UCB J-school seeks two audio instructors for spring term, application deadline Oct 15

The Graduate School of Journalism is recruiting 2 lecturers to teach courses in the Radio /Audio program beginning spring semester, January 2016.

J-212 – ADVANCED RADIO (15 weeks)

Required Qualifications: Minimum of five years professional radio 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. Past instructors have arranged for student work to be broadcast locally on KQED-FM or KALW-FM, or nationally on Making Contact. It's important for the Advanced Radio instructor to guide student work from pitch through final production and provide a pipeline for qualified student work to be published professionally.

Past syllabi are available upon request, but new proposals with fresh approaches are encouraged. Applications are due October 15, 2015.

J-298 – TELLING STORIES ON AIR (15 weeks)

Required Qualifications: Minimum of five years professional media experience.

Recommended Qualifications: Teaching experience at college level or higher.

Course Description:

The focus of this course is not solely on audio or production, but rather on the many ways to craft a story. The course is open to all graduate students, regardless of skill level or platform concentration. Any instructor applying for this position should be prepared to help students with story-telling skills in a variety of platforms (TV, Documentary, Multi-media, narrative writing, etc.).

In the past radio reporters (Kelly McEvers), producers (the Kitchen Sisters), and a foreign correspondent with radio and print experience (Annie Murphy) have taught the class.

Past syllabi are available upon request, but we are encouraging new proposals with fresh approaches. Deadline for applications is October 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.

Journalism Conference in NYC, Sat Nov 7, $15 (including lunch!)

Check out this great line up of sessions and panelists for a journo conference at Fordham U on Saturday, Nov 7. Just $15 including lunch!! This is for both students and media professionals. Spread the word.

Here's a registration link.


And here's the agenda, also copied below:


“Quality Journalism in Today’s Digital Age”

Sponsored by
New York State Associated Press Association
Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies

Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:30 AM:        Attendee Registration
8:50 AM:        Welcoming Remarks

Sally Carpenter Hale, AP Director of Regional Media, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York
Jacqueline Reich , Chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies
George Bodarky, News Director, WFUV FM

9:00 – 10:00 AM:   Opening Session

The New Normal: The opening panel will feature a wide-ranging discussion of the state of the media today.  Panelists will be asked to discuss the latest trends in digital journalism so students can make sure they are prepared to work in the industry today.  Journalism, after all, has been changing with such speed it can be hard for students to know where the industry actually stands.  For instance, how are legacy news organizations continuing to adjust to digital realities?  How do news organizations balance the need for serious journalism with “clickbait”?   Where is digital journalism expanding and where is it contracting?  What skills must students have to make it as digital journalists today?  The panel will be drawn from a wide range of news organizations to offer students a wide view of how news organizations create quality journalism today.

10:10 – 11:15 AM:  BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age: Digital technology allows us to tell stories in innovative new ways. But, how can you best flex your creative storytelling muscle on-air, online and/or on mobile? This session will provide plenty of tips and inspiration to sharpen your skills, and make the most of the various storytelling tools at your disposal. Our panelists include Robert Smith, a correspondent for NPR’s Planet Money, New York Times’ Deputy Editor, Digital New Design Meghan Louttit, FiveThirtyEight podcast host, radio reporter, and former WNYC producer Jody Avirgan, and Noah Rosenberg, the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively, a platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories. This Session is moderated by Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio.

Media Policy Matters: The recent battle over Net Neutrality brought an uncommon level of attention to the role that government policy plays in shaping our media environment. But Net Neutrality is by no means the only policy issue that has an impact on the quality, accessibility and diversity of media and journalism. This session will feature panelists who explore the past, present and future of government intervention, corporate power, and citizen activism in the media policy landscape, providing both journalists and scholars insights into the possibilities and pitfalls of media reform in the public interest. Panelists include Victor Pickard, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy, Steve Waldman, former Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and co-founder of Beliefnet, and Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines.

11:25 – 12:25 PM   MAIN SESSION

Data Journalism: Journalists have always relied on data to tell compelling stories about the world, but the unprecedented amount of data available to journalists and the public alike make for changing norms of reporting and presenting the news. Panelists include Susan McGregor, Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, ProPublica’s Lena Groeger and John Keefe, WNYC’s Senior Editor for Data News.

12:30 – 1:30 PM                Lunch, 12th Floor Lounge

1:40 – 2:25 PM        GENERAL SESSION

Investigations in the Digital Age: There have never been as many tools as there are today to help reporters with investigative reporting.  Yet the best investigative reporters today usually credit hard work and perseverance as their most important skills in turning out great stories.  Our panelists, who have won a wide range of prizes including Pulitzers and Emmys, will discuss what really makes for great investigative reporting in the digital age, and why investigations remain imperative for serious news organizations.


Metrics, Metrics Everywhere!: When it comes to analytics, what numbers matter for a newsroom? And how does the use of metrics affect newsroom culture and a journalists’ daily work? Join us for a lively discussion into the role of metrics in journalism. Panelists include Caitlin Petre, Post-Doctoral Associate at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, WNYC’s Executive Editor for News Sean Bowditch, and Nik Nadolski of the web analytics company Chartbeat. This session is moderated by Tim Scheld, Director of News/Programming WCBS Newsradio 880.

Reporting on Diverse Communities: How do you tell stories about a community you aren’t a part of? Is it the job of the reporters from those communities to tell those stories? How do ethnic and local media handle coverage of racially and politically sensitive issues? This session will offer tips on how to develop sources in unfamiliar territory, as well as provide insights into the world of ethnic media. Panelists include Associated Press Reporter Deepti Hajela, Rong Xiaoqing of Sing Tao Daily, New York Times reporter Sarah Nir, Jiha Ham of the Korea Times and NLGJA Stylebook Editor Sarah Blazucki.

3:45 – Closing Remarks, 12th Floor Lounge

Latino USA Call for Pitches, rolling deadlines

Latino USA is looking for story ideas for the upcoming shows listed below.
To pitch, please use the link www.latinousa.org/submit/, which will ask you for particular details about your idea, including the story arc, scenes, characters and ambi. 
If you’re pitching for the first time, please include a sample or two of your work.
The show holds pitch meetings on Friday afternoons, and we do our best to get back to you by early the following week.

Leda Hartman
Editor, NPR’s Latino USA

TURF WARS – AIR DATE 10/23/2015
Stories about displacement, friction between neighbors, communities jostling with each other, people trying to build bridges. Also think about the differences between two things – juxtapositions between beliefs, ideas, actions and results.

Heard any spooky tales from your grandmother or anyone else?
Share them with us, just in time for El Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. We are especially looking for traditional folk stories and such from Latino families (think La Llorona even though we are already aware of that one). Or creepy tall tales and urban legends from regions that are heavily Latino in population or history.

Stories about the experiences and perspectives of Latinos in the service. Both current and historical are welcome. We’d like to hear about current recruitment efforts to forgotten soldiers from World War 2 and more.

Ai vay! Stories that shine light on this unique intersection of culture and religion. Where are Latinos and Jews similar and different? Think big, in terms of faith, immigration, representation, etc.

The US Commonwealth is on the brink of bankruptcy. We’re looking for stories from the island and also responses from Puerto Ricans living stateside. Since the news revolves largely around the financial issues, we are looking to hear from REAL PEOPLE.

PAIN – AIR DATE 12/18/2015
Stories about managing injuries or disabilities, both physical and emotional. Think of struggles and challenges that people have to push through to get to the next level.

Stories about violence towards Latinos at the hands of police or government, including history pieces.

Wide open! We are looking to explore the idea and role of machismo in the Latino community and on individual men and families as well.

Snap Judgment Theme List

Call for pitches from SNAP!

At long last, it has returned … the Snap Judgment themes list. And, because we have yet to improve upon it, we're cutting and pasting our pitching advice the from last time. To refresh your memory:

Pitch us an audio movie from the point of view of someone facing a unique struggle with a thought-provoking (or just plain entertaining) resolution. And, as always, no profiles or topical stories. Of course, we welcome stories with interesting characters and interesting topics, but we also need a plot driving the narrative forward. Ideally, the story should be told mostly by the main character.

And please make sure to include the ending of your story in your written pitch. (We will not listen to any audio submission unless it is accompanied by a one page – or less – description of the story arc, including the ending.)

Send your pitches to pitches@snapjudgment.org. We try to respond to all pitches within two weeks. If you haven't heard from us by then, by all means bother us about it!

Okay, onto the themes.

***Any Really Good Story***
We will never stop saying this. If your story is amazing, it will make it on the air, theme or no theme. In fact, we'll build a theme around it. Seriously.

***Long Distance***
Stories about that time someone went the extra mile with unexpected results. Long distance competitions, adventures, relationships, etc. Just remember, there’s gotta be a darn good reason for going just that far.

***Shangri La/Atlantis/Paradise Lost***
A childhood fantasy world or a grown up’s Eden, we want your stories about that hidden utopia that no one else knows about, or maybe just that one else else cares about!

***Water Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink***
Sometimes we’re surrounded by a bounty that’s just out of reach. Bring us your stories of famine during feasts, the virgin at the sex party, the blind juggler in a circus tent. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

***Albatros/My Cross to Bear***
Stories of people carrying around something (either figuratively or literally) that weighs them down. A duty. A debt. A reputation. A lingering question. Do they shake it off or learn to live with it? Let us know.

***The Tax Man***
Yup, stories about taxes. Fair or unfair. Collecting them. Dodging them. And not just government taxes. Crushing loans. Protection money. The makeup tax. But remember: no exploring an issue for the sake of exploring an issue. We need plot, people.

***Rising Tide***
Do you know someone who is denying a change that’s happening all around them? Or something that's going to happen whether they want it to or not? Stories of confronting, fighting or fleeing a mounting force of nature, stories that inch towards something big, really big.

*** Mystery Box***
Stories which only work because of what we don't know. An unopened letter. A relationship that only works because of what goes unsaid. The room you weren't allowed to enter as a child. Stories in which some people want to open the box, and others don't, because — this time — the truth just might not set them free.

***Sell Out***
What’d they do? Why did they do it? Calling all stories of backroom dealings and record label signings.

***The Tape***
Stories in which a recording – once seen or listened to – has the power to change everything. 

Call for stories! Bad Advice/Second Chances at Audio Under the Stars, deadline Sept 12

Call for story submissions for Audio Under the Stars. Details HERE and below! – Mia

Audio Under the Stars, Durham, N.C.'s summer-long audio festival, is looking for audio stories for the final show of the summer: Bad Advice and Second Chances.

Some of us have actually paid cash money for a 1974 Dodge Dart. Tell us your stories about when you listened to your Uncle Leo rather than your common sense and a Consumer Reports review . . . or any other time you told that small voice in your head to shut up and sit down, and how you've lived to tell the tale.

We love sound-rich stories that make us think, make us laugh, and take us to places near and far. Share your work or work you find compelling made by someone else. We want to hear it all, even if it's not a perfect fit for the theme.

We need your help to find the best of the best. Use this form to submit a story for consideration— submit as many stories as you'd like! The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on September 12, 2015.

McDowell Colony is expanding fellowships to narrative journalists

Generous grants from the MacDowell Colony – now for narrative journalists! Details HERE and below. -Mia


Calderwood Grant Challenge Supports Writers of Long-Form Journalism

MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire launches Art of Journalism Initiative dedicated to narrative reporting.

A new initiative at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s first artist residency program, will double the number of fellowships for writers engaged in deep reporting and complex, long-form journalism. By giving journalists studio space and uninterrupted time in a stimulating and creative artistic community, MacDowell’s Art of Journalism Initiative will invest $4.5 million in helping today’s groundbreaking writers develop their best work. In an era of fast news and free access, writers often struggle to support themselves while preparing stories that can take months, and sometimes years, to complete.

The Calderwood Charitable Foundation has committed a lead gift of $1.5 million, including a $1 million challenge grant, which –  when matched by $1 million in new funding over the next three years – will endow 10 new journalism fellowships to be awarded by a competitive application process. Stanford Calderwood, a newspaperman in his youth who later went on to establish an investment firm, was a lover of nonfiction and was a member of MacDowell’s Board of Directors.

Overall, the Art of Journalism Initiative will raise a total of $4.5 million in support of creative nonfiction. This national program was begun when MacDowell’s Board of Directors designated three nonfiction fellowships in honor of long-time MacDowell Board Member Anne Cox Chambers, primary owner of media conglomerate Cox Enterprises that grew from the family owned newspaper business.By-Stuart-Sia-International-Medical-Corps-3(sheri-large).jpg

In addition, the Calderwood Fund for Project Grants to Journalism Fellows, supported by a grant of $500,000, will provide participating writers with grants of up to $2,500 based on financial need to fund travel, research, and other project-based work before or after the residency. These grants are designed to help the growing number of independent journalists and mitigate the impact of diminishing budgets for long-form journalism at media and publishing outlets.

“We believe that long-form journalism can and will survive in the new publishing era. With a global audience and journalism schools burgeoning with talented writers, long-form is undergoing a renaissance,” says MacDowell’s Executive Director Cheryl Young. “However, the reality is that this generation will have difficulty finding full-time employment.”

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“Until new commercial models are in place, residencies can help. We don’t want to lose what the best journalists can teach us about the world,” Young adds. “Well-written stories can inform how we view politics, new scientific discoveries, social justice, and the environment. We hope this new support for journalists will help keep that profound exploration going and make the world a better place.”

The MacDowell Colony has supported some of the finest voices in non-fiction for decades, from the essays of James Baldwin to Frances Fitzgerald’s investigations into the Vietnam War. More recently, journalists such as Sheri Fink, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nicholas Dawidoff, William Finnegan, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc have worked at the Colony early in their careers. With the Art of Journalism Initiative, The MacDowell Colony plans to reach deeper into the nonfiction  community by forming relationships with magazines, publishers, media outlets, and journalism schools.

Journalists are encouraged to apply for fellowships at www.macdowellcolony.org/apply.html  or by writing admissions@macdowellcolony.org.

(Sheri Fink is pictured above reporting on the 2014 Ebola outbreak from a treatment center in Liberia. Photo by Stuart Sia/International Medical Corps)