Far-flung producers sought for quick turn-around audio demo project

Anyone traveling at the moment and can handle this request from Radio Lab? Or know someone who can? Details below.


Radiolab is looking for a few folks to help us with a demonstration of a study.

We're seeking reporters in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East who are either FROM that region (and sound like it) or can work with a local collaborator. (We've already got Europe and Australia covered.) Must have good equipment (i.e. flash recorder and shotgun) and be able to upload tape to an FTP by the end of the week. Should be an hour of recording plus transfer/upload time. We'll pay $150.

Contact me today and include your location and the recording equipment you'd use. Write to EHorne@wnyc.org.



next FC gathering at Beer Revolution, 7/24, 6:30pm Oakland

Join Freelance Cafe For A Beer Revolution Next Thursday

Please join the Freelance Cafe on June 24 in celebrating the 2010 summer with a relaxing social event at Beer Revolution in Oakland. We'll toast to long, warm nights, meeting our deadlines, and any exciting new projects we're working on. 

Located in Old Oakland, one of our favorite neighborhood districts, Beer Revolution features outdoor seating, a fine craft beer selection, and reasonable prices. Since there's no food menu, feel free to bring your own munchies. Also, the spot is surrounded by restaurants. A vegan soul eatery next door, Souley Vegan, delivers orders right to your table upon request (yay!). Beer Revolution is located at 464 3rd Street (between Washington St & Broadway). The 12th Street BART station is but a stone's throw away.

Check them out at: www.beer-revolution.com

See you at 6:30 p.m.!

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Inez Ward at 510.393,7544 or jennifer.wrd@gmail.com

Short-term CWA jobs available now

Hey all. This from the Freelance Media Workers Guild – earn a few extra bucks for journalism-type work. Details below.


CWA is seeking people to do short-term organizing work in San

Francisco — particularly, folks conversant in Tagalog. The work is a
good fit for anyone with journalism skills and offers quite decent

It involves walking around UCSF campuses, finding offices and
departments, locating specific people and collecting their
signatures… If you've done any reporting, much of this will feel
really familiar.

Hours are pretty flexible, so you can work in freelance jobs. Also,
they will give you an orientation and some basic training. Give it a try,
and if it feels comfortable to you, you'll be asked to make a two-week

Questions? Contact John Dugan at jdugan@cwa-union.org.

Kind regards,
Rebecca Rosen Lum
Unit Chair, Guild Freelancers

new podcast looking for pieces on architecture, urban planning

Interesting opportunity from the Chicago Architecture Foundation – they're starting a podcast and are looking for stories. Pay is decent, content is pretty cool. Details below. -Mia


One Nation Call Outs

The Chicago Architecture Foundation and radio host & producer Edward Lifson are developing and producing an ongoing weekly web and radio broadcast program tentatively titled One Nation, Under Construction. The program is about why the United States man-made environment looks the ways it does, and how that affects a person's life. It will engage people in learning the stories behind the building—conceptual and physical—of America’s spaces, places, and structures. Each week, the show will address a humanities theme through exploration of architecture, infrastructure, urban history, planning, and landscape. We are looking for producers of compelling, passionate audio stories about the built / man-made environment for the following segments:

O Pioneers! Redux? A commissioned story about the following: young people are emptying out of the center of the US. In states such as Nebraska and Kansas, only the very elderly remain as young people seek opportunity elsewhere. How is this different from the pioneer days? A few elderly guests from Nebraska, the Dakotas, Kansas discuss why they’re staying in their homes and how they have witnessed change in the rural US…

Dream House A commissioned story about the following: a family who bought what they thought would be their dream house, but it turned out to be a disaster. The dream house may be on the extreme fringe of the suburbs, in the city, etc. The story will surprise us, make us laugh, and connect humanities-based ideas about sprawl, cities, home.

Mortgage Crisis A commissioned story about the following: many people have recently lost their homes in the mortgage crisis. In this segment a diverse group of people come together to discuss the fantasies and realities of home ownership and how the mortgage crisis has affected them. The group may include: a Mexican-American family, a retired schoolteacher, a real estate agent, a firefighter, etc.

Please send your ideas, your pitches for any or all segments along with a sample of your work.

Each segment will be 4-6 minutes and $400-$600 compensation, dependent on production process.

Send all questions and pitches to Alyssa Kilroy: akilroy@architecture.org

transition to freelancecafe.org

Thank you all so much for the great feedback on freelancecafe.org – I really appreciate it. So what I’m hearing is that you like the email subscription option and you’re much more likely to read an email than check an RSS feed. Many of you would like a daily summary of the posts, and on the whole, you think the website looks pretty good. Excellent! So I’m ready to make the leap.

Here’s how this is going to work. I don’t want to lose any of you, so I’m going to sign you all up for the email subscriptions myself. I’ll start with the folks who sent feedback and I’ll wait a week or so to make sure everything is working properly before I start adding the rest of you. Once I add your name to the subscribers list, you’ll get an email that looks like this:

Click on the link and you should be good to go. Once I see that you’ve subscribed, I’ll take you off the regular email list so you don’t get duplicate emails. Should you decide that the email subscription is not for you, you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of any email you receive from Freelance Cafe. Oh, and the email subscription service is automatically a daily digest. It basically takes all the posts from that day and sends them out in email form. I can’t figure out how to change the frequency, so if you want more regular updates, just check the website itself.

Should you wish to comment or ask a question about any of the posts, I encourage you to click through to the site and write your comments there. I believe any replies to the subscription emails will come to me, but I’d love to generate a bit more conversation on the site itself.

As always, please continue to forward on any relevant events, workshops, award/fellowship/job opportunities, resources, anything you’d like to share with your fellow freelancers. I absolutely depend on you all to keep this thing going. And please continue to send your feedback on the site itself. I really appreciate any advice/suggestions/etc..

Finally, in addition to the email subscription, all posts are forwarded to FC on Twitter and Facebook. So follow us, friend us, help spread the word. FC has gone all social media on your ass. 🙂

Thanks guys. Hope you like the new digs.

multiple, part-time AP positions available at WNYC’s The Takeaway

This is an exciting new show, with lots of support from lots of big players. I believe you have to be in NYC for these gigs, but you never know. Details below! -mia



Co-producers WNYC and PRI — in collaboration with the BBC World Service, The New York Times, and WGBH Boston television and radio — are reinvigorating morning drive. The Takeaway is a new multi-platform national morning drive news program that is creating a new model for morning news and public broadcasting in the 21st century. The show is rooted in the values public radio is best known for — highly credible journalism, depth and context — but breaks out from the medium’s conventionally packaged sound. The project features live conversation, reporters in locations around the world, a cast of regular contributors, audience interaction, a website and distributed content, and video. The show is live, delivering national and international news and cultural stories through a conversational and unprecedented personality-driven format.

About the position:

The Assistant Producers will be responsible for operating all broadcast audio equipment associated with the live production of the show. The hires will be instrumental in maneuvering the fast-paced and high-intensity environment of a live national radio show. Under the direction of the Technical Director, the assistant producers will play a significant role in the sound and technical aspects of the show. Much of the work on the program will take place during early morning hours.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Digital editing of recorded radio segments for use in live broadcast
• Podcast production
• News/Music/Television editing for broadcast
• Assist producers with digital audio production
• Assist with show guests/live production of the show under supervision of Director and Line Producer
• Comply with all WNYC/WQXR and show policies and guidelines
• This position requires use of a computer, telephone and other office and/or broadcast equipment; ability to communicate effectively through a variety of methods
• Ability to work extended hours as needed
• Work on other special projects and other duties as assigned


• Bachelors Degree required
• Minimum of 1-2 years of Journalism/Media/News background strongly preferred
• Must be able to successfully problem-solve and multi-task under pressure of live broadcast
• Digital audio editing experience required; Cool Edit/Audacity, Easy Track and/or DAVID experience, ProTools, Audition, Ableton, others accepted
• Knowledge of different styles of radio programming required
• Strong audio editing skills required
• Practical knowledge of computers, computer systems, and associated audio interfaces
• Requires ability to take direction and complete tasks as assigned within specified timeframes
• Ability to meet objectives under (often intense) deadline pressure required
• Excellent communication skills—both oral and written—with an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and social backgrounds

• Requires the intellectual and emotional depth, maturity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively and/or interact with the other Takeaway staff, executives at WNYC, colleagues, vendors and guests as needed

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume online to jobs@wnyc.org with "P/T Assistant Prod, TT" and your last name in the subject line.

WNYC must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy.

Qualified candidates only please. No calls, no third-party submissions.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we are able to respond only to the candidates selected for interview. We appreciate your interest in employment with WNYC.

WNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.

online resource for Non Profit Law

This is primarily for non-profits but I'm sure there's some valuable material here for freelancers. Check it out.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy posted this link to a new web site called LawForChange, that offers information and resources about legal issues affecting nonprofit groups in areas including fund raising, lobbying, governance, and taxation.

the group that runs it works with a national consortium of law firms from all around the country, so they can assist with local issues as well a national concerns. 

looks like it's worth watching.


Call for submissions NAISA

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a very cool arts org based on Toronto. They have an annual festival (a few actually) and are looking for radio/music/sound/multimedia submissions for 2011. Definitely worth checking out. Good luck! -Mia


Current Calls for Submissions

2010 Calls For Submissions on the theme ABOUT TIME
Categories:  Radio Art, Electroacoustic Music/Sound Art, Videomusic and Installation Art
September 30, 2010 Deadline

2011 marks the 10th anniversary of NAISA’s Deep Wireless and SOUNDplay festivals and so it is an opportunity for NAISA to both reflect on the past and look ahead to the future.  With this in mind, New Adventures in Sound Art invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme ABOUT TIME for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2011 programming for its annual Deep Wireless, Sound Travels, and SOUNDplay festivals presented in Toronto, Canada. Artists may submit works in one or all of the following four categories (Note: please send separate submissions for each entry). 

Preference in programming will be given to works that respond in some way to the theme ABOUT TIME. Individual interpretations or variations on the theme are encouraged, but should be realized with sound as the primary component.

Artists may submit works in one or all of the following four categories (Note: please fill out one on-line submission for each entry):

1) Radio Art
2) Electroacoustic Music & Sound Art
3) Videomusic
4) Installation Art

1) Radio Art (for Deep Wireless)

The Radio Art category is for works conceived for radio or that use radio and other wireless technology in their creation and that play with the medium. Special consideration will be given to 1 minute radio art pieces for broadcast as well as 1 page proposals for collaboration on translocal and network performances.

Pieces will be selected for broadcast within Canada and on several international radio stations in May 2011 as part of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art.

Both Canadian and International radio art submissions will be considered for inclusion in the following:

-The Deep Wireless 8 radio art compilation CD
-The Radio Art Interventions (1 minute pieces played guerilla-style on radio stations during the Deep Wireless festival)
-The Radio Art Salon – a listening gallery of radio art works exhibited for the month of May.

2) Electroacoustic Music & Sound Art (for Sound Travels & SOUNDplay)

The Electroacoustic Music & Sound Art category is for multi-channel and stereo works conceived for concert performance or presentation in the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art and SOUNDplay festivals. Preferred formats for performance presentation include 5.1, octaphonic, 12 and 16-channel formats in both acousmatic (tape), live, and mixed formats. Please indicate in the notes the intended format of presentation and any required instrumentation or specialized equipment.

3) Videomusic (for SOUNDplay)

The Videomusic category is for works that explores non-narrative abstraction with equal emphasis on sound and image. Submitted works will be considered for video screenings with either stereo or multi-channel playback for screenings in either a performance venue or a small-size gallery alongside other works selected from this call for submissions.

4) Installation Art (for Deep Wireless, Sound Travels or SOUNDplay)

Installation proposals of previously realized works for site-specific and gallery installations will be considered for presentation as part of Deep Wireless, Sound Travels or SOUNDplay. Site-specific works can be for indoor or outdoor locations. Works can use multichannel or single channel playback and may incorporate any number of media, but must feature original sound as a primary element.

Preference will be given to small to medium scale interactive works that appeal to all ages. Please note that almost all of NAISA's exhibition locations are multi-use venues and often require works to be moved and re-positioned on non-exhibition days. Also attach a list of the necessary equipment required to mount the installation and which of these items can be supplied by the artist. Submissions should include audio, video or audio-video documentation of previously realized versions of the work.

Submission Guidelines

Please complete in full the online submission form by midnight on September 30, 2010 and submit by post your submission materials (postmarked September 30, 2010) to:
New Adventures in Sound Art
601 Christie Street #252,Toronto, ON, M6G 4C7, Canada.

Click here to begin online submission.

Once you have completed the on-line submission, you will be provided with a submission number. Please include this number, along with your full name, when mailing in your CD or DVD. For multichannel works, please include a stereo reduction for reference purposes only. For video works, please include a DVD copy for reference only. Screening and multi-channel masters will be requested later if the work is to be programmed. For installation works or performance proposals, please attach a list of required equipment with indication of equipment that can be supplied by the artist.

Materials will not be returned. Please don't send original copies.

NAISA Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Managing Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
Address: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON
M6G 4C7
Tel 416 652 5115

Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp, Aug 14, UC Berkeley

Hey folks. I went to this bootcamp a few years ago and found it pretty worthwhile for the cost. It's mostly about starting and managing non-profits but there was a lot of useful info about collaboration, marketing, and general biz methods. Plus there are a ton of networking and story-finding opportunities. Check it out.


Boot Camp Earlybird Registration through June 30
Tickets start at just $75. Ten reasons to
register now for Boot Camp:

1.   an action-packed day with inspiring leaders, live music, and hands-on workshops

2.   morning keynote
3.   four breakout sessions (select from more than 36 topics in three tracks)

4.   afternoon closing panel featuring Craig Newmark

5.   yummy food (breakfast, lunch and snacks)
6.   access to exhibit plaza with exhibitors, activities, facilitated networking, bookstore and more

7.   a half-hour, private coaching session with a Coaches Training Institute coach ($150 value)

8.   facilitated, "everyone is an expert" activities
9.   post-event cocktail party at The Hub Bay Area
10. networking with peers, colleagues and fellow change-oriented, passionate professionals

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Volunteers Needed
Volunteers make Boot Camp happen! For instance, Buckley White, a critical marketing volunteer, put together our first newsletter last week. And Clayton Gaddis is seeking in-kind donations. Thanks to Clayton, Clif Bar, Adina World, Hansen and others will keep your appetite sated on Aug. 14! We are so thankful for Buckley and Clayton's support. If you'd like to join our volunteer team, in advance or on the day of the event,
learn more here.

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Everyone is an Expert at Boot Camp
With an emphasis on fun and lively interaction and a belief that everyone is an expert, this year we are introducing two new types of facilitated activities to empower attendees to identify additional challenges and solutions, and share knowledge in a collaborative environment.

One new activity will be the Tech Campfire, where we invite you to propose a burning tech issue and then provide facilitators to address YOUR questions in a one-on-one or small group format.

The other is the Idea Bazaar, a free exchange of ideas loosely scheduled into mini-sessions. You are the experts. Some will be group problem solving exercises, others will be about sharing on-the-ground experiences and solutions to collaborative educational experiences. It's up to you.

If you have a burning tech question or mini-session idea then please let us know! We have set up online forms to gather your suggestions. Share your ideas for
Tech Campfire or Idea Bazaar topics.

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Boot Camp Presenters Author Two New Books
Veteran Boot Camp presenter and social media guru Beth Kanter has co-authored a new book,
The Networked Nonprofit. Coming out June 21st. Join a virtual book launch and support Cambodian kids.

Peter Block and John McKnight, both best-selling authors and experienced community builders, have authored, The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods.

Beth, Peter and John will each speak about their book topics and more at Boot Camp. Don't miss their workshops. Read more about Beth's session. Read more about John and Peter's session.

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Proud to Announce New Partnerships
We believe everyone should work together to build stronger communities.  For the first time, Boot Camp has collaborated with our partners to create sessions that demonstrate the power of ALL sectors to empower and enrich communities. Partners include
International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), Urban Libraries Council, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Center for Nonprofit & Public Leadership – Haas, UC Berkeley, and HandsOn Network. In their powerful Boot Camp sessions, these partners and others will discuss how they work with the nonprofit and business communities to jointly build stronger communities.

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Coaches Training Institute Special Offer for Boot Campers
All Boot Camp registrants are eligible for $200 off Coaches Training Institute's Co-active Fundamentals Course just for attending! Please call 800-691-6008 to register and mention "BootCamp2010".

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2010 Knight-Batten Awards, deadline June 11

side bar, three days left to apply


Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism

The awards recognize news and information ideas that significantly enhance opportunities for digital engagement.

$10,000 Grand Prize and $6,000 in Special Distinction Awards

Click Here to Apply

There is a $40 application fee per entry. The Knight-Batten Awards are funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Deadline: Friday, June 11, 2010