NYU event this Saturday – Jad Abumrad, Sean Cole & 2 doctors for “The Bitter End”

Great event this Saturday (TOMORROW!) at NYU. Details below. -Mia

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If you're not doing anything Saturday afternoon… we're reprising
Radiolab's story "The Bitter End" at NYU. The good doctors, and Jad, will be
in attendance. Our talk is at 1:30pm.


11:00 am ­ 9:00 pm
NYU's Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street, NYC

Free and Open to the Public

And here's the original piece if you haven't heard it:


This American Life – call for pitches

From the good folks at TAL – go for it! -Mia

Hello Contributors!

We're once again gearing up for a "This Week" show, where we tackle the week's news in our own way, far from the TV cameras and the standard headlines. We'll cover stories very big and very small. We've done two of these shows already, and your ideas and pitches have been critical to making the whole thing work. We figure the best way to thank you for that, is to just keep on taking (we pay!). So we're appealing to you again.

Here's what we’re looking for: Things that are happening to you, or to someone you know, or just out in the world, from June 8 – 14. These can be little, personal things – a first date, a divorce becoming final, opening a new business, a crucial baseball game. We'd especially like local news stories from your neck of the woods that aren't getting national coverage, but still tell us a lot about what it's like to live where you live. Or one that’s just absurd – the kind that’s a sheer pleasure to tell other people. Or just any interesting situation coming to a head that week — at school, at work, at city council, at your family reunion — where things will be decided, lines drawn, sides taken. That would be perfect, too.

Here’s the other thing we’d like: If something’s happening to you that week, please tape it yourself. On your phone, or your camera – the quality doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as it’s audible.

Please email your ideas and pitches to: thisweek@thislife.org. And again, thank you so much, in advance, for all your great help. We can't pull off this show without you.


Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder


Meet Pulitzer winners via Webcast & phonecast TODAY, noon ET

Looks interesting – from Columbia's Sree Sreenivasan. The archive looks great too!

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Am hosting this today at noon ET: a webcast & phonecast about the Pulitzer Prizes with Prof. Sig Gissler, Pulitzer administrator, and some winners of this year's prizes – details below. Please share widely!

You can listen live via the phone or web; or later, via the web or iTunes.

SAMPLE TWEET: Join @ColumbiaJourn for #Pulitzers webcast w/admin @sgissler, winner @sallykestin & others, 1pm ET: http://bit.ly/cjpulitzer2013 #cjsm

==>    Friday, May 24, noon-1 pm New York time
[ see local time around the world: http://timeanddate.com/s/2daq or get a countdown at http://timeanddate.com/s/2dar ]

from http://bit.ly/cjpulitzer2013

LISTEN LIVE OR LATER TO A RECORDING: You can also call-in live via phone, Skype, etc: +1-646-915-9583 (to listen or ask questions) or http://bit.ly/cjpulitzer2013

Columbia Journalism School and BlogTalkRadio present… The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes: A conversation with Prof. Sig Gissler (@SGissler), Pulitzer administrator and some winners of this year’s prizes, including Public Service winners Sally Kestin (@SallyKestin), investigative reporter, and John Maines, database editor, of the Sun-Sentinel: http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2013-Public-Service ; as well as National Reporting winner Elizabeth McGowan, reporter on "The Dilbit Diaster" for Inside Climate News: http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2013-National-Reporting . See all the winners at Pulitzer.org * Call-in live to this conversation with Prof. Sree Sreenivasan or send your questions to sree at sree.net or via Twitter to @columbiajourn or @sree. See 80+ J-school webcasts at http://BlogTalkRadio.com/columbiajournalism

SAMPLE TWEET: Join @ColumbiaJourn for #Pulitzers webcast w/admin @sgissler, winner @sallykestin & others, 1pm ET: http://bit.ly/cjpulitzer2013 #cjsm

==>     TIP: Want to get an automagic email one hour ahead of every
Columbia J-school webcast? Create a free account at http://blogtalkradio.com/columbiajournalism and hit the "follow" button

We have more than 80 webcasts in our BlogTalkRadio archives – here are the three classics from the collection:

==>       RECORDED VERSION: Meet Ira Glass, creator, host and producer of WBEZ’s “This American Life.” Columbia Journalism School (@ColumbiaJourn) presents a conversation with legendary radio producer Ira Glass. Glass will discuss his career in public radio, what he looks for in a narrative, the changes taking place in public radio and the future of This American Life. If you have any questions you’d like Ira to answer contact Alexander Hotz, alum and Digital Media Associate at alexandermhotz@gmail.com or tweet him at @hotzington. Moderated by Hotz (@hotzington) & Prof. Sree Sreenivasan (@sree). LISTEN TO A RECORDING: http://bit.ly/cjglass

==>       RECORDED VERSION: #Jan25: A Year Later: On the anniversary of the
start of the Egypt protests on January 25, 2011, we host a conversation with local & international correspondents & experts about the turbulent events and look ahead about what's ahead for the Middle East and North Africa. [alum] Abeer Allam, Saudi correspondent for Financial Times [@abeerallamFT]; [alum] Ahmed Al-Omran, blogger focused on Saudi & Syria/NPR [@ahmed]; [alum] Rawya Rageh, Egypt/Iraq correspondent, AJE [@RawyaRageh]; [alum] Rebecca Santana, Iraq Bureau Chief, AP [@ruskygirl]; Tamer El-Gobashy of WSJ [@TamerELG]; [alum] Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, co-host/producer, AJE/The Stream [@ASE]; Jigar Mehta, creator of #18daysinEgypt collaborative doc project [@jigarmehta]; Jillian C. York, Director of International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation/blogger [@jilliancyork]; Bobby Ghosh, former Baghdad bureau chief and now World Editor, Time [@ghoshworld]

LISTEN TO A RECORDING: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/columbiajournalism/2012/01/25/jan25-a-year-later

==>     RECORDED VERSION: Columbia Journalism School presents a conversation
with Class of 1998 alum Tom Rachman, author of one of the most popular books of the last 16 months, "The Imperfectionists." Set in a fictional English-language newspaper in Rome, the novel has received rave reviews worldwide, including being put at the top of NYT book reviewer Janet Maslin's list of top 10 books of 2010. See more at

http:  //TheImperfectionists.com or connect with him on Facebook: http:  //bit.ly/fbrachman * "This book is so good I had to read it twice
simply to figure out how he pulled it off… hilarious and heart-wrenching." – Christopher Buckley, New York Times Book Review. LISTEN TO A RECORDING: http://bit.ly/cjrachman

SEE THE FULL ARCHIVES AT BLOGTALKRADIO: http://blogtalkradio.com/columbiajournalism

HOW TO LISTEN VIA iTUNES: The sessions are archived for easy replay via web link and for optional downloading as MP3 files and into iTunes: The audio webcasts are also available as downloadable MP3 files for your personal collection and on-the-go listening. If you want to subscribe to these as podcasts on iTunes, go to "Advanced" within iTunes, then select "Subscribe to podcast" and type in http://www.blogtalkradio.com/columbiajournalism/feed and hit OK. Or, just go type in "ColumbiaJournalism" (one word, no quotes) in the regular iTunes search box. Or just go directly to feed://www.blogtalkradio.com/columbiajournalism.rss

To listen live – or later to a recording – point your browsers to http://blogtalkradio.com/columbiajournalism

cheers, sree

Prof. Sree Sreenivasan | sree@sree.net | http://sree.net | @sree
Chief Digital Officer, Columbia University
[ an explanation: http://bit.ly/sreejob3 ]

TWITTER: @sree – http://twitter.com/sree (tweeting tech, media & more)
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Job Openings At WXPN

FYI – WXPN at the University of Pennsylvania is hiring. Details below.

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The World Cafe needs a new, full time Line Producer:


Until that position is filled they are seeking…

Job 1:

WXPN is hiring a part time temporary production assistant to fill in on production until a new full time Line Producer is hired.  Duties include putting together the World Cafe program, uploading the weekly World Cafe podcast, archiving, and other production tasks as assigned.  Some previous production experience, preferably with SAW, is required.  The position is 8 – 40 hours a week (we are open to hiring one person or more than one person depending on availability).  It is a temporary position starting as early as May 29th.  Duties similar to the FT Line Producer posting here: http://www.xpn.org/inside-xpn/jobs/wxpn-line-producer If you are interested, please contact Kimberly Junod at kimberly@xpn.org.

There is also this…


Job 2:

WXPN is hiring a part time temporary production assistant.  Duties include editing World Cafe interviews under supervision, assisting with the World Cafe Latin Roots series, and other production tasks as assigned. Some previous production experience, preferably with SAW, is required.  Also required: demonstrated sound editorial judgment and the ability to work independently.  The position is 16 hours a week.  It is a temporary position starting early to mid June.  If you are interested, please contact Kimberly Junod at kimberly@xpn.org.

Labor stringers needed in the West

Workers Independent News is looking for stringers in the Western US.  If you're interested, contact Jesse Russell at laborradio@gmail.com. -Mia

Labor stringers: Portland/Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles

Workers Independent News is seeking to strengthen our labor coverage along the West Coast. We're seeking regular freelancers in the northwest, LA, and Las Vegas. We're hoping to find reporters who'd be able to commit to generating at the least two stories from your region per month. We focus heavily on working family issues and underrepresented communities.

We have a number of issues we're hoping to cover in the listed regions, but we're also open to pitches. Feel free to contact me for more information. laborradio@gmail.com.

America Abroad seeks full time radio producer

America Abroad is hiring a full-time producer. Contact jobs@americaabroadmedia.org to apply. -Mia

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Radio Producer – America Abroad

America Abroad is seeking a full time producer for its nationally-distributed (PRI) monthly public radio program. Working together with our Senior Editor, Executive Producer, and hosts, this producer is in charge of all daily production duties, and should be able to spearhead the creative editorial process as well. The right candidate will be willing to think critically about big topics, from global education issues, to advances in energy technology, entrepreneurship, war doctrine, and the role of religion.

Primary responsibilities:
• Researching, brainstorming, and pitching ideas for shows and show segments
• Drafting host questions, scripts, and other copy as needed for the broadcast as well as the America Abroad website
• Scheduling and coordinating meetings, recording sessions, and interviews with America Abroad staff and hosts
• Finding and recruiting freelance radio journalists, when needed, for field reports, from across the globe
• Collaborating with web staff to aid them in creating multimedia materials, including a monthly newsletter about the program
• Coordinating with partner programs to facilitate broadcast of America Abroad pieces

Required qualifications:
• At least 2 non-internship years audio production and editing experience
• At least 4 years non-internship radio journalism experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, international affairs, or related focus, MA preferred
• Experience producing audio on ProTools or similar broadcast digital audio workstations and editing in-depth interviews.
• Broad familiarity with international affairs, including think tanks, experts, journalists, and authors
• Ability to work independently, plan ahead, and manage time effectively
• Willingness to approach contentious issues from all possible sides, with an eye towards fairness and accuracy
• Attention to detail

Preferred qualifications:
• Education in or demonstrable knowledge of international affairs
• Experience in international-affairs related reporting or producing
• Fluency in a non-English language
• Developed contacts in other countries and in internationally-focused organizations
• Familiarity with the PRSS upload system, Google Docs, Audio Hijack Pro
• Demonstrable knowledge of fair use in documentary production and related journalistic skills

SOTRU Call for Interns

State of the Re:Union is looking for interns for their summer / fall season. Details below. -mia

For each hour-long episode, SOTRU travels to a different American city or town to tell the most extraordinary stories unfolding on the ground in that place. Our mission is to bring American life into focus, examining the things that divide us as well those that bind us together.

SOTRU currently has several openings for interns for our next
production season, June 15 – October 15. Duties include transcribing
interviews, story research, pre-interviewing, and podcast / multimedia
production. Interns are invited to listen in on editorial calls with
our host, editor and radio producers as we shape each episode, story
by story.

To be considered for a SOTRU internship, you should have a strong
creative background, solid writing skills and be able to take
direction. Self-starters who value attention to detail have
particularly enjoyed interning with us. Audio and video editing skills
are very welcome. Our staff works remotely, and you can too; people
anywhere in the U.S. can apply. This internship is unpaid, and we
generally ask for about 10 hours a week, sometimes more during busy

You can read more and listen to the show right on our website,
www.stateofthereunion.com. If interested, please submit a cover letter
and resume by June 3 to:

internships(at)stateofthereunion(dot) com

We will evaluate candidates on a rolling basis, so earlier applicants
may snap up available positions. Thanks for reading and spread the

Fund for Investigative Journalism grants, deadline June 10

The Fund for Investigative Journalism seeks grant proposals – deadline June 10.

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(Washington DC) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is seeking grant proposals for independent investigative projects from journalists who need support for travel and other reporting expenses. Applications are now being accepted. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. EDT, Monday, June 10, 2013.

FIJ is interested in proposals that break new ground and expose wrongdoing. Projects from ethnic media are strongly encouraged.

Grants average $5,000. The awards support the costs of reporting, such as travel and document production expenses. Small stipends will be considered as part of the overall award.

On FIJ’s home page, click on “Apply for a Grant” for detailed instructions, requirements, and online application form. The FIJ board announces the grant decisions about six weeks after the application deadline. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact executive director Sandy Bergo with questions about the process, 202-662-7564, or fundfij@gmail.com.

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is a grant-making nonprofit journalism organization. For more than forty years, the Fund for Investigative Journalism has supported work by independent and freelance reporters who do not have the resources to do their investigations. 

In partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, the FIJ also matches grant recipients with veteran journalists who serve as mentors, at the recipient's request. 

FIJs grants are made possible through generous funding from the Park Foundation, the Green Park Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nara Fund, the Otto-Whalley Family Foundation, private family foundations, and individuals. Donations can be made online or by mail to The Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street NW 13th floor, Washington DC 20045.


The Making of… event at SFMOMA May 30 and 31

I would SO be at this event if I could. -Mia

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It's just around the corner. The Kitchen Sisters' extravaganza at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art celebrates the creative culture across the region. Next Thursday and Friday, May 30-31, dozens of makers from north, south, east, and west converge as part of The Making of…cheese, surfboards, hot rods, a story…

AIRster Roman Mars will unpack his 99% Invisible podcast, Anayansi Diaz Cortes is taking a break from her Sonic Trace multimedia project @ KCRW to transport "La Burbuja" north, Haley Howle from the Austin Music Map squad is coming in, StoryCorps is in from the east, and the Zeega team will display their wares. AIR's executive director Sue Schardt will be in the house with luminaries from KQED who, with AIR and The Kitchen Sisters, collaborated on The Making of… as part of Localore ( www.localore.net ).

Do you want in on the action? The Kitchen Sisters are looking for AIRsters near and far to make something to contribute:

Thu schedule: http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/events/2303

Fri schedule: http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/events/2327

Help muster a strong cadre of AIRsters and friends. If you're able, show up at the museum's Koret Visitor Education Center on Thursday, May 30th from 5 to 6pm for a presentation by The Kitchen Sisters who will take us a little deeper into the making of The Making of…

See you there!

Pop Up Archive beta is here!

Hey audio nerds. I've been banging around in this program for a week or so and it's pretty cool. Request an invite if you're interested. This may just be the future of raw interview storage. -Mia

Beta is here.

We've hardly come up for air these past few weeks. But we are thrilled to launch the beta version of Pop Up Archive into the world!

Request an invite at popuparchive.org today and liberate your previously unsearchable audio.

After an insane and memorable week at SXSW: Interactive in Austin in March, we came away with our work cut out for us: improving Pop Up Archive so that it's a reliable place to make all kinds of audio searchable, findable, and reusable.

Thanks in no small part to the brilliant development team at PRX, we've come leaps and bounds in the past few weeks. But technology is nothing without content. So what does Pop Up Archive do exactly?

  • Generates automatic transcripts and keywords so that audio is both searchable and easy to organize.
  • Provides access to an archive of sound from around the world.
  • Saves time and money for producers, creators, radio stations, media organizations, and archives of all stripes.

The content creators and caretakers we're talking to have valuable digital material on their hands: raw interviews and oral histories, partial mixes of produced works, and entire series of finished pieces. But they can't revisit, remix, or repackage that material. It's stored in esoteric formats in multiple locations. And it gets lost every time a hard drive dies or a folder gets erased to make more space on a laptop. 

We're hearing things like:

  • "Someday I’m gonna spend a month organizing all this, but I plug [hard drives] in until I find what I need."
  • "Imagine being able to find a sentence somewhere in your archive. That would be an amazing tool.”
  • "Unfortunately… we don’t have a good way of cleaning [tags] to know that 'Obama,' 'Mr. Obama,' and 'Barack Obama' should be just one entry."

But no one wants to figure out how to save all that audio, not to mention search on anything more than filenames. Some stations and media companies maintain incredible archives, but they've got different methods for managing the madness, which don't always line up with workflows and real-world habits. Content creators rely on their memories or YouTube to find old audio, and that works to a degree. But in the meantime, lots of awesome, time-saving and revenue-generating opportunities are going to waste.

So what are you waiting for? Got some trapped archival audio in need of liberation? Request an invite here. If you already have, you'll hear from us soon.

Want a taste from the archive? Listen to Nikki Silva describe War and Separation, one of the first pieces The Kitchen Sisters produced for NPR in the early 1980s. Then visit Pop Up Archive this week to hear the full piece.

Read more in the press release.


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