2016 Screen Forward Labs seeks Innovative Creators with Story-Driven, Serialized Projects, deadline March 4

Are you inspired by Serial? So is the IFP apparently. Applications for the 2016 Screen Forward Labs are now open with an emphasis on serialized projects. Details HERE and below. Application deadline March 4.


To apply, click here.


Who Can Apply

*Innovative creators with story-driven, serialized projects created on all platforms and formats including, but not limited to, web series, VR, or app-based work (Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, etc)

*All projects must have at minimum a representative visual sample (a completed episode, demo, excerpt) already in place and cannot have launched publicly. 

*Web projects in early development (script/pitch stage only) are not eligible for the Labs.

About the Program

IFP’s Screen Forward Labs is a yearlong program and incubator for the creators of serialized projects that push storytelling forward. Inspired by the Independent Filmmaker Labs that focuses on helping directors complete, market and introduce audiences to cutting edge first-features, the Screen Forward Labs will support innovative media creators with $10,000 worth of services and support. An intensive week-long Lab will provide participants with the knowledge, resources, and mentor support necessary for developing strong pitches, securing financing, creating marketing strategies and finding unique avenues for the distribution of their work.

A free six-month residency at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP as well as individualized access to classes, workshops and support from industry and creative mentors will follow. The Lab will culminate with all projects presenting and pitching to investors, digital distributors, network executives, tech companies, and partners at Screen Forward Newfronts.

2015 Advisors and Program Mentors included Ingrid Jungermann (The Slope and F to 7th), Michael Gottwald (High Maintenance and Beasts of the Southern Wild), as well as industry leaders Saschka Unseld (Oculus Story Studio) and Jennifer MacArthur (Borderline Media).

For more information on how to apply, please see our Program Guidelines.

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USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship, $2-10K, deadline March 18

Apply now for the National Health Journalism Fellowships at USC Annenberg / The National Center for Health Journalism. Includes a week's training in LA (July 17-21 and grants to support your reporting. Collaborative projects are encouraged, especially between mainstream and ethnic media. Details below.
USC Annenberg/National Center for Health Journalism
February 1, 2016
When: July 17-21, 2016
Where: Los Angeles
Deadline to Apply: March 18, 2016

Are you a journalist with big ideas who wants your work to matter? If so, USC Annenberg invites you to apply to apply for the all-expenses-paid National Health Journalism Fellowship — 4 1/2 days of stimulating discussions in Los Angeles, a proving ground for new ways to think about health, plus reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000.

This year, the program will focus on vulnerable children and their families and the community conditions that help determine their prospects for health and well-being.

Based at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Health Journalism Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and online journalists from around the country. About half of the 20 National Fellows will receive grants of $2,000 each to undertake ambitious reporting projects on underserved communities, healthcare reform or vulnerable children. The other half will receive grants of $2,500-$10,000 from one of two specialty reporting funds — the Dennis A. Hunt Journalism Fund and the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being.

The Hunt Fund will support investigative or explanatory projects that examine the effects of a specific factor or confluence of factors on a community's health, such as poverty, health disparities, pollution, violence, land use, urban development, access to health care and access to healthy food. The Child Well-being Fund will support investigative or explanatory reporting on the impact of poverty, trauma or adversity in childhood .

Competition for the National Fellowship and the specialty reporting grants is open to both newsroom staffers and freelancers. The grants can be used to defray reporting and publishing-related costs such as travel, database acquisition and analysis, translation services, community engagement strategies and a journalist's otherwise uncompensated time. Preference is given to applicants who propose co-publication or co-broadcast in both mainstream and ethnic media.

For more information, visit ReportingonHealth.org or e-mail Martha Shirk at Cahealth@usc.edu. To improve your prospects for success, we strongly recommend that you discuss your project idea with us in advance (no later than March 16).

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Climate One is hiring a Director of Content, San Francisco

Another very occasional post about a full-time gig. Climate One is hiring a Director of Content. Details and contact info is below. -Mia


Climate One at The Commonwealth Club, the thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the environment and the economy, is recruiting for the position of Director of Content.  Climate One brings together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about a clean energy future through public programs, a dynamic website, public media programs, and podcasts. The Content Director position is a new role responsible for managing the editing, packaging and distribution of Climate One’s radio, video and written content across all distribution channels, with a larger focus on creating innovative media and strengthening the program’s engagement with its constituents and the broader community of individuals concerned about climate change. This work is performed in alignment with the goals of The Commonwealth Club, the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum and Climate One’s parent organization. Interested candidates should submit a single PDF attachment that includes a cover letter, resume or CV with salary requirements, and two writing samples to gdalton.climateone@gmail.com. The subject line of your email should be: Director of Content/ your name.

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