Announcing the Media Ideation Fellowship program

Interesting new opportunity from the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation. Help spread the word – details HERE and below.

Hi all,

I'm excited to send a sneak peek of a the Media Ideation Fellowship, a program that I've been working on with The Instructional Telecommunications Foundation. Read on and feel free to contact me with any questions, etc.

The Media Ideation Fellowship program ( is a mixture of paid three- and six-month fellowship opportunities to young technologists and changemakers who want to solve some of our nation's toughest social problems. The application process will open in Fall 2012, and we're hoping to recruit a diverse set of five early career individuals and graduate students in our inaugural year. Fellowships will start in early 2013.

Each fellow will receive financial support, be matched with a mentor who can help bring their ideas to life, and be connected to a vibrant network of progressive technologists and change makers.

Here are two easy ways to stay in the loop as we prepare for launch:

How you can help: We are committed to recruiting a diverse set of fellows, and as such, communities like this list will be invaluable. Here's how you can help spread the word: 
  • Share this email with potential fellowship candidates.
  • Become a mentor. If you're a veteran of the start-up space or consider yourself a seasoned entrepreneur, drop me a line. You could be a tremendous resource to a young leader. Email me for more details.
  • Be a connector. Do you know great communities that would make for good recruiting ground? Are you involved in any academic programs that focus on social justice and social ventures? Please, email me with names of institutions and organizations that we should know about.
I'll be at AMC, Netroots Nation, and PDF this June and would be happy to meet with folks who are interested in learning more. Drop me a line and we'll set up a time to chat.



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2012 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies at BAVC, final deadline July 6

Great opportunity with BAVC this fall. Details HERE and below. Deadline July 6.


Announcing BAVC's 2012 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies

BAVC's 2012 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies is now accepting applications. Through a competitive process, BAVC will engage a panel to select at least six of the world's most promising and important social issue documentary projects to participate in a week-long new media and social impact laboratory in San Francisco in October 2012.

Selection for this year's cohort will focus on documentary films and transmedia projects that have the greatest potential to catalyze action around contemporary social justice issues, with an emphasis on projects that highlight themes of economic justice, educational opportunity and human rights.

Filmmakers will apply with partner organizations that already work with the communities they mutually seek to reach, educate, inspire and move to action. Impact mentors will help the participating teams establish mutual goals and outreach strategies and track the resulting projects over the course of the implementation year.

For more information and to apply —

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2012 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, final deadline July 9

Hey folks. It's time for the Third Coast International Audio Festival Competition. Early deadline is June 18th, final deadline July 9. Entry fees range from $30-75. Details HERE and below. Good luck!


PS: Drop me a line if you plan to go to the festival in October – I'd love to see some FC folks there!




The Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition seeks the best audio work produced worldwide in the following categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Directors’ Choice, Honorable Mentions), Best New Artist, Radio Impact and Best News Feature.

Winning producers will receive prizes ranging from $1000 to $4000, a license for Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software and free registration to the 2012 Third Coast Conference, October 5-7 in Evanston, IL.

Winning will also be celebrated at the Third Coast Awards Ceremony on the final evening of the Conference, and their programs will be heard by a national audience this fall in Best of the Best: The 2012 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, distributed by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Other outstanding entries from the competition may be presented on our weekly radio show Re:sound (on WBEZ, Chicago), on this website and at public listening events in Chicago and beyond. Entrants will be notified and compensated if/when their work is featured.

All producers who enter are eligible for a discounted year’s membership with



Competition entries are judged by panels of accomplished audio producers, along with media professionals in related fields such as film, photography and print.

Judges consider the degree to which the entries – of all styles, lengths and subject matter – relate their stories successfully. Story choice, technical quality, editorial integrity, creativity, writing and use of sound all factor into the selection of the winners.

All decisions are final.



Entry Guidelines


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2 spots left in Catskills Audio Retreat, May 18-20

My friends are hosting what promises to be an enlightening audio retreat at their home in the Catskills, May 18-20. Improve your skills with two of the most experienced and creative audio folks in the biz! Plus its awfully pretty around here this time of year. Details below.

There are two openings left for our Springtime Audio Retreat. We're two hours north of NYC; the dates are May 18 20th.

All the Best;

Sounds, Stories and Springtime – An Audio Retreat
Spend a weekend in the Catskills honing your recording and storytelling skills while reinvigorating your creative spirit. Join Jim Metzner and Eileen McAdam for an immersive experience in field recording, listening, and learning how to use sound to bring stories to life. This retreat offers personal attention while leaving room for reflection and community.

• Explore the use of sound to illustrate stories and set a mood
• Expand your audio palette
• Experiment with binaural, stereo and parabolic microphones
• Receive individualized feedback for your work

Jim Metzner has pioneered the use of sound in radio features and multi-media projects. Best known for his award-winning series Pulse of the Planet, his work has been featured in National Geographic, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Weekend Edition, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Audio Magazine, and the Today Show.

Eileen McAdam is the co-founder of the World Sound Foundation and the producer of the Hudson Valley Sound and Story Project, Tales of Two Cities Audio Tour and StoryScape Hudson Valley, and a recipient of five major grants.

Special Guest: Emmy Award Winning musician Steve Gorn
Saturday Night Barbecue!

May 18 – 20, 2012
$450/person, all meals included; camping available. Attendance limited to 8 intermediate to experienced audio/media producers. Contact: or call 845-338-0464

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The Audible Picture Show comes to NYC!, May 8, 6:30pm

And another cool NYC event coming up. This one in Brooklyn, May 8.

Just want to spread the word about a creative audio event taking place next Tuesday!

NYC producers and friends I encourage you to indulge in an hour of sonic exploration:

What! No pictures?
The Audible Picture Show is a totally unique cinema experience – an international touring show of short audio works to be enjoyed in dark cinemas, mixing a diverse range documentary, spoken word, experimental and musical works. During its decade long international tour the show's been to the Third Coast International Audio Festival, Garage Moscow and Rotterdam Film Festival and includes works by renowned musicians Momus and Max Richter, artists Torsten Lauschmann and Helena Gough, radio artist Julie Shapiro, and film makers Andrew Kotting and Tony Hill.

On Tuesday 8th May (6:30pm) it reaches reRun GastroPub Theater and will premiere a new work by Brooklyn radio artist Kaitlin Prest. Curator Matt Hulse will be present for Q&A at the close of the picture show.

Hope to see you there, it's going to be fun 🙂

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The Hustle – Freelancing in Radio

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is hosting a panel on freelancing in radio. It's a great line up – don't miss it! Details HERE and below.



The Hustle: Freelancing in Radio…and Other Media, Too

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (ET)

It takes more than good sources and writing chops to make it as a freelancer in radio. To pay the bills without a boss, you need strategy, time management skills, smart pitches, good contacts…and an eye for opportunity.

Two successful freelancers will explain how they mix and match media, topics, and beats to deliver the goods. You’ll also hear from editors about what they look for in a story and the storyteller. Julie Snyder of “This American Life” and David Krasnow of “Studio 360″ will take live pitches from graduate students at the CUNY J-School and give their raw, unedited feedback.

Bring your questions, we’ll provide great radio conversation, banh mi, and beer.

Free for CUNY J-School students and alumni
$5 for everyone else
RSVP to Lili Grossman,


Alex Goldmark (moderator) has served several roles at WNYC – New York Public Radio, including senior Producer, reporter, and editor. Before that, he was an executive producer of two shows at Air America Radio. He has reported locally and internationally on business, social enterprise, arts, technology, justice, and media for over a dozen radio programs, including NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “On The Media,” and APM’s “Marketplace.” He writes for such publications as Fast Company andGOOD magazine.

David Krasnow is the senior editor of “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen,” public radio’s weekly national program on the arts and pop culture. As an editor and writer, he has worked in various media covering music, art, design, land use, history, science, and health care. Formerly the reviews editor ofArtforum, he has contributed to the Village VoiceJazz TimesMetropolisThe New York Observer, andThe Wire, and remains a contributing editor for Bomb. He teaches radio writing to print journalists at Mediabistro and has appeared as a panelist at the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the Public Radio Program Directors conference. He began filing for “Studio 360″ with a profile of experimental musician Pauline Oliveros and joined the staff in 2003. For the program’s American Icons series, he produced features on Andy Warhol’s soup cans, the folk ballad “John Henry,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner.” He was first on air at age 17 on his college station, WESU.

Monica Miller works as a freelance reporter covering current events, politics, and breaking news for various news organizations across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Her work has been heard on CBS Radio, NPR, WHYY, WBGO, WABC, and WOR. She has also worked as a reporter for the largest 24-hour television news network in the region, News 12 New Jersey, and written for thePhiladelphia Inquirer and The Times of Trenton. In 2003, Monica produced the two-part series, “Jazz Under the Nazi Regime” which won her regional awards for Best Radio News Series. Monica was also honored by the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center and the Muslim and Arab Communities of New Jersey for her work covering the Islamic community after the 9/11 attacks.

Julie Snyder is the senior producer at Public Radio International and WBEZ’s “This American Life.” That means she’s in charge of finding material for the program. Hundreds of people wrote to the show after hearing her story about battling the phone company in episode 253. Before joining “This American Life,” she was a reporter for WGN radio in Chicago, and was news director at KZSC, Santa Cruz’s public radio station.

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SPJ Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, deadline June 22

Another opportunity from the SPJ – this one is a fellowship for editorial writing, deadline June 22. Details HERE and below. -mia


Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

Postmark deadline for entries: June 22 

(If you're looking for the Pulliam First Amendment Award, it can be found here)

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was established to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist at a U.S. newspaper to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. The cash award allows Pulliam Editorial Fellows to:

— Take courses
— Pursue independent study
— Travel 
— Pursue other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue


The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship is a Sigma Delta Chi Foundation educational program of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Society first offered the fellowship in 1977. It is funded by a grant from Mrs. Eugene C. Pulliam honoring the memory of her husband, one of the original members of the Society, which was founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi. Eugene C. Pulliam was the publisher of The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette.

What the fellowship provides

The Pulliam Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. The fellowship results in editorials and other writings, including books.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a Pulliam fellowship, a candidate must:

— Hold a position as a part-time or full-time editorial writer or columnist at a news publication located in the United States.
— Have at least three years experience as an editorial writer or columnist.

— Demonstrate outstanding writing and analytical abilities.
— Secure assurances by the editor or publisher that the applicant will be allowed sufficient time to pursue the fellowship without jeopardizing employment. (Fellows do not have to leave their jobs.)

— Demonstrate ability and intent to publish work within 18 months of selection. (If selected, work must be published within 18 months of receiving the fellowship).

The selected applicant must provide a post-fellowship written report on how funds were used. Each Fellowship recipient will become a mentor to the following year’s recipient. 


The Fellowship has no formal application form. Each applicant should submit the following materials:

— A cover letter stating the purpose and nature of the proposed study, a time line for accomplishing the work, and a plan for how the stipend will be used. The cover letter should contain complete contact information for the applicant including mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. 

— The editor’s endorsement. 
— A one-page professional biography and summary of professional experience.
— Five samples of editorials or columns. (Please submit on 8.5 x 11 paper).

Applications for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship should be sent to:

Pulliam Editorial Fellowship 
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

All entries must be in English. Applications must be postmarked by June 22nd. If selected, applicant should consult with their financial and/or tax adviser. Any tax implications associated with the Fellowship are the responsibility of the Fellowship recipient. 

Selection and Presentation

A panel of judges will review materials submitted by all the applicants and select the Fellow. The Fellowship presentation will take place during the 2011 National Conference of Editorial Writers Convention.


For more information contact SPJ Headquarters at 317/927-8000 or by e-mail:

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SPJ Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award, deadline June 22

Hey folks. The SPJ has announced their upcoming First Amendment Award, deadline June 22. Details HERE and below. -mia


Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award 

Postmark deadline for entries: June 22 

(If you're looking for the Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, it can be found here)

The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation presents the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award to honor a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Mr. Pulliam, who died in January 1999, was publisher of The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News until his death and was well-known for consistently supporting activities which educated the public about First Amendment rights and values. The Foundation has established this annual award to honor those committed to the same goals and as a tribute to the professional contributions that he made to journalism.

About the Award

Annually at the Society of Professional Journalists National Convention, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation will honor an individual, group of individuals or organization with a $10,000 cash award and an engraved crystal. The honoree(s) also will receive transportation (airfare and two-night hotel stay) to the national convention. (Additional travel costs are the responsibility of the award recipient). 


Nominations are open to any person, persons or organization in the U.S. or its territories who have worked to protect the basic rights provided by the First Amendment. Honorees do not have to be journalists. In fact, the Foundation encourages recognition of those outside the journalism profession for their First Amendment efforts and initiatives, such as, but not limited to, public officials, members of the legal profession, scholars, educators, librarians, students and ordinary citizens.


Nominations for the annual award may be made by anyone, inside or outside of the journalism profession. 

Nominations should include:

— Completed entry form

— Three signed letters of nomination or one letter endorsed by three individuals or organizations.
— Nomination letter should detail the specific efforts taken on behalf of the protection of First Amendment rights; obstacles and difficulties encountered; and impact made as a result of those efforts how they have contributed to the protection of the First Amendment.

— Supporting materials may consist of published or broadcast materials, documentation of service or lifetime achievement or any appropriate materials. Provide 5 copies of all supporting materials.

— Entries become the property of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. They may be republished for general distribution or used to publicize the award. Submitted materials will not be returned. 
— Nominations are automatically considered for two years after initial submission. 

— There is NO entry fee.


Nominations must be postmarked on or before June 22nd. Nominations Should be Mailed to:

Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award
Sigma Delta Chi Foundation
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

For More Information

For more information contact SPJ Headquarters at 317/927-8000 or by e-mail: If selected, applicant should consult with their financial and/or tax adviser. Any tax implications associated with the award are the responsibility of the award recipient.

The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award is a program of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. More about Mr. Pulliam’s distinguished career can be found in The Indianapolis Star’s online library.

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Upcoming at UnionDocs

The latest from UnionDocs for you NYC folks.

Future Events at UnionDocs:

Everything’s Personal: Documentaries and Narrative Shorts from the New School

Monday, May 14 at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

Independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi, best known for his autobiographical films, also teaches a personal documentary class at the New School in which students are asked to make a film every week on a given topic. “The Personal Documentary” showcases the work of his students. All of the films are approximately 3 minutes long, and all of them were made in 2012. This evening will also include Narrative shorts from the screen studies senior seminar eugene lang college of the New School.


The Future Well-Made: On the Conditions for a Personal Vision

Saturday, May 19th at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

A theoretical nuclear physicist, a media critic and a philosophy of religion professor reveal the mechanisms and the framing devices they use for envisioning the future. Paul Levinson, Agnes Mocsy and Michael Waltemathe in attendance for discussion. Moderated by Tom Klinkowstein.

Holocaust Reloaded: Israeli Artists Deconstruct Trauma,History and Commemoration

Sunday, May 20 at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

We will be screening four provocative, original and fascinating works commenting on the loaded history of artistic depictions of the Holocaust. Rona Yefman and Tamar Latzman in attendance for screening and discussion moderated by UnionDocs' Associate Programmer Neta Alexander.

Coming up next weekend: 

Between Perp Walk and Victory Dance: Thoughts on Sex, Money and color TV

Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

On May 14, 2011, Guinean Sofitel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo accused the then president of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss Kahn of France, of forcibly and violently trying to have sex with her. Haig Aivazian will be revisiting the details of the so-called DSK saga as it unfolded in the media over the course of the past year. His findings will serve as a tool to advance alternate and underlying readings of the scandal and how it televises and visualizes the intersections of class, race, gender, sex, money, power and journalism.

Local News: Three Neighborhood Films by John Smith

Saturday, May 12th at 7:00pm. $9 suggested donation.

Between 1988 and 1996, John Smith made three quasi-documentary works that register the disastrous effects of the construction of the M11 Link Road on the filmmaker’s East London neighbourhood. While all three function to preserve the memory of this vanishing landscape, and implicitly participate in the large-scale protests that met the highway’s construction, Smith — one of England’s most consistently inventive avant-garde filmmakers — puts the material to various suggestive uses, crafting three very different formal investigations whose unfolding stimulates a profound reflection on memory, time, history, and the lived experience of the city.

Coming up this weekend:

Branded Documentary – Work and Play

Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

We look where documentary, marketing, music, and interactive design can meet to produce the “bread and butter” to fuel your creative practice. There is a long history of documentarians creating for clients – we will examine this relationship and try to find that happy place between work and artistic practice. This panel will bring together Ari Kuschnir and Scott Thrift (m ss ng p eces), David Usui and Ben Wu (Lost & Found Films). Moderated by Tom Roston (PBS POV).

Scene: Brooklyn – A Master Class with Filmmaker Jem Cohen

Sunday, May 6th at 2pm. $20.

Filmmaker Jem Cohen will screen and discuss rarely seen films including Real Birds, the Patti Smith portrait, Long for the City, some of the Gravity Hill Newsreels (about Occupy Wall Street) and excerpts from recent projects including the multi-screen live show,We Have an Anchor, and his upcoming feature.

Kinetic Cinema: Screening and Discussion with Amy Ruhl

Monday, May 7th at 7:30. $9 suggested donation.

Filmmaker Amy Ruhl curates a provocative program of Kinetic Cinema that examines how the female body, under the unique technology of cinema, has been the primary source of spectacle since the beginnings of film. Amy Ruhl, Kerrie Welsh and Amy Greenfield in attendance for screening and discussion. Presented with Pentacle’s Movement Media

If you could help us spread the word about these events in any of your publications, we would really appreciate it. For more information about these events, please check out the links bellow. If you do end up publishing something about the events, please let us know!


Neta Alexander
Associate Programmer
322 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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