NEW DATE on Affordable Care Act how-to NOV 14, SF, 5:30pm

FYI – New Date for the Bay Area how-to on the Affordable Care act.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our clinic on the Affordable Care Act for freelancers has been moved to Thursday, Nov. 14 at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco.

Ken Jacobs of the UC Berkeley Labor Center will outline the options for the independently employed, answer our many questions and walk us through the enrollment process will be. A representative of the Kaiser Foundation will also be on hand.

All self-employed and contract workers are welcome. 

We will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Room A. Take BART or Muni Metro, or drive and park on the street or in one of two nearby parking garages.

The clinic is a joint project of the Pacific Media Workers Guild freelance unit and the Translators and Interpreters Guild. Please spread the word!

Pop-Up Magazine seeks full time editor/producer

The truly fabulous Pop-Up Magazine is hiring a full time senior editor/producer (with health benefits!). Details below.

Senior Editor/Producer

As the lead day-to-day editor and producer of Pop-Up Magazine, you will be responsible for imagining and organizing live magazine performances and events. You will report to Editor-in-Chief Douglas McGray, who will have a new, expanded role.

This is not an event manager position, though you should feel comfortable throwing big, fun parties. We're looking for someone who is excited to produce performances of reported, true stories in writing, radio, documentary film, photography, and illustration, and thinks we have only just scratched the surface of all we might do and all the ways we might bring people together. You should be inspired by a close relationship with your audience, and the opportunity to give them memorable experiences.

You can be based in the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles. We will consider candidates from anywhere, but if you don't live in California right now, you should be prepared to show a deep familiarity with writers, radio producers, documentary filmmakers, photographers, and illustrators in California and the West.

We work in a lot of different media. You won't be a pro at all of them. But you should be a pro at one of them, at least, with a track record of work for national outlets, and have good instincts for mixing media together. Radio experience is especially useful.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and response to the following to

Q: Critique Pop-Up Magazine. What specific stories or elements have made the strongest impression on you, and why, and how might we improve? OR if you haven't seen a Pop-Up Magazine issue, critique, specifically, the live events that have made the strongest impression on you, good or bad.

The position is full-time, with health benefits. 

KQED’s TV series TRULY CA is now looking for Season 10 submissions, deadline Dec 31

Attention CA filmmakers! This is for you.


Dear friends,


Do you have a documentary about California you would like to submit for broadcast? It is that time of year again where we at KQED open up our Call for Entries. We want your stories!

The Emmy-award winning TV series Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories  is committed to finding diverse voices and viewpoints. We believe in the power of independent film to educate, entertain and enlighten audiences. But we can’t do this without your help. To be considered for season 10, your application must be received by December 31, 2013. There are no submission fees!

Our taste is eclectic: we seek films that cover a broad range of topics and filmmaking styles, from political or social issues to more personal  or experimental works. Particular topics of interest include: education, the environment, immigration, the criminal justice system, history, healthcare and governance-issues explored through the lives of ordinary and extraordinary Californians. In terms of style and format, we consider narrated and non-narrated films, first-person or point-of-view projects, cinema verité work and news documentaries. We look for well-crafted stories featuring compelling characters – stories that are provocative, passionate and unforgettable. Not only do we want well-told stories, we're interested in well-made films, works that are both thought-provoking and eye-opening. 



We look forward to hearing from you!

Please find our submission form here.

QUESTIONS? Email the Truly CA team at

Smithsonian Institution Remix Competition, deadline Nov 8

Well, this is fun!

The Smithsonian Institution has begun posting collections of sounds from their archives, and they are unlike anything else you’ll hear on the web, like recordings of frogs and insects from the Encyclopedia of Life to astrophysical observatory sounds.

Now the Smithsonian is calling on you to sample, chop and remix selected recordings from their entire collection of sounds, including recordings of frogs and insects from Encyclopedia of LifeAstrophysical Observatory soundsSmithsonian Jazz masterworks, and Smithsonian Folkways.

The rules are simple. Submissions may be any length, but must incorporate at least two Smithsonian tracks.

The winners will be selected by Smithsonian’s panel of judges: John Edward Hasse, Curator of American Music at the National Museum of American History, DJ Molly Ruland from OneLoveMassive, and sound effects expert, Shaun Farley.

Instructions and prizes are detailed below. Deadline for submission is November 8. Find official info here.

Happy creating!


1. Browse through the Smithsonian Remix collections
2. Download the tracks that capture your imagination

3. Remix those sounds with your own original sounds*
4. Upload your finished creation to SoundCloud
5. In the description of your sound, please clearly attribute any source material that you used**
6. Join the Smithsonian Remix group

7. Click the “Add to group” button on your sound and submit it to the Smithsonian Remix group
8. Listen, like, comment on and share your fellow contestants’ sounds

*Please make sure you have all the proper copyright permissions for any source material you use and comply with SoundCloud Terms of Use.
**All Smithsonian Remix sounds have been made available under an “Attribution – NonCommercial” Creative Commons license. You can find more details about this license here.

First Place (1):

A 5-year SoundCloud Pro Unlimited subscription
Two VIP tickets to Smithsonian Remix Live November 15
Voices of the Satellites CD from Smithsonian Folkways
One year membership to Smithsonian Associates

Runners Up (3):
Two VIP tickets to Smithsonian Remix Live November 15
A 1-year SoundCloud Pro Unlimited subscription

In addition, the first prize winning submission may be featured on, and samples of approved submissions may be spun live at the SMITHSONIAN at 8 event November 15, 2013.

If a prize becomes unavailable for any reason, the Smithsonian reserves the right to substitute a prize of like or equal value. Winners may not request prize substitution. One prize per person.

Obamacare “how-to” Nov 19, SF Public Library

Very useful event for you Bay Area freelancers. Details below. -Mia


Are you a freelance worker? Please join us for a "how-to" clinic on the Affordable Care Act with hands-on help from experts Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco. We will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Room A.

Outlining the options for the independently employed, answering our many questions and walking us through the enrollment process will be Ken Jacobs of the UC Berkeley Labor Center. A representative of the Kaiser Foundation will also be on hand.
Take BART or Muni Metro, or drive and park on the street or in one of two nearby parking garages.  

The clinic is a joint project of the Pacific Media Workers Guild freelance unit and the Translators and Interpreters Guild. All self-employed and contract workers are welcome. Please spread the word! 

Exciting fellowship opportunity in Russia for journalists at beginning of their careers

Interesting opportunity for young Rusofiles (Is that a word?) Details below.

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE – part of the Eurasia Foundation) is offering six one-month fellowships to young journalists – 3 from the US and 3 from Russia – to take place between January and April 2014.

The “emerging professional” fellows will be part of an ambitious project to link two cities – one in Russia and one in the US – through a multi-media online platform. The fellows – who need to have at least 3 years of reporting experience and to speak both English and Russian – will be hosted by media organizations in the receiving country and will be mentored by members of SEE’s Collaborative Media Working Group (of which I was one of the co-chairs this year).

This is a unique opportunity to be part of an exciting pilot while, at the same time, acquiring valuable journalism experience.

Time is of the essence – the deadline for applying is 9 AM Monday November 4 EST.

For further details about the project and the requirements for applicants have a look at the SEE website (under the "Collaborative Media" group):

Also feel free to ping me with any questions


Proximity Magazine — submissions call

I always have mixed feelings about posting an opportunity with no pay, but I figure you can decide for yourself if you want to submit or not. Can't hurt to know about an up and coming outlet. -Mia


I wanted to put something on your literary radar… I've been working with three other editors to create Proximity Magazine, a quarterly collection of true stories exploring place, space, and connections in the modern age. We'll publish our first issue in early 2014.

I wanted to ask if you might pass along our submission call (below) to your network of writers, photography friends, and other storytellers — and I'd be especially thrilled if you would consider submitting something of your own.
The theme of our first issue is "Morning" — we’re looking for true stories that capture "morning" in its literal, metaphorical, symbolic, or even spiritual sense. Essays, photography, sound portraits, video — all forms are welcome.

The submission form, additional details, and FAQs are on our website:

Any questions, comments, etc, just let me know. And thank you for considering this!

All best,


p.s. I also want to shamelessly plug our Facebook page. 🙂

********** Proximity: Call for Submissions, Issue No. 1 **********

Editors: Carrie Kilman, Towles Kintz, Traci Macnamara, Maggie Messitt

Proximity Magazine: A quarterly collection of true stories exploring place, space, and connections in the modern age.

Proximity is seeking new essays and other true stories that relate to its inaugural issue’s theme: MORNING. We’re looking for works that capture morning in its literal, metaphorical, symbolic, or even spiritual sense. Essays, photography, sound portraits, video — all forms are welcome.

We are looking for engaging nonfiction that is narrative-driven, connected to the theme, and relevant to Proximity’s mission (

 Submitted work must be previously unpublished and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash (300 words maximum), or photo essay/sound portrait/multimedia. Multiple submissions are welcome. See the Proximity website for frequently asked questions (

Submit Online:

Deadline: November 30th, 2013.

State of the Re:Union seeks interns

Get a foot in the door with SOTRU, rolling deadline until Nov 1. -Mia

State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) is a nationally-aired radio show distributed by PRX and and NPR and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For each hour-long episode, SOTRU travels to a different American city or town to tell the most extraordinary stories of community that are 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. 

Each season, SOTRU welcomes a group of interns to assist with production. Duties include transcribing interviews, story research, pre-interviewing, and 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 this 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 a big plus. 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 weeks.

Internships for our winter/spring 2014 season will run from Nov. 1, 2013 until April 30th, 2014.

In addition, we’ll be selecting one intern to help work on our upcoming collaboration with the multimedia platform Cowbird and the interactive documentary Hollowfocusing on rural America. If you’d like to be considered for that internship, please indicate so in your cover letter. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Nov. 1st

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to:

Pulse of the Planet seeks Sonorous Science Stories

Call for raw interviews and sound from Pulse of the Planet. Details below. -Mia
Pulse of the Planet is looking for science stories – ideally with a sound hook. You'd be submitting raw sound files – interviews & sound, not produced programs. Typically, 45 minutes of interview should be enough, together with 5 – 10 minutes of sounds. Of course the two can blend. Stereo preferred, when possible.
We'll pay $300 for raw sound files & a log of what you'd be sending us. 
Highly recommend listening to a few Pulse of the Planet programs ( if you're not familiar with the series. Briefly, it's been on the air for 25 years, 5000+ programs; a pioneering short-format program for its use of sound & story, broadcast on over 250 public and commercial stations. 
If I'm not familiar with your work, include a link demonstrating your ability to conduct field interviews and record ambient sound. Producer Guidelines sent on request. 
Many Thanks; 
Jim Metzner, Producer 
Pulse of the Planet 

Latino USA looking for stories about outdoor adventure

Fun call for stories from Latino USA. -mia

Latino USA is looking for stories about outdoor adventure involving Latinos.

Some examples of these stories are: a profile of a mountain climber who photographs other climbers who have been injured and are returning to climbing as they recover; and a profile of a traditional hunter in New Mexico whose family goes back 9 generations and who has a remarkable talent for calling elk. The stories don’t necessarily have to be profiles.

We’re looking for stories 4-6 minutes long, with lots of scenes and ambi. The payment is $125 a minute plus travel expenses if they’re approved in advance.

Please send your pitches to: