Upcoming event at the UCB J-School on long-form narrative writing, Dec 3, 4pm

Event on long-form narrative writing at the UCB j-school. Dec 3, 4pm. Details below.


How to Report, Pitch & Think About Longform Narrative Stories with Paul Tough, contributing writer and former editor for The New York Times Magazine, Davia Nelson of the Kitchen Sisters, producers of award winning radio including the NPR series Hidden Kitchens, professor Michael Pollan, the 2014 fellows from the new UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship and fellowship managing editor Malia Wollan.

When: Wednesday, December 3,  4:00 p.m.

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Join us to hear the perspective of editors and freelancers on pitching and being pitched, writing and editing, and selling and shaping long-form stories. Ask questions. Learn about the new $10,000 fellowships for reporting on food, agriculture, health and food science. Drink beer, wine, and other refreshments.

Julie Hirano
Assistant to the Dean and Events Coordinator
121 North Gate Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-5860 

$70K Knight-Wallace Fellowship now accepting applications, deadline Feb 1

The Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan is now accepting applications. [$70K for the year!] Details HERE and below. Deadline Feb 1. -Mia


A Knight-Wallace Fellowship is the rarest of opportunities: an academic year of study, reflection and growth at one of the world’s finest universities, nestled in one of the nation’s most livable cities. It is a time of expanding perspectives, intellectual growth and personal transformation.

Each year, the fellowship brings together exceptional journalists from the U.S. and abroad to share this life-changing experience. Our fellows devise a personalized study plan with access to the courses and resources of the University of Michigan. Twice-weekly seminars bring the best from the worlds of journalism and academia directly to you.

Extensive travel is a core component of the Knight-Wallace experience. We place equal emphasis on broadening horizons outside the classroom with news tours to Argentina, Brazil and Turkey and a family trip to Northern Michigan. Where else will you go from pressing fresh apple cider in the crisp air of a Northern Michigan fall to galloping on a horse through the brush on the Argentine Pampas to learning Brazilian dance at an escola de samba?

Stipends and Family Life includes $70,000 for U.S. fellows (stipends for international fellows vary) and opportunities for our fellow’s partners, spouses and children. The intellectual resources of the university as well as the program’s activities are open to spouses and partners. Children are invited to many after-hour events at Wallace House.

Criteria for selection are simple. We seek the best and brightest in journalism today, mid-career professionals with at least five years of professional experience and solid track records, great future promise and, above all, demonstrated leadership in some aspect of journalism.

A typical Knight-Wallace Fellowship class comprises 12 U.S. journalists and six international colleagues.

To Get Started with the Application

Go to application information for U.S. applicants.
Go to application information for international applicants.

Investigative Reporting Grants from the FIJ, deadline Jan 15

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is offering ~$5K grants to indie reporters for domestic and overseas investigations. Deadline Jan 15. -Mia



The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is calling for applications for grants to support independent investigative reporting. 

The typical grant is $5,000. Qualified grant expenses include out-of-pocket costs such as travel, document production and equipment rental. Small stipends may be considered as a part of the grant.

The next deadline for applications is Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 5pm Washington DC time (EST).

FIJ is currently accepting proposals for domestic and overseas investigations.

Visit the FIJ website for detailed instructions and on-line application form: http://fij.org/grant-application/. FIJ welcomes calls and emails with questions about the application process. Email fundfij@gmail.com or call 202-662-7564.

Sandy Bergo
Executive Director
Fund for Investigative Journalism
529 14th Street NW – 13th floor
Washington DC 20045
Selected for the 2011/2012 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

Youth Radio hiring part-time Journalism Instructor

Youth Radio is hiring! Part-time teaching goes well with public media freelancing. (I speak from experience.) Contact is elena@youthradio.org. No calls. Position is open until filled. -mia


Youth Radio is hiring a part-time journalism instructor. 
This is an exciting opportunity to work with high-school aged young people, and join the Media Education teaching-team at Youth Radio. 
The job description is attached. Please spread to your networks and encourage folks to apply ASAP!

 Elena Botkin-Levy
 | Media Education Coordinator/ Journalism Instructor
Youth Radio | 1701 Broadway | Oakland, CA 94612 
elena@youthradio.org | P: 510-251-1101 ext. 321

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Oral History Winter School, begins Jan 3

Join this amazing team of oral historians for a series of workshops in Upstate NY. Details HERE and below.


Oral History Winter School starts January 3, in Hudson, New York, just a short, wintry train ride from nyc.

We're offering two workshops, Shaking the Family Tree and Oral History & Radio Doc. Start 2015 immersed in audio, collecting your family history or making a radio doc. Think: summer camp — with audio and snow.

An early bird discount is available for one more day.
Questions? info@oralhistorysummerschool.com

Suzanne Snider
Founder/Director, Oral History Summer School


Life of the Law is accepting story pitches for their new season, deadline Dec 5

Life of the Law wants your stories. Pitch deadline Dec 5. Contact info below.


Life of the Law is looking for producers and investigative reporters with compelling human stories to tell about the law for our next season, April through July 2015.

Possible themes: food, immigration, social contracts, technology, morality, religion, theater, peer pressure, mistakes and rules.

We provide great editors, producers, and support, and pay $800-1000 when the story has published.

Life of the Law is distributed by American Public Media's Infinite Guest network of podcasts and PRX Public Radio Exchange, and is heard on public radio stations throughout the US.

The best way to know what we're looking for in a pitch is to listen to our podcasts. Please send your pitch by 12/5 to connect@lifeofthelaw.org. And thank you.

Nancy Mullane
Executive Producer

2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship, deadline Dec 1

The deadline is approaching for for the 2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship, March 1-5 in Los Angeles. Details HERE and below. Deadlines Dec 1. -Mia


Apply now for the all-expenses-paid 2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship and spend five days in Los Angeles March 1-5, 2015 learning about how Obamacare is — and isn't — working for Californians and what other factors, besides health care access, contribute to good health.  
Who Can Apply: 

The program is open to all journalists interested in health reporting, not just those on the health beat. We invite participation from print, broadcast and multimedia journalists working for or contributing to mainstream and ethnic media outlets in California. 

Program Description: 

Taught by prize-winning journalists, community health leaders, policy analysts and health care experts, the 2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship will focus on two broad themes:

— how neighborhood life, social inequities, race, education and the environment influence health, and

— the promise of health reform and health system innovation.

This year, for the first time, we are pleased to be able to provide a $1,000 reporting stipend to participating journalists to help pay some of the costs associated with ambitious reporting projects.

The Fellowship will begin with a reception and keynote dinner on Sunday evening and end midday on the following Thursday. During five days of field trips, workshops and seminars, fellows learn about new data sources, hear about effective community engagement strategies and gain new perspectives on pressing health issues. They return home with great sources and new ideas for how to tell complex health stories.  A midweek Fellowship project workshop benefits from the participation of Fellows’ assigning editors or producers, whom we bring to Los Angeles at our expense.

During the Fellowship week, Fellows get plenty of time to discuss with experts, and with each other, strategies for covering health news with authority and sophistication. In the six months after the seminars end, Fellows confer by phone and e-mail with veteran journalists who guide them through work on major Fellowship projects.

What Past Fellows Say about the Fellowship

Fellows from the 2014 California Fellowship described it as a “boot camp for health journalism” and “a career-changing event.”

TAL is hiring a producer in NYC, application deadline Nov 21

OK – this is not a freelance gig. But if you’re a radio nerd like me, this is big news, and a big opportunity. More info here and below. Application deadline Nov 21 (soon!). Good luck.  -Mia


The public radio program This American Life is looking for an experienced and inventive radio producer, someone with strong reporting skills.

What makes This American Life different from most broadcast journalism is that it’s a home for narrative reporting, meaning its stories are organized around plot. They have strong central characters, surprising twists, funny moments, emotional arcs and original ideas. Narratives on the show take many forms: interviews, personal essays, investigative reporting, comedy, fiction and audio diaries. The voice and approach of the show are distinctive enough that the American Journalism Review declared it’s “in the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.”

It’s also hugely popular, the most popular documentary radio program in America, heard by 2.2 million listeners each week on over 500 public radio stations in the U.S., plus Canada, Australia, Ireland and Germany. It’s also the number one podcast on iTunes most weeks, with more than a million downloads per episode.

Our staff producers create the stories on the show. Some they commission. Some they report themselves. Some they produce with contributors or the show’s host doing the reporting. These stories include small personal stories and reporting that takes on bigger national and international issues. Producers oversee tape gathering, edit audio, structure and write stories. They direct talent in the studio and do the final digital audio mixes that end up on the air, including scoring the stories with music. Producers take on occasional special projects: interactive web features, videos, print pieces, live performances. They generate ideas for stories and for full episodes. They design and produce entire episodes. An important part of the job is editing: listening to drafts of other producers’ stories and giving notes. The culture of our production team is very collaborative.

  • We will only consider candidates who have demonstrated experience doing journalism like the stories on our show. This means narrative journalism, stories that unfold with a plot and emotion and humor, with relatable, surprising, three-dimensional characters
  • At least three to five years producing radio, preferably for a nationally-distributed show. We’ll consider comparable film or TV documentary experience only if it involves crafting stories in a style similar to those on our show
  • Digital audio editing and mixing skills are essential
  • Ability to think about big picture approaches to covering issues and ideas, while also executing the many small details and tasks involved in producing a weekly show
  • A proven ability to meet deadlines and balance multiple duties at the same time
  • Ability to collaborate. Must work well with others
  • Knowledge of public radio and podcasts is a plus

This position is based at the This American Life office in New York City. Please include online links to your work (You Tube, Soundcloud, Portfolio sites, etc) in your cover letter. CD’s or MP3’s will not be accepted.

This American Life is produced by Chicago Public Media.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that seeks diversity in the workplace.


Application deadline is Friday, November 21, 2014.

[news] FC email subscriptions are moving to MailChimp

Hey folks. This move is long overdue and since I'm a one-woman-show over here, I expect there to be a few bumps before I get it all sorted out. If you have any trouble with your subscription or things look weird, please let me know! You can reach me at mia [at] freelancecafe [dot] org. I'm also going to send out some test emails, so you might get a couple dupes today. As always, I welcome any and all feedback.
(note to self: sent via postie)