Soup-to-Nuts audio production workshop Jan 21-22, Berkeley, CA

Hi folks. The fabulous and talented Claire Schoen is offering her soup-to-nuts class again this January. If you want to learn the basics of radio documentary production and/or hone your production skills, you can't do much better than this workshop. Details below!



Claire Schoen is offering "Soup-to-Nuts," her weekend class on documentary radio production again in the San Francisco Bay Area on

January 21 & 22, 2012.

This class is being offered now through Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. However, it will be held in her studio here in Berkeley California.

To sign up, please visit this Duke website:

If you are interested in attending, please sign up asap, as the class sometimes fills quickly.

If you'd like to learn more about Claire and her past work, please take a look around her website at:

For questions, you can call Claire at: 510-540-5106


"From Soup to Nuts"

A 2-day intensive on documentary radio production

offered in the San Francisco Bay Area


This seminar will be held January 21 & 22, 2012.

Each day's class will run from 10 am to 5:30 pm,

including 6 hours of class work, plus lunch and breaks.


It will be held at Claire’s studio in Berkeley, California

Class will be limited to 8 students.

The cost of the 2-day seminar is $230.

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 and a New York International Festival Silver. She has also shared in both a Peabody and a DuPont-Columbia.


has taught documentary radio production at numerous venues including U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, AIR's mentorship program and the Third Coast Festival Conference.

To Register:

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Bay Area Video Coalition Preservation Internship

One of my favorite Bay Area organizations is looking for an intern. No pay, but great experience and a foot in the door with a fine bunch of folks. Details below.



Bay Area Video Coalition
Preservation Internship

Job Description

Bay Area Video Coalition seeks an unpaid intern for our Preservation
Department beginning February 2012. We are a leading vendor in the

field of archival video and audio preservation, and wish to work with
a library, archives, or film production / history student who aspires
to learn about the field of preservation, archival audio and video

formats, and the developing field of born-digital and tape-based
moving image preservation.

Skills acquired include: Archival care and handling of legacy video-
and audiotapes, using a patch bay set-up for video and audio

preservation and transfer, reading a waveform monitor, vector scope,
audio meters, etc. to ensure accurate and authentic preservation,
function and use of a time base corrector, and a variety of other

skills related to tape duplication and preservation standards and
protocol, including new advances in the field.

Duties will include assisting shipping and receiving, labeling

preserved tapes, hard disk drives, and digital files, light clerical,
metadata and cataloging entry at clients’ request.

Following training, additional duties may include tape and DVD

duplication and quality control, archival videotape inspection and
cleaning, blacking and coding tapes.

Experience desired includes any video or audio production or
post-production, an interest in preservation or archives, particularly

video or audio preservation, library experience, education, or current
training in audiovisual archives or museum studies.

We require at least a three-month commitment, of 8-15 hours per week.

School credit may be arranged.

If interested, please send a resumé and cover letter to the BAVC
Preservation Department, 2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor, San
Francisco, CA 94110, or by email to, or any questions


WGXC seeks Hudson Studio Manager, deadline Dec 23

The Hudson Valley's WGXC community radio station is seeking a studio manager. The pay is woefully low, but the station is fantastic – filled with smart, dedicated, creative folks. Could be a good fit for the right person. Details below.



WGXC 90.7-FM is hiring a full-time Hudson Studio Manager. Resumes accepted until December 23, 2011.

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Hudson Studio Manager
WGXC 90.7-FM
Term: Full-time, 1-year contract (with opportunity for long-term renewal)
Salary: 1,650/monthly (19,800 annually) + benefits


WGXC 90.7-FM: Hands-on Radio is a creative community radio station serving Greene and Columbia counties in New York’s Hudson Valley. WGXC launched its FM signal February 2011, and transmits 3,300 watts to 78,000 potential listeners in the two counties, and southern Albany County. WGXC is a creative community media project, re-envisioning radio as an innovative platform for local participation with special exhibitions and events, media training for our community's youth and adults, a news blog, and a community calendar of events. WGXC operates out of studios in Hudson, Catskill, and Acra, and is a program of the nonprofit arts organization free103point9, whose mission is to define and cultivate Transmission Arts: creative and experimental use of airwaves.


In addition to managing WGXC’s most active studio location, the Hudson Studio Manager is a leadership position that will play a major role in the day-to-day operations of the station-at-large. The Hudson Studio Manager works closely with a small passionate staff. The position will include the following responsibilities:


·       Oversee the day-to-day operations at WGXC's Hudson Studio
·       Manage WGXC communication and contacts
·       Work with Council Coordinator to prepare council agendas
·       Manage FCC filings, compliance, and Public File
·       Manage WGXC reporting calendar, and budget working with staff to ensure compliance
·       Ensure station policies are followed; manage proposed revisions to the policy handbook
·       Coordinate weekly staff meeting
·       Coordinate two annual pledge drives, with staff participation and support
·       Assist Executive Director with development work
·       Manage station memberships and merch sales
·       Organize monthly volunteer meetings & orientations
·       Maintain current volunteer information
·       Connect volunteers with appropriate committees and events
·       Track required programmer volunteer hours
·       Assist programmers who visit the Hudson studio and need support
·       Serve as emergency Day Contact on specified days
Qualified candidates will have experience in community media. Training in radio, non-profit organizational management, strong writing skills, and enthusiasm for experimental media art is desirable. Candidates must be highly organized, energetic, passionate about community and creative radio, and able to work well with a diverse range of personalities and perspectives.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to
Please reference the position title in the subject line.
Resumes will be accepted until December 23, 2011. 
Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls please.

free103point9, WGXC’s parent organization, is an equal-opportunity employer. •  info@wgxc.org518-697-7400

Walk-in Visitors:  WGXC Hudson Studio
704 Columbia St. 2nd Fl., Hudson NY 12534

Mailing Address: 5662 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405

WGXC is a program of free103point9.

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Columbia j-school promotes new post-graduate program in science, health, and the environment

The Columbia School of Journalism has a new post-graduate program in Health and Science Journalism among other specialties. Their Dean of Student Affairs is seeking talented and motivated potential students. LOTS of details below, or visit Deadline for the fall semester is Jan 15.



M.A. in Journalism and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program in Health
and Science Journalism

OVERVIEW OF THE M.A. PROGRAM: The prestigious Master of Arts program,
inaugurated in 2005, is for experienced journalists who wish to study a
specific subject area, such as science, health and the environment; arts and
culture; politics or business and economics. Unlike our Master of Science
program, which focuses on teaching basic reporting, the M.A. is designed to
equip experienced journalists with subject-area expertise so that they may
cover complicated issues in a sophisticated, nuanced manner.

For instance, students develop the knowledge that will allow them to situate
news events in their larger context, to ask more informed questions, and to
evaluate competing claims made by sources. The program imparts a deeper
understanding of journalism and the forms it takes, and the focus is on
content as much as on skills.

The students do an intensive seminar in their major, along with advanced
courses in other departments of Columbia University specializing in topics
of their interest. They will also design and create a Master's Thesis over
several months of study working closely with a faculty editor as well as
outside experts. The end result will be an in-depth, compelling piece of
long-form journalism (8,000-10,000 words for a print story, or the
equivalent in another medium).

THE SCIENCE, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT MAJOR: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Program in Health and Science Journalism

This program is an excellent opportunity for journalists from around the
world interested in deepening their knowledge of health, science and
environmental issues and improving their ability to tell stories about these
critical topics.

The Science seminar, taught by distinguished professors Marguerite Holloway
and Jonathan Weiner, covers everything from quarks and black holes to the
quirks of the human genome; from Galileo’s funding troubles to NASA’s
travails. Whether students study the contemporary debate over global warming
or evolution, the seminar starts back before the fever began. Students learn
to see science in the widest perspective and to write about it with all the
tools of narrative nonfiction. Most applicants are experienced journalists
who have demonstrated the potential to become leading science writers. The
field of science writing is changing explosively, and this course is
designed to make our students the very fittest to survive in it, adapt to
its transformations, and shape its future.

Other courses will allow M.A. students to work closely with science, health
and environment departments throughout Columbia University.

The program is full-time, and runs from August through May. For more
information, please visit our website

This particular program has more generous scholarship aid than most of our
other programs.

COMMENTS FROM PAST STUDENTS: "Prof. Holloway led us fearlessly &
enthusiastically through everything from quantum mechanics to human
migrations out of Africa." – Moises Velasquez, M.A. 2006

"The M.A. program is not another rung on a ladder; it's a launching pad." –
Haley Sweetland Edwards, M.A. 2009

IDEAL APPLICANTS: We seek students who have excellent writing skills and are
familiar with the fundamentals of reporting and journalistic ethics. In
addition, we look for candidates who are curious about the world, eager to
learn more about a particular subject area, determined and resourceful,
motivated to dedicate their careers to journalism, and who exhibit
leadership potential. Experience in science journalism is NOT essential.

applications is January 15, 2011.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION: The Graduate School of Journalism is proud to offer generous financial assistance to students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement, financial need and exceptional promise for leading careers in journalism. We work with each student to ease the cost of attendance through a combination of scholarships and need-based programs, including grants and Federal and private loans. For more information, please visit our website: scholarships

CAREER SERVICES: Graduates of the M.A. program have been hired at news
organizations including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall
Street Journal, Pro Publica, Reuters, The NewsHour, and CNN. They are also
writing books, producing independent documentaries, and freelancing for a
wide variety of magazines, newspapers, broadcast and online news

Our career services staff – all former journalists with strong industry
connections in print, broadcast and online media – work closely with
students to help them pursue the most prestigious jobs in the U.S. and
overseas. Students meet with a career services counselor for one-on-one
consultations throughout the school year. For more information please visit
the Career Services website:

PLEASE NOTE: The program runs full-time in the Fall and Spring semesters and
you do NOT need the GRE to apply.

For more information, to set up an informational interview, or to visit a
class, please contact the Admissions Office:

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway (@ 116th St)
Room 203 (lobby)
New York, NY 10027

(212) 854-8608

– – –

Prof. Sree Sreenivasan | | @sree
Dean of Student Affairs, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism |
TWITTER: @sree – (tweeting tech, media & more)

Funding for women-led Journalism projects, deadline Jan 27

Hey ladies. Money is available from the J-Lab for women-led journalistic projects. Details below.


J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led projects that will rock the world of journalism.
We will fund U.S.-based individuals who have original ideas to create new Web sitesmobile news services or other entrepreneurial initiatives that offer interactive opportunities to engage, inspire and improve news and information in a geographic community or a community of interest.
The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs program will give $14,000 in funding to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture. Awardees will receive an initial $12,000 in the first year. If they are able to raise $2,000 through their own efforts, they will receive an additional $2,000 for their projects in the second year. 
This match is designed to encourage women to consider how their ventures can become sustainable. Matching dollars will be distributed after awardees submit documentation. This money can be used for training or technical support.
Projects that are in early beta (launched since Jan. 27, 2011) may apply.
There is a $25.00 fee to apply. 


Funding is available for start-ups only.
  1. Projects must launch (at least a live beta) within 10 months.
  2. Projects must have a plan for continuing after initial funding has ended.
  3. Projects must have journalistic value.
  4. Projects may be independent or housed within traditional media.
  5. Personal blogs or one-time documentaries will not be funded.
  6. Awardees will receive funding through a subcontract if they are an individual or affiliated with a business; and through a grant if they are affiliated with a non-profit institution.
  7. Deadline: January 27, 2012

Complete guidelines and criteria available here —

“Reel Aging Real Change” Documentary Media Residency, deadline Jan 6

Interesting opportunity from Working Films – films at any stage of production are welcome to apply. Deadline Jan 6. Details below and here:



Working Films, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, announces Reel Aging: Real Change, an initiative that will tie compelling documentary films and transmedia projects that explore aging to ongoing policy work and grassroots campaigns supporting older populations globally. This new initiative will bring together media makers and advocates of elder rights for a residency and collaborative campaign that will offer audiences a unique way to reflect on how the aging process affects multiple generations all at once, as we head towards a future we all face – growing older.

We are seeking applications from media makers for participation in Reel Aging: Real Change. All nonfiction projects that explore the aging experience are eligible to apply, and applicants may be at any stage of production or distribution, from new and completed projects to works-in-progress.

Reel Aging: Real Change will begin with a four-day residency for the accepted media makers held from March 23 – 26, 2012 near Washington, DC. On Tuesday, March 27, the media makers will present their projects to regional, national and global NGOs, funders, government agencies, activists, and policy makers – all leaders in the field of aging who have a track record of supporting elder rights, respect and health. The goal: to embed the film and media projects into on-the-ground efforts by the advocates in the room. Hosted in Washington, DC in collaboration with the Center for Social Media at American University, this day-long strategic convening will launch a collaborative campaign between the participating media makers and the NGOs and foundations.

The central idea behind Reel Aging: Real Change is that organizers and advocates need numerous media tools to enliven their efforts for progressive change: poignant first-person feature-length narratives, concise shorts highlighting human struggles and triumphs, and "buzz" on multiple platforms – including social media networks. Authentic change and real transformation of the status quo requires many types of stories that can catalyze action by audiences, constituents and those entrusted with decision-making.

Reel Aging will transform competition into collaboration between eight to ten teams of selected social issue documentary and media makers. At the residency they will sharpen their strategies for audience and community engagement and brainstorm about a collaborative campaign featuring the full group of participating projects. Participants will identify target audiences and develop tactics to reach them through non-traditional outreach and distribution, including interactive technologies and social media.

On day five the residents will start to develop collaborative relationships with funders, government agencies, and advocacy organizations. Each project team will leave the retreat with a series of next-steps and commitments with the convened allies. Each organization and foundation will leave the convening with new films and media they can embed into their short and long-term strategies to support concrete change.

After the residency, Working Films will aggregate and capture the collective energy of the participating media makers and the NGO’s to design an integrated, multi-tier campaign that will:  

•    Strengthen the voice of older adults and more actively involve them in advocating on their own and others behalf,
•    Extend and protect the rights of older adults to health and economic security through policy change, and

•    Sustain the capacity of organizations focused on aging issues to respond to future challenges.

Application Deadline:  January 6, 2012

Transom Story Workshop spring session, application deadline Jan 2

I heard phenomenal things about this radio training workshop offered by the folks at Transom in Woods Hole, MA. The deadline for their spring session is Jan 2. If you want to learn radio storytelling with the best of the best, check this out!



* NEW SHOW: Transom Story Workshop – Class of Fall 2011 *

For seven weeks, students from all over the US (plus Canada and Australia) came to Woods Hole to immerse themselves in radio. They were led by Rob Rosenthal, with help from all of us at Transom, WCAI, and visiting friends–Ira Glass, John Barth, Kelly McEvers, and many others. They were beginners when they arrived, some with no experience at all, but they all left with completed radio pieces good enough for broadcast on our station and nationally.

They lived and ate together. They worked on their stories until dawn. They actually looked different when they left, filled with new energy. They were a wonderful, coherent, lively group of people and we loved having them here on Cape Cod. Audiences are already benefitting from the stories they told. We hope you'll drop by Transom to read about their experiences, listen to some of their work, and ask them questions.

And, by the way, the application deadline for the Spring Session (April-May 2012) is January 2nd.

Drop over any time,

Jay Allison
Atlantic Public Media
Woods Hole, Massachusetts

ten fellowships and one job opportunity from the Metcalf Institute

Two opportunities for journos from The Metcalf Institute. Details below!


Metcalf will award ten fellowships to professional journalists from across
the globe to attend the weeklong intensive program on impacts of global
change in coastal ecosystems at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.
Fellows will learn about state-of-the-art research methods and topics in
environmental science. Applications must be postmarked by February 13,
2012. Details and the downloadable application form are available at

Metcalf Institute is accepting applications for the part-time position of
publicity coordinator. Details on candidate requirements and how to apply
are available through the University of Rhode Island's Human Resources
website at Search postings and view the posting for Marine
Research Specialist at the Graduate School of Oceanography.

27th Annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards, Deadline Jan 6

For Northern CA journos and community groups – award for advancement in freedom of info. Good luck!


    27th Annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards

    The James Madison Freedom of Information Awards recognize Northern
    California organizations and individuals who have made significant
    contributions to advance freedom of information and/or expression in the
    spirit of James Madison, the creative force behind the First Amendment.
    The awards are presented annually by the Freedom of Information
    Committee of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of
    Professional Journalists. There is no fee for submitting an entry. An
    awards ceremony and dinner is planned in mid-March, during National
    Freedom of Information Week, near Madison's birthday.
    Eligible for nomination are Northern California journalists, citizens,
    media organizations, or community groups who, during 2011, have defended
    public access to meetings, public records, or court proceedings or
    otherwise promoted the public's right to know, publish and speak freely
    about issues of public concern.
    Award Categories (awards may not be given in every category):
    Professional Journalist, Nonprofit Organization, Source/Whistle Blower,
    Career Achievement, Citizen, Public Official, Educator, Cartoonist,
    Legal Counsel, Student Journalist, Electronic Access, News Media.
    * The Professional Journalist and Student Journalist awards recognize
    journalists who have been involved in fights for access to records,
    meetings or court proceedings, who have made exceptional use of public
    records in their reporting or who have promoted education on FOI issues
    through stories, editorials or other advocacy.
    * The Public Official award is given to a governmental official who has
    demonstrated extraordinary commitment to keeping public records or
    meetings public, or otherwise has taken exemplary leadership on FOI or
    First Amendment issues.
    * The Beverly Kees Educator Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by
    educators to cultivate a devotion to the values of freedom of information.
    The Norwin S. Yoffie Career Achievement Award is named in honor of a
    stalwart supporter of the chapter's Freedom of Information Committee,
    who died in November 2000 after many years of distinguished service to
    SPJ and the cause of freedom of information.
    Click here to submit a nomination online.
    Questions: Please contact Geoff King or Rebecca Bowe at <>.
    Please include "James Madison Awards Question" in the subject line.

NYS Technical Assistance Funding – Deadline Jan 1 + Cage Open Call – Deadline Mar 1

For New York State arts and media folks: one grant and one call for submissions from free103point9. Deadlines Jan 1 and March 1. Details below.





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Technical Assistance Applications due January 1.

Cage Centennial Open Call Proposals due March 1.

As 2011 draws to a close, free103point9 is gearing up for an exciting year ahead. 2012 will mark free103point9's 15th Anniversary. Stay tuned for the launch of the newly designed and expanded  Transmission Arts Archive, exciting updates about the opening of the Wave Farm Study Center, and new guidelines for the AIRtime Visiting Artist program.

In these final weeks of this calendar year, we hope that New York State Media Arts Organizations will pursue support from the Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund, and that Transmission Artists from around the globe will submit proposals for our John Cage Centennial project, presented in collaboration with the John Cage Trust.


Next Deadlines: January 1, 2012; April 1, 2012

The Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund is designed to strengthen media arts organizations in all regions of New York State by providing funds with which media arts organizations can hire outside consultants to address capacity and technology needs in three specific areas:

  • Organizational Development
  • Professional Development
  • Conferences and Convening

NEW for 2012 and 2013!

The Fund’s current funding priorities include:

  • Projects that deepen and expand organizational online public presence and capacities.
  • New approaches to organizational management, through strategic utilization of web-based tools and platforms.

The Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film, adminstered by free103point9. The maximum grant award is $4,000.

Guidelines, Deadlines, and Application Instructions:

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The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens. NYSCA's Electronic Media and Film funding is dedicated to furthering artistic growth and public engagement in old and new technology. NYSCA has a long-standing commitment to creative exploration and exhibition in all aspects of the media arts – including a variety of activities that enable diverse constituents in the development, exhibition and appreciation of film, electronic media and sound as an art form.

The Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund was previously administered by Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY), who ended their granting programs this past July 2011. Two other previous ETC programs, Presentation Funds and Finishing Funds, will now be managed by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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free103point9 and the John Cage Trust are pleased to announce:

120 Hours for John Cage

An open call for works celebrating Cage's radio compositions.

In conjunction with a staggering array of events celebrating the John Cage Centennial in 2012, we are pleased to announce an open call for proposals around Cage's compositions with, for, and about radio. Selected proposals will be broadcast on free103point9's FM radio station (WGXC 90.7-FM in upstate New York) and streamed online thoughout a month-long program September 2012.

Submissions are due on March 1, 2012, and may be made in three categories:

  • recordings of a specific Cage radio composition (old or new)
  • live performance of a specific Cage radio composition (presented remotely or on-site)
  • works in homage (original projects inspired by Cage's radio work.)

Click here for more info …

Pictured above: John Cage, San Francisco, 1969. Photo: James Klosty.


This email should be received by individuals who have expressed interest in free103point9 programs including: the Transmission Art Archive; WGXC 90.7-FM, creative and community radio in Greene and Columbia Counties; and the Distribution Regrant for New York State media artists.

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