pitch query from Latino USA, deadline Dec 6

Call for pitches from Latino USA. And hey – Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone,

Latino USA is wrapping up the year with a program about being indigenous, both literally and metaphorically.

We’d welcome your story ideas.

One example of a story we have in the pipeline is about a community of Guatemalan Mayans in Omaha who don’t speak much Spanish, let alone English. The city is reaching out by cultivating trilingual interpreters.

Some possible story threads are:

  • Exploring the idea of being indigenous to somewhere. What makes people feel like they belong to a place?
  • Points of intersection between indigenous people and newcomers. What is that relationship like?
  • Stories about people who were here before their area became part of the US – for example, Native and Latino communities in the Southwest.

Please send your pitches not to me, but to: pitches@futuromediagroup.org, before December 6.

Neal Conan at the UCB J-School

Hey Bay Area radio fans – Ben Manilla will be talking to Neal Conan at the UCB j-school on Dec 5. Don't miss it!


NEAL CONAN | NPR in the 21st Century

When:  Thursday, December 5,  6:00 p.m.

  North Gate Hall Room 105

Please join Neal Conan in conversation with UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism professor, Ben Manilla.

Over more than thirty five years with National Public Radio, Neal Conan served as a reporter, editor, producer, news executive and, for eleven and a half years, as host of "Talk of the Nation."  His positions included stints as Bureau Chief in New York and London; he was, at various times, editor, producer and Executive Producer of "All Things Considered," and, in a temporary capacity, Foreign Editor, Managing Editor, and News Director.

His work has been recognized with Peabody, Armstrong and DuPont-Columbia Awards, among others, for coverage of the Iran-Iraq War and the conflict in Northern Ireland and as part of the teams responsible for live coverage of 9/11, and the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He anchored NPR's live coverage of major party political conventions, confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominees, and a presidential impeachment.

On a leave of absence in 2000, he worked as the play-by-play announcer of the Aberdeen Arsenal, a team in the independent Atlantic League and wrote a book about his experiences: "Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League."

Please join Neal and Ben in a lively discussion about the past, present and future of public radio followed by an audience Q and A.

RSVP for the event here.

DAVID HOFFMAN | Citizens Rising: Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy

When:  Monday, December 9,  5:00 p.m.

Where:  North Gate Hall Library

From the fall of the Soviet Union to the Arab Spring to today’s continuing conflicts, media have played a decisive role in political affairs across the globe—driving the revolutionary changes shaping today’s new world. This is the first book presenting a comprehensive look at the emergence of media as a primary actor, and not merely an observer, of global affairs.

As founder of Internews, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to information access and independent media, David Hoffman has had a backstage pass to many of the seminal world political upheavals in recent years. In these pages we see how media have been used for good and bad—to trigger genocide, but also to effectively prevent conflict, facilitate free elections, expose corruption, promote nation-build­ing, provide critical information amid natural disasters, and bring about massive social change such as free education and women’s rights. With the rise of digital technology, the power of media to intervene in global affairs is in the hands of everyone—including you. This book examines media’s historic impact and offers a roadmap to the future.

David Hoffman is the Emmy Award-winning Founder and President Emeritus of Internews, a global nonprofit that has pioneered media development. Internews has worked in more than 90 countries to train media professionals and citizen journalists, increase coverage of vital issues, and advance policies for open access to information.

RSVP for the event here.


For those planning to attend the SF Obamacare event on November 14:

The Affordable Care Act and you: A discussion specifically for self-employed folk, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. We'll meet in the Hispanic/Latino Room A in the lower level.

Ken Jacobs from the UC Berkeley Labor Center and a Kaiser Foundation rep will be on hand to outline the options, offer guidance, answer what is bound to be a myriad questions. All are welcome; pass the word! 
Follow this link for more info. RSVP to freelance@mediaworkers.org TODAY.

Latino USA – Request for Pitches

Latest call for pitches from Latino USA.

Latino USA is working on the following show themes over the next couple of months and we’d welcome your story ideas.

Please send all pitches to: pitches@futuromediagroup.org.


CAGES: A literal and figurative look at cages – from being pulled over or sent to jail, to being trapped in a creative rut or a certain mindset. How does one break out of the cage?


GRATITUDE: This show will run at Thanksgiving. We’re looking for pieces that aren’t necessarily food-related, but focus on giving and nurturing.


SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Pieces that focus on access to abortion, especially in rural areas; sex ed; birth control; and young adult/teen pregnancy.


MONEY: How to celebrate the holidays while the economy is still weak? Lighthearted pieces about money in general are also welcome.


HOLIDAY/EVERGREEN STORIES: That includes music pieces.


NEIGHBORS: How do people from different cultures interact? Think about creative, original takes on that question, and also what it means to be a neighbor or live in a neighborhood.


Again, the best address to pitch is: pitches@futuromediagroup.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!