The HearSay Audio Prize 2014 @ HearSay Audio Arts Festival in Kilfinane, Ireland

International audio festival call for entries. 45 euros (~$62US) per entry (25 Euros/$35US for students), but sweet prizes. Accepting submissions from May 7 – June 30. Festival is Nov 21-23 in Ireland. Details below!
The HearSay Audio Prize 2014
@ HearSay Audio Arts Festival in Kilfinane, Ireland

HearSay is a unique festival which celebrates creative sound in all
its forms, bringing passionate people from all audio disciplines
together for collaboration, conversation and inspiration.

What we are looking for

An original and creative piece of composed, compiled or crafted audio
which is 2 minutes minimum and 6 minutes maximum in length. The piece
should be self-contained and take the listener on an aural adventure.

We encourage you to approach the HearSay Prize in the spirit of
experiment, adventure and collaboration which the HearSay Festival

The competition is open to everyone – from sound artists, to radio
producers, theatre sound designers to musicians, from experienced
professionals to passionate enthusiast and to all audio formats
regardless of whether dramatic, documentary, composed, scripted,
artistic or none or all of these.

There's very little not allowed – It's not a song contest so songs or
straight up musical tracks are unlikely to succeed but the use of
music or song is not excluded. Field recordings, interviews, drama,
scripts, stories, found sounds, original music, actuality – feel free
to use every sound at your disposal – make every moment count.

One voice, many voices, no voice are all good. Layered or simple,
heavily processed or natural, we're very open. We will be judging
entries on their use of sound, innovation, engaging the listener. Be
inventive, be engaging, surprise!

The HearSay Audio Prize 2014 A Cash prize of 2,500 Euro (equivalent
to 3500 US Dollars in March 2014) for the winner plus accommodation
and participation in the HearSay International Audio Arts Festival
2014 awarded to the most outstanding entry.

Five category awards for entries other than the overall winner:

The HearSay Across the Waves Award – Flights to Ireland for one person
from anywhere in the world to the HearSay 2014 Audio Arts Festival
Kilfinane, Ireland plus accommodation and participation in the HearSay
Audio for the festival for the best (non-overall winner) entry from
persons normally resident outside the island of Ireland.

The HearSay Ballyhoura Award – 500 Euros cash prize plus
accommodation and participation in the HearSay Festival 2014 for the
non-overall winner) entry from persons normally resident on the island
of Ireland.

The HearSay Student Award – 250 Euros cash prize plus accommodation
and participation in the HearSay Festival 2014 awarded to the
strongest entry from people under the age of 21 by November 20th 2014
or in full-time education of any age.

The HearSay Story Award – 250 Euros cash prize plus accommodation and
participation in the HearSay Festival 2014 for the best entry with a
great story brilliantly told regardless of format.

The HearSay JawDrop Award – 250 Euros plus accommodation and
participation in the HearSay Festival 2014 for the audio moment or
sequence that stuns or thrills the judges ears.

Making your Entry/Key Dates

Entries will be 45 euros per entry (25 Euros for students). Multiple
entries will be allowed but they must be standalone.

On-line submission of entries to the HearSay Prize 2014 will open on
May 7th 2014 via the website.

Entries will close on the 30th June. The roster of judges will be
announced in August and the good news will be given to the Award
Winners in early September to let them plan their journey.

The entry format will be .WAV 44.1K

Each piece entered should be especially created for the HearSay Audio
Prize. It should not have been broadcast, podcast previously in any
format nor should it be extracted from another piece.

You should be the copyright owner of all material contained within the
piece or cleared all necessary rights for use.

The producer(s) of each audio piece submitted will be asked, when
making their entry to grant HearSay with broadcast, Internet and live
playout rights to present entries in their complete form to inspire
others. Full copyright in the piece will remain with the producer(s).

[trainings] KALW news’ training program looking for applicants – Deadline 5/1

I can't imagine a better place to learn the ropes. Application deadline May 1!

Enrollment now open for the KALW News Audio Academy

KALW is calling for applicants for our 10-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a graduate level audio production education, tuition-free.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for covering diverse communities, and ideally have some knowledge of the Bay Area.

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.

Training will include:

Working closely with reporters on developing stories, producing original feature stories for broadcast, interviewing potential guests/sources, researching topics, fact-checking, script writing, recording sound for pieces in the field, and learning story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design. The training will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom. Our editors and engineers, along with other public media producers, will lead workshops on every aspect of production specifically for the Audio Academy. Previous featured speakers have been: Roman Mars, Hansi Lo Wang, Daniel Alarcón, Marianne McCune, and Jason DeRose (to name a few).

Selected participants will make a 10-month commitment (September 2014 to June 2015): minimum 20 hours per week (one six-hour shift at our studios and another 14 hours working in the field). The Academy includes a one-week break at Thanksgiving, a two-week break in late December, and a one-week break during the spring. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV and any audio/writing samples to:

Application deadline: May 1, 2014, 11:59 PT

We look forward to meeting you!

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.

call for submissions from the Journal of Video Ethnography

Interesting new venture for you film folks. Details below.

IMPORTANT: Submissions for the inaugural issue of Video Ethnography are being accepted now through Mar. 31 for publication on Sept. 1


Journal of Video Ethnography is a venture of DePaul University's Social Science Research Center. 

The aim of this journal is to advance the social scientific use of video/film as a method for exploring human society, systems, and cultures and as a medium for presenting the findings of those explorations.


The newly launched Journal of Video Ethnography (JVE) is the first ever peer-reviewed journal of ethnographic films and videos. JVE aims to advance the social scientific use of video/film as a method for exploring human society, systems, and cultures and as a medium for presenting the findings of those explorations. 

Our primary objective is to establish a mechanism for the peer review of films that have social science ideas at their core. We expect that most submissions will come from academics who make films. This said, we also aspire to bridge the gap between academia and commercial documentary film and to provide a vehicle for the distribution of films by non-academic filmmakers whose films constitute an ethnographic point of view on a culture, group or phenomenon. 

Submissions for the premier edition of the journal will be accepted until March 31. 

Films submitted for the first issue will undergo single-blind peer review by a panel of three ethnographer-filmmakers. Reviews will be conducted between April 1 and June 15. Submitters must be willing to "revise and resubmit" their films as a result of the review process. Click here to submit a video. 

Thank you! 

– JVE Editorial Team

Freelance Cafe West gathering March 31 and NEW peer learning exchange

Hey Bay Area folks. Lots of exciting happenings on the horizon. First, the next monthly gathering is March 31 at 6:30 pm. 2374 Eunice St. in Berkeley. Here's the Facebook invite.

Second, FC member Luisa Beck has an idea for a Bay Area peer learning exchange. So cool! See her note below.

And finally, I'm coming for a visit and would love to see the FC West crew. Join me on April 17 for a screening of Sam Grant's documentary, A Fragile Trust at the Roxie in SF at 7pm, followed by drinks at a nearby location TBD. Get tickets early because the show will sell out!
From FC West member Luisa Beck:
Hey freelancers, 
At the last Freelancer Cafe gathering, we had this idea of setting up a peer learning exchange. As freelancers, we've all gathered these bits of knowledge from the many projects and jobs most of us have had to juggle. As a result, we probably all have expertise in different software, grant writing, website design, recording techniques, etc. etc. So what if we found a way to match freelancers by skill and learning goals?  
To do this, I set up a google spreadsheet with a list of names, skills people can teach and want to learn, and hours taught.The idea is that if you teach a certain number of hours, you can take those hours and learn from anyone else in the learning exchange network. So for example, I can teach someone how to customize a WordPress site. And I want to learn more about sound design. But the person I'm teaching WordPress to doesn't know anything about sound design. So I basically rack up "teaching currency" when I teach WordPress for two hours. And then I can go to someone else who knows more about sound design and and use my two hours of "teaching currency" to become a sound master. And that person can then go to someone else in the network and learn about what they want to learn, etc. 
So sign up if you're interested! There's also a column F for a "draft feedback exchange", which is basically for people who are interested in sending each other's drafts of what they're working on and getting feedback. 
Ok, now quick, sign up! Or shoot us a note about ways to make a learning exchange even better. 

Latino USA call for pitches

From the fine folks at Latino USA:

Latino USA has the following show themes coming up in the next few months, and we’d welcome your pitches:


Space: Outer space, personal space, mental and physical space.


A Latino History of the US: Oral histories, memories of migration to the US, stories about immigrant communities and places that used to be occupied by Spain or Mexico.


Family: Stories that go beyond the traditional notion of the nuclear or extended family, to also include communities, and the people you end up living with and adopting as your own.


Why Not Me?: Everything from being left out to taking a chance (auditioning, trying out, buying a lottery ticket).


Push It: From drugs to births to limits.


Pretending: From fraud and lies to make-believe and play.


Move It: People and things.


Please send your pitches directly to:

Pitch meetings take place on Fridays, and we try to respond to your pitch by early the following week.

If you’re pitching for the first time, please tell us a little about yourself and include a couple of samples of your audio work.

Latino USA pays $125 per broadcast minute and $25 for a photo for the website.

Live? Die? Kill? performance documentary event in Beacon, NY, April 25-27

My friend and colleague has an upcoming event for her long-running project Live? Die? Kill? in Beacon, NY, April 25-27. This one focuses on Native Americans in the Southwestern US. Should be a great show. Any NYC/Hudson Valley folks want to join me? Details below. Both evening performances work for me. -Mia


A Performance Documentary 
by Karen Michel 
Exhibition and Fundraiser: Second Saturday, April 12, 2014: 6:00 – 9:00 pm 
Performances: April 25 – 26, 2014: 8:00pm 
Matinee: April 27, 2014: 3:00pm 
All events take place at Beacon Yoga Studio, 464 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508 
Exhibition and Fundraiser is open to the public 
Performances: $15 suggested donation includes a glass of wine or seltzer 
Two evenings and one afternoon of text, sound, and visuals primarily from Native Americans in the Southwest of the United States, reflecting on issues of life and death. 
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Karen Michel woke up in her Brooklyn apartment to the sound of the first plane hitting the  Twin Towers. “As the sky blackened, I was sure the world had come to an end. And I was acutely aware, for the next days and weeks, that I was breathing the DNA of dead people.” In the weeks that followed, the country began the long and difficult process of healing, seeking answers to questions for which there was no one or right response. These are the questions came to Michel, in what she refers to as an “aural vision”: 
What do you live for? What would you die for? What would you kill for? 
For the following decade, Karen Michel traveled from urban Los Angeles, New York and Boston, to the rural Southwest, Florida, North Carolina, Montana and the Badlands asking strangers these three questions. The simple syntax belies the pinpointed directness. The questions ask much more than “what” and answers reveal even more. In 2010, Michel visited Navajo, Hopi and Ute Reservations in the Four Corners region of the Southwest to discover what answers might be there. Her performance will speak of the consciousness of a people and how place and family ties affect a community. These form the basis of her April 25, 26, 27 performances in Beacon, NY. 
In radio programs and live performances, Michel weaves a story-documentary of the places she’s traveled to and the people that agreed to answer the 3 questions. She has an innate talent of pulling the words, the truth, out of the interviewed. Most are curious and willing. Some answer with surprising depth in a poetic voice; some unwittingly fall, crying, into stories of personal tragedy; some, become forcibly angry at the very thought of engaging with a stranger. Or themselves. Michel curates all of this information into an entertaining and thoughtful performance: an anthropologist’s collection of detritus and treasure, images of places, people, and the sounds of someone’s voice intertwined with Michel’s astute observations. 
The Exhibition and Fundraiser on April 12, Second Saturday in Beacon, will display archival “mug shot” prints of those she has interviewed. Prints will be for sale. 
Karen Michel is an award-winning radio producer, documentarian, artist, and educator. A long-time contributor to NPR's daily newsmagazines, she got her start in radio at the age of 5 as a guest on Art Linkletter's "Kids Say the Darnedest Things." She honed her adult skills on Alaska Public Radio. Before moving to the Hudson Valley, she lived in Brooklyn; after 9-11 she began the project that's become the radio and performance documentary series/obsession: "Live?Die?Kill?: 3 Questions in Various Geographies." Karen Michel currently resides in Pleasant Valley, New York with her husband, Bob, and their dog, Yomo. 

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Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2014, Early Registration deadline April 11

I did a version of this KDMC workshop a bunch of years ago and it was fantastic. Discounted registration deadline April 11.
The Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2014 registration is open with early registration discount until April 11th. 

This two-week workshop is an immersive experience in storytelling with video, photography and data visualization tools and technologies, and includes hands-on skills training in multimedia content production to websites, news sites, blogs, and social networks. Instructors include UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism multi-media faculty, industry professionals and award-winning instructors.

Clocktower Productions/Art on Air internship, NYC

For you NYC radio folks. Alas, it's unpaid, but this internship with Art on Air sounds pretty cool. Details below.


Clocktower Productions is an art production institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, and radio. Founded in 1972 by Alanna Heiss, Clocktower is the oldest alternative art project in NW. For 40 years, the institution has produced seminal exhibitions and performances by some of the most important artists of our time. After leaving its historic Tribeca tower in Dec. 2013, Clocktower engaged in contracted partnerships with 6 cultural institutions in 3 boroughs: Pioneer Works (Red Hook), Knockdown Center (Maspeth), Playland Motel (Far Rockaway), and Times Square Arts and Neuehouse (Manhattan). These venues host Clocktower exhibitions, performances, residencies, radio, and administrative activities.

Over the decades, Clocktower has presented work by Gordon Matta-Clark, Max Neuhaus, Lynda Benglis, Dennis Oppenheim, Vito Acconci, Nam June Paik, Laurie Anderson, Marina Abramovic, and Christian Marclay, among many others. Today, Clocktower presents a full program of exhibitions, performances, and residencies honoring the spirit of the alternative spaces movement by focusing on experimental, interdisciplinary and intergenerational work.

Clocktower's radio station is a free online audio archive operating at lts 6,000 hours of content feature non-commercial music, audio art, spoken word, cultural news, history and dialogue, and new media innovation. The radio's mission is to excel as a globally accessible, technically innovative deliverer of content, through a curated radio-style stream of shows and searchable on-demand archive. Clocktower production and public programs, the radio station, and website function as a laboratory for experimentation and a resource for distribution of and access to the arts.

Internship description
Clocktower Productions is looking for a dynamic intern interested in all things cultural. Every week Clocktower produces a 24 hour radio stream of artist interviews, music, and on location recordings. We're looking for an intern to help create content for and maintain our online radio station site,


  • Researching and writing radio program descriptions

  • Curating and processing images for radio programs

  • Editing and archiving radio programs 

  • With time, opportunity to pitch shows


  • Writing skills – high proficiency required, style a plus

  • Familiarity with Excel

  • Some knowledge of HTML

  • A willingness to work hard and learn fast

Helpful Skills:

  • Audio editing experience

  • Adobe Creative Suite experience

While this internship is unpaid, rewards include meeting interesting people, making great contacts, staff field trips to various cultural events, and gaining invaluable experience for a career in the arts.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to

Fulbright Scholar grant opportunities for journalists: Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, North Africa

U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant opportunities in Europe and Eurasia and Middle East North Africa in the field of Journalism. 

Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are currently being accepted from all levels of faculty and professionals, including early career.

We are soliciting applications for a broad range of awards, including but not limited to:

Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair in Social Studies– Czech Republic

All Disciplines-Azerbaijan

Journalism/Film and TV Production– Lithuania

Journalism, Communications– Ukraine

Multiple Disciplines: Sultan Qaboos University and University of Nizwa– Oman

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a Ph.D. or appropriate professional/terminal degree at the time of application. The application deadline is August 1, 2014. 

In addition, All Disciplines awards are available in many countries and can be a good option if no discipline-focused award matches your expertise.  Please visit the 2015-16 Catalog of Awards at to learn more about the opportunities available in this year's competition. For most awards, English is sufficient for teaching and foreign language proficiency is only needed to the extent required by the proposed research project, if applicable.

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow the link You may also wish to register for one of our webinars at here or join our online community, My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.

Please feel free to share this message with members of your listservs, newsletters or social media. For further information about specific awards, please contact the program staff listed in the award description. 

2014 Internships with leading Western environmental magazine, High Country News

See below for info about High Country News' six-month internships (free housing plus a small stipend). -Mia

High Country News is looking for informed and enthusiastic interns to report on natural resource, environmental and community issues in the 11 Western states.

High Country News, published twice-monthly in Paonia, Colo., is a nonprofit newsmagazine and website "for people who care about the West." The magazine reaches 25,000 subscribers — an estimated 60,000 readers — and the website reaches thousands more, including grassroots activists, public land managers, tribal officials, government policymakers, educators, students and interested citizens.

The Los Angeles Times has written that High Country News is "the most influential environmental journal in the Mountain West," and according to Newsweek, "High Country News is a must for anyone following land use issues west of the 100th meridian." Our hard-hitting coverage has won many major journalism awards during the past few years, including:
* Utne Independent Press Awards for Best Environmental Coverage and Best Local/Regional Coverage
* Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism
* George Polk Award
* First Person Narrative award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors
* Science Journalism Award from the American Association for Advancement of Science
* Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism
* James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism

Every year, High Country News offers four to six internship positions, each six months long. Two to three new interns join us each June and January; we provide free housing and a $200-per-week stipend. To help defray moving costs, an additional $500 travel stipend is available upon successful completion of the internship. One exceptional candidate from each session may have the option of staying on another six months as an editorial fellow — a higher-paid, higher-output position.

Our interns and fellows are a key part of the HCN team; aside from a few minor tasks such as sorting the mail and answering phones, interns spend most of their time researching, interviewing, writing, and developing content — both for print and online. We pride ourselves on fairness, accuracy and good writing, and we expect no less of our interns.

For all of our internship positions, a bachelor's degree or equivalent and some prior journalism experience and/or education is preferred. We also prefer applicants who are familiar with High Country News and who have lived in the West and know its environmental and community issues. Photographic experience and familiarity with audio and visual programs such as Final Cut Pro and Flash, as well as radio or video experience are all pluses. We strongly encourage Native American journalists, Hispanic journalists and those from other under-represented backgrounds to apply.

All interns and fellows work with the staff editors to write news stories for the website and for the newsmagazine, ranging in length from 250 to 1,600 words. Depending on their experience and ability, they may also get the opportunity to write a 2,500- to 5,000-word feature story. Our editing process is rigorous — all copy goes through two layers of editing and it is not unusual for a story to see six or eight drafts. Reporting is generally conducted over the phone and the Internet, but we do have money to send each intern out into the field at least once to do on-the-ground work.
Our interns and fellows go on to become leaders in journalism and politics. They pursue careers as reporters, editors, educators, lawyers, policymakers and freelance writers.

Upcoming start dates and application deadlines are as follows. Applications must be received in our office by the deadline date.

Summer/Fall 2014
Start date – July 7, 2014
End date – December 12, 2014
(Applications must be received by March 31, 2014)

Winter/Spring 2015
Start date – Jan. 5, 2015
End date – mid-June, 2015
(Applications must be received by Oct. 10, 2014)

In the past, we have required a hardcopy application, but we are transitioning to a paperless process. Applicants should send an email with attached cover letter, résumé, contact information for three references (phone and email), and three writing samples (plus multimedia samples, if applicable) to Associate Editor Sarah Gilman at sarah (at) Please be sure to include "intern application" in the subject line.

If e-mail application is not an option, candidates may also mail their materials to

Associate Editor Sarah Gilman
High Country News
P.O. Box 1090
Paonia, CO 81428
Call 970-527-4898 or email sarah (at) for further information.