Two digital events at Columbia J-school

From Columbia J-school's social media guru Sree Sreenivasan. -Mia

Dear friends:

We have two digital events coming up at Columbia J-school I wanted to let you know about. More events info via @columbiajourn on Twitter:

One is the FREE annual Hearst Digital Media Lecture on Thursday night 6-9 pm, with TWO receptions! – with Amanda Cox, award-winning Graphics Editor at The New York Times, along with the awarding of the the Innovator Award by Mark Hansen, Director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation (Mark is new to the J-school and absolutely awesome – worth going just to see him in action!). Many of you know I ran this program for 10 years, before I moved from the J-school to the Provost's Office – hope you will try to attend and listen to Amanda. Lauren Mack <> can answer any questions you might have.  Details below.

The second event is my next social media workshop, on May 16 – run by the Continuing Education department and coordinated by Tatiana Rivera <>.

@SREE'S SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP – NYC IN-PERSON & ONLINE FROM ANYWHERE: Social Media One-night Stand – advanced social media workshop, Thursday, May 16, 2013 (includes two weeks of online coaching, taught w/ @wordwhacker & @travelogged). Details: #cjsm – INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED LEVELS. [Because of time-zone issues, many people who sign up miss the live session, but access the video recording and the online coaching.]

sample tweet] May 16 is Social Media One-night Stand, @Sree's @ColumbiaJourn advanced workshop you can take from anywhere: #cjsm

See what happened in the Seattle version of this on March 18: and read my tribute to Roger Ebert: 5 Social Media Lessons from @EbertChicago:

The Hearst details are below. //sree//

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From: Lauren Mack <>

Join us for the annual Hearst Digital Media Lecture by our Hearst New Media Professional in Residence, Amanda Cox, award-winning Graphics Editor at The New York Times. The Hearst Digital Media Lecture is an annual event about the state of digital journalism. The evening includes introductory remarks and presentation of the Innovator Award by Mark Hansen, Director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

The Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence is appointed each academic year to participate in the educational activities of the school. The appointment has been made possible by a generous gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Recent professionals-in-residence have included: Krishna Bharat, founder of Google News; Steven Berlin Johnson, noted digital media expert and bestselling author; Kenneth Lerer, Huffington Post?s chairman and co-founder; Brian Storm, former lead multimedia producer,; Adrian Holovaty, former editorial innovations editor,, among others.

6:00 pm-7:00 pm: Reception – drinks and food

7:00 pm-8:00 pm: lecture, Q&A + presentation of the Innovator Award

8:00 pm-9:00 pm: Reception – drinks and food continues

No charge; all are welcome. RSVP here:

NOTE: Free open, wi-fi available in the lecture hall for journalists, bloggers and others. We'll be using the #cjhearst hashtag.

SAMPLE TWEET: Thurs, 7p ET in-person & webcast – Amanda Cox – Hearst Lecture @ColumbiaJourn – #cjhearst #cjsm

Read/hear some of the previous Hearst New Media Lectures and learn more about the Hearst programs at Columbia:


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Prof. Sree Sreenivasan | | | @sree
Chief Digital Officer, Columbia University
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TWITTER: @sree – (tweeting tech, media & more)
-> SreeTips blog on CNET News:

NPR Digital Services webinar on the Basics of Data Journalism, April 11, 2pm ET

NPR Digital Services has been offering a great series of webinars on all things digital journalism. This week it's on Data Journalism. Details below along with links to previous webinars.


Join us this week for the third webinar in our Habits for Your Digital
Newsroom series.

The Basics of Data Journalism

Everyone is talking data–crime reports, government documents, business
earnings–but how do you make sense of the spreadsheets? What data should
you be looking for? And how can you use it? StateImpact has excelled with
data-fueled reporting. We'll talk with them about where to find reliable
data, how to mine it and then how to present it to your audience.
Presenter: Jessica Pupovac, Data and Digital Coordinator for StateImpact

Thursday, April 11
2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Register here:,17k0v,2hna,8le6,f867,5o7w,f84j&MLM_MID=2032159&MLM_UNIQUEID=409dcad6e3

In case you missed last week's webinar on Mastering the Art of Live
Blogging, or Analytics for Reporters, you can watch them on our blog::,17k0v,2hna,j2jt,h5zz,5o7w,f84j&MLM_MID=2032159&MLM_UNIQUEID=409dcad6e3

Third Coast Short Docs Challenge, deadline April 30

It's time for the Third Coast Short Docs challenge – all about APPETITE. Details HERE and below. -Mia

The Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge is back! Here's your chance to take part in an international audio mega-project, whether you can produce radio in your sleep, or have always hungered to utter the words "Testing, 1, 2, 3. Testing" into a microphone. ShortDocs are for everyone.


As always, the ShortDocs Challenge comes with a set of rules inspired by a partner. For 2013 that's the James Beard Foundation – a great organization that celebrates, nurtures, and preserves diverse culinary heritages through awards, education, and outreach. 

Additionally, four Chicago-based "ShortDocs Chefs" will concoct original dishes (!) inspired by the winning ShortDocs stories. Starring: Rick Bayless (Frontera), Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe), and Iliana Regan(Elizabeth Restaurant) and one more, TBA.



The 2013 ShortDocs Challenge invites anyone and everyone to produce audio stories that are:

– inspired by the idea of “appetite
– two to three minutes in length

– presented in three “courses” (think: chapters)
– include one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet, umami. (Kudos to you umami-goers.)

The deadline for submitting your ShortDoc is April 30.


Submitting your ShortDoc is simple. Behold!

1. Fill out this form.

2. Email us your 2-3 minute story (MP3 please), an accompanying story image (mandatory) and a producer photo (optional).


– If attachments total more than 7 MB, send your audio and images separately.

– Please name your files thusly. Please.

Audio: lastname_taste.mp3 (i.e. obama_umami.mp3)

Accompanying image (mandatory): lastname_taste.jpg
(i.e. obama_umami.jpg)

Producer photo (optional): lastname_biopic.jpg
(i.e. obama_biopic.jpg)

Questions about how/what to submit? Check out the FAQ and/or feel

free to ask.



Inspired by the James Beard Foundation's 2013 Conference theme, we encourage you to interpret "appetite" broadly, from the literal to the figurative. Consider stories of hunger and obesity, craving and satiety, profit and desire. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us angry, make us think – so long as your story explores appetite in some way, and follows the other ShortDocs rules.


We're excited to let YOU have your say in this year's Challenge. Eight finalist submissions will be posted online in July and voted upon for the first ever People’s ShortDoc Award. 


– Four winning submissions will each inspire an original dish from a ShortDocs Chef (listed above).

– Winners and ShortDocs Chefs’ will take the stage to present their creations publicly at the Third Coast Filmless Festival (TCFF), October 19-20, in Chicago.

– Eight finalists (including winners) will receive a free pass to the TCFF.

– All submissions are archived permanently on this site, and all producers are added to the Third Coast Producer Index.

– All participants receive a free one-year Pro SoundCloud account.

– All eight finalists will receive a free two-year SoundCloud Pro Unlimited account.

– Top submissions will be featured on Third Coast’s Re:sound (WBEZ, Chicago) and podcast, and presented on PRX's Public Radio Remix, and at Third Coast listening events in Chicago and beyond.


March 12 – through April 30 – Submissions accepted

July 1 – Eight finalists announced online
Mid-July – Voting open for People’s ShortDoc Award
Early August – Winners informed
October 19 – Winning producers and ShortDocs Chefs take the stage at the TCFF
December – Top 12 – 15 submissions featured on Re:sound



– Producers retain non-exclusive rights to their submissions.

– TCF retains the right to showcase all ShortDocs in service of Festival happenings – including at Listening Rooms, on Re:sound, on PRX’sPublic Radio Re:mix. (Note – producers may also license ShortDocs themselves, through

– Four winners will be selected by Third Coast staff, with help from the James Beard Foundation and ShortDocs chefs.

– The People’s ShortDoc Award will be presented in addition to these four winners.

Questions about how/what to submit? Check out the FAQ and/or feel free to ask.


Our apologies for all the food metaphors and puns, but we've found them near-impossible to avoid in, um, cooking up this year's Challenge.

PRX offers new funds for STEM stories, application deadline April 22

I'm particularly excited about this – $$ for creative science stories! Details here and below. -Mia

PRX is excited to announce a new competition for audio production funding.

We call this the STEM Story Project, focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.
The Sloan Foundation is making this possible. We have a pool of $40,000 to distribute among multiple projects.
PRX has a lot of experience in conducting these sorts of open calls. Our goals with the STEM Story Project are to:
* unleash highly creative, scientifically-accurate original productions 
* educate and excite listeners 
* tell stories and explain STEM issues in new ways
We want these productions to be heard and shared widely. So, proposals need to appeal both to stations and directly to listeners. You'll find a lot more details about the PRX STEM Story Project here: application and guidelines [].
The deadline for applications is April 22, 2013 at 11:59PM ET.
Thank you!
John Barth
Genevieve Sponsler
Lily Bui
The PRX STEM Story Project Team
P.S. If you applied to our Global Story Project, please read the guidelines for STEM carefully — we've changed some things.

Internships at Snap Judgment, Oakland, CA

Hey up and comers – Snap Judgment in Oakland is looking for interns (PAID!). Spread the word. -Mia

Snap Judgment Paid Internship

Snap Judgment is the smoking-hot storytelling show that broadcasts on NPR stations nationwide, based in Oakland, California. Interns are expected to work between 25 – 40 hours a week at our downtown Oakland studios. The Snap Judgment internship position pays $11/hr. Before applying for this internship position, please listen to at least one entire Snap Judgment episode at

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Snap Judgment interns assist with all aspects of the show's production. They provide research assistance, perform various administrative tasks involved in the daily running of the office, assist in editing, tape logging, scoring, interviewing and eventually are expected to be able to produce a story from start to finish.


Snap Judgment interns should have a passionate interest in storytelling, narrative craft and sound. We are looking for people who want to rock a story.
Knowledge of audio and video editing software programs is preferred.
Interns must already live commuting distance from our downtown Oakland studio.
This is a three month paid position.
How to Apply
Please a single Microsoft Word document which includes the following information:

A resume
A cover letter explaining why you want to work at Snap.
Answers to the following questions:

1. Describe two of your favorite Snap Judgment stories, and why you liked them. (All shows are archived on the website.)
2. Describe one or two stories that you didn’t like, and why.
3. Suggest two story ideas (one paragraph each) for Snap Judgment.

MEGAPOLIS Festival, NYC April 19-21, big discount if you live in upstate NY

For my friends in upstate NY, big discounts until April 5 for the Megapolis Festival in NYC, April 19-21. Details below. -Mia

Are you a resident of NY State, but outside of NYC? Do you know anyone that fits this profile? Because there is money for NY State residents outside of NYC to attend the MEGAPOLIS Festival.

The details are in the ticketing section of our website. Here is the link:

The deadline to apply for this is April 5.
Do you want to come to the MEGAPOLIS festival, but you don't have a lot of money? Do you know anyone that fits this profile? We have Early Bird
tickets to the MEGAPOLIS festival right now! They are 25% off!

This info is also in the ticketing section of our website. Here is the link again:

This limited time offer ends on April 5, so act now!
Do you want to know more about the MEGAPOLIS festival, but don't know how? Check out and "like" our profile on fb: or follow us on twitter @megapolis

UnionDocs Doc Fundamentals Workshop, begins April 21, Brooklyn

Very cool (and affordable!) UnionDocs workshop for documentary filmmakers. Details and list of workshops below. -Mia


Kicking off April 21, we have an exciting new six-week workshop series for the beginning to intermediate documentary filmmaker which addresses fundamental principles of making and releasing docs today. We welcome 2-3 top industry guest presenters each week from leading production companies and organizations including POV, Cinetic, Impact Partners, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and many others who will join our host, filmmaker Penny Lane (Our Nixon). We've designed these to work together as a package and are offering a discounted series rate of $100 while spots are still available, though there's also the option of individual workshop purchase at $20 a session.

Complete Schedule:
4/21 Planning Your Documentary

4/28   Financing Your Documentary
5/5   Directing and Shooting Your Documentary

5/12 Editing Your Documentary
5/19   Your Transmedia Campaign

6/2   Releasing Your Documentary

More info:

A nuts-and-bolts professional development series designed for the beginning or intermediate documentary filmmaker, Documentary Fundamentals @ UnionDocs is six-week course culminating in a certificate of completion. Registrants can also attend individual sessions. This curriculum developed out of our experience hearing what fundamentals documentarians need to understand to plan, produce, and release an independent documentary today.

Hosted by filmmaker and educator Penny Lane (Our Nixon), Documentary Fundamentals 

is essential learning for the documentary filmmaker, covering business basics, fundraising and financing, production and post-production strategies, transmedia campaigns, sales and distribution models. Each session features guest speakers sharing tips and secrets of the trade, with an emphasis on real-life case studies and best practices. Guests include Oscar-winning filmmakers and producers (Yael Melamede, My Architect, Inocente); Emmy-winning editors and sound designers (Andy Grieve, Standard Operating Procedure, The Carter; Tom Paul, Under African Skies,The Fog of War); and representatives from top funders, film sales companies, distributors and more.

Documentary Fundamentals is designed for beginning or intermediate filmmakers with projects in any stage of development or production (even the daydreaming stage!). Sessions combine formal presentations with extensive time for in-depth discussions with participants.

Registrants completing all six sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion, and will have special opportunities to promote their projects within the UnionDocs network. Specific guests and topics are subject to change. Doors will open at 7:15 and we will being each session promptly at 7:30pm.

BackStory call for pitches

The latest call for pitches from the folks at BackStory. Details and deadlines below. -Mia


BackStory's got some new shows in the works, and we're eager for pitches. They should be addressed to me, Jess ( Please do check out our guidelines here before you write:


The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is a sort of timeline of American history. From the earliest settlers to the modern day Army Corps of Engineers, Americans have both thrived on and been consumed by the river's size and power. There have been attempts to control it, to escape by way of it – the river can be seen as a sort of canvas on which many of America's most important internal struggles have played out; from sectarian divisions, to racial violence, to environmentalism. We want stories about how the river has both changed and been changed by Americans over time. Remember, we're a history show. As much as we love stories of people who are threatened by the river today, we need to know why this matters in the greater context of American history. We would love some placed-based material (maybe a really great story happened at this one point in the river nobody talks about). This show may also be a good candidate for some family history. There are a lot of stories to be told about the southern portions of the river, so stories from the northern regions would be most welcomed.

The End of War

One thing we've been puzzling over is how we decide that wars are officially "over." Who makes that decision? And on what basis? Under what conditions? It's the 10th anniversary of President George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, and we're looking for stories about the end of American wars. We're not so much looking for stories about how war "never really ends," because, yes, we know, war lingers. But, "officially", most wars end. We want the interesting stories that led to those moments – the official proclamations, the laying down of the guns, the speeches on the aircraft carrier. Maybe there's a story about how not a proclamation, but an image signaled a war was over. So few things in history actually have "endings," and we're interested in why we try to impose that on wartime.


With lawmakers again taking up the subject of immigration, we’re devoting a show to its flip-side — emigration. From the Late Loyalists who fled to Canada after the Revolution in search of tax-free living, to the free blacks who sailed to Liberia in search of liberty (and a spot at the top of the racial hierarchy), to the thousands of defeated Confederates who set out for lands where slavery was still legal, we’ll consider the stories of people who left the U.S. in search of a better life elsewhere… but took some part of America with them. We're more interested in groups of people who left the US en masse, but if we'd consider a great story about a particular individual too. Give us a sense of how these people saw America, and what they thought they stood to gain by leaving. 

* please note that "Emigration" is coming up very soon, so we're looking for pitches that can be turned around in a week or two. The other two have more flexibility time-wise.

Rough Cuts Call for Entries for our May 2013 evening

The latest call for entires from Rough Cuts in SF. -mia


Rough Cuts Announces a Call for Entries for our May 2013 event

Deadline is THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH
To submit to:

Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Z Space
450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA, 94110
(between 17th St et Mariposa St)

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided
$9 admission

To submit, please visit:

And for more details about Rough Cuts, visit:


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).

Please note the following dates:

Thursday, April 25th
Submissions must arrive by 5:00 p.m. [This is not a postmark deadline.]

Monday, May 6th
Selections will be announced and filmmakers will be notified

Tuesday, May 21st
Screening, followed by a discussion led by a guest moderator

The Kitchen Sisters Workshop comes to New York, April 18, 10-1pm, WNYC

My favorite ladies of radio are coming to NYC! I promise you it'll be worth every penny. Details below. -Mia

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva), are holding an Interviewing & Recording Workshop in New York City on Thursday, April 18 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at WNYC Radio. The three-hour session is designed for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects: radio, online, podcasts, storytelling, oral histories, audio slideshows, family histories, news, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

We'll cover interviewing approaches, 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 seems).

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

The workshop will be on the 8th floor of WNYC, 160 Varick St., New York, NY. Of course, snacks will be served.

Register here:

The session is $120.

This workshop is sponsored by AIR.

If you have questions email kitchen [at] kitchensisters [dot] org.

Please pass this announcement along to your East Coast community.

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

See you there,

Davia & Nikki