Create the story of Newburgh, NY – FREE multimedia workshop, June 1

I'm co-teaching this FREE workshop – help spread the word, and if you're in the Newburgh area, join us! -Mia

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Our Story 
Help create a video that celebrates Newburgh

  • Learn how to record audio and video, no previous experience necessary

  • Hit the streets  with an experienced facilitator to document the "story" of Newburgh
  • Collaborate with Sound and Story to create a multimedia presentation that will premier at the library

Saturday June 1, 2013

10:00am to 4:00pm

Newburgh Free Library

124 Grand Street,
Newburgh, NY

Lunch is provided

Space is limited, register today: 845-563-3614


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For questions or more information, please email Our Story is a program of the Sound and Story Project and the Newburgh Free Library.


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Above the Fray Fellowship, deadline July 1

Details HERE and below on the annual Above the Fray/NPR fellowship. Deadline July 1. -Mia

Above the Fray, a fellowship in conjunction with NPR, is the keynote program of the John Alexander Project.

The Above the Fray fellowship is designed to give a promising radio journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. One fellow will be selected each year based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR.

Above the Fray supports curious, truth-seeking, spirited individuals who wish to cover under-reported regions, but who do not have the financial means or professional support to pursue these stories. The fellowship is not about finding the most experienced candidate; it is about cultivating the next generation of international journalists. The fellowship strives to discover journalists who are at pivotal moments in their careers: those who are armed with the skills to independently tell stories and who possess the ability to take audiences off the beaten path.

Applicants should have 3-5 years of professional experience. Above all, the applicant must express sincere interest in innovative foreign reporting, a curiosity about global cultures and a demonstrated record of journalistic potential.

Please be sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay up-to-date. Fellowship deadlines and details here.               

general inquiries

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contact the Directors

Patrick Alexander:
Anne Marler:
Alissa Shapiro:

Mailing Address

Attn: The John Alexander Project
1439 Q Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

The People’s Film Festival 2013 MAY 30 – JUNE 2 HARLEM NYC

FYI, NYC film folks. Post a message on the FC Facebook page if you know anything about these folks. Seems like a great annual event. -Mia

The second annual People’s Film Festival (TPFF) presented by the Four Builders Foundation, kicks off May 30 –June 2, 2013 in Harlem, New York


at The Magic Johnson Theater at 125th Street & 8th Avenue


 "Toussaint Louverture

a two-part epic film directed by Philippe Niangdepicting the life of the Haitian leader. Louverture led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence from France.

After party at Harlem's Floridita Bar Restaurant  700 W 125th St (At 12th Ave)

Ticket price for opening night film & reception – $20 (no tickets will be sold at the box office)



 at Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Avenue) 

The ticket price for all other individual film programs at the Maysles Cinema – $10.00.

Tickets may be purchased online at


For the festival lineup and more information, please go to






Marketplace looking for new contributors!

Yet another reason to join AIR if you're not already a member – direct posts like this. -mia
Check this out, from the excellent John Haas! Take a few minutes to brush up on how to best pitch Marketplace by reading our AIRblast spotlight. Its a beautiful primer from editor Celeste Wesson, and a companion AIRmuse from Lisa Matsuka, the producer who pitched that lays out what happened *after* she "got to yes." For real.

Tell 'em AIR sent you.

    Marketplace is looking to buy freelance feature pitches. If you have a story that has an intriguing angle, a great scene, and elements of surprise/creativity, please send your pitch to (please put “PITCH:” at the start of your subject line). We write in simple, casual, conversational language written for the ear, so listeners can easily process what we’re saying.

Stories have to have a money angle of some sort. And if the pitch is based on a local story/event, make sure it has a wider context so people all over the country would care about the topic.

Here's a list of things that may inspire your pitch. But by themselves, they aren't enough:

  • A question
  • An idea
  • An overview
  • An issue
  • An event (especially not a conference)
  • A character (that includes quirky startup companies)
  • An anecdote
  • An unattributed paragraph from a newspaper story

    Thanks so much.

  • Grantseeking 101 Workshop in Atlanta, July 10

    If you're in or around Atlanta in early July, this looks extremely useful. -Mia
    See below from all-star AIR mentors Amie Miller and Maureen Paschke. They're offering a one-day pre-PMDMC workshop on the how-tos of grantseeking in Atlanta on July 10. You do not have to be registered for PMDMC to attend, but the online registration system isn't set up for this, so if you are interested, you should directly contact Tanya Boch at DEI to work out the billing. She can be reached at

    From Amie:
    For any producers who might be interested, we'll be offering a full-day workshop on the how-tos of grantseeking as a PMDMC pre-conference session in Atlanta. The day-long workshop will be on Wednesday, July 10. It will be led by Maureen Paschke and myself. It will cover the full process of grantseeking and will also include quite a bit of hands-on/interactive work.  

    More info is available here:

    The official description is here:

    Grantseeking 101
    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
    Foundations give away more than $40 billion annually. Is your station getting a share? Whether you’re new to grantseeking or refreshing your skills,this session will help you become a successful grantseeker. We’ll cover topics including: building a compelling case; developing relationships with foundations; crafting effective projects and proposals; and communicating meaningful impact. You’ll also learn about what foundations look for and about resources that are available now to help you win grants. Join Amie Miller, DEI Foundation Support Coordinator, and special guests to be announced.

    Fee: $399 

    Apply for AIR/UnDo’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive

    Check out this Storytelling Intensive lead by the incomparable Amanda Aronczyk. -mia

    AIR and UnionDocs Present:

    Brooklyn, NY

    August 5 – 9, 2013

    December 16 – 20, 2013

    Is your skill set stretching to its full dynamic range?

    Would a prism of expert experience help your story find its true colors?

    Explore our new, Full Spectrum Storytelling intensive:

    This audio-first intensive designed by AIR ( in partnership with UnionDocs ( exposes producers to a broad range of creative approaches to storytelling and an expanded set of technical skills. It offers key ideas and sharpened tools for navigating your own path through the 21st century multimedia environment.

    Independent producer and lead instructor Amanda Aronczyk heads up a team of accomplished guest speakers — experts drawn from public broadcast journalism, network technology, and media art who will take up to 14 producers on a week-long excursion through storytelling to sound processing to interactive design and more. Hands-on exercises and daily work-in-progress critique will put this new knowledge into practice.

    Guest speakers include: Emily Botein, Kat Cizek, Jocelyn Gonzales, Ann Heppermann, John Keefe, Jonathan Mitchell, and Stephen Vitiello.
Visit our site for additional information, including an outline of the class and instructor and guest speaker bios:


    Producers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited.

    <<<$750 – Early Bird Registration. Deposit received by June 1.>>>

    <<<$800 – Regular Registration. Deposit received by July 1.>>>
<<<$850 – Late Registration by August 1.>>>

    +++Full attendance is mandatory. If you are unable to attend each day of the intensive, please do not apply. Class meets from 10AM – 6PM, Monday through Friday.+++

    Questions? Contact AIR's Membership Director Erin Mishkin at

    Funding for AIR comes from our members and the generous support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Wyncote Foundation,, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

    P.O. Box 220400
    Boston, MA 02122

    MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows Program, deadline July 1

    NAM Announces Fellowship on Aging 

    Ethnic media journalists can now apply for the newly approved 2014 MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows program. This fourth-year collaboration between New America Media (NAM) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is open to both ethnic-media and mainstream-press reporters (half each), who may be staff members or freelancers. Proposed fellowship projects can be for any language. Selected reporters from any medium will receive a $1,500 stipend and attend GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans next November (the weekend before Thanksgiving).

    The deadline for applications will be July 1, 2013. Click here for details and to apply online. 

    To be chosen will be 16 MetLife Foundation Fellows. And, for the second year, one reporter will be tapped for a special John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellowships. Fellows in this program have generated almost 200 stories in the first three years. Applicants can review them to get an idea of selected projects by visiting this website.

    Those with questions can contact NAM's Paul Kleyman, Director Ethnic Elders Ph: (415) 503-4170 ext. 133;

    The 2013 application deadline is July 1.


    Dates and Location

    Stipend and Travel
    Selection Process and Eligibility

    Additional Information
    Application Process



    The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and New America Media (NAM) are welcoming applications — from journalists who cover issues in aging and/or who work for ethnic media outlets serving U.S. communities — for the fourth year of a joint fellowship program underwritten by the MetLife FoundationStories resulting from the last three years are available on GSA's website. Once again, the John A. Hartford Foundation also is supporting one John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow, who will report on topics specifically related to the health and health care of older Americans.

    By 2030, people age 65 and over will make up a full one-fifth of America's population, with a growing percentage of them representing ethnic minorities. The health and social consequences permeate every aspect of life in this country. For example, the first members of the huge baby boomer generation have already begun receiving full Social Security benefits. While America’s mainstream media have largely ignored this emerging story, most communities are poorly informed about the significant challenges — and opportunities — of the longevity revolution.

    Dates and Location

    Selected Fellows will attend GSA’s 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting, which is taking place in New Orleans from Wednesday, November 20, to Sunday, November 24. This event will welcome 4,000 experts in the field of aging and the schedule includes hundreds of symposia, papers and posters — all featuring new research presented for the first time. At the meeting, reporters will find ideas for new stories and fresh angles on existing topics from Alzheimer’s disease to Social Security and Medicare.


    Each Fellow will be expected to participate in a special one-day preconference session (Wednesday, November 20) and at least two days of general meeting sessions (Thursday, November 21, and Friday, November 22). Fellows will also commit to completing one short-term story about any aspect of the meeting and a long-term in-depth project of their own design. The latter must be outlined in a one-to-two page proposal.

    All articles must be published, broadcast, or posted through distributed or circulated news media entities rather than personal blogs, and will be required to include a note at the beginning or end noting that it was written/produced in conjunction with the fellowship. (Reporters will be provided text samples that may be adapted for different media.) The stories must reach an audience within the U.S.

    This MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship program will be fully administered by GSA and NAM. Neither the MetLife Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, nor any connected corporate entities will have any involvement with or influence on the selection of proposals or editorial aspects of the projects. 

    Short-term stories: Fellows must produce a story of no less than 500 words (or comparable broadcast length) stemming directly from any aspect of the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. The piece must be completed no later than December 24, 2013, and scheduled to be disseminated no later than December 31, 2013. The story can be a news report, feature, or commentary/blog covering the meeting itself or a study or discussion presented therein. Unlike the long-term project (see below), applicants need not propose a topic for the short-term story ahead of time, nor do they have to obtain advance approval from an editor/producer that the piece will be considered as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast. The subject matter also need not be related to that of the long-term project. Selected Fellows will be permitted to publish their short-term and long-term pieces through different media organizations, but it is still the Fellow's responsibility to see that the pieces are published in such a case. Therefore, applicants should indicate where they expect to place the short-term story if it will appear in a different news outlet than the long-term project.

    The GSA meeting includes hundreds of symposia, papers, and posters in dozens of topic areas. Some months prior to the conference, reporters will be able to consult the interactive meeting planner, which contains the full program schedule. 

    Long-term projects: Each Fellow will submit a proposal outlining a major story or series that she or he intends to research and write. The story or series should be of the Fellow's own design, documenting and explaining a pressing issue that elders and their families or communities are facing.

    The project deadline will be March 1, 2014, and it must be scheduled to be disseminated no later than June 1, 2014. The story or series need not be based on any session at the Annual Scientific Meeting, although reporters are invited to interview expert presenters or utilize articles published in GSA’s peer-reviewed journals.

    Fellowship applicants are invited to make proposals on a wide range of subjects, such as caregiving challenges; dementia and its impact; intergenerational activities; healthy aging (including wellness and physical activity); safety education (e.g., falls and fall prevention); health disparities; elder abuse prevention; depression and social isolation; hunger; medication challenges; lifelong learning; art and creativity for older adults; aging in place; age-friendly communities; older-worker issues (e.g., career retraining and encore careers); and civic engagement (mentoring, volunteering, or otherwise “giving back” to society). Projects may, but are not required to, reflect at least one element of population diversity. This may include the involvement of diverse experts or facts about an issue’s effect on racial or ethnic groups.

    Hartford partnership: Applicants whose long-term project proposals specifically focus on health and aging topics will be eligible to become the John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow.  While not restricted to the following health care topics, added consideration will be given to applicants who propose long-term projects covering: health care workforce issues and the ability of health professionals to deliver skilled geriatric care; the education and training of geriatric specialists in medicine, nursing, and social work; and models of health care delivery that integrate and improve services for older patients.

    Both staff journalists and freelancers who apply must submit an agreement by his or her editor/producer to accept the long-term project proposal as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast. Those who also serve as the principal editor/producer of a news outlet are also welcome to apply. These journalists need not provide a separate editor/producer’s assurance, but they should make their dual role as writer and editor/producer clear in the proposal.

    Although the primary editor/producer for stories will be at each reporter’s news outlet, Fellows will be encouraged to consult with project editor Paul Kleyman of NAM and the Journalists Network on Generations. With almost 40 years of experience writing on issues in aging, Kleyman works with journalists to consult with them on sources and background.


    The stories resulting from this fellowship will first be published by each journalist’s media organization(s). NAM,  GSA, the MetLife Foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation will then have the option to cross-post the stories — with full credit and links back to the primary publisher — and make them available to websites or, in the case of NAM, its network of ethnic media outlets. 

    Because journalists sometimes apply from media outlets with formats differing from that of NAM, such as those publishing magazine-length articles, selected reporters may be required to work with NAM’s editor to adapt articles to their approach. This may result in a shorter article or series of articles suitable for news service distribution. NAM will take responsibility for such editing, and Fellows will have the right of final approval for adaptations before they are published.

    Reporters proposing stories to be published or broadcast in a language other than English must agree to provide an English translation to NAM and GSA within two weeks of initial publication, or to provide images with a separate audio narration in English for radio or video stories. Multimedia slide shows should be provided with image captions in English. (All such stories would be cross-posted by NAM or GSA with links back to the story in the original language.)

    Stipend and Travel

    Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $1,500, with half to be paid on arrival at the meeting and the rest upon completion of the long-term project. GSA will arrange and pay for all flights and hotel bookings (up to five nights — November 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23) in New Orleans, and qualifying local travel expenses (e.g., cab, train, or bus fares) will be reimbursed.

    Selection Process and Eligibility

    The fellowship selection panel will include experts in gerontology and editorial professionals from NAM and GSA. 

    All journalists are eligible to apply except for past recipients of this MetLife Fellowship. They will be notified separately of an opportunity to apply for a travel grant to attend the GSA meeting.

    Additional Information

    For further details about fellowship requirements and potential stories, contact NAM Ethnic Elders Editor Paul Kleyman or (415) 503-4170, ext. 133. For further details about how to submit an application, contact GSA Communications Manager Todd Kluss at or (202) 587-2839.

    Application Process

    Applications must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file consisting of five components:

    1. A cover letter containing:

    • Applicant name

    • Mailing address
    • Office phone

    • Mobile phone
    • E-mail

    • Employer (Freelancers must specify their length of affiliation with the outlet that will publish or broadcast the story.)
    • Employer address
    • Employer phone

    • Employer’s circulation and audience demographic (Please indicate whether this media outlet serves a general audience or a specific racial/ethnic community.)

    2. A resume.

    3. A one- to two-page proposal describing the long-term project topic, how the subject will be researched and covered, the number of expected articles and their approximate length, relevance to the audience, and tentative publication date.

    4. A letter from an editor/producer agreeing to accept the long-term project proposal as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast.

    5. Three samples of published or broadcast journalistic work. For applicants submitting print samples, the full story text must be included in the application document. For applicants submitting broadcast samples, please include hyperlinks to these stories — either on a news organization’s website or a file sharing site such as — in the application document.

    Applications that are not submitted in a single Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file will not be reviewed. Business centers such as FedEx Office are able to provide conversion and/or scanning services.

    Please submit the file (using a file name format of “LastnameFirstname.doc” or “LastnameFirstname.pdf”) using the following link:


    The 2013 application deadline is July 1.

    IRP seeks applications for Kazakhstan Trip, deadline June 14

    IRP Fellowship to Kazakhstan, Aug 3-14. Details below. Application deadline June 14. -mia

    The International Reporting Project (IRP) is now seeking applications from Journalists interested in travelling (fully funded) to Kazakhstan for a country tour including meetings with top politicians, artists, scientists, business leaders, community organizers etc to learn about the multi-cultural, religiously tolerant, nuclear powered, tulip-growing, apple-originating, eagle-hunting, democracy-questioning, media tightening nation. Please consider applying. Deadline June 14th, 2013. 

    The International Reporting Project (IRP) is now accepting applications from U.S. journalists for a media reporting trip to Kazakhstan, a huge but little-known Asian country whose government has been active in global nuclear nonproliferation talks. The trip, which will take place on August 3-14, 2013, is a unique opportunity to visit a key country of 17 million persons bordering Russia and China.

    The trip is open to editors and reporters from all U.S. organizations, as well as to U.S. freelancers with an interest in nuclear security and proliferation issues. All candidates must fill out an application form, which includes an essay describing their interest in participating in the trip. The deadline for applications is June 14.

    Kazakhstan, the world’s largest producer of uranium, was the world’s fourth largest nuclear power when it became independent 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Years of Soviet nuclear tests near the now-shuttered Semipatlatinsk test site left a legacy of radiation-related health issues that are still unresolved. President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s government recently hosted talks on Iran’s nuclear program and has proposed its own country as a site for a global nuclear fuel bank to be operated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    In addition to examining nuclear issues, the IRP trip will also look at Kazakhstan’s political and economic status, examine the country’s environmental problems such as the drying up of the Aral Sea, look at the nation’s energy potential and examine civil society issues.

    More than ten metric tons of highly enriched uranium and three metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium in Kazakhstan are secured in long-term storage.

    Photo: National Nuclear Security Administration

    The International Reporting Project (IRP) will select up to 11 U.S. journalists on this trip. All selected journalists will be asked to gather in Washington D.C. on Saturday, August 3, for a lunch briefing with an expert speaker on Kazakhstan. The group’s flight will depart that evening. Participants will return to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday August 14.

    Participants are responsible for paying their own way between their home cities and Washington, DC. The IRP will cover all of the costs of the participants’ visas, air travel and accommodations in Kazakhstan, as well as meals that are part of the program schedule.

    Journalists will be strongly encouraged to post stories during and after the trip. Multimedia content and social media posts during the trip will be encouraged. All of the material produced by the participants on the trip will be posted on the IRP site and co-owned by the IRP and the journalists or their organizations.

    Applicants must have a passport that is valid for travel for at least six months following the end of the trip. All applications must be received at the IRP office by June 14, 2013. If you have questions about the application process, please contact us

    Read our frequently asked questions and apply for the Kazakhstan trip by June 14!

    Summer Training at CDS / AIR stipends

    Love these folks and am saving my pennies to do one of their summer programs. Details about this year's offerings below. -Mia
    PS: And if you're into this sort of thing but aren't yet an AIR member, you should be.

    Summer's coming, and if you're thinking about coming to Durham, NC for "radio camp for grownups," it's time to think about registering. There are just a few spots left for Hearing is Believing, our introductory course, July 14-20. Making It Sing, our August 5-10 intensive for more experienced producers, is filling too but still has a number of spaces available. Also, between the two on the calendar, our friends at Big Shed are again offering the Artist's Retreat, a less-structured chance to come and get work done on a project alongside other creative types — and to enjoy homemade ice cream and singing on the porch. 
    AIR is offering members a $100 travel stipend to attend our advanced radio camp, Making it Sing. Five stipends are available, first come, first served. To apply for the AIR stipend: If you know someone who's NOT an AIR member who might benefit from this opportunity, tell em to join AIR. 
    I'm delighted to announce that the brilliant (AIRster) Sean Cole will be our guest instructor/presenter for Hearing is Believing (the intro course). Shea Shackelford of Big Shed (another AIRster, of course) will be here along with me for both Hearing is Believing and Making It Sing. 
    To register or to read more about all these courses, and a few others offered by CDS in video and writing, go here: 
    Any questions, write to, or to me off-list. 


    John Biewen 
    audio program director
    The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

    Joe Richman at CUNY jschool, May 17, 1PM

    One of my @cunyjschool colleagues, @alexgoldmark, is interviewing one of my radio idols, Joe Richman of @RadioDiaries. You don't want to miss this event: May 17, 1-2:30 PM, CUNY rm 308.

    Joe Richman, founder of Radio Diaries, is a master story sculptor–and one of the finest documentary producers around. Join us for an afternoon as he offers a behind-the-scenes peek into his latest work 16 years in the making. We’ll find out why audio storytelling, the original broadcast format, is as powerful and popular as ever.

    In 1996, Richman helped pioneer the genre of first-person storytelling that has become one of the hallmarks of public radio. He handed a group of teenagers microphones and recorders and asked them to document their own lives, in their own words

    The result was Teenage Diaries some of the most personal, moving, and memorable stories heard on NPR. In these portraits, we meet Josh who is struggling with Tourette’s Syndrome; Juan, an immigrant living in poverty in Texas, and Amanda who records her experience of coming out to her Catholic parents. “The tape recorder is there for all the surprises and lucky accidents of daily life,” Richman says.

    This month, Richman and NPR are releasing Teenage Diaries Revisited. Five of the original teens, now in their 30s, shared personal stories once again. Richman will tell us how he edited the project, re-connected with the diarists, and how he chose what new stories to tell. “A lot of life happens in sixteen years,” as he says.

    He will also discuss previous works including his historical documentaries and the use of the radio diary format to broaden media coverage of social issues, spanning life with AIDS, criminal justice, aging and more.

    Joined in conversation by Alex Goldmark, visiting assistant professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and senior producer at WNYC – New York Public Radio.

    $5 + $1.27 online registration fee for everyone else

    Space is limited. Register here.