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Media Ideation Fellowship Applications open TODAY

Hey young bucks – you have until 1/31 to apply for good money to fund your big media ideas. Details here and below.


It’s time to do something new.

What are you waiting for? Applications are now open for the second class of Media Ideation Fellows.

We’re connecting up to 6 young innovators to the financial resources and access to mentors they need to bring their world-changing ideas to life. Are you yearning to get off the treadmill and do something important? This is your opportunity to build a cause- or movement-related project that will change the world, bridge a divide, fix an injustice, or spur progressive social change.

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, so don’t delay.


Learn more

We’re hosting an informational webinar to answer all of your questions about the fellowship on Tuesday, January 21 at 4:00 p.m. ET. RSVP today.


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Carte Blanche website call for submissions, deadline March 15

From the Montreal-based Carte Blanche website via the good folks at AIR – interesting opportunity for you non-traditional storytellers. Submission deadline March 15. Details below.

Hi there,

My name is Cristal Duhaime and I recently became the audio editor for a literary website based in Montreal called Carte Blanche. It's an online magazine published twice a year, in association with the Quebec Writers' Federation.

In the past, we've put up exciting storytelling work in traditional categories such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry writing; we're now looking to expand those categories to include sound. The deadline to submit audio "stories" for the spring issue is coming up soon on March 15th. The term "story" is used loosely; audio submissions can include soundscape, documentary, spoken word, author readings, comedy, experimental, etc. Audio pieces do not need to contain words (although they can!) but they should have a narrative progression, i.e. a beginning, middle, and end. Any additional details can be found here:

I thought this might be something of interest to your members so if you could help spread the word in any way, it would be much appreciated. We can offer only a small honorarium to those whose works we decide to publish but the site does get quite a bit of exposure so the experience might prove rewarding for audio producers in other ways.

As a radio producer and audiophile myself, (I currently work on CBC Radio's Wiretap) I'm quite familiar with the art and impact of storytelling through sound so I'm quite excited to open up the audio category to the site's followers.

Please get in touch with any questions you might have.

take care,

Cristal Duhaime

OPEN CALL – EMPAC 2012 artist-in-residence proposals, first deadline Jan 17

EMPAC, one of my favorite orgs in the Capital Region, has announced deadlines for their 2012 artist-in-residency programs. Includes residencies in Audio/Video production. First deadline is Jan 17.  Go for it! (And call me when you get here 🙂



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EMPAC 2012

Open Call for Artist in Residence Proposals

Since 2005, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) has established a vibrant residency program that has hosted over 150 artists and their collaborators, spanning theater, dance, music, video, and installation. We are pleased to announce the new deadlines for 2012 artist-in-residence open call program on January 17, May 14, and September 17, and new application guidelines and application form.

Laurie Anderson, Delusion Photo: Andrea Dudla

Laurie Anderson, Delusion

Early Morning Opera, ABACUS Photo: Kris Qua

Early Morning Opera, ABACUS
Photo: Kris Qua

We encourage applications for a wide range of projects from a diversity of artists, composers, directors, choreographers, and performers from international artists of different cultural and geographical backgrounds.

We are open to proposals for all phases of a project, from initial concept to full production.

In addition to our ongoing residency open call, we also have additional special initiatives:

Creative Research: Provides artists, writers, and theorists with the opportunity to conduct research over extended periods of time (minimum six weeks).

Audio Production / Post-Production: For sound recording, development of multichannel sound works, documentation, mastering, mixing, film scoring, or any other task involving microphones, speakers, consoles and computers.

Video Production / Post-Production: For multiple camera shoots, documentation of a performance, development of multichannel video projection, digital video post-production, or any project involving HD video cameras, computers, and projectors.

** Please note that residency proposals do not need to fall into one of these special initiatives.

Our unique facilities offer four major venues including a concert hall, theater, and two black box studios, in addition to artist-in-residence studios, and a state of the art infrastructure.

For more information including application guidelines, please visit

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Troy, NY 12180

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EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Hacks/Hackers summer update

Another group with great resources you might want to follow. I'll only forward this newsletter occasionally.


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Hacks/Hackers Summer Update

We bring you news from Facebook, SXSW, Mozilla and Gawker in this update about Hacks/Hackers activities of late. Please keep reading to the bottom — there are many opportunities in here.


— Hacks/Hackers is working with the Mozilla Foundation to create an online class about journalism and technology, taught by a mix of journalists and technologists. Nieman Lab wrote about the planned class ( after it was a winner in the collaboration contest at the Future of News and Civic Media Conference at MIT. Ideas for class topics are being discussed at the Hacks/Hackers Q-and-A forum.

–Daylife offered an API challenge to Hacks/Hackers members, where they will help market and sell applications developed with their API and give 70 percent of the proceeds to the developer. Read about it here and start hacking.

— Since launching — our Q-and-A community for technology/journalism problems — we've signed up nearly 200 members and generated and nearly 190,000 page views. Check out the questions and answers, or ask one yourself!


SXSW Interactive is putting out a call to news-related projects and technologies (among other categories) for its American Idol-like Accelerator competition on March 14-16, 2011. Note that the business side of news counts too! The category is “News Related Technologies – This category pertains to applications and technologies to support the dissemination of news and information for communities, both on the content side or on the underlying business model side (an example is advertising). This could include technologies related to data, text, documents, mapping, engagement, among other areas.” The deadline is December 10. There is a $150 entry fee, but they will nearly always waive it if you email them.


— The Medill School of Journalism still has scholarships to its journalism master's program available to people with backgrounds and/or degrees in computer programming. More information is available at

— Freelance journalist Corey Takahashi won the Hacks/Hackers scholarship to Poynter’s workshop on programming for journalists / journalism for programming.

Meetup Roundup

We’re expanding as more people launch their own chapters of Hacks/Hackers.

— Bay Area: Facebook launched their media partnership initiative at a Hacks/Hackers Bay Area meetup in July, seeking to work more closely with publishers to leverage the social network. You can read more details about the event here.

— New York: New York Hacks/Hackers had a busy July with two meetups. It had a meta-meetup at itself, featuring CEO Scott Heiferman, along with demos by Brad Flora from Chicago’s Windy Citizen and Nick Diakopoulos, a post-doc research associate at Rutgers University. It also hosted a photo-themed Meetup with the New York Times team behind the Moment in Time project and Demotix, a crowdsourced photowire service.

— Boston had their first Meetup at Microsoft’s NERD Center, featuring Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg and version "0.5" of their Time Flow tool.

— Los Angeles: The LA chapter of Hacks/Hackers had an initial meeting and is gearing up for more events in the fall. Go to to join and get involved.

— Chicago: The Chicago chapter is gearing up for a series of events this fall and is looking for people interested in helping organize and/or make presentations at these these events. Contact Rich Gordon,

— We are also looking to expand into Minneapolis, Seattle and Dallas, if anyone wants to jump in.


We’re looking for folks to help with the newsletter, job board and planning hackathons. Email


Here are some messages from organizations that have sponsored and supported Hacks/Hackers:

Gawker Media is Expanding Its Tech Team

Gawker Media has openings for bright tech minds of all kinds — with an emphasis on front-end/UI, Python and Java developers —  to help with their large tech infrastructure. Their content management system is home-grown and proprietary, and sees 30 million global visitors (up 38 percent year over year), 450+ million pageviews per month, 10,000 stories a month, and over 50,000 comments a day. Salary is competitive, includes benefits, 401k, and a 5,000-square foot roof deck! Get in touch with Gawker CTO Tom Plunkett at New York’s next big social Meetup is on September 9 at their offices. Keep an eye out.

Patch is Hiring Both Hacks and Hackers

Patch, Aol's local community journalism network which currently operates more than 50 news sites in towns with populations under 70,000, is hiring both hacks and hackers.

On the hacker front, the editorial positions Patch is filling include Local Editors (2+ years of journalism experience plus a degree in journalism) and Regional Editors (4-5 years of management experience and several years of journalism experience).

These cover jobs in the Midwest (Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana); West Coast+ (California, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona), Northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts); the South (Texas, Georgia, Florida and Missouri); plus Virginia and Maryland. As of recently, they had almost 80 editorial job listings.

On the hack front, they are looking for experienced software developers to design, implement, and improve their Ruby on Rails-based local news platform. For the front-end, the engineers must know the ins and outs of JavaScript, Web standards, semantic markup and client-side libraries (like jQuery and Prototype). And for the back-end, engineers must have experience building and scaling user-focused web applications, as well as experience with Rails and MySQL (or similar DB).  They are also looking to hire mapping engineer talent with experience or desire to work with Mapnik, TileCache, OpenStreetMap, and PostgreSQL/PostGIS.

Those and all the other Patch job listings (in editorial, advertising sales and corporate divisions) are listed online. In addition to this nationwide expansion, they also recently announced, which will allow them to cover underserved communities.

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NAM Newsletter highlights

Some highlights from the latest New America Media newsletter. Some great opportunities in here. I only pass on the newsletter once in awhile so sign up to receive it yourself if you like it. (FYI, FC is not associated with NAM, I just find them really useful!)


$1,500 Aging Fellowship — Only 5 Days to Apply!

The deadline to apply for the MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, offered by New America Media (NAM) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), has been extended to Tuesday, Aug. 10

NAM urges ethnic media to apply for this opportunity to cover the critical and under-covered issues of aging.

The fellowship includes an expenses-paid trip to New Orleans for GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting, plus a $1,500 stipend for each of the 14 journalism fellows – half from ethnic media and half from the media covering aging. Fellows will write at least one brief article or blog based on any aspect of this huge conference and also propose and write a longer-term, in-depth project on any topic in aging.

See the call for proposals at

Contact Todd Kluss, GSA Communications Manager at; 202-587-2839, or NAM Ethnic Elders Editor Paul Kleyman,, 415-503-417 ext. 133.


Calling all chefs, cooks and culinary enthusiasts!

picKulinarya: A Filipino Culinary Showdown is being held in San Francisco. The grand prize winner in both the professional and amateur categories will receive a round trip ticket to the Philippines and a tour to Philippines culinary destinations, gift certificates and other prizes. Submit your short bio-data/credentials and recipe of their entry dish no later than August 10, 2010. Semi Finals will be held August 15, 2010 and the finals will be October 24, 2010 in celebration of the Filipino-American History Mopicnth.

For more information and guidelines of the contest, email or call 415-956-4060, or visit

And tune in to NAM's upcoming series: New America Now On Assignment: Philippines. Anchor Odette Keeley takes you on a culinary travelogue via the Philippine Department of Tourism's "Kulinarya [Culinary] Food Trips" also sponsored by Philippine Airlines and the Phil. Tourism Office-Philippine Consulate General-San Francisco


Travel stipends available for a two day training on health reporting in New Orleans, LA on August 11 -13, 2010. The training will enable journalists to interact, learn from one another, and share strategies for reporting on health care and health disparities. Contact: Sherice Perry,, 202-628-3030. For more information, click here.

Don't miss a special 5-day IRE boot camp, August 16-20, 2010, hosted by San Diego State University and The Watchdog Institute. Learn how to use spreadsheets and databases to analyze data, plus how to download data, how to convert it from text, where to look for it on the Web, and more. Contact: Stephanie Sinn,


25 spaces in a free workshop on the coverage of Urban Education as initiative to prioritize urban education reporting, September 29 to October. 2, at the Columbia Journalism School in New York as part of the New York Times Institute Fellowship on Education Reporting. Contact: Arlene Morgan, DEADLINE: September 3, 2010


picThe California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism provide California journalists with an opportunity to gain insights into community health issues and to learn multimedia reporting skills during two four-day sessions in Los Angeles October 21-24, 2010 and January 20-23, 2011. All-expenses-paid fellowships are open to print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers. Click here to register. DEADLINE: September 2, 2010.


The Rory Peck Awards, honoring the work of professional freelance cameramen and women is calling for entries for 2010. The competition is free to enter. Entries must have had their first broadcast between August 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010. DEADLINE: September 6, 2010.


GRANTS AVAILABLE! The Fund for Investigative Journalism seeks grant proposals from journalists investigating issues in their states and local communities, and working on investigative stories for ethnic media. The program for local, regional, and ethnic media is funded by a $100,000 grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Contact: Sandy Bergo,, 202-481-1218. DEADLINE: September 8, 2010


Visual Communications seeks to cultivate a new generation of Asian Pacific American. The Armed with a Camerica Fellowship will award up to ten fellows $500 to complete a five-minute digital video, within a five-month span of time. Contact: Kennedy Kabasares, DEADLINE: October 1, 2010 5PM PST


Call For Submissions for an anthology on women of color's self/body image as shaped by family, friends, media, society etc. Click here for more information. DEADLINE: October 15, 2010


South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts are calling for submissions that are reflections, critiques, and analysis on how the way we think about race, religion, etc has been change by 9/11. More information here. Contact: DEADLINE: October 15, 2010.


The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is offering a $25,000 stipend and half the tution for graduate study in the US for applicants 30 and younger who are either a resident alien, someone who has been naturalized as a US citizen, or the child of a US naturalized parent. DEADLINE: Novemeber 1, 2010

Sounds Elemental Workshop

This isn’t cheap, but they do some very cool work. Grants may be available to attend. Details below.


From Earth to Sky! AIR’s Sounds Elemental with Harvestworks

New York City

November 15-19, 2010

We’ve completed our first 2010 summer intensive focusing on “earth” with high marks from attendees, from “a remarkable opportunity to return to the wellspring of the craft” to “I found the Q&A with Amy O’Leary super valuable for thinking about the future of audio journalism and journalism in general.”

Grab one of 10 available slots for our second week-long immersion – this time the focus is on “sky.” It’s a unique way to treat yourself to a deep dive into unconventional approaches to assembling sound and telling story. The cost is $650. AIR members who are accepted are eligible for a stipend to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC.

Producers benefit from intensely individualized attention from renowned sound artists-teachers, NYC-based composers and performers Michael Schumacher, Hans Tammen (Harvestworks) and Brenda Hutchinson (AIR), plus New York Times new media editor Amy O’Leary.


Learn more, and – most importantly – apply now:

To listen to previous work and to hear interviews from past Sounds Elemental participants, visit:

internships with State of the Re-Union multimedia broadcast

Once again, I don't usually post unpaid gigs, but this is a great up-and-coming show and I learned a whole lot doing internships/transcription in between paid jobs when I was starting out. Give it a look. -Mia


State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) is a dynamic, multi-faceted public media show that travels to different American cities to explore what makes a community, discover the people who bring it together and understand the issues they face. Combining hour-long radio episodes with documentary shorts, video podcasts, images, music and written articles, our show strives to immerse our audience in new and exciting ways. Co-distributed by PRX and NPR, our nationally-aired show is currently producing our fall season and looking for talented interns to lend a hand.

SOTRU currently has three openings for interns, and relocation is not required. Interns will mainly be responsible for transcribing audio interviews as well as other special projects that include story research, podcast production, scheduling interviews and making contacts.
These unpaid positions allow you to work remotely and provide the unique opportunity to listen in on editorial calls with our host, content editor and radio producers.
To be considered for this internship, you should have a strong creative background, solid editorial skills and be able to take direction and work independently.
If interested, please submit your resume to:

Brie Burge, Business Manager

Thank you for your interest in State of the Re:Union!


Columbia Earth Institute travel opportunities for journalists

VERY long list of international travel opportunities for journalists through the Earth Institute. NOTE: Journalists must pay their own way, but they do want to support coverage of their research. Check it out. Or click here if you want the pdf version from their website.


Kevin Krajick
Senior science writer,The Earth Institute
The Earth Institute <>


MAY 20, 2010

Upcoming Scientific Travel Opportunities for Journalists

Journalists are encouraged to cover expeditions by Earth Institute researchers, who work on every continent and ocean. Here are upcoming trips of potential interest, in rough chronological order (some dates approximate). Work in the New York City/Hudson Valley region is in a separate section below. Journalists may accompany scientists on a case-by-case basis; news organizations must pay for travel to sites.

Unless otherwise stated, projects originate with our Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory <>.   For those wishing to follow remotely, many teams post blogs on our State of the Planet pages <> .

Go to our Media Advisory page:, where updates also are posted.

More info: Kevin Krajick 212-854-9729.

Kim Martineau, 845-365-8708.

MAPP seeks story artists for SF event, June 5

KALW's Martina Castro is planning a very cool event on June 5 for the Mission Arts and Performance Project and she needs your stories. Details follow. -Mia


Bringing Story Artists Together for MAPP

KALW Senior editor, radio producer, and reporter Martina Castro is planning an event for the upcoming Mission Arts and Performance Project on June 5th and is looking for "story artists" who would like to be on the program and perform a story. You can email her at if you are interested, with an idea of what your story would be and how long you would need to tell it (also please note if you would require any special equipment).

What is MAPP?

If by chance you don't know about MAPP, it's a bi-monthly event on a Saturday evening when performances are organized around the Mission District, so that people can walk to and from local spaces — cafes, restaurants, people's homes — and get to see local artists perform and hopefully get to join in. The spirit of MAPP is for things to be informal and inviting to the community and for people who partake — an act of "cultural activism," if you will.

What's special about this event?

For her first event in MAPP, Martina wanted to create a celebration of storytelling in all of its forms and mediums, bringing radio producers, print journalists, photographers, alongside musicians and traditionally recognized artists to share in the art of what we ALL do — tell good stories.

If you're a journalist, the idea is to bring one of your best audio or print stories, condense it to five or ten minutes (or less, if its super short, those are good too!) and either read it aloud or play it for the audience. The important thing would be to look for a way to create a live element to the story, perhaps you can cut out the tracks and read them aloud to a recording of your actualities…or think of an instrument that would sound good as a soundtrack and we can pair you up with a musician…feel free to be creative. 🙂

For musicians/singers/visual artists the idea would be to bring a work that comes with some storyline that you can share. If you are an instrumentalist and want to participate, we can pair you up with someone who will be reading a story so you can provide live soundtrack.

Martina needs to hear from you by Sunday May 23rd if you are interested in participating.

Please pass this on to anyone you think would be interested, and if you cant make it or don't want to this time around, there are many other ways to help out!

We are currently looking to borrow or rent the following materials:

— microphone
— microphone stand
— big seat cushions that can be used outdoors
— blankets that can be used outdoors
— folding chairs

— benches
— candles
— Christmas lights

Open Call for 2010-11 sound art residencies

Feeling creative? Opportunity for a sound/video art installation in NYC. Details below.


Composers, sound artists, and other qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for working residencies utilizing Diapason's multi-channel sound environment. 

Diapason has two state-of-the-art multi channel sound systems (described below). Interested persons are invited to submit proposals for the use of the space to create a new work. Dates and times are flexible. Residents will receive a technical orientation, access to the space, and production assistance should they require it.

Description of the space:

Diapason consists of two rooms:

The “gallery” contains a powerful 8 channel sound system with a subwoofer and is designed for focused listening. The floor is carpeted and there are pillows available as well as some seating (cushioned benches, folding chairs).

The “lounge” contains a 12 channel sound system, as well as a 4 channel PA system. It is set up in an informal way, with benches, chairs, carpets, etc. ranged around the space.

The multi-channel sound systems are connected to MOTU 896 (gallery) and 828 (lounge) audio interfaces. Resident artists are expected to bring a laptop with the necessary drivers.

There are 2 sets of track lights in each room. The number and position of the individual lights can be adjusted.

For artists working with video, there are projection options.

It is possible to use the walls for displaying objects, but this must be approved by the gallery.


Submissions to participate are due by Friday, July 1, 2010.

Submission process:

All submissions and contact will be by email. 

Send an email to that includes the following information in the body:

Your contact information (Name, Email Address, Phone Number)

A project description     

A brief bio/artist statement

Links to online samples of your works

NOTE: Please do not attach any work-samples or documents.  All work samples must be available online, and all information must be submitted in the body of the email.

Diapason is a listening space that gives artists and audiences the opportunity to make and experience sound art. Through the exploration of active and varied modes of listening Diapason seeks to engage artists and the public in a dialogue about the place of contemporary music and sound practice in a broader cultural context. For artists, both established and emerging, Diapason provides a space at once accessible and technologically advanced, fostering the creation of unique works that investigate the implications of new sound practices. For audiences Diapason provides an optimal listening environment and access to artists, encouraging personal exploration of one’s relationship to sound and listening. Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, MediaThe Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kirk Radke, and by generous individuals. Diapason is a 501(c)3 organization.