KUOW PVF grant available for radio projects + editor job opening

This is a fantastic grant if you're in or have an interest in the Puget Sound region. Plus KUOW is hiring an editor! Great stuff going on at that station – details below. -Mia


A couple of opportunities from our colleagues at KUOW – please let them know AIR sent you!

KUOW is hiring an editor who will report to Senior Editor Jim Gates:



KUOW is accepting radio project proposals for Round 22 of our Program Venture Fund (PVF). The PVF provides special support for staff and independent producers to develop new programming focused on the Puget Sound region in Washington state.

Programs funded by the PVF can be a series of features, a long form documentary or a variety of short audio pieces. There is no set format. Projects must have a connection to Washington’s Puget Sound region. In the past, PVF funds have been used as seed money to launch projects. The grant is meant to provide radio reporters and producers the time and money to dig into a subject, bring new voices to the air and share the history, culture and issues that impact the Puget Sound region.

Important: Before submitting a full application you need to send me a short description of your project, no longer than a page. Once the preliminary idea is approved then you can officially submit the full application. All instructions are at our website (see below).

The application deadline is Friday, October 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm (PT)
For application information go to www.kuow.org/pvf
Contact: Jim Gates – jgates@kuow.org

We look forward to hearing your radio ideas! Below are links to past PVF projects.

Jim Gates

Senior Editor

KUOW 94.9 – Puget Sound Public Radio

Check out our most recent PVF projects:

More than A Tree
Reporter: Sarah Waller

Refugees In Puget Sound: Navigating A New Home In The Northwest
Reporter: Jessica Partnow

New call for pitches from Radio Ambulante

From the lovely folks at Radio Ambulate:

Just wanted to announce that Radio Ambulante has a newly released call for pitches. Please send us your best ideas, and help spread the word to Spanish-speaking producers, as well as folks who work in Latin America or in US Latino communities. Our rate is $500 per finished story, payable when the piece airs.

Coming up: Family Portraits, Soccer, Errands, and Neighbors. 

Details here: 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly: daniel@radioambulante.org


Daniel Alarcón

Executive Producer

Radio Ambulante

“Working Now” looking for your working stories

This is a cool new project – part of the SoundCloud Fellowship. Share your working stories in honor of Studs Terkel (one of my heroes). Details below!

We need your help!

“Working Now” (http://www.workingnow.org) is an online collaborative
project about the working lives of people today around the world. We
also want to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the book “Working” by
oral historian/radio producer Studs Terkel
(http://bit.ly/StudsWorking). The project is supported by a SoundCloud
Fellowship so we have funding to pay producers for the first seven
pieces of new original work. The project is being “seeded” by alumni
of the Transom Story Workshop but we welcome contributions from other
radio producers, storytellers and working people themselves.

Here’s what we’re looking for: Audio stories that are

Length: Ideally three-five minutes long. We’re also open to even
shorter stories, i.e. audio postcards or sonic IDs.

Language: in English (possibly also Spanish in the near future)

Subject matter: Interviews with
– Workers (or recently unemployed people) whose jobs have changed
since being profiled in“Working”
– People with unique or unusual jobs that did not exist in 1974 (when
“Working” was published)
– Individuals profiled in “Working” (or their surviving families)
– Raw audio files submitted by workers themselves.

Style: We are open to all styles of radio stories but kind of prefer
non-narrated oral history-style pieces.

Originality: We want both original and existing radio stories. We
welcome pieces that have already been broadcast or posted online. For
the purposes of the project, however, we can only pay producers for
new original work that has not yet aired or has been posted online for
more than six months. Once new work has been posted on this website,
producers are then welcome to seek other outlets for their pieces. We
also encourage you to upload your work to PRX.

Format and how to submit tracks:
– For previously aired or existing online stories, please email the
weblink to an embeddable player (i.e. SoundCloud, PRX, etc.) to
– For original stories, please upload MP3s that are 46 KHZ 16 bit to
our Dropbox http://soundcloud.com/workingnow/dropbox

SF Rough Cuts doc screening, tuesday 9/25, deadline to screen is 9/4

For you Bay Area documentary filmmakers – a good opportunity to showcase and get feedback on your works in progress. Details below!

The deadline is next week, Tuesday, September 4th

To submit to:

ROUGH CUTS – September 2012
Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m.

Ninth Street Independent Film Center

145 Ninth Street, between Mission and Howard, San Francisco

Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided
$7 admission


Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at a variety of locations throughout San Francisco. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.

We are seeking long-form works with a final running time of 40 minutes or longer. Principal photography should have been completed, and we encourage filmmakers to submit cuts that are in the later stages of post-production (i.e. NOT first or second cuts).

Tuesday, September 4th

Submissions must arrive at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center by 5:00 p.m. [This is not a postmark deadline.]

Wednesday, September 12th

Selections will be announced and filmmakers will be notified

Tuesday, September 25th

Screenings, followed by discussions led by a guest moderator

To submit, and for more details about Rough Cuts, visit:

Upcoming events at the UC Berkeley J-School

Always great happenings at my alma mater. Check them out if you're in the area. -mia

Opening Reception – Rag Theater: The 2400 Block of Telegraph Avenue, 1969-1973


When: Friday, September 7

Reception: 6:00 PM
Lecture: 7:00 PM

Where: Room 105 North Gate Hall 

Nacio Jan Brown's photographs stop time and record this circle of life he knows so well, saving it from the too-quick and too-dead past for us to view with new eyes. Yet even as, through the grace of his commitment to this block, we take in what is already long gone, surely the lives continue, and, though nothing remains the same, surely right now, at this very moment, the block is alive…From the “Foreword” to Rag Theater, © 1971 by Thomas Farber

Exhibition on view in North Gate Hall: August 27th – January 11th, 2013

Robin Shulman | Eat the City

When: Monday, September 17,  12:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Robin Shulman will discuss her new book Eat the City. The book tells the story of past and present brewers, butchers, slaughterers, sugar refiners, winemakers, beekeepers, and farmers whose food production helped build New York City, showing that urban food production is no new trend, but has always shaped the life of American cities.

Robin Shulman has worked as a journalist for the Washington Post, the New York Times, the LA Times, Slate, the Guardian, and other publications. She has reported extensively from the Middle East, as well as the cities, suburbs, and rural areas of the United States. She graduated from the J-School in 2002.

Seth Rosenfeld | Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power

When: Wednesday, September 19,  7:00 PM

Where: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

A conversation between Seth Rosenfeld and Lowell Bergman, Logan Distinguished Professor in Investigative Reporting at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

While working as an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, Seth Rosenfeld sued the FBI four times over the past 30 years to obtain confidential records under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the agency's covert campus activities at UC Berkeley during the 1960s.  Eventually compelling the FBI to release more than 250,000 pages from their files, he painstakingly recreates the dramatic and unsettling history of how J. Edgar Hoover worked closely with then California governor Ronald Reagan to undermine student dissent, arrest and expel members of Berkeley's Free Speech Movement, and fire the University of California's liberal president, Clark Kerr.  Rosenfeld's vivid narrative focuses on three men: Kerr, who played a role in guaranteeing all Californians access to higher education; Mario Savio, the charismatic student activist who led the Free Speech movement; and the ambitious Reagan, who was a more active FBI informer in his Hollywood days than previously known.  By tracing the FBI's involvement with these figures, Rosenfeld reveals how the agency's counterintelligence program took tactics originally developed for use against foreign adversaries during the cold war and turned them on domestic groups whose politics the agency considered "un-American." Rosenfeld also draws on court transcripts, newspaper archives, oral histories, historical works, and hundreds of interviews.

Books will be available for purchase.

RSVP: juliehirano@berkeley.edu

Iraq Ten Years Later: Forgotten Past and Brutal Present

When: Friday, October 12,  7:00 PM

Where: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

An evening with Iraqi Journalist, Haider Hamza, and American journalist and author, David Harris, speaking on Iraq: "Iraq Ten Years Later: Forgotten Past and Brutal Present."

Best known for ShowTime’s This American Life: "Talk to an Iraqi ", Haider Hamza lived with his family near Babylon, south of Baghdad during the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. While in Iraq, Haider covered all the major events that took place in Iraq including the trials of Saddam Hussein.  Haider will speak about his experience in Iraq and the American public’s response to the war.  Haider is both knowledgeable and entertaining.  His lecture includes film clips from his road trip in America and a slide show of photos he took of post-war Iraq.  He will address the conflicts in Iraq since 2003 and the challenges that emerged after the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011.

American Journalist and author of "THE CRISIS: The President, The Prophet, and the Shah; 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam". David is Vice President of Citizens Reach Out and has been an advocate for anti-militarism since the Vietnam War.  David will present the background of the Iraq war and will introduce the work of Citizens Reach Out.

part time producer job opening at Making Contact, Oakland, CA

Some great work goes on at Making Contact – supplement your freelance work with a regular part-time gig! Details below.



Making Contact Producer (part-time) Work Location: Oakland, CA

more info at www.radioproject.org


Making Contact /National Radio Project seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) radio producer with a passion for public-interest community media, to create a world where peace and social justice are paramount.


National Radio Project is a nonprofit media organization that produces the weekly, nationally syndicated, progressive radio series Making Contact. Our high quality public-affairs and documentary radio programs are broadcast on 139 radio stations in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa; thousands more listen via our website and podcasts. Our award winning work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, among others.


We seek an energetic, passionate, organized team-player with solid experience. The candidate should understand the craft of long-format feature production as well as the art of a good in-depth interview.

Our program is a blend of evocative stories with analysis, and explores the relationship between individuals, groups and systems. We’re looking for someone committed to our greater mission and who is willing to do whatever it takes to produce our weekly show and to strengthen Making Contact as a whole.


National Radio Project /Making Contact is more than a radio program. We thrive on the participation of volunteers and interns. We train community members in radio production. We seek someone who can mentor others and is excited about growing and learning in their own work. We’re looking for a journalist who respects the knowledge of community members, social movement activists and academics in helping to conceptualize and create pieces that inform, inspire, and move people to take action.


Required Skills/Experience

Demonstrated writing and script editing skills

Demonstrated audio editing skills

Strong voice-craft skills and experience

Track record of journalistic work –dedicated to fairness, accuracy and fact-checking

Ability to read and synthesize research

Familiarity with issues of our times and timeless issues

Track record of delivering pieces on deadline

Commitment to building Making Contact as a whole, and to participating in a team process

Enthusiastic about participating in fundraising


Preferred Skills

Experience coaching and editing freelance reporters and producers

Multimedia experience:  video, sound-slides, YouTube etc

Familiar with social marketing and online media distribution

Experience and enthusiasm for online distribution methods and audience building

Energetic and able to think on your feet

Sense of humor


National Radio Project / Making Contact is an affirmative action employer. We actively recruit applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities.  


Position Open Until Filled. Please email resume, cover letter, writing sample (radio script preferred) and links to work samples to lrudman@radioproject.org

Media Ideation Fellowship Applications Open September 11

This Media Ideation Fellowship looks pretty interesting – one for graduate students and one for early career journos. Details below!


What are the Media Ideation Fellowships? PLUS: How to Nominate Fellows on Aug. 28.
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Thanks for signing up for the Media Ideation FellowshipSM enewsletter. Over the next two months we’ll be sending regular updates with information about the fellowships, details on how to apply, and how to nominate your friends and peers to participate in this groundbreaking initiative.

What is it?

The Media Ideation FellowshipSM is supporting visionary individuals in the development of early stage ideas for transformative technology. The need for innovations that will reshape progressive politics or resolve social inequities is great, yet the learning curve is steep. The fellowship is jumpstarting the work of talented, driven young technologists who can change the world.

Starting September 11, we will begin accepting applications for two distinct fellowships:

  • Early Career Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend and will be expected to complete a project in six months. Candidates must have three to five years of work experience and cannot be currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Graduate Level Fellows will receive a $12,000 stipend and will be expected to complete a project in three months. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program, or have received their graduate degree within 12 months of applying for this fellowship.

Check out our answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the fellowships for more details on who we want to recruit, what kinds of projects we’re interested in, and more. The Media Ideation FellowshipSM is a project of the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation.

How Can You Help?

A big idea alone won’t change the world. Would-be entrepreneurs need financial resources, smart mentorship, and strong community support to get their innovations off the ground. We want to encourage other innovators, teachers, technologists, and change-makers to support would-be entrepreneurs to take their big ideas and run with them.

That’s why we’re opening a simple, two-step nomination process on Tuesday, August 28, in which anyone can nominate peers, students, or co-workers for the fellowship program. We’ll follow up with all nominees with early information on how to apply—and let them know that their community stands behind them. Who knows? You might be nominating the creator of the next Blue State Digital or MoveOn.Org.

You’ll be hearing more from us on August 28 with details about how you can nominate candidates—and how to apply. Follow @MediaIdeation on Twitter, or stay tuned to this enewsletter for more details as we prepare to launch.

Erin Polgreen
Fellowship Coordinator

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Pitch Perfect, The Art of Editorial Persuasion, happening at the Third Coast Conference

The Third Coast Conference is coming up Oct 5-7 and there are still slots open for the Association of Independents in Radio pitch panel. Get your ideas heard by the best in the biz! Details below.


Hello Friends and fellow Producers:
I’ve got editors lined up from NPR’s Arts Desk, Marketplace, the BBC, KCRW’s Independent Producer’s Project, Snap Judgment and This American Life. Now all you have to do is STEP ON UP and submit pitches for AIR’s pitch panel, “Pitch Perfect: The Art of Editorial Persuasion” happening at the Third Coast Conference in Chicago October 5-7.

DEADLINE for PITCHING: Monday, August 20, 5pm PT.

This is your chance for 12 of you to get the ear of one of the best editors in the business and, at the same time, help provide a great learning experience for your colleagues.

How do program editors decide what to put on the air (or online)? How do they work with independent producers to try new ideas or launch a national series? Typically these kinds of questions are discussed behind closed doors, leaving many wondering what the magic key is to creating a productive partnership. This session is one of AIR’s most popular panels from the Third Coast Conference. We take you to the creative “sweet spot” with pre-selected producers pitching story ideas and projects to some of public radio’s most experienced editorial gatekeepers.

Here’s more details on how to become a pitcher, plus a link to our application form:

Email any questions you have to me at pitch@airmedia.org.


Emily Botein

Job opening – Associate Producer, Arts and Culture, Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth is a great show and you'd get to live up here in the lovely Northeast! Details HERE and below.
Position: Associate Producer, Arts and Culture, Word of Mouth

Classification: Part-time (28 hours/week), Exempt (Salaried)
Reports to: Word of Mouth Senior Producer

Responsibility and Objective:
The Associate Producer, Arts and Culture for NHPR’s midday show Word of Mouth is responsible for executing the daily production of the show and its associated content, with a focus on arts and culture content. The Producer generates segment ideas, produces segments, books and pre-interviews guests, conducts research, writes scripts, edits audio, finds and prepares pieces for air from a variety of sources, generates content for the program website and contributes to the social media activity for the show. The Associate Producer also prepares subsequent broadcasts of segment material beyond the show’s regular timeslot, such as interview excerpts and arts content appropriate for broadcast in NHPR newscasts. This position works closely with the Executive Producer, Producer, Host, VP for Programming and interns and volunteers to achieve the goals and objectives of Word of Mouth. This position also interacts with the News Director, Newscast Producer, and Digital department to coordinate placement of content across platforms.

• One year experience in production of radio programming, preferably in public broadcasts OR two years experience in digital/multimedia arts and culture coverage
• Demonstrated ability to seek out the unexpected source for a good story idea
• Demonstrated ability to deliver consistent quality work under strict deadlines
• Experience with Adobe Audition or similar audio editing programs, broadcast automation systems, HTML or XHTML web-posting, and Microsoft Office programs
• Experience in digital editing and digital media production
• Understanding of social media best practices

• Excellent editorial judgment and understanding of public radio core values
• Demonstrated excellent writing skills, including radio script writing. Arts writing experience for print or digital a plus.
• Keen sensibility for seeking out interesting, compelling and innovative topics
• Demonstrated radio editing and production skills. Editing and/or production skills in other digital or print formats a plus.
• Technologically versatile with willingness to expand skills
• Ability to find new and interesting angles on stories and determine best means of delivery, including most appropriate media formats to effectively tell the story
• Knowledge of relevant FCC rules and regulations
• Computer literacy required; Microsoft Office suite, digital editing and broadcast delivery programs, HTML/web editing, blogging and social media

• B.A. in relevant field or equivalent experience

To apply, go to nhpr.org , click on About, then Job Opportunities. Or, go directly to nhpr.iapplicants.com.