement

Links to online samples of your works

NOTE: Please do not attach any work-samples or documents.  All work samples must be available online, and all information must be submitted in the body of the email.

Diapason is a listening space that gives artists and audiences the opportunity to make and experience sound art. Through the exploration of active and varied modes of listening Diapason seeks to engage artists and the public in a dialogue about the place of contemporary music and sound practice in a broader cultural context. For artists, both established and emerging, Diapason provides a space at once accessible and technologically advanced, fostering the creation of unique works that investigate the implications of new sound practices. For audiences Diapason provides an optimal listening environment and access to artists, encouraging personal exploration of one’s relationship to sound and listening. Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, MediaThe Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kirk Radke, and by generous individuals. Diapason is a 501(c)3 organization.

Kitchen Sisters workshops in late May

Learn basic audio/interviewing from a radio rockstar. Details below.


Dear Friends,

Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters is conducting another round of basic recording and interviewing workshops in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and a second workshop from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The three hour workshop is for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of projects: radio, online storytelling, oral histories, family histories, and other multimedia endeavors. Both workshops will cover the same information so please only sign up for one session.

We will cover miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to listen (which is harder than it looks), field recording techniques, recording equipment and more. The workshops are customized to fit the projects you are working on.

People who attend come from radio, newspapers, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, writing, libraries, archives, filmmaking, web design and beyond. The groups are lively and good contacts are made.

The fee is $115. Of course, there will be a snack. The workshops are held in Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope Building at 916 Kearny Street (at the corner of Columbus).

If you, or someone you know is interested contact us at and let us know which of the two workshops you would like to attend.

See you there,

The Kitchen Sisters

Sonic Soiree in San Francisco May 18

Hey all. We have a great event coming up in a couple weeks – led by an FC friend and mentor David King Dunaway. Check out the details below and give Rori a holler if you have any questions: 415-730-7380 or


Inspired by similar events around the country, Freelance Café is hosting a "Sonic Soirée" on Tuesday, May 18 at Sandbox Suites (123 10th Street in San Francisco) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. If you have a story to share, just bring a CD to play for the group, either a work-in-progress or a finished piece. Beginner or pro, you are encouraged to come and present your work in radio–audience members will provide feedback on your piece. If you just want to hear some great stories, you are welcome to come just to listen as well! Pizza and wine will be served–suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away.

Leading the workshop will be David Dunaway, author, national radio producer ("Across The Tracks: A Route 66 Story" and "Pete Seeger" on PRI). David is a new Professor of Radio at the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Program of San Francisco State University ( He worked at KPFA as Unpaid Staff for more than a decade.

social media workshops in May and June

This guy is everywhere and has a lot to say about social media. Check out details for some of his upcoming workshops below – in NYC, NJ, Chicago and Providence.


Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia J-school digital media professor; contributing editor to; and one of AdAge's 25 people to follow on Twitter, is offering a series of workshops in May and June. More on him at and you can see how he uses social media by connecting with him on Twitter: | Facebook: | LinkedIn:

He promises his sessions, like his tweets, will most likely be:

* helpful * useful * informative * relevant * practical * actionable * timely, entertaining * fun * occasionally funny

==> You can track his workshops – including sessions in other cities – at and/or ask him to add you to his mailing list:

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NYC SEMINAR: "Get Beyond Job Hunting: Tips for Journalists and Media Professionals"

Wednesday, May 12
6-9 pm
Guruloft at Hive at 55
(55 Broad Street, 13th floor, near Wall Street)

"Get Beyond Job Hunting: Tips for Journalists and Media Professionals"
SPEAKER: Prof. Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs, Columbia Journalism School & contributing editor,

"Get Beyond Job Hunting: Tips for Journalists and Media Professionals" presented by Guruloft at Hive at 55 – see details & register at this link – USE THIS DISCOUNT CODE: Sreenet – for 15% off:

As the media landscape changes, the rules for getting ahead and advancing your career are also changing – dramatically. In this seminar, digital media professor and Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia Journalism School Sree Sreenivasan shares with you the tools and information needed to navigate the industry and succeed as a journalist and media professional. Based on following the career paths, struggles and successes of thousands of students and journalists across the country during his 17-year career, Sree will offer big-picture trends and plenty of actionable, relevant tips. Learn exactly how the climate shift has affected the job search, what you need to be doing to get ahead and how digital and social media will facilitate the process of getting your next job and also shape your career.

In this seminar, being offered for the first time, and created especially for Guruloft, you will learn:
* New career-managment trends.
* How to network effectively and create break-through relationships with employers and contacts.
* The top social media tools needed as well as mistakes to avoid.
* How to produce better and more memorable work.
* How to create, nurture, curate and improve your personal brand.
You will walk away with a useful guide filled with practical tools and steps for advancing your career in media and journalism.
At the end of this seminar, join us for a happy-hour of networking, where you can share your ideas and connect with workshop attendees.

RSVP: (promo code SREENET for 15 percent off)

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NYC: Wed, June 2, 6:45-9:45 pm: Mediabistro workshop at Chinatown YMCA: BASIC Social Networking for Media Professionals – register here – USE THIS DISCOUNT CODE, SREE25- save 25% on the class price: [this is the basic session; advanced session is June 30 below; you can do one or the other, or both]

NEW JERSEY: Wed, May 19, 6-9 pm, Montclair, NJ – 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042 – Social Media for Writers – see details & register at

CHICAGO: June 17 or June 18: Details to come. E-mail for deets.

PROVIDENCE, Monday, June 7: 1-2:30 pm: Social Media Workshop at the Providence Journal. Limited seats available for outsiders – if you’d like to attend, e-mail sree[at]

NYC: Wed, June 30, 6:45-9:45 pm: Mediabistro workshop at Chinatown YMCA: ADVANCED Social Networking for Media Professionals – register here – USE THIS DISCOUNT CODE, SREE25- save 25% on the class price: (Note: Sree will be joined by Soraya Darabi, socmedia star who has more than 400,000 Twitter followers – @sorayad). [this is the advanced session; basic session is June 2 above; you can do one or the other, or both.]

More to come, at

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NEW YORK OBSERVER: The Twitter Tutor –

MEDIABISTRO: So, What Do You Do, Sree Sreenivasan?

HUFFINGTON POST: Dean Sree Sreenivasan on Using Social Media For Better
Journalism –

MEDIANATION: Sree Sreenivasan on journalism’s future

TOMMEAGHER.COM: Diving Headfirst Into Social Media –

JULIA THE READER: Social Media, Demystified: Prof. Sree Sreenivasan on
linking, tweeting, and
earning attention:

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"This seminar couldn't be better. Sree is articulate and engaging, and really understands both his subject and the needs of the media professionals who attended the seminar." — Lynn Brenner

"Sree knows his stuff. He packs lots of information into a totally engaging, fast-paced class. I strongly recommend this class for anyone who wants to understand social networking and how to apply it to their professional endeavors." — TaRessa Stovall

"Sree was wonderful. He has a real knack for imparting an understanding of social networks and technology for the young and old." — Peter Zehren

"Sree was absolutely terrific! He made a topic that is very difficult for many people to fully grasp very comprehensive." — Melissa Schwartz

"Sree's presentation was well thought out and the time flew by. He truly knows his stuff and engaged students as well." — Anita Aboulafia

Prof. Sree Sreenivasan |
Dean of Student Affairs, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism |
Contributing editor, DNAinfo:
TWITTER: @sreenet –