Sourcefabric – redesigning the future of journalism

Hey folks. I was recently contacted by an interesting organization in Europe. They have a contest coming up that some of y'all might be interested in. (Prize is a trip to Prague!) Details and a message from their communications guy below.



We're a non-profit organisation supporting independent media through a variety of things from running contests challenging people to redesign news on the web (, to building great broadcast networks in interesting places ( based in Dakar, using SoundCloud, satellite technology and open source software), to reporting on undercovered stories ( We have our own CMS for journalists, and we're currently developing an open source newsroom management tool.

But perhaps it's the contest that might interest people the most. More details are below – any help you could give us on spreading the word about what we do would be great.

Many thanks, Adam

Hyphen Public Interest Journalism Fellowship – deadline August 1

A great opportunity from Hyphen Magazine – deadline is approaching!


Hyphen Public Interest Journalism Fellowship

The Hyphen Public Interest Journalism Fellowship will foster high-impact stories about Asian Americans with a focus on coverage of the pressing social issues of the day, such as immigration or the environment.

Fellows who are selected will funded up to $3,500 each. Projects can be in any medium, and the fellowship is open to journalists in all media. Fellows will be selected based on the strength of the proposal and likelihood for successful reporting and completion. Hyphen publishes a print magazine, website and blog.

The fellowship will fill a need for ambitious journalism covering Asian American communities and issues. Fellows will be expected to report and produce stories that illuminate some aspect of the Asian American experience. Fellows will be supervised by Hyphen’s editorial team.

Timeline: Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on August 1, 2011 (electronic application only). Email the application to:

Fellows will be announced August 31, 2011.

Fellows are expected to complete the first draft of the project by January 2012.

Eligibility: Journalists who have at least three years of experience in print, video, audio or electronic journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing) and demonstrate the ability to produce high-quality in-depth journalistic work. Applicants should have prior experience and a clear passion for covering Asian American communities and issues, or other marginalized communities and communities of color. Fellows must be eligible to work in the United States, though they do not need to be based in the United States. The candidate must represent and warrant that she or he be able to work in the United States or otherwise be able to receive the fellowship and perform the services required by the fellowship without violating applicable laws and regulations. Nothing stated herein shall obligate Hyphen magazine to awarding the fellowship or otherwise selecting a recipient for the fellowship. 

About Hyphen: Hyphen is a national independent magazine covering Asian American arts, culture and politics. Hyphen’s magazine has a readership of 10,000 as well as an established and growing online presence with an average of 45,000 unique monthly visitors to its website,, and blog, The stories produced will be publicized via our magazine, website and social media.

How to Apply

Please include a fellowship proposal, budget, work samples and resume.

Fellowship Proposal: A statement not to exceed 2,000 words that includes a detailed description of the proposed project. Discuss the significance and timeliness of the topic and how it affects the Asian American community.

Please ensure that your project proposal responds to the following questions/points

  1. An overview of the project you propose.
  2. What is new, innovative, useful, counterintuitive or controversial about the topic addressed by your project?

  3. What are the implications of the project both in the short and long term for Asian Americans and others?
  4. Why are you proposing the project? How did you happen upon the topic?
  5. Why are you the best person to do this project and story?

Budget: Include a one-page estimated project budget describing how the funds will be used to support the project (research, materials, travel if necessary).

Work Samples: Please submit an electronic copy of three work samples that include the name of the publication or outlet and the date it was published.

Resume: Please include a list of representative publications and outlets, membership in professional organizations, major journalism prizes and/or awards and year awarded. Include at least one professional reference.

Email all materials to

Distribution Grant for New York State Artists

Funding available for you New York State folks to get your work out to the public. Details below.


Distribution Funds Available: Deadline: 10/31/2011

free103point9 is pleased to announce the next Distribution Grant Deadline for New York State Artists providing support for the distribution and exhibition of new works in film, video, sound, new-media, and media-installation. Funding is available from free103point9 through a regrant from New York State Council on the Arts' Electronic Media and Film Program ( ). Grant awards will assist artists in making works available to public audiences and may include, but are not limited to: moving image and sound works; duplication of preview, screening and exhibition copies; promotional materials including documentation and schematics of media-installation and new-media works. The rental or purchase of equipment essential for exhibition/distribution by individual artists is also eligible. More information:

Looking for LA-based Indies for new public affairs program

For you LA-based radio folks – a great opportunity to work on a new project with radio legend Jim Russell. Exciting stuff!


I am looking for talented LA-based Indies who might like to work on a pilot for Town Hall Los Angeles. We're reinventing a public affairs program, needing to give it life, surprise, energy and coverage of the incredible diversity that is Los Angeles. Town Hall LA thinks civic engagement is essential, but it doesn’t think public affairs have to be boring. Especially in a megalopolis like Los Angeles, where Hollywood, politics, money, 120 languages, cultures and palates all collide to create one of the most energetic and exciting places in the world. If you are an experienced radio producer who wants to show off your skill and creativity, email me at with your background and a link to an audio sample of your best work.

Jim Russell
The Program Doctor

FSRN is hiring a DC Correspondent

Our friends at Free Speech Radio News are hiring in DC. Details below.


FSRN is hiring!  Great chance to really cover the capital for a national audience.
Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. Send application materials to

DC Correspondent Position

Free Speech Radio News is looking for a creative, passionate and experienced broadcast news reporter to join our worker-run collective.

Free Speech Radio News is the only collectively run daily news program in the United States, and is broadcast on more than 110 stations across the country. FSRN has reporters in 40 states and 50 countries and covers national and international stories that aren’t being told elsewhere, highlighting how the actions of elected officials and decision-makers affect real people.

The DC Staff Correspondent plays a crucial role in determining and carrying out our coverage from Capitol Hill, and is a familiar and trusted voice for our audience. Our ideal candidate is a news junkie, who eats and sleeps current events and is constantly on the look-out for new and under-reported stories and voices.


-File a 3-4 minute long feature story each day on breaking news and current events emanating from Washington and the US Capitol.

-Gather additional sound from events, press conferences, speeches and interviews.

-Follow closely news and developments in Congress, the White House, government departments and agencies and the US Supreme Court.  Have a good understanding of Washington, DC community news, which FSRN also covers.

-Plan and execute FSRN’s 2012 Election coverage.

-Participate in daily editorial meetings.

-Prepare multimedia elements for FSRN’s website, including video.

-Recruit, train and oversee DC freelance reporters.

-Participate as a guest on radio shows throughout the Pacifica Network and on stations airing FSRN.

-Participate in staff collective that helps to run FSRN, including attending staff meetings and annual meeting, and serving on committees.

-As a collective, decisions at FSRN are made in a decentralized manner. Consequently, the ideal candidate must be comfortable with this kind of process and be able to work effectively with it. Also due to the collective nature of the organization, the candidate must be able to function with a high level of autonomy.

-Other duties as required


-Proven track record filing feature stories covering government on daily deadline

-Solid understanding of Congress and legislative process

-Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills

-Ability to find appropriate and diverse sources on short turn-around

-Ability to write accurate, compelling radio stories on tight daily deadlines

-Ability to find new, under-reported angles and break news of interest to the FSRN audience

-Knowledge of and dedication to grassroots radio/independent journalism

Preferred experience:

-2 years daily deadline reporting experience in Washington, DC

-Experience shooting and editing video

-Fluency in languages other than English

-Journalism training and mentoring background

-Investigative reporting experience

Location: Washington, DC office. Candidates must have their own broadcast-quality radio recording equipment.

Hours: This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position, Monday through Friday with occasional weekend work.  We provide paid holidays, two weeks of vacation and the opportunity to participate in an egalitarian worker-run structure. Currently, FSRN does not provide health care.

Pay:  $18.75/hour

How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, four references and links to three of your best radio feature news stories (3-4 minutes in length) to No audio attachments please. First review of applications begins August 15th. Please put the title of the position in the subject line. Expected start date: September/Early October.

People of color, women, LGBT people, people with disabilities, immigrants, and people who have lived in poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

2011 CA Documentary Project grants

This org has funded some brilliant projects in the past. Deadline is Oct 3 for the latest round of funding. Go for it!




2011 CA Documentary Project

Grants for film, radio and new media

Deadline October 3, 2011


The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program of the California Council for the Humanities (CCH). CDP supports the research and development, production, and public engagement stages of film, radio, and new media projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. Projects must approach subject matter from a humanities perspective; enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples and histories; and be suitable for California and national audiences.


Eligible projects may apply for research and development funding up to $7,000, film or radio production funding up to $50,000, or new media production funding up to $20,000.


Please see for more information.

NY part-time reporting job for 5k

This looks interesting for you NY print folks.


New York reporters:

Please see the job description below – it's for a part-time reporting position that'll run at least through September for a state accountability project run by the Center for Public Integrity, in conjunction with Public Radio International. It requires someone who knows NY state politics and is used to delving for state-related information. After gathering a lot of data you'll be required to write a report – there's a possibility that a radio piece could come out of it too. If interested please contact Caitlin Ginley, whose information appears at the end of the post. She'd like to fill the position ASAP.

Subject: State Accountability Project Seeks 50 Reporters

The Center for Public Integrity Seeks 50 Experienced Reporters for State Accountability Project

Over the next 18-months, the Center for Public Integrity will create a risk analysis of corruption in all 50 state governments. We're hiring part-time, freelance reporters to assess the existence and effectiveness of anti-corruption and government transparency measures at the state level, including political financing, civil service management and state budget processes.  We want reporters who know their state and how to dig. The project team will also create online data, reporting, and technology tools to help empower people to demand greater accountability and reform.

The Center is partnering with Public Radio International and Global Integrity on the project. The Center has been a leader in nonprofit investigative journalism for more than 20 years and our work is widely cited, referenced, and used by media and non-media organizations around the country.

If you are interested in applying, please click on the enclosed link We also encourage you to share this link with colleagues you think might be interested in applying.

Thank you

For more information, please contact:
Center staff writer Caitlin Ginley
Ph. (202) 481-1238

NYC-based Job opening at TAL

This American Life is hiring a producer in NYC. Sweet gig if you can get it. Details and contact information below.


You can apply by emailing or apply directly on line at

This American Life is produced by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) and is heard on over 500 public radio stations in the U.S. by 1.7 million listeners each week. Most weeks it's also the most popular podcast in the country, with another 650,000 people downloading. It's heard each week in Canada on the CBC and in Australia on the ABC. The show has won every major American award for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, but from the start, it was designed as an entertainment, a documentary show for people who hate documentaries. It's known for a distinct sound that it created, with funny and compelling stories about everyday people. In recent years, the show has tackled newsier subjects.

The job includes but is not limited to:
Finding, commissioning, editing, directing, mixing and producing segments for a weekly show. These include stories with field reporting and sound, host interviews and authors reading original fiction and non-fiction.

Designing entire programs, in collaboration with the Senior Producer.
Structuring and producing stories with freelance reporters. Some of our producers also report their own stories.
Directing talent in the studio, editing voice tracks and quotes, selecting and mixing music into the stories.

Demonstrated experience with narrative journalism is essential: creating stories that unfold with a plot and emotion and humor and fully relatable characters. Five years’ experience reporting or producing in radio, preferably for a nationally distributed show.

Film or TV documentary experience may substitute for radio experience, if it's crafting stories similar to the style of our program.
Digital audio editing and mixing skills are essential.
College Graduate or equivalent training and experience.
Please note: We will only consider candidates who have experience doing narrative journalism like the stories on our show.

Salary consummate with experience. This position is based in New York City. Due to the production schedule of the show, we will be contacting candidates for interviews in late August and early September. Please include links to your work in your cover letter.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that seeks diversity in the workplace.

Third Coast – RHDF Competition deadline is this week

Last minute entries still being accepted for the Coasties audio awards. Go for it!


Hey Producers,

The LATE deadline for the 2011 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition is just three days away!

After noon PDT on Thursday, July 14, you'll have to wait an entire year to participate. So why not enter, say… right now?

Winning producers will receive prizes ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 to support future creative endeavors. Winning programs (and their producers) will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in Chicago and heard by a national audience this fall in Best of the Best: The 2011 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, distributed by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Read more about the Competition, categories and how to upload your entry here:

And don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions ( You can also call 312-948-4682.

Happy listening and entering, people!


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  • UNITY Journalism Fellowships

    More funding for non-traditional journalistic ventures.


    "New U" entrepreneur fellowship program opens

    Applications are now being accepted for the latest round of the New U: News Entrepreneurs Working Through UNITY fellowship, a competitive program funded by the Ford Foundation for journalists of color who want to become entrepreneurs. Participants will attend a “startup camp” in October in Las Vegas, get one-on-one mentoring, and compete to win $10,000 in start-up funding. Fellowship winners will be announced in September.