Extended Deadline For Radio Is Yours Radio Contest from XRAY.fm, Jan 17

Interested in submitting for the XRAY.fm awards in Portland, OR? Well you have a few more days. Extended deadline Jan 17.

In the wake of the busy holidays, we've had a lot of late registrants that just heard of the contest and requested more time. We want to hear you. And we are merciful.

SO, here's what's happening: we are opening a second round of submissions, with the absolute final deadline on the following weekend on Sunday Jan. 17th by 1pm PST / 4pm EST.

We also aim to notify official selections within 72 hours of submitting, so you can decide to attend the awards show. The rest of the finalists will be selected from the second round of submissions.

In other news, here's a list of our confirmed judges (so far) that will be listening to your pieces:

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
Rukaiyah Adams of Meyer Trust
Portia Sabin of Kill Rockstars
Dan Kennedy of the Moth
Andrew Leland of the Organist
Seth Romatelli of Uh Yeah Dude
Zoe Carpenter of the Nation
Richard Meeker of the Willamette Week

Woohoo! Get excited and get those pieces in! Please consult the Radio Is Yours rules for details on how to submit, as well as a full prize list!

Cheers, and happy storytelling!
The XRAY.fm Team

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call for pitches from online magazine Broken Toilets

The online magazine about global development and culture, Broken Toilets, is preparing it's 3rd issue and wants your pitches. Details below.



Broken Toilets magazine wants your Open Data pitch.


Over a series of issues, Broken Toilets is exploring the question of how “openness” informs the design, implementation, monitoring, and financing of development programs, policies, and goals. We’ll be examining “openness” from a few different fronts, but we’re currently seeking content for the first issue of the series, Open Data.  

Open data, or data that is free for distribution and use, is now a critical part of global development. Breezy surveys will ascribe open data with the potential to fight corruption, reveal savvy business ideas, build smart(er) cities, and solve civic problems. Open data can bring more transparency and accountability to governance, development and aid, and is now widely acknowledged as critical.  After failing to adequately capture data that would track MDG progress, the global goals have emphasized open data as a core aspect of their monitoring approach. 


This is not to say that these conversations are new. Communities of open data enthusiasts are all over the world and their conversations (often in geek speak), assert the potential for technology that brings more effectiveness and transparency through portals, apps, dashboards, etc. or through citizen-focused initiatives to liberate data, like hacking for a cause. 


With millions of dollars of support, open data initiatives are starting up in places once closed (like Myanmar), or brand new (like South Sudan) with aims of building greater accountability structures into governments, funding agents and multilateral organizations. But this openness raises concerns about privacy and cybersecurity, the digital haves and have-nots, and whether technology can breach prevailing social structures. 


For Broken Toilets’ third issue, we’re interested in how the enthusiasm for open and free data turns into policy change at the local, state, country, and global levels. How has having access to loads of free data been used for positive change? In other words, what’s worked? We’re also interested in its disruptive potential – has open data challenged development paradigms, both domestically and at a global level? And if the goal of open data in development is for localized impact at scale, how do we make vital data that holds institutions accountable, more open? For more details, see the full Call for Pitches.

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Audio Under the Stars 2016, Call for Stories, deadline Feb 29

Lovely North Carolina listening event wants your stories. Details below – deadline February 29.

Audio Under the Stars is back! North Carolina’s favorite audio garden party is gearing up for its third season, and we’re looking for your stories. Here are our themes for 2016:

Destination Unknown: trips, travels, and unexpected journeys
Tell us of a time when you went in search of something: a new place, a lost love, a chance at following a dream. Or when you set out just for fun- Where did the wanderlust take you and who did you meet along the way? We want stories of those eager for change and those longing for what’s left behind.

Danger: tales of mischief and misfortune
We’re looking for stories with an element of danger, either real or imagined. A lurking threat, a prank gone wrong, bullets dodged or imminent disaster. These could be humorous or serious; ideally stories will have a bit of each.

Work it: stories of labor and leisure
Drudgery or dream job- how do you make your money? What’s the oddest job you’ve ever taken? What would push you to walk away? At the end of the day, how do you put the world of work behind you? We’re looking for stories about any kind of work and play.

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 Monday, February 29, 2016.

The ideal pieces are short and sweet, 2-8 minutes. We’ll occasionally consider pieces as long as 15 minutes, but nothing longer.

We love sound-rich stories that make us think, make us laugh, and take us to places near and far. We especially love pieces based in Durham, in North Carolina, or made by local radio producers. 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. Got questions? Email us at audiounderthestars@gmail.com.

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Pitch is looking for pitches!

Pitch, the podcast wants your pitches! Details below.


About Pitch: 
Pitch is a critically acclaimed podcast about music. We have a devoted audience, and we’ve been featured in places like BuzzFeed, NPR, and The Atlantic. The stories we make are thoughtfully reported, highly produced, and they engage our audience to think expansively about the world of music.
We’re starting work on an ambitious new season, and we’re now accepting story pitches.
Who we want to receive pitches from: 
Musicians, academics, music journalists, investigative journalists, radio producers, and anyone else with stories that fit our criteria.
Stories that we want you to pitch us should:
  • Speak to something larger about music.
  • Have a unique perspective, viewpoint, or argument to provide. 
  • Feature a diverse set of voices and represent a wide variety of perspectives on each given topic.
Types of stories we’re looking for: 
From musicians: Stuff about music you’ve noticed, obsessed over, or have been curious about. Maybe the stories have never been reported on, or have been reported on poorly, incorrectly, or from a narrow perspective. You (and your interviewees) have a unique perspective to provide.
From academics: Stories that make research into the nooks and crannies of music accessible in a more immediate/public way, and would make a great audio piece. 
From music journalists: Big, ambitious stories you’ve always wanted to do but have never had the time/resources/institutional support for. The stories would have a heavy focus on reporting or might be personal in a way that engages our audience to think expansively about the world of music. Or things you’ve written that could be better (or differently) served in audio.
From investigative journalists: Anything you have where music plays a central role in your investigation.
From radio producers and anyone else: Stories that you can tell from a unique perspective that engage our audience to think expansively about the world of music.
Things we don’t do:
  • Review albums
  • Profile artists
  • Highlight projects
  • Curate content
How to pitch us:
Please email your pitches to pitches@pitchpodcast.org. Pitches should include (in about 500 words) answers to the following questions: What is the story? What is the central idea of the story? Who will you talk to? Why are you interested in reporting it? How does it connect to the criteria above?
We can’t respond personally to everyone who reaches out, but if we want to move forward with your pitch, we’ll be in touch within a few weeks.

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Radio Boot Camp @uniondocs, Brooklyn, next session April 9-10

Get your audio learning on with Sally Herships' Radio Book Camp @UnionDocs in Brooklyn. Next session April 9-10.


Our January session is all full up, but, next session of Boot Camp @UnionDocs is schedule – for April. More info./registration here: http://www.uniondocs.org/2016-04-09-radio-boot-camp/

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£4,000 audio prize from the Whicker’s World Foundation and In the Dark, deadline Jan 31

Very cool award opportunity from the folks at In the Dark and the Whicker's World Foundation. Deadline Jan 31. Details below!


The Whicker's World Foundation in collaboration with In The Dark is calling for submissions for The Whicker’s World Audio Award. The best audio project will receive £4,000 and runner-up would be awarded £1,000. The first prizes will be presented at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2016.

Deadline for applications is January 31st 2016.

More details here:

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Job/internship openings @ Third Coast Audio Fest

If you want to break into radio/audio, GO INTERN WITH THIRD COAST! They do it right. (IMHO). Details below. -Mia


Hi all,
Maya here, from Third Coast in Chicago. We are currently accepting applications for a part-time Production Assistant job, the 2016 ShortDocs internship & the 2016 TC/RHDF Competition internship. Applications for all 3 opportunities are due February 8th. The full details & applications can be found here: http://thirdcoastfestival.org/about-tciaf/jobs-internships

And please help us spread the word far & wide! The Third Coast nest is a fantastic launch pad for anyone looking to start a career in audio storytelling. A couple of quotes you can spread around:

– "TCIAF has a reputation for growing… some of the most talented and most hard-working minds in radio." – The AV Club
– "2 of my 5 producers were Third Coast interns." – Roman Mars, 99% Invisible & Radiotopia
– "Not only will you gain unparalleled experience in the audio storytelling field, you can also get karate tips from Re:sound's own Gwen Macasai. SHE IS A BLACK BELT." – Pidgey (TC's mascot/guide)

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Making Contact Call for Pitches

The latest call from Making Contact. Good folks over there!

Dear Freelancers,

We want your pitches! Making Contact is assembling a team of freelance journalists to examine how immigrants in the U.S. participate in politics and are responding to the 2016 elections.

Two freelancers have already joined the project. Their work will specifically examine issues Latino/a communities are confronting in the upcoming elections. We’re looking for character-driven stories that focus on how other immigrant communities engage in U.S. politics. Here are some themes we’re interested in exploring:
– What interest is there in running for elected office in the U.S. and what are the barriers?
– What impact will new voter ID laws have on voter turnout?
– What factors contribute to disparities in electoral participation within different communities?
– What other ways are communities organizing to influence politics locally and/or nationally?
– How is campaign financing influencing immigration rhetoric and policies?

Got an idea, let us know!

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 120 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.

Amplifying voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.

We're interested in pitches for sound-rich segments of about 7 minutes. For these special segments by reporters who have a history of covering immigrant communities, we will pay $700.

As with any pitches you send us, please check out our show and read our guidelines before you pitch. http://www.radioproject.org/production/submission-guidelines/

Consider the following. Does the story:
– Link grassroots issues and human realities to national or international trends?
– Give listeners a historical, political, or social context of major national and international events?
– Shed light on social and economic inequities?
– Explore any alternatives or solutions?

Send pitches to pitches@radioproject.org. Please be detailed but succinct, and include a description of your idea, narrative/story arc, interview subjects, scenes, and sounds/ambi. If you’re pitching to us for the first time, please include a brief bio and relevant audio clips.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Laura Flynn and Jasmín López
Making Contact Producers

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Media and Journalism Fellowships, from Media Shift

More fantastic resources from Mediashift – this one on fellowships, worldwide.

Media and Journalism Fellowships: Jan. 6 Edition

Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including the deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, or you would like your program to be in the featured fellowship slot, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. All featured fellowships are paid promotional slots.


ProPublica Reporting Fellowship
We are looking for a reporting fellow to work in our newsroom. The fellowship is a minimum of 16 weeks and can last for up to a year. We’re ready for you to start as soon as you’re available. It’s full-time, based in New York, and compensation is $700 per week.  Fellows primarily report their own stories —like this one — but also collaborate with ProPublica’s reporters on big projects. We’re looking for somebody who has done reporting, and loves doing it.
Fall Deadline: No deadline set, apply ASAP

Bridges Fellowship
Bay Area Video Coalition’s Bridges Fellowship asks, “What can young adults learn from media arts professionals that can help them make a positive impact on their lives, their careers, and their communities?” Participants, ages 18-26, investigate how artists and start-up innovators alike make their living as successful tech and media entrepreneurs, while exploring connections between media-making and social justice. Applicants must be low-income, and between the ages of 18-26, and reside in the Bay Area. Priority will be given to individuals with barriers to employment. Applicants must be able to commit to all program components and dates. Applicants must possess a drive to excel in their respective field of media arts and tech, and be committed to social justice.
Deadline Information: Applications for 2016 TBA.

Asia Journalism Fellowship
The Asia Journalism Fellowship is an initiative of Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. It brings journalists from across Asia to NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information for three months of learning and exchange. Away from the deadline pressures of their jobs, Fellows pursue their intellectual interests in one of Asia’s leading universities. The semi-structured programme is designed to sharpen professional skills and deepen understanding of trends in media and communication. It also provides access to key newsmakers in Singapore’s public sector, business community and civil society, offering insights into the challenges faced by one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan hub cities.
Deadline Information: Applications for 2016 opening in January.

Multimedia Skills Building for Georgian Journalists
Eighteen journalists will be selected for this two-pronged program, which will include a 16-day study tour to four U.S. cities where participants will attend training sessions, meetings and site visits that will expose them to cutting-edge digital tools, skills and methods. The program will begin with an orientation in Washington, D.C. and continue to Silicon Valley; Austin, Texas and New York City. English language skills are desirable but are not required. Interpretation and translation will be provided for non-English speakers. Following the study tour, participants will return to Georgia, where they will receive two months of online mentoring from seasoned digital journalists who will help participants apply their newly acquired skills in their newsrooms at home. Mentors will guide the participants as they work on content production, audience engagement and innovative business models.
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2016

Witness Media Lab Curation Fellowship
The WITNESS Media Lab Curation Fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist, activist, or documentarian the opportunity to conduct innovative human rights reporting and advocacy by bridging citizen footage with human rights methodology. The fellow will conduct research and compile a report on a human rights story primarily using eyewitness video (often called “citizen journalism” or “user-generated content”). The report will be shared on lab.witness.org and potentially by media or advocacy partners. The fellow will also document the process and share challenges, strategies, and learnings on the WITNESS Media Lab blog. Finally, the fellow will work to engage with target audiences around the report, its findings, and its methodology.
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2016

A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America
Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America program has been reopened for applicants from Honduras and Nicaragua only. This 18-month, multi-phase program is for 28 Latin American professional fellows and 10 of their U.S. counterparts. ICFJ and its selected partner organizations in each country will recruit professional and citizen journalists, media business managers, digital entrepreneurs and technologists to create media business models that harness the power of digital tools to generate sustainable new revenue. Applicants must be fluent in English. The selected Latin American fellows will complete a month-long program in the United States which begins with an orientation at ICFJ’s headquarters. Each fellow will then participate in a three-week internship at carefully selected U.S. institutions.
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2016

Hearst Journalism Fellowship
If you have the skills, passion and determination to be a journalist of the future — a trained professional who knows a good story and who has the talent and confidence to tell it in a way that best imparts its relevance and importance to news consumers — the Hearst Fellowship might be perfect for you. This is the premier two-year newspaper fellowship in the country. Our goal is to recruit, train and retain the best of the next generation of journalists — top-notch multi-media professionals with a broad range of skills. The program consists of two 12-month rotations at our top metro papers and websites. Fellows are full-fledged journalists expected to make significant, valuable contributions in a variety of roles and platforms.
Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016

Martha’s Vineyard Fellowship for Innovation in Journalism 
The Gazette has created the fellowship to promote experimentation and to cultivate the use of multimedia journalism techniques in a traditional newsroom setting. The successful fellow will have professional journalism experience and demonstrated audio, video and/or digital production skills. We are seeking a mature, multimedia journalist with the ability and desire to work as part of a newsroom team, to share knowledge and to produce compelling news packages.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016 

Reporting Rural Poverty and Agriculture Development
In order to ensure the daily issues faced by rural poor people and their communities are acknowledged, it is important that their stories are heard and their voices are amplified.  With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the specialised UN agency, the Thomson Reuters Foundation will bring together journalists from around the world in Rome to attend the IFAD Governing Council.  The aim is to build specific expertise and increase familiarity and knowledge of issues faced by rural communities, help journalists to present new viewpoints, promote discussion and dialogue on how small-scale agriculture can respond to the growing demand for food, and the essential need to support rural transformation and smallholder agriculture.
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2016 

Media Fellowship on South Asian Initiative on Migrant Labor
The fellowships are being offered by Panos South Asia as a part of a Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) project for encouraging dialogue and discussion on migrant labour issues among concerned stakeholders. Applications are invited from print, television, radio and web journalists writing/reporting on migrant labour issues from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The fellowship will support writing/reporting stories on migrant labor from the region and labor-receiving countries. The fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in an orientation workshop in the last week of February 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal and first-hand experience trip to select destination countries that will link them with individuals and institutions from these neighboring countries and understand migrant-related issues from a South Asian perspective. The fellowship also offers an opportunity of being mentored by experienced editors.
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2016 

Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship for Minority Journalists
The Bringing Home the World Fellowship helps U.S.-based minority journalists cover compelling yet under-reported international stories, increasing the diversity of voices in global news. The program helps level the playing field and redress the inequality minority journalists often face by giving them the opportunity to report from overseas and advance their careers. Applications are now open.
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2016 

Jefferson Fellowships
The Jefferson Fellowships offer print and broadcast journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands the unique opportunity to gain on-the-ground perspectives and build international networks to enhance their reporting through an intensive one-week education and dialogue seminar at the East-West Center in Honolulu followed by two weeks of study tour travel in the Asia Pacific-U.S. region.
Deadline: Jan. 29, 2016 

Reuters Journalism Fellowship Program
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University hosts fellows for three, six or nine months, and is currently accepting fellows for its Google Digital News Journalist Fellowship, Lion Rock Spirit Fellowship, Mona Megalli Fellowship and Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship. More information about the fellowships are availablehere.
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016 


Community Stories Grant
The Community Stories program funds projects that focus on the collection and sharing of real stories of California’s communities. Projects must involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor, use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research, and produce work that is publicly accessible. Application eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations or local/state public agencies or institutions. Grant awards range up to $10,000 and a cash or in-kind match is required. There are two yearly rounds of open applications for Community Stories.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Arthur F. Burns Fellowship
Each year, outstanding media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries as part of The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. The program offers young journalists, age 40 and under, the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as “foreign correspondents” for their hometown news organizations. U.S. and Canadian applications are due March 1, 2016, German applications due on February 1, 2016.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016/Mar. 1, 2016

O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Backed by the resources of Marquette University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O’Brien Fellows will spend nine months researching, reporting and writing the stories they care most deeply about — stories with the potential to change policies and improve lives. This fully funded fellowship allows newsroom professionals to do the best work of their careers on issues of vital importance while they also mentor the next generation of journalists.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Fund for Investigative Journalism
The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s Board of Directors meets three to four times each year to consider grant applications for investigative projects and books. The deadlines for 2016 are Monday February 1, Monday May 16, and Monday September 26 – all at 5pm ET. The board of directors looks for stories that brean new ground and expose wrongdoing — such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power — in the public and private sectors.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Joan Shorenstein Fellowship
Cambridge, MA
The fellowship brings journalists, policymakers and scholars together to the Harvard Kennedy School to advance research in media, politics and public policy.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship
University of Michigan
The Knight-Wallace Fellowship offers an academic year of study, reflection and growth for six international and 12 American journalists at the University of Michigan. Fellows pursue a personalized plan of study, attend twice-weekly seminars focusing on journalism and academia and receive a stipend of $70,000.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship
The Fellowship is a living tribute to Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning Azeri journalist, who was imprisoned by authorities on December 5, 2014 and sentenced to 7.5 years in jail in an attempt to silence her. This Fellowship seeks to ensure that her voice is heard, and that her work to use journalism in support of democracy continues. It is sponsored by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in partnership with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). Candidates must be fluent in English and from RFE/RL’s broadcast region:  Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Journalist Law School
The challenge of reporting on the legal system without a law degree is daunting. To help support journalists who cover the courts on national, regional or local levels, the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, has developed the journalist law program consisting of a four-day intensive seminar on the legal system. Lectures, lodging and most meals are covered by the program. View the program overview or the 2016 JLS brochure‌ for further details. The 11th-Annual Journalist Law School fellowship will be held June 8-11, 2016.
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2016

2016 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists
The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting,  a global leader in providing science training for journalists, is accepting applications for its competitive 18th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems, June 5-12, 2016. The workshop will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions and home to Metcalf Institute. Ten early- to mid-career journalists will be selected for the fellowship, which includes tuition, travel support, room and board, and career-changing professional training.
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2016

Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship
The Fellowship funds a one-year writing project focusing on American culture and free society. Separate fellowships also focus on environment, free enterprise and law enforcement. Full-time fellows will receive $50,000, and part-time fellows will receive $25,000. A journalistic project funded under this program should be original and publishable. It will be delivered in four quarterly installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical publication or all together as a book. In addition to the funds set aside to reimburse the Fellow’s expenses —  $10,000 for a full-time fellowship and $5,000 for a part-time fellowship — the fellowship grant will be paid in four increments to correspond with completion of the quarterly writing installments.
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2016

RJI Residential Fellow
Missouri School of Journalism
Designed for persons inside and outside media industries who want to collaborate with RJI in the pursuit of solutions to a particular journalism problem. Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, taking advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the school and interacting with Missouri faculty and students. Some examples include: access to programmers and app developers, financial support to conduct market research and hiring students to produce multi-media content. Solutions, in the form of strategies, products or services, developed from these ideas would be shared with many news and news-related organizations. You must reside in Columbia for the duration of this fellowship.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

RJI Non-Residential Fellow
Designed for entrepreneurial individuals with a strong interest in journalism and issues related to digital communications. Your fellowship can be about something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer. Successful ideas, products or strategies should serve as a model for the news industry or help the industry get smarter, faster, nimbler. You do not need to live in Columbia, Missouri, but will need to make occasional visits to consult with RJI leadership and staff.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

RJI Institutional Fellows
Designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas inside newsrooms, ad departments, boardrooms, break rooms, etc., that for various reasons can’t get any traction. RJI will collaborate with a leader at a company or institution who will identify an employee who can develop an idea or lead a team that could do it. The employee will be named an RJI Fellow but will continue working at his or her job. The stipend for this fellowship will be paid to the company or institution to be used for salary relief for the fellow, or for another purpose that the company or institution determines will best ensure the success of the fellowship project.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

World Press Institute Fellowship
The WPI fellowship is offered to 10 journalists from countries around the world. It provides immersion into the governance, politics, business, media, journalistic ethics and culture of the United States for experienced international journalists, through a demanding schedule of study, travel and interviews throughout the country. The program begins in mid-August and ends in mid-October. The fellows will spend three weeks in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and then travel to several U.S. cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., for briefings, interviews and visits. They will return to Minnesota for the final week of the program. 
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

Fellowship in Global Journalism
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
This fellowship recruits 20 fellows from around the world with subject-matter expertise to become leading global correspondents. Participants receive mentoring from professional journalists while freelancing for major media outlets and attending journalism courses and lectures. They will continue to receive free coaching for two years after graduating in April 2017.
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2016

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program 2016
Princeton University
PUSJP is one of the country’s most innovative and successful programs working to provide opportunities to outstanding high school students from low-income backgrounds. We welcome about 25 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an all-expenses-paid, intensive 10-day seminar on journalism. After the program ends, counselors stay in touch with students to help guide them through the college admissions process. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend come from across the country. The program will enter its 15th summer in 2016. It will take place from August 5 to August 15.
Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship
Open Road Films and Participant Media, with support from First Look Media, are sponsoring a fellowship of up to $100,000 to be awarded by The Boston Globe for one or more individuals or teams of journalists to work on in-depth research and reporting projects. The chosen journalist(s) will collaborate with established investigative reporters and editors from The Boston Globe’sPulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

Knight Science Journalism Fellowship
Midcareer journalists covering science, technology, the environment or medicine can apply for a fellowship at MIT. The Knight Science Journalism Fellowships host international and U.S. journalists for a nine months of personalized study, auditing courses at MIT and Harvard, attending lectures and interviewing faculty members. Fellows receive a US $70,000 stipend plus tuition. Additional benefits include health insurance, research trip stipends, conference stipends and access to MIT and Harvard resources.Applicants must have English proficiency and at least three years of experience as reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators or photojournalists. They may work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio or the web.
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

Senior Journalists Seminar: “Bridging Gaps in US Relations with the Muslim World” 
For senior journalists from the United States and countries with substantial Muslim populations; study tour destinations in the United States, Southeast Asia and South Asia are intended to enhance media coverage and elevate the public debate regarding religion and its role in the public sphere, specifically as it concerns US relations with the Muslim world. Program dates: August 24-September 18, 2016; Application Period: February-April 2016.


Alexia Foundation Grant Program
Various locations
The Alexia Foundation provides grants of $25,000 to students, professionals and women for a serious documentary photographic projects. Deadlines for this year are closed.

Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships
The Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships (APJF) program was initiated in 1998 for the purpose of strengthening understanding between Asia and the United States through study, dialogue and field study in the Asia Pacific for American journalists. Each program offers opportunities for six to eight senior American broadcast, print, and online journalists to participate. 2016 Program pending.

Associated Press Global News Internship Program
Various locations
This paid internship program is for students who are aspiring cross-format journalists and will contribute to AP’s text, video, photo and interactive reporting. The application period for the 2015 internship is closed. Questions may be emailed to internship@ap.org.

Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Fellowship
San Francisco, CA
The fellowship selects fellows for a 10-month program that supports project development with professional mentorship in multiplatform and transmedia storytelling through emerging technologies and strategic marketing.

China-United States Journalist Exchange
For Chinese and American journalists. Chinese journalists travel to three cities in the United States; American journalists travel to three cities in China. After their study tours, all journalists meet for dialogue to conclude the program. Program dates: September 2016 (exact dates TBD)

Data & Society Fellow
New York City
The fellowship brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists and public intellectuals who are interested in engaging one another on the key issues introduced by the increasing availability of data in society.

Donald W. Reynolds Fellowships
Columbia, MO or remote
The fellowship offers an annual program for individuals to develop innovative ideas within journalism and to help build the public’s knowledge in these areas.

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship
New York City
The fellowship offers one fellow a nine-month period of writing, reporting and providing analysis on newsworthy international events at the Council on Foreign Relations headquarters. Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between January 1 and March 1 on an annual basis.

Fellowship in Professional Journalism for Morning News Journalists
Dallas, TX
The fellow will contribute to the student-generated news website at the University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication as well as teach a course in her own expertise.

Fulbright Journalism & Communications Grants
Fulbright offers opportunities in Germany, Ireland, Spain and Taiwan. The timeline for this year is now closed but will start again in the early spring.

Google Journalism Fellowships
Various locations
The fellowship is for undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways at various organizations.

Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR)
The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The grant programme aims to advance creative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. The grant intends to raise awareness about these issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences in the following nine European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Deadline: Mar. 2, 2016

Knight-Mozilla Fellowship
Various locations
Fellows spend 10 months embedded with partner newsrooms, such as the New York Times and ProPublica. Fellows are developers, technologists, civic hackers and data crunchers who work with the community inside and outside of their newsroom to develop open-source projects.

Knight-Bagehot Fellowship
Columbia Journalism School
This year-long fellowship for business and finance journalists allows participants to strengthen their knowledge of business, economics and finance. Fellows receive free tuition to take courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, business, law and international affairs, as well as a receive a $55,000 stipend.
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2016


Korea-United States Journalist Exchange
For Korean and American journalists. Korean journalists travel to three cities in the United States; American journalists travel to three cities in South Korea. 2016 program pending.

Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship
San Diego, CA
The Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship at Point Loma Nazarene University is an initiative to develop modern education in the sciences, philosophy, society and the arts.

Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship
Phoenix, AZ
The week-long multimedia fellowship program sponsored by the Meredith Corporation and its Phoenix television station, KPHO CBS 5, offers  broadcast journalism students from underrepresented groups a week of hands-on experience.

Metpro Tribune
Los Angeles or Chicago
Metpro helps beginning journalists launch careers and boost diversity in Tribune newsrooms.

MJ Bear Fellowship
Through the Online News Association, the MJ Bear Fellowships identify and celebrate early-career digital journalists who have demonstrated that they deserve support for their efforts.

Munk School of Global Affairs Global Journalism Fellowship
Toronto, Canada
This fellowship awards 20 fellows the chance to work at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs for media around the world in various platforms from broadcast to online.

National Geographic Photography Fellowship
Various locations
The two-year fellowship allows photographers to share their visual expertise with diverse areas of the National Geographic Society and with the public, producing stories, sharing their storytelling knowledge with other explorers, and bringing the Society’s mission to illuminate, teach, and inspire the world at large.

Reuters Journalism Fellowship Programme
Oxford, UK
This fellowship allows 25 mid-career journalists from around the world to conduct academic research in Oxford for various months in the academic year.

Santa Fe Institute’s Journalism Fellowship In Complex Systems
Santa Fe, NM
The fellowship is for veteran journalists interested in exploring complex systems science more deeply and understanding the issues underlying current scientific debates in many scientific fields. The 2015 application period for this fellowship is postponed.

Scripps Howard Foundation Multimedia Fellowship
Washington DC
This year-long fellowship allows post-graduates to create multimedia projects for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire’s website as well as mentor undergraduate students. Next year’s application deadline is in April, applications open in December.

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Atlanta, GA
The one-year fellowship is offered to six journalists and is designed to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.
Deadline: Apr. 13, 2016

U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar
For mid-career journalists; study tour to report before, during and after the U.S. presidential election from key states in the American electoral system. Program dates: November 1-13, 2016. Application releases early 2016

Sonia Paul is a freelance journalist reporting in India and the United States, and is the editorial assistant at MediaShift. Her work has appeared in a broad range of media, including the Al Jazeera Media Network, Caravan, Foreign Policy, Guardian, Mashable, New York Times, PRI’s The World, Roads & Kingdoms and VICE News. She previously produced the grant-funded podcast series Shizuoka Speaks, based in Japan. She is on Twitter andInstagram @sonipaul.

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Upcoming Events in Digital Media, from MediaShift

All sorts of great upcoming digital journo events from the folks at MediaShift. Thanks to Will Coley for forwarding this along!

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Jan. 4 Edition
// MediaShift

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.


Journalism Career Expo Registration Opens
Jan. 5, 2016
Columbia Journalism School, New York
The employer registration for Columbia Journalism School’s annual Journalism Career Expo opens today. Career Expo 2016 will take place on Sat. April 2, 2016. Please register early to guarantee your spot. We reached maximum capacity at last year’s Expo and unfortunately had to turn away some excellent companies for lack of space.
More information and registration here.

Consumer Electronics Show 2016
Jan. 6-9, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
Register here.

Super Researcher: Find People, Dig Deeper and Get Your Facts Right
Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2016, 6:30-8pm ET
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Find even the most elusive sources. Dig up hard-to-find information. Avoid embarrassing mistakes in your news stories. In this series of four short workshops, CUNY J-School Chief Librarian Barbara Gray, the former director of news research at the New York Times, will guide you through the most accessible techniques for investigating people and verifying the facts, including Facebook, Google+, Geofencing, Geolocation, mostly free and low-cost databases, WikiLeaks and many more. Each workshop meets at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Thursday, January 7: Finding People Fast (Even If They Don’t Want to Be Found)
Thursday, January 14: Newsgathering With Social Media
Thursday, January 21: Bulletproofing Your Reporting
Thursday, January 28: Super-Searching Google and Beyond

Attend an individual workshop for $48 or purchase the whole series for $149.
Register here.

Smart Photos with Smart Phones
Jan. 9, 2016, 9am-2pm ET
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Smart phones have opened up new photographic possibilities for both professional journalists and citizen storytellers. Images produced with today’s smart phones now have sufficient quality to be published on all media platforms from digital to print. In fact, many news organizations now require reporters to take their own smart phone photos of breaking news events. This five-hour, Saturday morning course will help you enhance your work or hobby with better smart phone pictures. This will be a valuable and insightful experience whether you’re an amateur or a more advanced level of photographer. Bring your iPhone or similar Android device. We also advise you to bring your own laptop as well. Photojournalist Jennifer S. Altman has taught this popular class many times, to journalism students and others. This five-hour workshop costs $149 per student.
Register here.

Future of Education Technology Conference
Jan. 12-15, 2015
Orlando, FL
For 36 years, FETC has brought together more than 8,500 education leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. Known worldwide for its outstanding program, FETC provides educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum — from kindergarten to college — through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies.
More information and registration here.

SF Periscope Summit
Jan. 14, 2016, 7pm PT – Jan. 17, 2015, 3pm PT
San Francisco, CA
Scopers from all over the world will once again fly in to celebrate and share knowledge about community, social and live streaming. Speakers and audiences will be streaming to hundreds of thousands of people each day showcasing your space.
More information and registration here.

Audience-Driven Leadership: How to Build Product Focused Newsrooms and Manage Change
Jan. 14, 2016, 10am – 5:30pm ET
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Learn what it takes to lead an audience-focused newsroom and build competitive news products from The Washington Post’s Cory Haik, NYC Now editor Michael Owen, CUNY’s Jeff Jarvis and others at this exciting, one-day event in NYC, co-sponsored by American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. You’ll get a hands on introduction to Design Thinking and practical advice on how to use analytics strategically. We’ll discuss the keys to establishing a product culture while producing great journalism — then brainstorm your next great news product. The cost is $249, $140 for ASNE members. Lunch and a networking reception are included.
Register here.

Excellence in Journalism 2016 Call for Programs Submission
Jan. 27, 2016
The Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists are accepting program proposals for their Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention.
Submit ideas for conference sessions and collaboration interests here.

The Latino Vote: Myth v. Reality
Jan. 29, 2016, 9am ET
Columbia Journalism School, New York, NY
Join us for the first of two daylong conferences intended to dispel myths about the Latino vote and encourage more accurate, thorough political coverage of the 2016 national elections. (A second program next September will focus on the final coverage of the election.) The conference, organized jointly by Columbia Journalism School and Telemundo, will feature discussions about demographics, recaps about the major issues of interest to Latino communities, provide tools to reporters to better research candidates’ voting records, ways to understand and then use polls and political strategists will offer a roadmap for how the national parties are likely to pursue ethnic voters. The program is open only to professional working journalists, including freelancers and journalism students.
More information here.


Digital Entertainment World
Feb. 9-11, 2016
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
From digital content creation to monetization, Digital Entertainment World is where you want to be if you are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content. DEW 2016 celebrates the visionary content creators and technology innovators who are creating the engaging products and experiences driving the future of connected entertainment.
More information and registration here.

BVE 2016
Feb. 23-25, 2016
London, U.K.
BVE is the UK’s largest event for professionals involved in taking content from creation to consumption. It attracts in excess of 15,000 visitors from more than 60 countries and combines expert-led free seminars with an exhibition that features 250+ of the leading manufacturers, distributors and resellers of professional production and broadcast equipment and systems.
More information and registration here.

Journalism Interactive 2016
Feb. 26-27, 2015
University of Florida
The Journalism Interactive Conference on journalism education and digital media is for journalism educators, and is designed to advance the national discourse on how journalism schools can best prepare students for work in the rapidly changing media environment.
Register here.

MARCH 2016

Ad:Tech New Delhi
Mar. 3-4, 2016
New Delhi
Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities.
More information and registration here.

Digiday Publishing Summit Europe
Mar. 7-9, 2016
Bologna, Italy
The digital publishing landscape in Europe today faces a slew of opportunities to connect with readers. These include creating original content, adapting to the mobile transition, scaling video and making money on platforms. At the core, accountability to the consumer and the industry is critical. The Digiday Publishing Summit in Bologna, Italy will address challenges facing legacy publishers and young start-up vying for audiences and spending dollars.
Register here.

Digital Book World Conference and Expo
Mar. 7-9, 2016
New York Hilton Midtown
The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the premier event for publishers and content providers of all sizes and business models who plan to come out on top of publishing’s digital transformation. Stay nimble in this digital-first, global content market and capitalize on every opportunity, with the help of digital media’s most innovative thinkers and influencers. Get the perspective of both publishing leaders and visionaries from outside the industry. n.
Register here, early bird registration ends December 15.

Digital Media Strategies 2016
Mar. 9-10, 2016
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Digital Media Strategies brings together a global audience of over 400 CEOs and senior leaders. Over three days of case studies, analysis, workshops, training, round table discussions and tailored networking opportunities, it focuses on the key strategic challenges behind developing a profitable and sustainable media business in a digital world. Now in its fourth year, Digital Media Strategies has become the key event for addressing the big-picture challenges facing the industry, focusing not on PR pitches, but instead on honest, in-depth case studies which go deeper than the surface trends.
Register here, early bird registration ends December 15.

SXSW 2016
Mar. 11-20, 2016
Austin, TX
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.
Register here.

Ad:Tech Australia
Mar. 15-16, 2016
Sydney, Australia
Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities.
More information and registration here.

BinderCon LA
Mar. 19-20, 2016
UCLA and Online, Everywhere
BinderCon is a professional development conference designed to empower women and gender non-conforming writers with the tools, connections and strategies they need to advance their careers. More than a conference, Binders is a community of writers working to increase the diversity of voices in the media and literary arts through conferences, workshops and other career-building events.
Register here.


Ad Age Digital Conference
Apr. 5-6, 2016
Pier 36, New York, NY
At the 2016 Ad Age Digital Conference, marketers and agencies rethink their work, out loud. What is advertising now — an ad or an experience? How does it get done — and by whom? We hash out pressing industry issues like ad blocking, ad fraud and kickbacks. We set the agenda for the year ahead. No conversation is off the table as big brand, technology and media leaders answer tough questions head on with the Ad Age editorial team framing the conversation.
Register here.

International Symposium of Online Journalism
Apr. 15-16, 2016
University of Texas at Austin, TX
Since 1999, editors, producers, executives, and academics from around the country (and lately from around the world) have gathered in Austin every year (except 2000) to discuss the evolution of this new genre of journalism. The Symposium has been a small, but very intense conference that serves as a barometer for the state of Online Journalism.
Call for papers now underway; more information here.

LA Games Conference
Apr. 19, 2016
West Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Join the most influential decision-makers in the digital media industry at Digital Media Wire’s Annual LA Games Conference to network, do deals, and share ideas about the future of games and connected entertainment. Featuring two tracks with fireside chats, roundtables, panels and presentations on digital game investment, creation, distribution, marketing and monetization, the event brings together many of the elite in the industry for top sessions and power networking.
More information and registration here.

Apr. 20-22, 2016
Chelsea Football Stadium, London, U.K.
From London to Luxembourg, Paris to Prague, Hamburg to The Hague — the European market is a dense and fragmented opportunity for local marketing solutions providers. LOCALCON 2016 offers the best way to navigate and unlock the potential in this market. This event is essential for marketers, media and solutions providers operating in this dynamic space. Panels, presentations and exhibitions will equip attendees with the right connections and actionable takeaways.
More information and registration here.

Conference: Freedom of Information Act — 50 Years Later
Jun. 2-4, 2016
Columbia Journalism School, New York, NY
More information to come here.

Sept. 15-17, 2016
Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th Street, Denver, CO
Record-breaking numbers of journalists travel to ONA’s conference each year to learn about new tools, techniques and technologies, to discuss advancements and challenges in the industry, take advantage of the rare opportunity to network face-to-face, and share best practices with peers from all over the map.
Information here.

Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention
Sep. 18-20, 2016
The Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists present their Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention.
More information to come here.

Ad:Tech London
Oct. 25-26, 2016
Old Billingsgate, London
Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities. Ad:Tech London is where the U.K.’s marketing and media players meet for technology discovery, cutting-edge content and unrivaled networking.
More information and registration here.

Ad:Tech NY
Nov. 2-3, 2016
New York
Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities.
More information and registration here.

For a roundup of must-go journalism conferences, see Contently’s list here.

UPDATE: This piece has been updated with information about LOCALCON 2016

Sonia Paul is a freelance journalist reporting in India and the U.S., and is the editorial assistant at MediaShift. Her work has appeared in a broad range of media, including the Al Jazeera Media Network, Caravan, Foreign Policy, Guardian, Mashable, New York Times, PRI’s The World, Roads & Kingdoms and VICE News. She previously produced the grant-funded podcast series Shizuoka Speaks, based in Japan. She is on Twitter and Instagram @sonipaul.

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