Updated Bruno’s info for TONIGHT

Hey all. Hope you can make it out to Bruno’s in SF tonight. And I hope to see many of you at the Third Coast East meets West gathering in Chicago tomorrow!
Best, Mia


Our MC for tonight @ Bruno’s in San Francisco is freelance guru Jeff St. John. Here’s his contact information. Let em know when you’ll arrive and he will wave you into the clique. 
Jeff St. John:

Jennifer Inez Ward
Contributing Editor
Oakland Local

Call for Audio / Multimedia Submissions – Storyscape

No $ for this, but it's a very cool site. Might be good for that project you just want to see light.


Storyscape, an online literary and arts journal that is “story centered,” is actively pursuing audio, art, mixed media, and multi-media works that explore the concept of “story” from a non-textual perspective. The mission of Storyscape Journal is to collect stories in all their forms and formats. We get particularly excited when we publish stories that have no… you know… words. Or, at least, no words you can SEE.

We’re looking for audio, and this is where you come in.

Submit your audio, video, multimedia, and thing-we-can’t-describe-because-we’ve-never-seen-it-before (gasp) by link or by .mp3 or by whatchamacallit HERE:


To check out the site: www.storyscapejournal.com

Our mission statement: www.storyscapejournal.com/mission.html
Our submission guidelines: www.storyscapejournal.com/submit.html

Past contributors include: Amber Boardman, Ken Cormier, David Shapiro, Stephanie Chambers, Tereza Swanda, Ryan Scammell, and many more.

Request for Reporting Proposals

Hey all – help spread the word about this LA-based project, based on an award-winning story reported out of Oakland last year. This from one of the producers:

The basics: Newsdesk.org is teaming up with Spot.Us to iterate the production and funding formula that won us an SPJ SDX award for our pollution and public-health reporting in Oakland. This time, we're taking it to Los Angeles, and welcome proposals from reporting teams looking to do new coverage of pollution and public health in the region.

Details follow.


Request for Reporting Proposals: The Los Angeles Toxic Tour

View online: http://newsdesk.org/2010/10/the-los-angeles-toxic-tour-request-for-proposals/

Download as a PDF: http://newsdesk.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/LA-Toxic-Tour-RFP.pdf

Would you like to bring the award-winning "Toxic Tour" reporting project to Los Angeles? Newsdesk.org and Spot.Us welcome proposals from journalists interested in developing new coverage of pollution and environmental health in Los Angeles communities.  

  • Proposals are due Nov. 12 for short-term projects using text and multimedia to document pollution and communities in greater Los Angeles. Topics include neighborhoods, economics, industry, land use, transportation, politics, activism, environment and health.
  • Spot.Us is seeding the LA Toxic Tour with a $1,000 mini-grant; the rest of the budget will be crowdfunded from local, regional and national communities. 
  • Finished work will be published and promoted by Newsdesk and Spot.Us, and shared with regional and national media partners, including the Investigative News Network.
Proposal Requirements: Budget & Personnel
  • The maximum proposed budget we can accept is $6,000. The majority of project funding will come from individual donors, so be realistic when budgeting. 
  • Project must include two or more journalists with complementary skills (i.e., reporter, editor, multimedia producer), who can collaborate to finalize reporting for publication. 
Project Goals
  • Produce quality coverage serving overlooked Los Angeles communities
  • Strengthen crowdfunding as a tool to finance independent journalism
  • Create a replicable model for funding, producing and publishing coverage by small, independent reporting teams in underserved communities
To Apply (Deadline Nov. 12) 
Proposals can be modeled on the first Toxic Tour (see below), or can take an entirely fresh approach. Send an email to latoxictour@newsdesk.org with the following details pasted in as text only: 
  • Proposal title & primary contact information
  • Production timeline and number of proposed reports
  • 100-word summary outlining: pollution issue/s, geographic region, community impacts and responses, links to previous coverage of issue/s (if any)
  • 30-word bios of reporters (minimum two reporters) with links to published work
  • Are you willing to help promote the crowdfunding campaign to your networks? 
  • Line-item project budget (maximum: $6,000)
Proposal evaluation criteria 
  • Relevance to underserved L.A. communities
  • Quality of the producing team's work
  • Viability of the project budget for crowdfunding. 
Newsdesk.org's 2009 series "The Bay Area Toxic Tour: West Oakland" covered the impacts of pollution from the Port of Oakland on adjacent communities. The project was produced by three independent journalists, financed by Spot.Us, and won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism. 

Questions? Drop us a line at: latoxictour@newsdesk.org

Dual Meetings at Third Coast – Radio Guild Wage Standards followed by Freelance Cafe East meets West soiree

Hey FC folks. The Third Coast International Audio Festival is coming up THIS WEEKEND!! I'm so excited to see a bunch of you there, and in hopes of connecting with as many of you as possible, we've scheduled an East meets West FC gathering. First – we'll meet up with the Radio Guild to discuss setting wage standards for freelancers (details below), then meld into a purely social drinks/dinner for as long as y'all care to hang out.

Hope you can join us!
Friday, October 29
followed by drinks/dinner (place TBD)

Meet at the Wyndham Chicago Hotel 2nd Floor Lounge and we'll go from there.


Going to Third Coast? We thought this would be a great time to meet folks to discuss an issue dear to every producer who's ever done any freelance work – setting wage standards.

Please join us Friday, Oct. 29, at 5:45, for a quick, pre-dinner brainstorming session. Location to be announced, at Third Coast or sooner. Drop us a line to add your name to the email list so we can keep you in the loop.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you soon,

Sally Herships
Cell: (718) 938-0576

Laura Friedman

Cell: 646-721-4651

Open Call for EMPAC Artist Residency Applications, Troy, NY

Hey Hudson Valley folks. Just learned about this artist-in-residence program in Troy – it looks fantastic! Details below.


EMPAC Open Call for Artist in Residence Proposals: Troy, N.Y. – Since 2005, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) has established a vibrant residency program that has hosted over 40 artists and their collaborators, spanning theater, dance, music, video, and installation. While EMPAC will continue its open call residency program, EMPAC is pleased to announce four additional focused initiatives:

‐ Audio Production / Post‐Production

For sound recording, development of multichannel sound works, documentation, mastering, mixing, film scoring, or any other task involving microphones, speakers, consoles and computers.

‐ Creative Research

Provides artists, writers, and theorists with the opportunity to conduct research over extended periods of time (minimum six weeks).

‐ Dance / Theater

To rehearse, workshop or finalize a production. Provides a group of up to six individuals a two‐week rehearsal period in a 3,300 sq. ft. black box space with full production support.

‐ Video Production / Post‐Production

For multiple camera shoots, documentation of a performance, development of multichannel video projection, digital video post‐production, or any project involving HD video cameras, computers, and projectors.

EMPAC’s unique facilities offer four major venues including a Concert Hall, Theater, and two black box Studios, in addition to artists in residence studios, and a state of the art infrastructure. To apply, please include a letter of intent, a project description, a resume or CV for all major collaborators, as well as works, samples, and other supporting materials. Proposals are reviewed by EMPAC curators four times a year. Upcoming reviews will take place on October 15, January 14, April 15, and July 15. In general, residencies are scheduled six months to one year in advance. 

For more information, go to: http://www.empac.rpi.edu/residencies/artist/

Freelance Cafe West October Gathering, Thursday Oct 28, 6:30pm SF

Come one, come all to our October Social gathering Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Bruno's in the San Francisco Mission District.

It's your chance to connect and meet up with some of the coolest Bay Area freelancers who have tons of experience working the freelance market–whether it's writing for an online news site, doing audio reports for radio, or trying to get a consulting business off the ground.

We'll chat about the freelance life, waiting for checks from editors, and cool spots to celebrate Halloween.

So come have a drink and some tasty treats in the City.

Any questions, contact Jen Ward, West Coast party director, at jennifer.wrd@gmail.com or 510.393.7544.

Bruno's Info:

2389 Mission St., San Francisco, CA
(415) 643-5200

Jennifer Inez Ward
Contributing Editor
Oakland Local


Knight Fellowship deadline Nov 7th

I've done one of the KDMC fellowships and it was phenomenal. Go for it!


The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley J-School is hosting a training session/fellowship on data journalism aimed at unpacking the 2010 Census. The training is in December; the deadline to apply is November 7th.

KDMC fellowships are wonderful opportunities to meet other journalists, learn new, cutting-edge skills, and frankly, eat awesome food. And Berkeley's not bad, either…

Data Visualization is a growing piece of the journalism innovation pie , another possible skill that can enhance your audio storytelling.

One of the trainers, the wonderful Jerry Monti, has written about data journalism here: http://bit.ly/aTBsUb

More information about the workshop and links to applications are here: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/workshops/39/

BTW, One of the presenters at this session is from public media. It's Dante Chinni, the award-winning creator of Patchwork Nation, a project now affiliated with PBS Newshour.

Paid Multimedia Reporting Trip to India

Word from a radio colleague is that this is a legitimate organization. Check it out!


Just wanted to pass along a really incredible opportunity being offered by an innovative new org called Round Earth Media. They're seeking "smart, creative, socially-networked multimedia journalists" for a paid 3-week reporting trip to India in Feb/March of 2010. Emphasis on early-career, but no restrictions. Details here: http://www.roundearthmedia.com/indianetwork/

Community Media” is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:00 PM, SF

I case you hadn't heard about this – event tomorrow at Sandbox Suites in Berkeley. Check it out!



Meetup Reminder

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1900 Addison St. Suite 200
Berkeley CA 94704

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Meetup Description

Looking for a new path in journalism? It may be just around the corner, literally.

Find out why veteran journalists and recent J-school grads are helping to build community news organizations and what these groups can – and can't – provide to their writers, photographers, videographers, designers and editors. You may be surprised. We'll be meeting with several community news leaders who'll provide an overview on the myths, challenges, training, opportunities and satisfaction in building local newsrooms from the ground up.

Guests will include:

TRACEY TAYLOR, Co-founder and Editor of the red-hot site Berkeleyside.com; and
KWAN BOOTH, Senior Community Manager of widely read Oakland Local, and
MICHELLE FITZHUGH-CRAIG, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of the just-launched Shades magazine,with
Host: SF Journalist Group Organizer TOM MURPHY, who is also Founder and Editor of Newswire21.organd RedwoodAge.com

This is the second in our "Rewrite Desk" series of low-cost programs designed to help experienced journalists learn about opportunities in new media.

Cost: FREE for members of the Society of Professional Journalists; $3 at the door for others.

SF Bay Area Journalists is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California. Co-sponsors include: New America Media; the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism; Newswire21.org; RedwoodAge.com.

This Meetup Group is sponsored by

SPJ of Northern California · Co-sponsor · · BABJA

Freelance Rate survey – deadline approaching

Hey folks. The deadline is approaching for the Radio Guild's freelancer survey. They are not associated with Freelance Cafe or the Freelance Media Workers Guild, but I know the folks organizing it and they are really great people. This is an opportunity to help secure better wages for freelancers of all stripes. You can access the survey here: