Announcing a call for entries for Rough cuts June event, deadline May 14th

For you Bay Area film folks – get feedback on your doc work. Details below.

Announcing our Call for Entries for Rough Cuts in June!


Deadline is Wednesday, May 14th

Rough Cuts is currently seeking documentaries in post for our next event on Tuesday, June 3rd at the Dolby Laboratories Screening Room in San Francisco 

We are seeking long-form works with a final running time of 40 minutes or longer.


Principal photography should have been completed, and we encourage filmmakers to submit cuts that are in the later stages of post-production (i.e. NOT first or second cuts).

Filmmakers can now submit two ways—electronically or via mail (including UPS, Fed Ex, etc.)


To submit, visit:


And for more details about Rough Cuts and our programs, visit:






Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:30 p.m


Dolby Laboratories Screening Room


100 Potrero Avenue

San Francisco, CA




Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided

$9 admission




REMINDER – Freelance Cafe West meeting TONIGHT! 6:30pm

Just a reminder, the Bay Area Freelance Cafe crew will be meeting TONIGHT – March 31 at 6:30pm.

2374 Eunice St., Berkeley

Many thanks to the freelancers of 2374 Eunice street for offering up your home for this month's meet-up! Please bring a snack or drink to share. The house is near the Berkeley Rose Garden and if anyone would like to carpool from BART or elsewhere let us know and we can help coordinate rides. There will also be a big projector, speakers and lots of curious eyes and ears- so bring your stories and (multi)media to share.

Also, mark your calendars for a special gathering on April 17. Film screening of A Fragile Trust at the Roxie, SF followed by drinks at a nearby location TBD. I'll be in town and would love to see many of you!
'Til soon,

call for pitches from Civil Eats, online news mag

Call for pitches from Civil Eats, an online news mag about sustainable agriculture and food systems. Details here and below.

Civil Eats, an independent daily news source for critical thought about the American food system, invites you to send story pitches in the following categories:

– News or feature articles about farming, food production, food policy, sustainability in the food system, food safety, the plight of young farmers, animal welfare, food and technology, food movement organizing, etc.

– In-depth profiles of individuals or groups working to effectively change the food system for the better.

– Book reviews, interviews, photo essays, or op-eds about food and farming (with an emphasis on sustainability and/or food politics).

Payment: $100-$250 depending on the scope and the amount of reporting and research required.

Contact us here.

paid fellowships at This American Life, deadline April 1

Fellowships with TAL. $3,750/month, 50-60 hours/week. Based in NYC. Spring deadline April 1. Details here and below. 

This American Life is pleased to offer two six-month fellowships per year, one beginning in January and the other in July.

This American Life is a weekly, nationally-distributed public radio program that's a mix of documentaries, investigative reporting, interviews and stories. The show is part of WBEZ Chicago, but its offices and this position are located in New York City.

The fellowship program focuses on every facet of producing This American Life—from reporting and copyediting to technical production and data management to administrative duties. The fellows observe and participate in the weekly production of the show by sitting in on meetings and edits with producers, while honing their production skills. Please note: this is not an entry-level position. This American Life fellows are required to have experience with Pro Tools or similar digital editing software and are responsible for producing rerun episodes, weekly promos and show segments out of the gate. Our fellows transcribe tape, learn to structure and mix a radio story, and perform assorted menial tasks that are true signs of an apprentice program like this. By the end of the program, fellows are encouraged to produce their own pieces, including editing and mixing voice, sound and music. The diversity of tasks depends largely on initiative and self-motivation. If you have no radio and/or audio editing experience, this program is not for you.

The fellow will be provided a monthly wage of $3,750, before taxes for the duration of the fellowship. We are committed to providing payment in part because the work hours are long. We feed the show on Friday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern time, so as we get closer to the end of the week, the hours become longer. The typical work week varies between 50-60 hours. As a result, we feel strongly that this be our fellow's sole commitment during these months, i.e. no other jobs or classes. Also important to note: we do not offer college credit or assistance in obtaining work visas for international applicants.

  • The Fall 2014 term starts July 7. Applications must be received by April 1, 2014; decision by May 1.

  • The Spring 2015 term starts January 5. Applications must be received by Oct 1, 2014; decision by November 1.

The Application:

To apply for the fellowship program, send a cover letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you should be selected to take part in the program and letting us know something about yourself and why you'd like to work in public radio. You should include a resume and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of two references we may contact. We ask that you also answer the questions below. You can be brief with your responses—the point of the exercise is both to get an idea of the kind of thinking and work that go into the fellowship while also allowing us to get to know you a little better.

Application questions:

  • Briefly describe any previous radio and/or documentary journalism experiences.

  • What is your familiarity with Macintosh computers, recording equipment and digital editing? Have you worked with Pro Tools? If not, have you worked with other digital editing programs? Have you ever transcribed tape?

  • Suggest two documentary/reporter pieces for This American Life. Please explain each story as a whole, along with specific characters and scenes. This probably sounds harder than it actually is. We're not looking for award-winning war stories or anything, rather stories that you find genuinely interesting, no matter how small. Details are helpful. Don’t forget to include why these stories would work specifically work on This American Life.It may be very useful for you to read our submission guidelines, as they lay out what we're looking for in stories on our show. 

  • Last, tell us your favorite personal story. This can be anything from a something you heard at a party to a story your family loves to tell to something that happened in your life that you find particularly amusing, surprising or emotional. It doesn’t have to be a story that would work on This American Life or even on radio; this is about your personal taste. And please tell us why you like this story so much even if the real reason makes no sense to anyone but you. Again, try to be brief; we get hundreds of applications and do read them all.

The application is now paperless! Send answers to the questions above, along with your cover letter and resume, to by no later than 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on the day of the deadline. Please attach the entire application as a PDF, and also paste your application in the body of the email, indicating which session you are applying for (Spring or Fall) in the subject line.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR CALL WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION. We are a small staff and simply don’t have the time to respond to individual inquiries. You will be automatically notified by email when we receive your application, and we'll follow-up with finalists in a timely fashion. We will notify all applicants of our decision by the dates listed above. We apologize in advance for the informality of email notification, but, like we said, paperless. Good, right?

last day to apply for the Freelance Journalism Awards, CA/HI residents only

Last day to apply for the first annual Freelance Journalism Awards. Must live/work in CA or Hawaii. (I wish!)



Today is the final day to enter work in the Freelance Journalism Awards contest. 

Sponsored by the Pacific Media Workers Guild, this contest is open to anyone – independents and staffers alike – whose work was published on a freelance basis during calendar year 2013 and who lives and works in California or Hawaii. You need not be a member to enter.

Whether you are a cartoonist, photographer, or an investigative reporter; whether you work in a single medium or across multiple platforms, your freelance efforts deserve recognition. 

Entries will be judged by colleagues in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore and St. Louis locals, which encompass some of the most distinguished journalists in the nation. The Raul Ramirez Excellence in Journalism Award comes with an honorarium of $300.

For full details and to apply, log onto Do it now!

Tribeca Film Institute funding for social justice multimedia, deadline May 5

Big money for social justice multimedia projects. Details here and below. Deadline May 5.

Dear TFI Hackers,

We’re happy to inform you that applications are now open for the TFI New Media Fund.

The New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens – integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. We're looking for projects that activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality around the world and demonstrate the power of cross-platform storytelling and dynamic audience engagement.

Four to eight non-fiction projects will be accepted, each receiving $50,000 to $100,000 in funding. Producers from the U.S. and internationally are invited to apply. The deadline is May 5th, 2014.

Supported projects include Alma, Hollow,

Feel free to share the info:

Best regards,

The New Media Fund Team

Apply Now for Ethiopia Trip and Religion Fellowships with the IRP

Two amazing opportunities with the International Reporting Project – Ethiopia trip deadline April 21; religion reporting fellowships deadline June 30.

Apply for New Media Trip on Newborn Health in Ethiopia by April 21

The International Reporting Project (IRP) is accepting applications for a new media reporting trip to Ethiopia on June 14-27, 2014. 


Ethiopia has made impressive progress on cutting mortality rates for children, meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child deaths by more than 60 percent over the past 20 years.


Michael Tsegaye / Save the Children

Yet major health and development challenges remain as millions of Ethiopian babies come into the world under precarious conditions. In particular, three preventable and treatable conditions still persist: premature births, complications during childbirth and infections.

The IRP trip will focus on efforts to prevent newborn deaths, as well as provide an overview of maternal and child health, immunizations, nutrition, communicable diseases, and health care provision in Ethiopia, among other topics. 


This group trip is open only to applications from new media journalists who are citizens of France, Germany, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Norway, Senegal, United Kingdom and United States.


All candidates must fill out an application form and provide a detailed essay of at least 800 words describing the types of stories they might pursue during the Ethiopia trip. Participants will be asked to post frequent stories–including blog posts, slideshows, social media posts, video and audio clips–before, during and after the trip.


The deadline for applications is Monday, April 21.


Learn more about the trip, read our frequently asked questions and apply for the Ethiopia trip by midnight on Monday, April 21!


Apply for Religion Reporting Fellowships by June 30

The International Reporting Project (IRP) will offer up to nine fellowships to experienced professional journalists to report on topics related to global religion.


Allyn Gaestel reported on family planning and religion in Senegal as a 2013 IRP Religion Fellow. 

Photo: Allison Shelley

Applicants may propose any stories that relate to religion, including its role as a source of tension or conflict, its relationship to politics, economics or access to health, housing or clean water, its impact on art and culture, religion and human rights, or other issues.
The deadline for applications is June 30, 2014. 

These fellowships are open only to journalists who are citizens of the United States, Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand or the United Kingdom.


U.S. Religion Fellows


U.S. citizens will be awarded a reporting fellowship to travel to any country overseas for at least four weeks to report on religion-related topics. All travel must take place during the period between August 24 and October 12, 2014. The IRP will provide a stipend of $6,000 and purchase the US Fellows' international air tickets.


International Religion Fellows

Rowan Moore Gerety reported on megachurches in Nigeria as a 2013 IRP Religion Fellow.
Non-US citizens will report from their home countries in a three-month period beginning August 1 and ending October 31, 2014. The IRP will provide a total stipend of $6,000. The main purpose of these fellowships is for Fellows to produce stories about their own countries.

All applicants must fill out an application form in which they should write an essay of at least 1,000 words describing the stories they would produce during the fellowship. IRP encourages stories in a variety of media, including print, online, radio, television, photography, blog posts, social media and video.

Fellowship Opportunity With Public Policy Lab, deadline April 8

Brooklyn-based fellowship opportunity from the Public Policy Lab, deadline April 8.

By CORTNEY CLEVELAND Published: MARCH 31, 2014

The Multimedia Journalist Fellowship with the Public Policy Lab (PPL) offers outstanding working professionals an opportunity to gain significant experience working on unique and challenging projects in the public sector.

The PPL is seeking a versatile multimedia journalist who can capture visual and audio content and create stories for multiple platforms. This role allows you to work closely with the project team (designers and social scientists), civic servants, and the public.

Position Details

  • Fellowship includes a $2,000 stipend
  • Approximately 2 days per week for a 4-week period, beginning in May 2014
  • Based in Dumbo, Brooklyn

PPL fellows will be expected to:

  • Gather information and stories through interview, observation, and research.
  • Shoot photos and record audio to capture stakeholder experiences and document the project process.
  • Edit and produce narratives for multiple platforms, such as presentations, digital channels, and print publications.
  • Deliverables might include short web films, photo collages, audio narratives, etc.
  • Work with team members to strategize and visualize potential design solutions.


  • Strong interpersonal capabilities.
  • Undergraduate degree (B.F.A. or equivalent), or 3 or more years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination education and experience.
  • Ability to adhere to project budgets and deadlines.
  • Candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check (as we may be interviewing children).
  • Must have access to or own necessary equipment (camera, computer, etc).


CALL FOR ENTRIES – Narrative Documentary – Still & in Motion, deadline April 18

Fascinating opportunity via Ed Kashi Photographer (SDN) is now accepting entries for  “Narrative Documentary: Still & in Motion”. Submissions should ”create a coherent documentary narrative, first with the images and then providing necessary context with text and optionally, sound and motion.”

For the first time ever, SDN will be accepting multimedia entries, as “photography is no longer just the domain of the static image.”

Judged by SDN Advisory Committee members Barbara Ayotte, Lori Grinker, Ed Kashi (VII), Reza, Glenn Ruga, Jeffrey D. Smith, and Jamie Welford, the first place prize will include: a feature in the inaugural edition of SDN print and electronic annual, one year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, a feature on the SDN website/eNewsletter, and a $250 gift certificate to a Boston-based digital lab.

The deadline for submissions is April 18, 2014, so be sure to submit your work as soon as possible. For full details on the competition and how to enter, visit

7 Days left to enter SEJ Awards

Reminder. SEJ deadline April 1.

SEJ Awards
Society of Environmental Journalists
$500 prize offered for first place in seven categories. 
Only SEVEN DAYS left to enter.
HOW TO ENTER (access entry forms on this page) 

2014 RULES 

Enter your best environmental stories from March 1, 2013 – Feb. 28, 2014.
Did you know…
* Entry fees are lower for SEJ members. To enter at the member rate, Join SEJ.   (Eligibility requirements apply. You'll need to register on to access the application form.) 
* Winners will be announced in July and recognized at SEJ's Awards Presentation Ceremony in New Orleans, Sept. 3.
Also note:
SEJ awards messages will be sent out just twice more between now and April 1, and once in July to inform you about the winners.