Kitchen Sisters Interviewing & Recording Workshop, March 27

My favorite producers – the Kitchen Sisters – are once again offering their workshop on recording and interviewing. Don't miss this if you're in the area! Details below. -Mia

Time again for The Kitchen Sisters Recording and Interviewing Workshops. Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters is holding two workshops on Wednesday, March 27 in San Francisco. These three-hour sessions are designed for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects–radio, online, podcasts, storytelling, oral histories, audio slide shows, family histories, news, documentaries, and other multimedia platforms.

In the workshops, Davia will cover interviewing, miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, and how to listen (which is harder than it looks).

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

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

Morning Workshop: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM (REGISTER HERE: )

Afternoon Workshop: 2:30 PM-5:30 PM (REGISTER HERE: )

Each session is $120. (The same workshop is given in the morning and the afternoon)

If you have questions email And please pass this announcement along to your community.

Expand your skills, meet new people, support the work of The Kitchen Sisters.

See you there,

The Kitchen Sisters

Upcoming events at the UCB J-School

The latest events from Berkeley J-School. -Mia

Ken Schles Photography Exhibit: Opening Reception and Lecture

When:  Friday, March 8,  6:00 p.m.

Where: Room 105 North Gate Hall (Reception in the Library)

First published in 1988, Invisible City still has the ability to transfix the viewer. A penetrating and intimate portrayal of a world few had entrance to—or means of egress from. For a decade, Ken Schles watched the passing of time from his Lower East Side neighborhood. His camera fixed the instances of his observations, and these moments become the foundation of his invisible city.

Preview of "Fallaci" | Q & A with Lawrence Wright and Deirdre English

When:  Saturday, March 9,  8:00 p.m.

Where:  Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison Street, Berkeley)

Join us for a special evening with Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright, and the world premiere of his new play, "Fallaci," the story of female Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, known for her grilling interviews throughout a 50-year career as a journalist.  

Tickets are now available for the exclusive preview of Fallaci, followed by a seperate Q & A with Lawrence Wright, hosted by Deirdre English, Director of the Magazine Center at the J-School.  Student tickets and Alumni/Faculty tickets are available.  You must purchase a ticket to the play in order to attend the post-performance session.

Space is limited, if you are interested in attending the Q & A following the performance, please contact Julie Hirano to RSVP.  

A Lunchtime Talk with Sally K. Fairfax

Presented by the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism

When:  Wednesday, March 13,  12:30 p.m.

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Michael Pollan and The Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism welcome Sally K. Fairfax, one of the authors of California Cuisine and Just Foods. In the book, Fairfax and several other authors illustrate the significant progress that's been made in the Bay Area toward food democracy. But, despite the favorable climate, progressive politics, and culinary culture, many challenges still remain in the fight for just food.

Fairfax will speak about the book and participate in a Q & A moderated by Pollan.

Refreshments will be provided.

Spring Welcome Visit 2013

When:  Sunday, March 17 – Tuesday, March 19

Where:  North Gate Hall

The J-School will host the next class of admitted students at Spring Welcome Visit.  Details to come!

*********** EVENTS OF INTEREST ***********

Sally Mack | "At the Edges: A Wetlands Restoration Site" Photo Exhibit

When: January 22 – May 31,  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Education/Psychology Library, 2600 Tolman Hall

"At the Edges: A Westlands Restoration Site," color photographs by Sally Mack, of a northern California wetlands restoration site, are being present at the Ed/Psych Library at 2600 Tolman Hall on the UC Berkeley campus from January 22-May 31, 2013.

The photos in the exhibit were taken at a 53-acre wetlands restoration site owned by CalTrans, developed by a consortium of federal and state resource agencies.  Named "Guadalcanal Village" after the South Pacific island, it's the site of a former housing development, now a CalTrans mitigation site, located on Mare Island, near Vallejo, CA. It's bordered by Highway 37 and the Napa River.  It is slated to become part of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

The photos in the exhibit were taken with a classic Hasselblad film camera and printed through an enlarger at a local lab.

More of Sally's photos can be seen at

For more information, please contact Sally at

Meet the Playwright: Public event at the Berkeley Rep

When: Monday, March 4,  7:00 p.m.

Where: Thrust Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison Street)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Fallaci playwright Lawrence Wright and J-School professor Mark Danner discuss Wright's latest bestselling book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.  Copies of Going Clear may be purchased in the lobby, and audience members can get their books signed at the end of the evening.  

This is a free event.  No tickets necessary. Seating is limited. The lobby and café counter open at 6pm.

2013 Matsui Lecture: Can the World Feed 9 Billion People? A Global Agricultural Development Initiative

When: Wednesday, March 13,  4:00 p.m.

Where: Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Co-sponsored by the Institute of International Studies, Institute of East Asian studies, the Blum Center and Master of Development Practice

During his 26 years in Congress and subsequent service as president of the Asia Foundation, Rep. Douglas Bereuter confronted issues of global poverty, food production, and sustainability. In this year's Matsui Lecture, he addresses these critical issues facing the United States and the world.

Reception to follow.

Free and open to the public.

Health Care Reform Up Close

When:  Wednesday, March 20,  4:00 p.m.

Where:  250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Pam Belluck will speak about her first book, Island Practice (2012), the adventures of an eccentric doctor and the challenges of his community on the island of Nantucket. This is a study of how one doctor perseveres within the shifting institutional context of health care. The book was optioned for a CBS television series regarding health care reform and organizational change.

A New York Times interview with Ms. Belluck about her book can be found at

Ms. Belluck regularly writes for the Times science page, covering complex/controversial topics in psychology, neuroscience, and women's health. Her reporting launched The New York Times Vanishing Mind series, about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She's also a jazz musician in her spare time. Ms. Belluck is the subject of an extended profile in Current Biography magazine, June 2012.

2013 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, deadline March 1

Final reminder about the Casey Medals, deadline March 1. Go for it! -Mia

Did you write, report, produce, shoot, or create a powerful piece of journalism/media in 2012 about the lives of children and families in the U.S.? Enter the 2013 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism. Winners in a dozen categories are awarded $1000 and are eligible for $5000 prizes from America's Promise Alliance. Application and guidelines at

Deadline: March 1, 2013. Stories can change lives.

IFP Indie filmmaker labs open for submissions, deadline March 8

International Film Project filmmaker labs, deadline March 8. -mia


IFP's 2013 Independent Filmmaker Labs Open for Submissions

IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs are a year-long fellowship supporting independent filmmakers through the completion, marketing, and distribution of their first features. The Labs provide community, mentorship, and film-specific strategies to help filmmakers reach their artistic goals, support the film's launch, and maximize exposure in the global marketplace. Drawing from a national candidate pool, 20 projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected.

Lab alum projects from 2012 include recent Sundance premieres Concussion (acquired by RADiUS-TWC) directed by Stacie Passon and Blue Caprice, directed by Alexandre MoorsAlex Meillier and Tanya Ager Mellier's Alias Ruby Blade, recently premiered at IDFA; Daniel Patrick Carbone's Hide Your Smiling Faces, currently World Premiering in the Berlinale’s Generation section; Visra Vichit-Vadakan's Karaoke Girl from Rotterdam 2013's Tiger Award competition; and Penny Lane's Our Nixon (also Rotterdam and upcoming SXSW). Additional Lab Alums also premiering at SXSW will be Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq's These Birds WalkStephen Silha and Eric Slade's Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, and Lotfy Nathan's 12 O’Clock Boys.

Lab submission is open to all first time documentary and narrative feature directors with films in post-production. As part of IFP's ongoing commitment to diversity, the Independent Filmmaker Labs seeks to ensure that at least half of the participating projects have an inclusive range of races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and physical abilities in key creative positions. Upcoming deadlines for the 2013 Labs are March 8 (Documentary) and April 5 (Narrative). For more info and to apply, click here.

PAID Media Internship at the Moth, deadline March 8

From the good people at The Moth:

The Moth, the nationally known arts organization and creators of the Peabody-Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour and popular podcast, is seeking a paid media intern to join our team!

Internship Opportunity

Love stories? Love media? The Moth Media Department would love to have you. We’re currently seeking one intern to assist us with various media-related support, which includes but is not limited to:

    • Working on external media requests
    • Helping to inventory our 15+ year archive of audio and video
    • Assisting The Moth’s media team with other projects as needed


      • Video editing and capturing experience, either with Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Express
      • Audio editing experience, preferably with ProTools or Audacity
      • Enthusiasm for storytelling and meeting new people

      ·      40-hour a week; our office hours are 10-6, but we’re flexible to work around your schedule

      Who We Are

      The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Through its ongoing programs – The Moth Mainstage, Moth StorySLAMs, MothSHOP Community Education Program, MothSHOP Corporate, and the Moth Podcast – The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, airs on more than 250 public radio stations across the country.


      This is a paid internship. $10/hour, with a commitment of at least 3 months.


      Please send an email to by Friday, March 8th, with the subject line “Media Internship – Spring 2013” and the following materials: your resume, a brief cover letter, and links to your video reel and any past audio projects (if available).

      KCRW’s live streaming Writing for Radio Workshop, Feb 26, 7:30pm PST

      There've been a lot of these online training opportunities recently (see NPR Digital Services' amazing webinar series). This one comes from KCRW. Details below! -Mia

      WHAT: Writing for Radio Workshop with Alex Chadwick and Matt Holzman
      WHERE: Live Streaming at
      WHEN: Tuesday, 2/26 at 7:30PM PST


      Writing for radio is really easy. All you have to do is tell a great story. And convey a ton of facts and ideas and tie them all together elegantly – but make the whole thing really intimate and personal. Oh, and paint a real visual picture of where you are and the people you meet. And do it all in as few words as humanly possible and make it sound like you're just talking.

      OK, so it's not so easy. But we're going to speak with one of the people who makes it sound like it is. Alex Chadwick is one of the masters of the craft, and we'll pick his brain in an effort to bring you specific ways to make your radio writing sing, whether you're doing a two minute 'acts and tracks' news story, a research-heavy investigative report, or a long-form documentary.

      About the Hosts:
      Alex Chadwick is an independent journalist whose distinctive work makes him one of the most recognized reporters in public radio. At NPR, he was a co-creator of Morning Edition, the most widely heard program in public radio, and a host of that program as well as All Things Considered. He has worked as a writer and feature reporter in network television (CBS, ABC, National Geographic) and for the online political magazine, where his popular feature Interviews 50 Cents was named a 'must see' video by the New York Times. His current project is a series of specials on the subject of energy and climate: BURN, An Energy Journal, carried on more than 300 stations around the country.

      People know Matt Holzman because he used to give away stuff during KCRW's membership drives. And because of Matt's Movies. But what he really does is make radio stories. His work has been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Studio 360 and pretty much every show on KCRW. Matt's recent documentary for KCRW's UnFictional, called "Ministry of Presence," would probably have won a Peabody if he hadn't missed the application deadline.

      Join us! We'll be live streaming the workshop next Tuesday at 7:30PST. You'll find it at

      If you have any questions about the event, please contact

      KCRW’s Independent Producer Project is accepting pitches

      This is just plain AWESOME. KCRW is accepting pitches from indies to tell unique and compelling stories. You can hear some of the existing stories HERE. And submit your own pitches HERE. Details below. -Mia

      In a groundbreaking new initiative, KCRW has set out to support and cultivate the independent voices of public radio whose work tells the stories that have made our medium unique and compelling.


      By creating a special fund, KCRW can take chances on new ways of doing what public radio has always done best — tell the stories that matter and move us.


      Our goal is for this work to be experienced across the entire public radio system. The IPP has already commissioned pieces that have been heard on national shows, All Things Considered, This American Life, and The Story.

      KCRW’s Independent Producer Project supports and cultivates independent producers who create unique and compelling stories.  We encourage submissions from content-makers of all backgrounds, and experience levels.

      Feel free to send us your best story ideas and finished works — and also your ideas for longer-term, multi-segment projects.  We are currently accepting submissions for radio  and multi-media projects.


      Pitch a story that you’ve honed to the point where your subject–the WHAT is compelling to a first-time reader in a sentence.  Then briefly tell us WHO we’ll hear from and WHY we’ll want to stop and listen to them.  Tell us WHERE you’ll take us in the most literal sense, and HOW you’ll take us there using audio and other media.  Your pitch should convince us that your story needs to be heard.  Not just told: heard.


      Treat us the way you like to be treated.  Make your pitch simple and engaging.  Tell us just enough to make us want to hear more.  A paragraph or two at most.  Give us a sense of the length of the piece and tell us how you can imagine the piece going beyond the medium of radio. Surprise us with your ideas and then convince us that you’re equipped to make them real.  Don’t send visuals or audio. Trust your words to grab our interest.  If we like what we see, we’ll reach out to you for more. So be ready.  And if you don’t get a response right away, please be understanding.  We’re a small staff and we receive many submissions and cannot follow up with everyone right away.  But please be assured, we will get back to you.

      Studio 360 seeks interns and volunteers

      An ever-so-occasional post about internships/volunteer opportunities. Learn a bunch, then go out and make a living with that knowledge. -Mia

      Studio 360 is looking for sharp, enthusiastic self-starters, with or without radio skills, to participate in the program as interns and volunteers.


      Interns and volunteers assist in all aspects of producing Studio 360. They sit in on editorial meetings, gather research, pitch ideas, collect materials for the website, and perform various tasks involved in running the office. Over the course of the term, interns and volunteers learn fundamental radio skills (including audio editing) and will work with staff mentors on producing segments for the show. 


      There are no specific qualifications required, other than a passion for the arts and popular culture, and a fascination with creative radio.  Study or experience in journalism and/or radio production are valuable, but not required.


      Accepting applications March 1-22 – more information:

      FREE Data Training for Aspiring Data Journalists

      Free Online Data Training for Journalists

      Some of the most compelling information about our world can be found in data. As a journalist it's now more important than ever to be able to access data, employ data and create compelling visualizations for telling stories with data. At kdmcBerkeley were offering a series of free online courses to introduce journalists to the basics of data visualization.

      When: Four Free Online courses to get you started in data journalism. These four one-hour courses build upon the other; beginning with spreadsheet basics to charting and graphing and ending up with interactive maps. Register for all four sessions or choose the session that best meets your needs. Each course is offered twice, once at 10am PST and then again at 1pm PST on February 20, February 27, March 15 & March 18.

      Who Should Attend: Journalists in the news and media environment who are interested in adding data visualization skills to their storytelling toolkit.

      Register Here: Free Online Data Training. Early registration is recommended.

      Fee: Free. The workshops are being made available due to a generous grant from our sponsor Ethics & Excellence in Journalism.

      "By visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map. And when you're lost in information, an information map is kind of useful." By David McCandless on the beauty of data visualizations.

      Be a part of the data revolution by experiencing the kdmcBerkeley difference at the World's Premier Center for applied digital communications.

      temp position for multimedia journalist at WHYY covering Sandy recovery

      WHYY in Philadelphia is looking for a (short-term) reporter for a grant-funded initiative. Details below. -mia

      "Sandy" Reporter –

      WHYY/NewsWorks seeks an experienced multimedia journalist to undertake a focused reporting initiative on the cleanup from Superstorm Sandy in South Jersey and Delaware.  This reporter will use text, audio, photos and social media to inform the public about issues, solutions and problems related to the rebuilding and reimaginging of Shore communities harmed by the storm.  Most reporting will be done in person in Shore communities. The position is full-time, but temporary.  We expect it to continue until the end of October 2013.

      To apply, please use the online application links above or mail your resume to:

      Human Resources
      WHYY, Inc.
      150 N. Sixth Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19106