Åke Blomström Memorial Prize 2014, deadline Jan 19

Hey young folks (30 and under). A few more days to apply for this prize to create a documentary radio feature and travel to Leipzip, Germany. Info HERE and below.

The Åke Blomström Memorial Prize is offering young and promising feature makers the chance to attend a special documentary training course and the 2014 International Feature Conference.
The winners will attend a two-day coaching session in documentary making at the Mediencampus Villa Ida in Leipzig from 9th to 10th May, immediately before the International Feature Conference (IFC) which will be held in the same location.
Each of the winners will be assigned a coach who will mentor them in documentary making throughout the year …

All you need: READ and DOWNLOAD HERE !!!

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FC West gatherings are back in 2014! Beginning Jan 27, 6:30pm, Oakland

I am THRILLED to announce that the monthly Freelance Cafe gatherings will return in 2014 – beginning on Jan 27, 6:30pm, at our old stomping ground, Pacific Coast Brewing Company. A special thank you to new member Ana Adlerstein who has enthusiastically offered to take the reigns for these meetings. See her message below. And if all the stars align, I may be able to attend the April meeting. (fingers crossed!)

Wishing you all the best for a happy, healthy, and productive 2014.

Hello Freelance Cafe community,

I am excited to announce that the Freelance Cafe meetings are back! We will be getting together the last Monday of the month, and I will be acting as the new point person for any questions regarding our gatherings. My phone number is (207) 807-6152 in case you can’t find me at the brewery.

The details for the next meeting are:

Pacific Coast Brewing Company, 906 Washington Street, Oakland.
I look forward to meeting many of you there!

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free online course on Social Media for Journos from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Social Media for Journalists, Feb 3-March 9. Some info below. More HERE.


Reporters and editors have struggled with how to deal with the phenomenon of social networks. Now they have a chance to learn from a team of experts who will teach the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas’ next Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Social Media for Journalists: The Basics.” Click here to register now.
This five-week online course in English will start on Feb. 3 and conclude on Mar. 9. The MOOC will be offered for free and, while it was designed with journalists and media practitioners in mind, anyone in the world with access to the Internet is invited to participate.

Watch the video below to learn more about this course and the instructors.

Following the success last year of its five-instructor massive course “Data-Driven Journalism: The Basics,” the Knight Center will use the same model in this new course. It will give students the opportunity to learn from the multiple perspectives of some of the top social media experts in American journalism.

“We are very excited with this new massive online course. Even before our formal announcement today, about 1,000 people from 92 countries have already registered as the news about the course spread through social media,” said Professor Rosental Alves, director and founder of the Knight Center.
“It’s great to see that we have already started forming, even before the announcement, a global community of people interested in social media and journalism. This is going to be a very useful, practical course not only for journalists, but anyone who wants to learn more about social networks,”  Alves said.
The course will be divided into five weekly modules, each one with a different instructor and a different topic. All the instructors have experience with social media strategies in American news organizations. The instructors are:
•  Ryan Thornburg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

•  Sharif Durhams, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

•  Craig Silverman, Spundge and Poynter’s Regret the Error

•  Daniel Victor, The New York Times

•  Amanda Zamora, ProPublica

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TransX Transmission Art Symposium Call for Submissions, deadline Feb 28

Experimental radio at its best; send your ideas for papers and performances by Feb 28. Details below.
+++++++++++++++TransX Transmission Art Symposium
Call for Papers & Performances
Deadline February 28, 2014
For More Information http://naisa.ca/opportunities/calls-for-submissions/trans-x-call-for-submissions/
To Submit: https://naisa.ca/trans-x-submission-form/

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is pleased to announce the 2014 edition of the TransX Transmission Art Symposium
with Keynote speakers Anja Kanngieser and Jessica Thompson
May 22 – 25, 2014

The proceedings from the 2013 TransX Transmission Art Symposium are here: http://naisa.ca/symposia/trans-x/transx-2013-proceedings/

To listen to the presentations from the 2013 TransX Transmission Art Symposium go to: http://naisa.ca/media-archive/audio-archives/

NAISA is now inviting submissions for papers and performances:

Rooted in the earliest experiments with radio, Transmission Art has continued to flourish into the 21st Century with experiments using wireless communications technology over the past 100 years, including the exploration of a variety of mobile-based platforms and lesser-known forms of transmission, such as VLF. The terrain of transmission art is dynamic and fluid, always open to redefinition.

The Trans-X Transmission Art Symposium, part of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art, will focus on Transmission Art, with particular interest in contributions that summarize, examine or reframe traditions and histories of transmission art practices, technology, education and pedagogy. Additionally, we are very interested in presentations that go beyond the local contingent to give a sense of how new technologies of international transmission activity might be experienced. Proposed presentations and performances that combine the themes of Transmission Art and “Undo/Redo” are also especially welcome.

Review Committee:
Steve Bates, Independent artist
Anna Friz, post-doctoral fellow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Galen Joseph-Hunter, Executive Director Wave Farm
Katie Kehoe, Maryland Institute College of Art
Dan Lander, artist
David Ogborn, McMaster University
Tetsuo Kogawa, Radioartist, Media Critic, Director of Goethe Archive Tokyo
Jim Ruxton, Director of Programs, Subtle Technologies Festival
Don Sinclair, York University
Debashis Sinha, Sound Artist
Jessica Thompson, University of Waterloo
Helen Thorington, Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc
Gregory Whitehead, radio artist / co-editor of Wireless Imagination
Elisabeth Zimmermann, Kunstradio
NAISA Inquiries & general information:

Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
Address: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7
Tel 416 652 5115

NAISA current/upcoming events:

NAISA’s Art’s Birthday celebration at the Barns, January 17 – 19, 2014

TransX Transmission Art Symposium
Call for Papers & Performances
Deadline February 28, 2014
For More Information http://naisa.ca/opportunities/calls-for-submissions/trans-x-call-for-submissions/
To Submit: https://naisa.ca/trans-x-submission-form/

Follow us on:
Facebook www.facebook.com/NAISASoundArt
Twitter www.twitter.com/NAISASoundArt
You Tube www.youtube.com/user/NAISAtube
Soundcloud www.soundcloud/NAISA
NAISA Radio www.naisa.ca/webcast

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Columbia Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability, deadline March 7

Interesting fellowship opportunity for journalists/teachers/community organizers/etc.. Details HERE and below. Application deadline March 7.+++

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University is now accepting applications to for its residence Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. Practitioners of historical dialogue and accountability from conflict, post-conflict and post- dictatorial societies will have the opportunity to engage in training, networking, project work, academic and applied study. The comprehensive program provides Fellows with the opportunity to hone practical skills in fundraising, advocacy and leadership, to develop a deeper understanding of dealing with the past, and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations in New York City and Washington, DC. The Program is designed for NGO practitioners, journalists, lawyers, teachers, social workers, community organizers, and others working on issues including (but not limited to) transitional justice, truth and reconciliation, historical conflict, indigenous and minority rights, social accountability, memory studies, oral history, sites of memory and related areas where historical dialogue is a central component. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate an established work record of several years relating to historical dialogue and accountability.

Applications are being accepted for the fall semester of 2014 fellowship program. The program is part of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA). AHDA offers fully funded fellowships which will cover travel, visa, and accommodation costs as well as a modest stipend to cover day to day living expenses during the program. In exceptional cases, self-funded candidates will be considered. We encourage interested parties from around the world and from a wide range of professional sectors—including, but not limited to, human rights practitioners, journalists, academics, educators, filmmakers, artists—to apply. Special funding is available for fellow(s) who address religious conflict. For fellowship guidelines and application form, please go to hrcolumbia.org/ahda/fellowship.

Deadline: March 7, 2014

If you have any questions with regard to the program, selection criteria and your application please contact ahda@columbia.edu.


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UC Berkeley Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships, deadline March 1

Eight $10K fellowships to report on long-form stories about food systems. Details http://journalism.berkeley.edu/projects/foodfellows/“>HERE and below. Application deadline March 1.

About The Fellowship

  • $10,000 Fellowship
  • Applications Due March 1, 2014

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is offering eight $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a new program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The fellowship, a project of the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism, is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation. Aimed at early and mid career journalists, the Fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.

In 2014 we will award eight journalists $10,000 to travel and report these stories.

In 2014, the fellowship will be open to both print and radio journalists; in future years, it will expand to include multi-media and video journalists. We will give preference to U.S. focused stories, but will also consider international stories with a strong U.S. angle or connection.

Online applications are due March 1, 2014, and should include a one-page pitch with a clearly defined story idea, not just a subject. The pitch should reflect some preliminary research, providing a clear sense of place, characters, narrative and reporting strategy. The application also requires a CV, two letters of recommendation and published clips. We will announce this year’s fellows by May 1, 2014.

Those interested in applying will need to be available the week of June 24-28, 2014 for a 4-day workshop at UC Berkeley with the 2014 cohort of fellows, fellowship director Michael Pollan, guest editors from national publications and managing editor Malia Wollan. Travel, lodging and meals for the meeting will be covered by the fellowship. During the first session, fellows will refine their story pitches with the help of the editors, and develop a reporting and publishing or broadcast strategy. Fellows will also have opportunities to meet with and interview faculty members and researchers doing work relevant to their stories at UC Berkeley.

Reporting and writing will then take place from June-October. Fellows will meet for a second four-day session in mid-November, during which time completed stories will be workshopped and edited; the editors will also assist fellows in placing their stories for publication or broadcast. Travel and lodging for the November session will also be covered by the Fellowship.

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BackStory call for pitches

Call for pitches from BackStory. This one looks fun! -Mia
++++++++++++++++BackStory’s working on an upcoming show on the history of sexual norms in America. We’re looking for stories that illuminate how those norms have been defined, understood, policed, and challenged: everything from same-sex desire to interracial marriage to norms of intimacy and prostitution. We’re a history-focused show, so we are interested in stories set in the past – generally the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, but sometimes as far back as the 15th century. If it happened in the last 20 years, it’s probably not a good fit for us. Our key question is: what does this story reveal about how people in the past understood their world differently than we do today? That is, a successful pitch will reveal something specific (and surprising!) about the time and place where the story happens. (A story set in the 1830s that could just as easily have happened in the 1730s or 1930s is probably not a good fit.)

As always, we’re looking for stories with strong characters (living or dead), something at stake, and a surprising takeaway. Find more detailed pitch guidelines here: http://backstoryradio.org/producers/ We have a tiered payment structure, available on AIR’s pitch page — it usually ends up being roughly $100/min, but depends on the skill of the producer and the complexity of the story. We’re generally looking for elements between 3 and 8 minutes. Please email pitches, and any questions, to BackStory Associate Producer Nina Earnest: nina.earnest@virginia.edu.

We look forward to your brilliant ideas!


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Media Ideation Fellowship Applications open TODAY

Hey young bucks – you have until 1/31 to apply for good money to fund your big media ideas. Details here and below.


It’s time to do something new.

What are you waiting for? Applications are now open for the second class of Media Ideation Fellows.

We’re connecting up to 6 young innovators to the financial resources and access to mentors they need to bring their world-changing ideas to life. Are you yearning to get off the treadmill and do something important? This is your opportunity to build a cause- or movement-related project that will change the world, bridge a divide, fix an injustice, or spur progressive social change.

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, so don’t delay.


Learn more

We’re hosting an informational webinar to answer all of your questions about the fellowship on Tuesday, January 21 at 4:00 p.m. ET. RSVP today.


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New York Press Club J-Awards Open Feb 1

Info here and below about the 2014 New York Press Club Journo Awards.

Journalism Awards Entries Open February 1st

GRAPHIC                   The core of this year's contest will be substantially the same as last with the possible addition of a new category for health and science reporting. To encourage early submissions, entry fees will be reduced during February, rising in March. Press Club members enjoy the lower fee throughout. Details, categories and rules will soon be proclaimed official and can be found on our Awards webpage.

Entries will open February 1st for the 2014 New York Press Club Awards For Journalism. A new category, "Science/Health" may be added, details forthcoming. An updated Awards Categories list will be posted here soon. Entry fees are the same for 2014 as they were in 2013: $50 per entry during February, rising to $75 on March 1st, 2014, except for New York Press Club members who may submit entries at $50 each throughout.

An enduring tradition in New York media, the annual New York Press Club Awards For Journalism honor excellence in the craft by writers, reporters, editors, producers, shooters and multimediographers.

Entries are considered in more than 20 categories of reporting from material submitted by New York metropolitan area news organizations and individual journalists. 

Judging is by prominent working journalists, former journalists and academics who are selected for their expertise in each category.

Awards unique to the New York Press Club competition are the Gold Keyboard Award, honoring excellence in investigative journalism; Nellie Bly Cub Reporter, honoring the best journalistic effort by an individual new to the profession and The Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New York Award for reporting that is most complimentary of New York City.

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