UCB Grad School of Journalism is hiring a podcasting instructor, app deadline May 15

My alma mater is hiring! Looks like a fun gig. Details attached and pasted below. -Mia

The Graduate School of Journalism is recruiting a lecturer in the Radio /Audio program beginning Fall semester, August 2015.


Required Qualifications: Minimum of five years professional radio/podcasting experience.

Recommended Qualifications: Teaching experience at college level or higher. The ability to facilitate publishing student work on a professional outlet.

Course description: This course is designed to bring students, who are already familiar with basic radio/audio/reporting and production, to a new level of expertise and to learn the dos and don'ts of podcasting. Past instructors helped students create a podcast called "The Bell Curve." http://thebellcurvepodcast.tumblr.com/

The new instructor can either build on the existing structure or work with the students to create a new podcast. It's anticipated that students will produce a minimum of six episodes of a podcast during the semester. Students should receive instruction on the mechanics of setting up an RSS Feed and all parameters for creating and marketing a successful podcast.

Applications are due May 15, 2015.


To be considered, you need to formally apply for the position through the university's academic recruitment website.


Enter the portal through "Applicants"

Enter "Journalism" in the search bar and our open lecturer recruitment should come up right away.

Upload your CV including a summary of teaching experience, broadly defined as:

Delivering instruction in a university or college classroom;

Providing mentoring in the field for which you are applying;

Editing the work of others in the field for which you are applying;

Guest lecturing in the field for which you are applying.

The statement of teaching needs to include the time you spent in each activity (i.e. I led a week long workshop on radio in March 2010.)

In your cover letter, please include a few sentences on what the course might look like if you were teaching.

You will be contacted if your experience is a match for what we need.

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New “Unheard Voices” Fellowship from Cowbird, deadline May 10

$2500 stipends from Cowbird to work with their storytelling community. Details at http://bit.ly/1IPqTyz and below. 


Cowbird: Unheard Voices

We live in a media landscape dominated by the voices and stories of a privileged few. Even in this age of social media, we still learn most of what we know through filters and pundits, experts and academics, politicians and editorialists.

What voices are not being heard?

We want to help correct this imbalance by using the Cowbird (www.cowbird.com) storytelling platform to amplify unheard, marginalized voices from around the world — in their own words, sounds and images.

That’s where you come in.

We’re excited to begin accepting applications for the very first Cowbird Unheard Voices Grant.

The work of grant recipients will be part journalism, part facilitation and part community organizing. Grantees will work closely with a community to:

– Help people share their stories on Cowbird.
– Host training and multimedia workshops.
– Build relationships with community leaders.
– Create a collection of their stories on Cowbird.
– Write a narrative overview for the collection that tells its backstory, weaves together its themes, and gives readers vivid places to start exploring.

Strong preference will be given to applicants with deep and existing connections to the communities they hope to work with, and also to applicants with multimedia journalism or storytelling experience.

Grantees will receive a $2,500 stipend for their project, in addition to technical and logistical support from Cowbird.

For an example of the type of project we’re looking for, please read about our collaboration with photojournalist Aaron Huey, who used Cowbird to gather stories from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to be published on National Geographic’s website:




Applications are being accepted from now through midnight, May 10th. Once the grant is awarded, recipients will be expected to facilitate the posting of between 20-30 pieces to Cowbird within 3 months. We will announce the grants on or before June 1st.

To apply, please send your resume and one professional reference to hay@cowbird.com and complete the questions HERE.

Reporting Fellowship at Latino USA, deadline April 27

NPR’s weekly program Latino USA is taking applications for a year-long California-based fellowship, open to early career reporters with no more than five years’ experience in the field.

The fellowship will last 12 months and will include a stipend of $1,000 a month for 40 hours of work each month. The fellowship is funded by the California Endowment and will focus on reports about current health issues in California, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The fellow will be located in California and will be supervised by Latino USA staff, and will participate in editorial meetings via phone or Skype. Each fellow will be expected to produce no fewer than three stories for air on Latino USA and also provide multimedia content (web copy, tweets, Facebook entries, photos, etc.) for each story.

Fellowship applications should be sent to Latino USA’s senior editor, Leda Hartman, at ledahart@mindspring.com. Please include a resume and cover letter summarizing your background and goals, and why you would be an appropriate fit for this fellowship. Please also include three links to your audio work. The fellowships are open to everyone. Journalists of color and of other diverse backgrounds and graduate journalism students are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship will begin in May 2015 and last until April 2016. The application deadline for the fellowship is Monday, April 27, 2015. We’ll announce our selection in early May.


Leda Hartman
NPR’s Latino USA

Fellowships available for travel to INPUT 2015 in Tokyo, deadline April 20

This organization is new to me – looks like they have some great opportunities lined up for TV folks! -Mia
Attention US Public Media Producers

US INPUT Producer Fellowships Available for INPUT 2015 in Tokyo, Japan on May 11 – 14

South Carolina ETV has been awarded a grant from the Corporation from Public Broadcasting to provide a limited number of INPUT Producer Fellowships ($2500 each) to assist U.S. public media producers with travel to INPUT 2015 in Tokyo, Japan on May 10th – 14th.

Applicants will be asked to submit an application, resume and letter of support from a public media organization familiar with his or her work. The application process will be turned around quickly. The deadline is April 20, 2015 and grantees will be announced on April 22nd.

Please visit www.usinput-tv.org for instructions and an online application form. For questions, please contact Amy Shumaker at shumaker@scetv.org; 803-737-3433 or Betsy Newman at bnewman@scetv.org; 803-737-3466.

INPUT is the International Public Television Screening Conference, an annual international forum for television professionals to discuss and challenge the boundaries of television in the public interest. To learn more about the INPUT 2015 conference visit www.input-tv.org

This project is made possible by funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Call for pitches – Modern Notion

Multimedia site Modern Notion wants your stories – details below!

Hey everyone – We're still (always) looking for more pitches to Modern Notion. We want stories for the ultra-curious.

Most stories will be in the 2-8 minute range. Here are some ongoing themes of our show.

What If – A story revolving around a hypothetical question that's popped into our heads, and sure, it's totally crazy, but what if… Think about people in history who have asked a what if question, or ask one yourself and bring in experts to answer it. What if history had gone differently? Or for futurists: What happens when you can download your brain to your computer? What happens when we find definitive proof of parallel universes? What happens when we make contact with aliens?

Thank God for Science – Stories and topics focused around the intersection of science and religion and the not-so-clear boundary that exists between the two

Builders – Stories from people who’ve built things with their hands or minds they never imagined they could
Lost – About all the things and non-things we've lost: languages, ideas, documents, people, information, etc.

Heirlooms – The things we pass down: traditions, objects, morals, manners, etc.

Conspiracies, Cults, and Creeps – Checking into a conspiracy theory, retelling a creepy story, or exploring a cult

General History or Science Stories

People Are Strange – Short profiles of people from history who did something weird

In your pitch to pitches@modernnotion.com, include 1-2 paragraphs about your story, approximate length, and a link to your previous work.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Emma Morgenstern

KQED’s The Lowdown is looking for steady freelancers

KQED is looking for freelancers! Details and contact info below. -Mia


The Lowdown, a multimedia news explainer blog at KQED public media,  is currently looking for a small group of steady freelance contributors to produce a variety of features. Although intended for a general audience, the site specifically aims to produce creative resources for high school educators interested in using current events in the classroom. The site contains a pretty wide variety of content that primarily pertains to national and California news issues. Much of the content is interactive in format and, while directly connected to breaking news, is generally more evergreen. The site seeks to provide background context on major news issues, specifically focusing on the questions of “How’d we get here and why should you care?”


That said, I am looking for excellent writers who can boil down complex issues and concisely answer questions in a clear, clean and  easy-to-digest manner. Multimedia skills are not required, but definitely a plus. Ability to pitch ideas and meet deadlines without the need for much editing is a must. Compensation is dependent on experience and scope of work, but will be reasonable (the editor is a former freelancer and thus empathetic to the hustle).


If interested, please send your resume, links to 2 or 3  fairly recent clips and names and contact info of two related references. Additionally, please include a few sentences demonstrating that you have looked over the site, and explain why contributing to it is of interest to you.


Contact: mgreen@kqed.org


Thank you!


Matthew Green


Editor, The Lowdown





IRP fellowships for reporting on nuclear security, religion, and health/development, Deadline May 11 and rolling

Apply Now for IRP's Reporting Fellowships 

The International Reporting Project (IRP) is now accepting applications on nuclear security, religion and health/development.

All candidates must complete an application form, including a detailed essay describing the types of stories they would pursue and a proposed budget.    


IRP will purchase the fellows' roundtrip air tickets to and from their homes and destinations, and we will offer a stipend to cover other expenses.


The nuclear security fellowship will focus on compelling issues of the security and safety of nuclear and radiological material. This fellowship is offered in collaboration with the Stanley Foundation.


This fellowship is open to U.S. journalists only. Applicants may propose traveling to any country, but some preference will be given to topics in regions that include the Middle East and North Africa, China and East Asia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.


The deadline for submitting applications for the nuclear security fellowship is May 11, 2015.  


Photo: Jacob Baynham


The religion fellowships may examine any stories that relate to religion, including its relationship with conflict, politics, economics and cultural issues. 

These fellowships are supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

For the religion fellowships, we encourage applicants to propose stories and destinations not covered by recent IRP fellows on religion. 

Applications for the religion fellowships will be considered as they are submitted on a rolling basis.

The health/development fellowships will focus upon maternal and child health; poverty; infectious diseases; and other pressing health issues. These fellowships are supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For the health/development fellowships, we have a strong preference for in-depth reporting from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Applications for the health/development fellowships will be considered as they are submitted on a rolling basis. 

Learn more about the fellowships, read our frequently asked questions and submit your application now!

2015 GroundTruth Middle East fellowship – deadline TOMORROW, APRIL 3

2015 GroundTruth Middle East fellowship: “Life Beyond Conflict”

We’re proud to announce our third annual GroundTruth Middle East fellowship in the amount of $10,000 from The Correspondents’ Fund.

This year we offer the fellowship in the spirit of the late James Foley, the American freelance journalist who was murdered by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Jim was always more than a conflict reporter. He came at this profession not purely from the adrenaline rush of covering war, but more deeply from a sense of caring about the people caught in conflict. Before becoming a journalist, Jim offered public service with Teach for America in a tough inner-city school in Phoenix, Arizona. He also received a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst for writing and won a prestigious literary prize for a collection of published fiction.

We hope the GroundTruth Middle East fellowship will provide the opportunity for a young journalist on the ground to take inspiration from Jim’s approach, which included a sense of caring about people that coursed throughout his reporting and his life. We are also interested in proposals that might honor another side of Jim, which was his love of fiction and poetry.

In this year’s call for applications we encourage young journalists to put forward proposals focusing on life, education and culture in the Middle East — themes which too often go unreported amid a focus on conflict coverage in the region.

To apply, please send the following to GroundTruth managing editor Kevin Grant at kgrant@thegroundtruthproject.org by April 3:

*Cover letter
*Project proposal with a budget not exceeding $10,000
*Three work samples
*Three references