Grant funding and applicant info sessions from the CA Council for the Humanities

A number of FC members have received funding for their projects through the CSF. Details below on their upcoming informational sessions.
Best, Mia


The California Council for the Humanities will be holding its first informational session for California Story Fund (CSF) grantseekers this Friday, with additional sessions to follow. For more information about CSF, see below. (You may need to enable graphic elements.) Please feel free to forward this email to friends and colleagues who might be interested.

Dates and times for upcoming informational sessions are as follows:

Informational Webinar

  • Friday, September 30, 2011—10:30 am to 12:00 pm Pacific Time

Informational Meetings

  • San Diego Region Session 

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011—4:00 to 5:30 pm Pacific Time

    Malcolm X Library

    5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114

  • Inland Empire Region SessionWednesday, October 5, 2011—12:00 to 1:30 pm Pacific Time

    Highgrove Library

    530 W. Center Street, Highgrove, CA 92507

All sessions are free. For more information and to register for one of the sessions, click HERE.

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part time photog gig in Menlo Park, CA

Interesting photo gig in Menlo Park. Details below!


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Menlo Park, CA

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of the world's leading
research laboratories in particle physics research. SLAC is now a
multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator
and particle physics research, and is operated by Stanford University
for the U.S. Department of Energy. Our Laboratory Multimedia
Communications department is seeking a part-time photographer to cover
a diverse range of visual subjects and events in a high-end scientific
research environment. All equipment will be provided.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Spend one day a week at SLAC taking photos as
determined and scheduled by the Multimedia Communications Manager and
the Communications Department / Work closely with the Multimedia
Communications Manager to establish guidelines and routines for
generating photographic content for a variety of outlets for both
print and web / Photograph scientific equipments, construction
projects, working scientists, staff members, events, and editorial
subject matter / Must be available to work a full 8-hour shift the
same day each week (specific day is negotiable), and must be available
for 2-4 additional hours per week on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Photo -Journalism,
Design or a combination of related education and experience  / Must
have a portfolio that demonstrates an ability to handle a variety of
photographic projects, including taking portraits, covering events,
and creating images for editorial and promotional use / Must be able
to set up and work quickly / Must be highly organized with an ability
to create and maintain a workflow to support the required creation,
keyword tagging and cataloging of all images in a networked
database /  Must have extensive knowledge of Adobe Photoshop / Ability
to work a full 8 hour shift the same day each week (specific day is
negotiable), and must be available for 2-4 additional hours per week
on an as-needed basis. Desired Skills:  Experience shooting with Canon
equipment / Experience shooting in a research or technical
environment / Knowledge of Adobe Bridge and Lightroom or similar image
database software.

To Apply:   Interested applicants can apply online at

Soup-to-Nuts radio how to workshop in Bay Area, Oct 15-16

The fabulous Claire Schoen is offering her radio how-to class again – once in Berkeley in Oct and again in Durham, NC in November. Details below!


Award-winning, documentary radio producer Claire Schoen will be teaching her "Soup-to-Nuts class again at her studio in Berkeley, California over the weekend of October 15/16. It will be offered this time under the auspices of Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, but it is essentially the same class that she usually teaches. She will also be offering it as a 3-day class November 3-6 in Durham, North Carolina on Duke's campus.

You can sign up for either of these classes at this url:

Also, you might want to check out Claire's website and listen to some of her work at


The Center for Documentary Studies presents:

"From Soup to Nuts"

A 2-day intensive on documentary radio production

October 15&16, 2011

Where: Berkeley CA
Class runs from 10am to 5:30 pm each day.
Class size is limited to 8 students

The Course:

Through lectures, group discussion, Q & A, written handouts, and lots of audio demos, this two-day class will explore the ins and outs of creating a long-form radio documentary. Designed to meet the needs of mid-level producers, this seminar will also be accessible to individuals who have little or no experience in radio production.


Compelling audio

documentary incorporates a creative weave of elements including narration, interviews, music, vérité scenes, character portraits, dramatizations, performances, archival tape, and ambience beds. Students learn how these elements serve to paint a picture in sound.


Emphasis will

be put on the production process. To this end, the class will examine the steps of concept development, research, pre-production, recording techniques, interviewing, writing, organizing tape, scripting, editing and mixing required to create an audio documentary.


Most importantly, we will focus on the art of storytelling. We will discuss dramatic structure, taking the listener through introduction, development and resolution of a story. And we will explore how character development brings the listener to the heart of the story.


The Teacher:

Claire Schoen is a media producer, with a special focus on documentary radio. As a producer/director, she has created over 20 long-form radio documentaries and several documentary films, as well as numerous short works. As a sound designer she has recorded, edited and mixed sound for film, video, radio, webstory, museums and theater productions. Her radio documentaries have garnered numerous awards including NFCB Golden and Silver reels, two Gracies, two Clarion awards. a PASS award and a New York International Festival Silver. She has also shared in both a Peabody and a DuPont-Columbia.

Claire has taught documentary radio production at numerous venues including U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, the Third Coast Festival Conference, AIR’s mentorship program and the CDS Summer Institute at Duke.


To Register:

Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Sound Doctor Workshops – Thurs, Oct 6th

My favorite women of radio are offering two workshops on Oct. 6 in San Francisco. You don't want to miss this! Details below.


Dear Friends,

Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters are conducting a recording and interviewing workshop and a "sound doctor" workshop on Thursday, October 6th in San Francisco. These three-hour sessions are designed for people who want to acquire and hone their skills in an array of audio projects–radio, online storytelling, oral histories, audio slide shows, family histories, news, documentaries, podcasts, and other multimedia platforms.

In the recording and interviewing workshop, Davia will cover miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to listen (which is harder than it looks), how to use interviews in conjunction with images, recording equipment and more.

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. People who attend come from radio, film, multimedia, newspapers, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, writing, libraries, archives, web design, detective agencies, restaurants, health care organizations, and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.

Nikki will also hold a sound doctor session. Bring your work-in-progress, something that you need help thinking through, that is vexing you and needs some brainstorming. Bring radio, images, multimedia, a video, an excerpt of a film and be ready to play it for a group and have a focused, constructive conversation. Davia will play excerpts from a few Kitchen Sisters stories that are illustrative of various problem solving techniques.

The workshops are held in Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope building in North Beach at 916 Kearny St. Of course, there will be a snack.

The recording and interviewing workshop will be from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

The Sound Doctor workshop will run from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Each session is $115. You can sign up for one or both sessions.

If you, or someone you know is interested, email Please pass this along to a friend.

See you there,

The Kitchen Sisters

KALW seeks producers for City Visions Radio

Hi folks. Our friend at KALW's City Visions Radio are looking for volunteers to produce one show/month. This note from the team:

In nearly all cases, after producing with City Visions, the producers we brought on the show were able to further their careers and find new work opportunities.  We feel strongly that producing for us provides a great opportunity to demonstrate and fine tune skills and deepen resumes.  

Good opportunity to learn from some talented and dedicated folks. Details below.


Radio Producer (Volunteer)


Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Organization: City Visions Radio

Skill(s): Producing, Writing

Start date: Training would begin as soon as interview process was completed

Last day to apply: Open


City Visions, a live call-in radio program, has aired weekly on KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco since 1991. (Monday, 7:00-8:00pm). We aim to educate, stimulate, and make positive contributions to discussions on Bay Area issues. Our production team – a talented group of multi-disciplined, public policy minded volunteers – brings a broad perspective to current issues. This is a fantastic opportunity for people interested in learning about radio production or who simply want to be part of a team of volunteers informing our community about important issues.


City Visions is looking for someone interested in producing one radio program per month. With support from the Senior Producer and others on the team, producers develop guest panels to discuss a variety of topics important to the San Francisco Bay Area. Production requires approximately 10-20 hours per show and consists of: researching a topic; developing a guest panel; providing background material, bios and potential questions for the host; writing copy; in-studio production on show nights from 6pm to 9pm one Monday per month. Attendance at weekend bi-monthly production meetings is also required. Show topics are flexible depending upon a producer’s interests and skills.

Please visit our website ( to check out previous shows and read the bios of current producers.


Qualified producers will be professionals looking to add radio production to their skill set. Excellent writing and communication skills are necessary though radio experience is not required. Applicants should be deadline-oriented, highly organized, willing to commit for at least one year and possess a strong interest in public policy and current affairs.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume, with subject line "Producer Resume," to: Lauren Meltzer, Host, at

Lauren Meltzer

City Visions Radio, Host

KALW 91.7 San Francisco


KeywordSmart – new keywording tool for professional photographers

Hey folks. My good friend has launched a new software program for professional photogs and I'm trying to help him get the word out. So if you or anyone you know want to check this out, he's offering an extended free trial for friends of Freelance Cafe. Just tell him I sent you. Happy keywording!



My company software has gone live!
It's a web-based image keywording tool for professional photographers.
If you're asking, what the hell is that, don't worry, you probably don't need to know.  But if you have friends who are serious photographers, please pass my info along.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma FREE intimate partner violence workshop, 10/21-22, NYC – deadline 9/26

FREE workshop from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia's J-School. Application deadline is Sept 26.


 "Out of the Shadows," a specialized reporting workshop organized by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School is being held Oct. 21 and 22 in New York City. The workshop aims will give journalists access to top clinical, research and policy experts in the fields of intimate partner violence, dating abuse, sexual violence and prevention. Through expert briefings on new research and initiatives and journalism craft workshops, it aims to broaden and deepen journalists' knowledge of these issues, offer best practice examples and practical tools for reporting knowledgeably, ethically and effectively on intimate partner violence within a range of diverse communities.

It is FREE! The application deadline is September 26th. Please find more information below:

Across the United States, nearly five million women and three million men each year face violent abuse within an intimate relationship. Intimate partner violence transcends race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation, and poses a serious public health problem for all communities. It challenges law enforcement and courts, health professions and educators, community organizations and government agencies.  The challenge deepens within groups contending with special vulnerabilities.  One in four teenagers report verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Immigrants and refugees may resist reporting abuse to police for fear of jeopardizing their legal status or that of their family.  Lesbians and gay men whose families and friends are unsupportive of their sexuality often have fewer sources of support, increasing isolation and making it more difficult to leave abusive relationships.

Reporting on intimate partner violence also challenges news professionals, whether cops and courts reporters, feature writers, investigative reporters or journalists covering neighborhoods, education or health. To help journalists and news organizations strengthen their coverage of this crucial public health issue, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma based at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is presenting a two-day workshop: “Out of the Shadows: Reporting on Intimate Partner Violence.”

The workshop, supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will take place October 21 and 22, 2011 at the Columbia Journalism School in New York. The workshop will feature a wide range of national and local mental health and policy experts, award-winning journalists, educators and prevention advocates. It will include background briefings as well as specialized reporting skills training to enhance journalists’ capacity to report on relationship violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively. It will examine these issues across  diverse communities and special populations including teenagers, immigrants and refugees; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals.

The workshop will:

  • Serve as a forum for improving journalists’ knowledge of critical issues such as the mental and physical health impacts of intimate partner violence; innovations in prevention and intervention; social, economic and legal implications, and responses by schools, public health institutions, and community and faith-based organizations;
  • Explore new research, reporting ideas and best practices with leading mental health, policy, and prevention experts;
  • Confront challenges — and identify opportunities — that exist for journalists pursuing these stories with limited resources;
  • Provide practical tools to enable journalists to successfully produce stories that examine the problem of intimate partner violence in diverse communities and serve to educate and encourage prevention.

Participation is open to working reporters, editors, photographers, producers or bloggers for print, broadcast or online media. Staff, contract and freelance journalists are eligible. 25 individuals will be selected for the workshop.

Application Information

The application deadline is September 26, 2011 at 5 p.m. EST.

To apply, please email Kate Black at with your contact information (name, address, city, state, zip, phone, email) along with a one-page letter of interest that:

  • Describes how and why this workshop is relevant to you and your  work;
  • Identifies three issues around intimate partner violence of particular interest to you; and
  • Explains one or more challenges you have encountered in pursuing a story on this topic or a related one.

If you have any questions or need additional information contact Kate Black at

Food Writing/Reporting Fellowship for Immigrant Journalists in NYC – deadline Oct 7

A 3-month fellowship all about FOOD! Details below.


Food Writing/Reporting Fellowship for Immigrant Journalists

Call for applications

Feet in Two Worlds is offering a limited number of fellowships to immigrant and ethnic media journalists in New York City who want to join us in an exploration of food in immigrant communities.  We are looking for stories that use food to examine a wide range of subjects including culture, politics, health, economics, migration, communities and neighborhoods.  Whether the focus is on family traditions, markets, home cooks, food professionals, street vendors, restaurants, growers or consumers, we seek stories that give our audience unique insights into the lives of immigrants along with specific information including recipes, restaurant recommendations, and cooking and shopping tips.

Fellows will receive training in blogging and multimedia presentations (audio slide shows and podcasts), as well as on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.  They will produce stories for the Feet in Two Worlds blog ( and for the news organization(s) for whom they normally report.  There will also be opportunities for a select group of fellows to produce radio stories for broadcast online and on the air.

This three-month fellowship runs from Oct. 31, 2011 to January 31, 2012. Fellows are required to produce two stories, including an audio podcast for our series Food in Two Worlds ™, and an online piece that includes multimedia content, and attend three workshops.  In addition to media training, fellows will receive a $500 stipend and the opportunity to have their work featured on and other online news sites.

The fellowship is open to staff or freelance immigrant and first-generation immigrant reporters and editors who work in any language. The training will be conducted in English, and all reporting for Feet in Two Worlds and our partner organizations will be in English.  The training will focus mainly on work in the field, although there will also be a limited number of group workshops.  Prior experience as a food writer is not required.

Applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, October 7, 2011 and should include the following:

  • Three story ideas for coverage of food in New York’s immigrant communities.
  • Your resume.
  • Samples of your work.
  • The URL of the media outlet(s) for whom you report.

To apply or for more information please contact us at

Feet in Two Worlds is a project of the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School which brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists to public radio and the web.

Feet in Two Worlds is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the New York Community Trust and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.


a bunch of upcoming journalism fellowships

Hey folks. Details and links below for a bunch of upcoming fellowships. Get your fabulous ideas funded!


Abe Fellowship for Journalists
Deadline: Sept.  15
The Abe Fellowship for Journalists encourages in-depth coverage of topics of pressing global concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects. The fellowship provides support for six weeks of fieldwork in Japan and nearby countries. The maximum stipend is $25,600, which includes a preparation allowance, one roundtrip air ticket, a per diem for overseas fieldwork, and support for interpretation and research assistance based on requests.  For more information, go to: or e-mail us at

Narrative Workshops for January, March, and May, San Francisco

This looks great for you Bay Area writerly types. Script submission is required. I'm not sure of the cost so check the website if you're interested.


for January, March, and May

4-Day Intensive Workshop for Short Story Writers,
              Novelists, and Authors of Creative Nonfiction


The class will meet every day for four days, with a morning workshop and an afternoon seminar focused on craft. For the seminar, there will be reading assignments and study of works by well-known writers. Each participant will have one manuscript workshopped in class and a second manuscript reviewed for an individual conference with Tom. We will study storytelling and the formal elements of fiction, including voice, point of view, characterization, imagery, plot, and theme. Attention will also be given to scene building, sentence making, and the dramatic movement of descriptive writing.

Enrollment limited to 12 participants.

January 19 — 22, 2012
March 1 — 4, 2012
May 3 — 6, 2012

Application deadlines:
For January — October 31, 2011
For March — November 30, 2011
For May — January 13, 2012

To apply or receive more information:

  • Please send an email to Workshops.
  • Or, call 415-346-4477 and leave a message.


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