google journalism fellowships, deadline Jan 31

For students working with a host organization – proposal deadline Jan 31. Details below. -Mia

Students Invited to Apply for Google Journalism Fellowships

In an effort to help develop the next crop of reporters working to keep the world informed, educated, and entertained, Google has created the Google Journalism Fellowship.

The ten-week summer program is designed for undergraduate, graduate, and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The program's focus is on data-driven journalism, online free expression, and rethinking the business of journalism. The fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to host organizations working on a variety of subjects, including investigative journalism, press freedom around the world, and journalism's future in a digital landscape.

Host organizations include the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Knight Foundation, Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, Poynter, Nieman Journalism Lab, and ProPublica.

Rob Rosenthal
Shunpike Media
30 Spurwink Ave.
So. Portland ME 04106

Sound Science audio workshop, Jan 22, 10am-1pm, NYC

Hey FC NYC folks. I'm teaching a 3-hour audio workshop at the CUNY jschool in Jan and would love to see some friendly faces there. Here's the info:

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sound Science – Mia Lobel – Room 434 (25 students max)

In this hands-on audio workshop, you’ll learn to take a complex scientific idea or story, break it down into character, plot, and setting, and develop it into an engaging narrative for a wide audience. We’ll discuss how to find and talk to scientists, how to get scientists to talk to you in a language everyone can understand, and how to make science sing. Plus, you’ll learn how to fact-check science stories for accuracy and balance. Students will workshop and pitch their ideas in class. The “winning” pitch may be produced for Distillations, the chemistry podcast. The class will be taught by freelance producer Mia Lobel, who is an adjunct instructor at the CUNY J-School and senior producer of Distillations.

The course cost $30 (payable to CUNY, not me). If you're interested, email Amy Dunkin <> and she can tell you how to register.
Lemme know if you have any questions, and hope to see you there! Feel free to pass this along to anyone you think may be interested.
Best, Mia

Accepting Submissions Now 2012 NAM Ethnic Media Awards SOCAL, deadline Jan 12

The latest NAM newsletter includes info about the SOCAL Ethnic Media Awards plus a bunch of other stuff. -mia

To view a webpage version of this newsletter Click here

nam weekly nwsltr header

21 December 2012



Postmark Deadline for Entries: January 12, 2013 


Dear Media Colleagues,


It is with great pleasure that we invite ethnic media practitioners (print, online, radio and television) to participate in New America Media's 2012 Ethnic Media Awards for Southern California. The NAM Awards bring recognition to the entire ethnic media sector.


We are calling for entries for work published or aired in an ethnic media organization of any size serving an ethnic/newcomer community in Southern California — between October 1, 2011 and December 1, 2012 [within Oct. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2011, Jan. 2012-Dec. 1, 2012].    


For the 2012 NAM Awards for Southern California, we are inaugurating several new approaches that reflect the rapid changes in California's media landscape.


NAM will consider all entries in English and in-language; and across all media platforms – in print, online and broadcast [TV & Radio] as a single pool in all of the News Beats  [NB1-NB6] and Spotlight Reports [SR 1- SR6] categories. The news beat categories include Outstanding Reporting on Governance & 2012 Elections Coverage, Outstanding Reporting on Civil Liberties Issues in Ethnic Communities, Outstanding Reporting on Inter-Ethnic, Inter-Racial and Inter-Religious Relations, and many others. 


The spotlight reports categories honor special news reporting on 2012 news events or trends including Outstanding Reporting on California's Economic Divide; Outstanding Reporting on International Affairs, and others including a Community Advocate Award that will honor one ethnic media organization for its public advocacy on a specific issue impacting its own community and/or California.


We are also maintaining a separate track of awards for outstanding photojournalism, outstanding community reporting for radio and outstanding community reporting for television.


Award winners will receive cash prizes and a trophy or certificate.


We are honored to partner with Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) which will host our Awards Gala at their Mohn Broadcast Center and Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena on Thursday, March 7, 2013.


SCPR is a member-supported public media network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KVLA in the Coachella Valley.


Below, embedded as a downloadable pdf link — is our NAM Official Call for Entries, Guidelines & Submission Form-SoCal. NAM encourages in-language as well as English-language entries, and participants are encouraged to include their own English translations wherever possible.  For the purposes of this competition, Southern California ethnic media include those located from Calexico to Bakersfield.


We look forward to receiving your entries and any questions you may have.   


CLICK here: NAM Official Call for Entries, Guidelines & Submission Form-SoCal




Warmest regards,


Odette Keeley

NAM Awards Chair-California

New America Media / 415.503.4170


Sandy Close

Executive Director

New America Media



Renaissance Journalism, a program of SF State's Journalism Department, invites you to LearningLAB 2013, a multimedia journalism training conference for the ethnic and community news media on Friday, January 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at San Francisco State University. The conference features workshops on multimedia storytelling, social media and "Hot Topics," important issues such as immigration and health care reform. Reg Fee: $25. For more info: 415.773.0388, ext. 333, or Register Today!  Here is a link to a pdf flyer


The  2013-14 class of John S. Knight Journalism Fellows at Stanford University |(The deadline for U.S. applications is Jan. 15, 2013) Applications are now open for the 2013-14 class of John S. Knight Journalism Fellows at Stanford University.  Fellows in our program work on solving problems, from leveraging technology to help journalism, finding new ways to reach underserved communities, seeking innovative ways to financially support quality journalism as well as fostering independent journalism in countries without a history of a free press.



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Call for Entries Open for 2013 Hillman Prizes in Journalism, deadline Jan 31

Start the new year off with a prize. Deadline Jan 31. -mia

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The Sidney Hillman Foundation

Submissions For Hillman Prizes In Journalism

Due January 31, 2013

Annual Prizes Honor Excellence in Journalism in Service of the Common Good

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting submissions for the
2013 Hillman Prizes that honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest.
The 2013 prizes will be given for work produced, published, broadcast, or exhibited in 2012. Our categories include:
  • books (non-fiction)
  • newspaper reporting (print or online)
  • magazine reporting (print or online)
  • broadcast journalism (video or radio programs longer than 20 minutes)
  • photojournalism (still photos that may or may not be part of a larger multi-media package)
  • web journalism (online reporting done by an individual or an institution (text blog and/or multimedia), and
  • opinion journalism (for commentary and analysis in any medium)

The received-by deadline for all submissions is January 31, 2013. There  is no submission fee.  View the submission form and application instructions.

Winners will be announced in April 2013. Each winner is awarded travel to   New York City to receive a $5,000 prize and a certificate designed by New  Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel, at our awards ceremony and cocktail  reception to be held Tuesday May 7, 2013 at the New York Times Center.

Submissions are judged by a distinguished panel of journalists: Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor, The New Yorker, Susan Meiselas, Magnum photographer, Harold Meyerson, Washington Post columnist and editor-at- large, The American Prospect, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher,The Nation, and Rose Marie Arce, senior producer, CNN.

See previous winners here.

Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists, writers and public figures who pursue investigative journalism and public policy for the common good. Sidney Hillman was the founding president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America, a predecessor union of Workers United, SEIU. Sidney Hillman, an architect of the New Deal, fought to build a vibrant union movement extending beyond the shop floor to all aspects of working people's lives.

For any questions, please contact:

Alexandra Lescaze
Executive Director, The Sidney Hillman Foundation
12 West 31st St., 12th fl., New York, NY 10001


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$25,000 Social Justice Leadership Prize Announced!

Well hey – a new award for social justice journalism. Deadline March 8. Good money for good deeds = good news! -Mia

$25,000 Social Justice Leadership Prize Announced!

News Release-----Kalamazoo College Establishes Global
Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership
Contact: Jeff Palmer O: 269.337.5724 / C: 269.806.7700

Kalamazoo College officials announced today the
establishment of the Kalamazoo College Global Prize for
Collaborative Social Justice Leadership, a biennial
$25,000 prize that honors an innovative and

collaborative leadership project in the pursuit of
social justice and human rights anywhere in the world.

The inaugural $25,000 Social Justice Leadership Prize
will be awarded May 11, 2013, following a juried
competition administered by the College's Arcus Center
for Social Justice Leadership. Jurors include author,

political activist, and University of California-Santa
Cruz scholar Angela Y. Davis; former Executive Director
of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights
Commission Cary Alan Johnson; and Detroit-based author,

educator, and columnist Shea Howell. Howell is also a
board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to
Nurture Community Leadership, in Detroit.

A $5,000 Social Justice Leadership Prize, also juried,
will be awarded to a project in Southwest Michigan.
Jurors include a panel of K students, faculty, staff,
and Kalamazoo community members.

Entries-in the form of 8- to 10-minute videos-must be
received by March 8, 2013. Entry information, FAQ, and
more may be found at

Freelance Cafe highlighted on WAMC’s 51%

I recently spoke with WAMC’s Susan Barnett for her show 51% – The Women’s Perspective. She asked me about my freelancing experience and gave a nice shout out to Freelance Cafe. It was fun to be on the other side of the mic for a change! Listen to hear a bit about why I started FC and my thoughts on networking as an important part of making it as a freelancer.

This was 51% Episode 1220, broadcast on November 29 at 8pm and again on December 5 at 3pm.

Here’s a blurb about the show:

In America, women make up more than half the population. Worldwide, women are expected to outnumber men within the next fifty years. And every issue we face is one that affects us all.

Whether it’s the environment, health, our children, politics or the arts, there’s a women’s perspective, and 51% is a show dedicated to that viewpoint.

Host Susan Barnett talks to experts in their field for a wide-ranging, entertaining discussion of issues that not only fall into the traditional ‘women’s issues’ category, but topics that concern us all as human beings and citizens of the global community.

Tune to 51% weekly throughout the U. S. on public and community radio stations, some ABC Radio Network stations, Armed Forces Radio stations around the world and on the Internet.

Pimp Your Podcast – a panel discussion at the CUNY J-School

For you audio folks/podcasters – I was recently on a panel at The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s called “Pimp your Podcast” with Amanda Aronczyk (moderator), Jim Colgan of Soundcloud, Adam Davidson of Planet Money, and Ashley Milne-Tyte, producer of the amazing podcast The Broad Experience. We talked about the differences between online audio and broadcast radio and how to sell a podcast idea to a funder or news organization, among other things. It was a lot of fun, and I thought some of you might find it useful.

‘Pimp Your Podcast’ Panel – October 22, 2012 from CUNY Grad School of Journalism on Vimeo.

Strange Beauty Film Festival Call for Audio entires – deadline is MONDAY, Dec 10

Quick! You have until Monday to send your stuff. -Mia

Enter Strange Beauty's Aural Fixation 

Calling all Audio Types!!! here's a chance to have your brilliant work heard by a live audience.

please consider submitting work to Aural Fixation–a curated listening block–part of the Strange Beauty Film Festival. The deadline was extended to December 10th — get your awesome piece in now!

For the past 2 years, Aural Fixation, curated by Jennifer Deer, has been a big Saturday night hit at Strange Beauty, the coolest lil' film fest in Durham, NC. 

Producers featured in Aural Fixation have included John Biewen, Alix Blair, Jesse Dukes, David Goren, Karen Michel, Katie Mingle, Shea Shackelford, David Schulman, David Schultz, Nick Van der Kolk ….

See the website for more info and to submit. Guidelines below. 


Aural Fixation, an audio-only portion of the Strange Beauty Film Festival, accepts audio work of any shape or form with a running time of 30 minutes or less. Pieces in the 90 second to 5 minute range are encouraged. The only requirement is that the work be strangely beautiful and/or beautifully strange. We are looking for stuff that strikes a chord, has an emotional impact, makes us think. If you feel your piece fits the bill, it probably does. We can't wait to hear it. 

Previous broadcast history is of no concern. Audio work/sound art of any type/content is welcome, such as narrated, verite, soundscapes, raw tape, excerpts, scenes, sound or audio "moments," found tape, experimental, audio theater, and creative radio work (to name a few). Music may also be a good fit for Aural Fixation if it relies very heavily on recorded sound over musical instruments.

A completed electronic entry form and an entry fee of $5.00 must accompany each work submitted. You may submit a URL for auditioning your audio piece, or email us an mp3 file. Please name the file with at least your last name. If your piece is selected for the festival we will contact you for further information and at that point we can arrange for a .wav file to be sent, it you so desire.

$5.00 per entry. Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only. 


There are no official awards, though we'll have baubles of some kind for all producers/audiomakers who come to the fest.

Inviting proposals for startup awards, deadline Jan 23

I've been hankering for one of these myself – go ladies, go! -Mia


J-Lab is now accepting proposals for $14,000 in start-up funding for women-led media projects. Please share with your women entrepreneurs.

Deadline is Jan. 23, 2013. They can apply here:

And they can see past winners at


Jan Schaffer
Executive Director
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Entrepreneur in Residence
American University School of Communication
3201 New Mexico Ave. NW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20016
P: 202.885.8100
T: @janjlab

KQED TRULY CA, Call for Entries 2013, deadline Jan 11

For you CA-philes. -Mia

This is Aldo at KQED in San Francisco and it’s that time of year again when we announce our Call for Entries for the series Truly CA.
We’re looking for submissions for next season’s Truly CA. Deadline for submissions is January 11, 2013.

Submission forms can be found at and on our Facebook page

Truly CA showcases documentaries about California in two formats:

  • Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories is a television broadcast series airing monthly on Sundays at 6pm.
  • Truly CA Shorts is a web-only companion series featuring new downloadable short documentaries (30 minutes or less) every other month.

We welcome submissions from across the country that document the many faces of California. We run the gamut: this season we have everything from a gentle, nostalgic look back at Camp Beaverbrook to a survey of the experimental filmmaking antics of the Kuchar Brothers to an upcoming raw exploration of schizophrenia.

Through both Truly CA and our new series Film School Shorts (coming in 2013!), we hope to build online communities for new, fresh filmmakers across the country, highlighting the process, pain and joy of making that perfect piece of cinema.

If you’d like to share the word with your filmmaking community, like us on Facebook and share our link for the Call for Entries.

We hope to hear about the amazing documentaries being made! Please let me know if you have any questions about submitting a film or how you can spread the word.


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