Scholarships Available for DEMO Conference

Could be a great opportunity for some of y'all.


Knight Foundation is sponsoring DEMO ( ), a leading technology investment conference in Silicon Valley this September where companies pitch ideas to investors.

Some 20 scholarships are available for start-ups to attend – including two for women and minority-led digital media companies.

Apply by July 15th at

Snap Judgment Pitch List

Here's the latest call for pitches from our friends at Snap Judgment. Pitch away!


Hello Snap Judgment friends, here's our latest theme list. Please send pitches to Pitches@snapjudgment, and remember that our stories need a strong narrative arc, told by a central character.  Lastly, please listen to the show before pitching. For some guidance, check our flowchart, "Is your story right for Snap Judgment?"

The Tortoise and the Hare: Stories about an unexpected winner, an underdog, or a patient clairvoyant. We have the story of a young musician in an oil boom town who resists getting a job in the oil business, eventually the oil dries up but his band goes on to become famous. We're looking for stories where seemingly foolhardy or difficult to understand decisions pay off unexpectedly.

Lost in Translation OR Misdiagnosis: Mr. Roper thinks Jack is sleeping with Cindy but it's all a big misunderstanding sorted out at the Regal Beagle. OK, so we're looking for stories a bit more sophisticated than the plot line of 3's Company. Stories of misunderstandings that lead to dramatic or surprising consequences. We are working on stories about sign language being misinterpreted as gang symbols, a widespread disease in a small town being misdiagnosed and a young girl misunderstanding her families bigamy.

Nemesis: Stories about enemies, arch rivals, the opposition. We are working on a piece about a young man who writes a cruel letter to a neighborhood developer. Nemesis stories should have an unexpected twist or outcome.

Something quite precocious : We're hoping this episode will feature the voices of young people, and tell stories that highlight the ways in which kids see situations differently than adults. Examples include the story of a young girl who saves her father's life after a car accident.

We're still looking for stories for several themes from our last call, including Spaceman (these stories can include air travel, hot air ballooning, etc), Waste, and The Wiz.

Thank you very much,


Anna Sussman

Knight NEA Arts Journalism Challenge

Large grants available for arts journalism – a rare opportunity! Details below.


Knight Foundation and NEA offer up to $100,000 for projects in Eight-city Community Arts Journalism Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 6, 2011) Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today are launching an eight-city competition seeking new models for local arts journalism in the digital age. The initiative seeks to rethink how traditional media systems function, harnessing the latest tools and technology to make the transition to the new information environment.

Just as cultural institutions are pursuing new ways to engage audiences, information portals are also seeking innovative methods to cover, inspire and engage communities through the arts and to provide platforms for high quality cultural criticism and coverage.

Winners of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge will use the latest tools for storytelling and engaging readers to create model programs that could be replicated in other communities.

“Arts journalism is essential to the kind of vibrant communities we all want to live in,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. “With the changing media landscape, we have a real opportunity here to find new, engaging and sustainable models.”

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “The challenges facing arts journalism are well known. However, no clear solutions have yet emerged to sustain locally relevant coverage. We are counting on the bold and innovative thinking in these eight communities to begin showing a path forward.”

Applications are being accepted for projects in the following cities: Akron, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., Macon, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., Miami, Fla., Philadelphia, Pa., San Jose/ Silicon Valley, Calif., and St. Paul, Minn. Although the applicant may be from outside these eight cities, the proposed project must benefit at least one of these communities directly.

Up to $100,000 is available per project: first round winners will receive up to $20,000 to create an “action plan” for developing their idea, and will be eligible for up to $80,000 in the contest’s second round to implement it.

Individuals, non-profits and businesses are eligible to apply. Partnerships between legacy and emerging media organizations are encouraged. There is no limit to the number of applications an organization can submit.

“No idea is too unusual,” Scholl said. “Embedding a nonprofit reporter in a for-profit news organization? Creating a new collective to share professional work? Asking the community to decide which arts stories are best and put up the money to cover those? Have better ideas that never would have occurred to us on our own? Fill out the application form, and send them in. The best ideas may well be the ones that stretch our thinking.”

For application materials and more information, visit The application deadline is Thursday, August 18, 2011.

Knight and NEA staff will answer questions about the challenge during a live, online chat at 2 p.m. July 27th at No registration is required, though you can go to to sign up for a reminder.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:

About the National Endowment for the Arts:

Media Contacts:
Marc Fest, Vice President of Communications, Knight Foundation,

Victoria Hutter, Assistant Director, Public Affairs


Sally Gifford | Public Affairs Specialist | National Endowment for the Arts | 202-682-5606
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full time photog gig in Spain

This is a full-time gig but I couldn't resist passing it along. ¡Viva España!


10058459 — Chief Photographer/Photo Editor

This photographer organizes and provides photographic coverage of spot
news, enterprise, sports and entertainment, primarily in Spain but
also in the region as required. This person works closely with the
Regional Photo Editor in London and bureau text and TV staff to ensure
planning and coverage of hard and soft news in Spain and Portugal. He
or she generates projects that add a dimension beyond the daily
report. The incumbent manages as small team of staff photographers and
helps develop and maintain a network of freelancers as well. The
photographer covers assignments in the Iberian peninsula as required.
International travel is a required part of the job.


All candidates must have superior news judgment and the photographic
skills to provide high level coverage competitively from this
important area in Europe, plus a demonstrated ability to generate
strong photos beyond scheduled assignments. Skills include a sharp
sense of photo composition, the ability to compose as events unfold
and tell a story photographically.

Creativity is critical, as well as the ability to meet deadlines. The
photographer must be able to shoot sport to a high level to provide
competitive coverage of the many international sports events in Spain.
The applicant must be able to edit digital images and transmit using
appropriate technology. Proficiency in writing captions that are
accurate and informative is essential. Multimedia skills are a plus.
This person must be self-motivated and well-organized, with the
flexibility to juggle priorities; good planning skills are essential.
He or she must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
The candidate must be eager and able to work as part of a team and to
also work effectively independently.

Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English
language is required as well as a good working knowledge of Spanish.
The successful candidate must be willing and able to work in a 24/7
news environment. The selected candidate must be able to obtain legal
authorization to work in Spain if not currently authorized to do so.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering
fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media
platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and
most trusted source of independent news and information.  On any given
day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

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Video internships at Burning Man

For you crazy desert lovers 😉


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VIDEO INTERNSHIPS @ BURNING MAN 2011: Now accepting Applications!

Send in a resume, links of prior work and/or a cover letter telling us
which project you want in on… We've got three!
((Read details below))

Work involves shooting video in the morning or in the evening at
specific assigned locations. A video team and a schedule will be
formed so shifts can be shared/signed up for, and distributed. A
dedicated area for charging cameras (and dumping content) will be
provided at Media Mecca.


*Video shooting and/or editing experience.
*Audio or Digital Production experience.
*Ability to uphold deadlines.
*Familiarity with Burning Man.
*Strong communication skills.


*You already have the Video Equipment you will use (definitely not
required, but we are looking for more video recording tools!)


*Video Interns must be able to shoot for Burning Man on some days
between Sunday night August 28, 2011 through Friday, September 2nd,
2011. Interns will work in shifts for no more than 2 hours at a time.
Those working on the experimental Civic Participation project must be
able to come to Burning Man starting August 22, 2011.