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A Thousand Thanks

Thanks to all who joined us last week for wine and laughs at ZZa’s Trattoria & Wine Bar. It was great seeing all of those new people and I particularly enjoyed chatting about hyper-local media coverage, which is a big deal here in Oakland.

Anyway, it was a blast and please keep your eyes open for the announcement on our next social even later this month. It’s going to be in San Francisco and it’s going to be a blast!

See ya in a couple of weeks,

-Jen & Rori

AAJA convention, August 4 to 7, Los Angeles

21st Annual Asian American Journalists Convention – you don’t have to be Asian or a member of AAJA to attend. Details below. -Mia


Event: 21st Annual Asian American Journalists Convention

When: August 4 to 7, 2010.

Where: Renaissance Hotel, 1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The annual Asian American Journalists Association returns to Los Angeles for the first time in 17 years August 4-7, 2010 at the Renaissance Hotel near the famous Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex. Our world-class program features panels and workshops to strengthen your skills in this dynamic field. Learn new technologies and techniques for investigative journalism, developing stories for multi-media platforms, covering ethnic communities and foreign coverage.

Some conference highlights:

Job recruiters from The Associated Press, CNN, The Detroit News, Eli Lilly and Company, Gannett Co., Inc, Gilead, Marketwire, The McClatchy Company, NBC News, The New York Times, NY Daily News, Social Imprints, USA TODAY, The Washington Post and more TBA.

Laura Ling, a correspondent for Current TV, who was detained in North Korea for 140 days and brought back to the U.S. by Bill Clinton. She has since become an advocate for imprisoned journalists around the world and trafficked women.

Ben Fong-Torres, a former senior editor and writer with Rolling Stone magazine, who was portrayed in Almost Famous, the 2000 film by Cameron Crowe. The Renaissance Media Man blazed trails both print and broadcast media during the revolutionary, counter-cultural civil rights-embattled 1960s.

AAJA’s founders and other Asian American media pioneers.

Free dinner cruise of the beautiful Long Beach Harbor, home of the historic Queen Mary. Transportation to and from the harbor included.

Opening night reception

Silent auction

Gala banquet

Networking mixers

Field trips to Disneyland, The Price Is Right TV show, Huntington Gardens

Register online or download the convention registration book which includes travel information, convention highlights, national awards forms, and more.


Registration: $300. On-site registration: $375. The first 100 registrants to book their hotel by May 1 get free Wi-Fi access in their rooms.

Here’s a video that introduces the history of AAJA, and its founders, six Los Angeles journalists.

Here is some more background info on AAJA’s history:


More info on the Vincent Chin story prominently featured in the promo:


Unconference on online media, May 2, 1-6pm, SF

Hey folks. One of our newest FC members is scheduling an unconference to discuss the future of online media. It’s a unique format for a conference, appropriate for this time of change. Check it out: http://remakecamp.eventbrite.com


RemakeCamp is an unconference about online media. We welcome editors, journalists, engineers, designers and managers of online media as well as service providers for them.

Topics we cover:

* Content creation. Crowdsourcing, citizen journalism, freelance journalism, content farming, user contributed content, expert contributed content, collaborative publishing, the future of investigative journalism. * The role of editor. Curation, link journalism, news filtering, tastemaking and trendsetting, social news filtering, freelance and crowdsouring management, reputation systems for contributors, community management. * Tools. Apps and plugins for publishers, tools for reporters and writers, analytics for online media. * User experience. Optimizing content consumption for mobile devices, personalized news, attention profiles, reader interfaces, interactive articles, data visualization, social media integration. * Business. Monetization models, attracting traffic, partner programs, content exchange, creating job boards and marketplaces, paid content and paywalls.

We organize RemakeCamp to achieve several goals: (1) give everyone a good overview of what’s going on in the space of online media and evolution of journalism; (2) extract and share the knowledge, learned lessons, best practices and open challenges from people’s heads; (3) connect tech, editorial, and journalism communities.

We are looking for speakers (5, 10 or 20 minutes talks). Distant speakers (skype video call) are also accepted. Email Yury (yury@yury.name ) if you want to present.

During RemakeCamp we organize collaborative publishing experiment. Using tools like Etherpad, PBWorks and Google Wave we will create in real time a document representing our knowledge, future forecast and important challenges of media innovation.

Preliminary program:

* 1pm-3pm – Talks * 3pm-5pm – Networking * 5pm-6pm – Collaborative publishing experiment

Preliminary list of speakers

– David Weekly (PBWorks) – Michael Stoll (SF Public Press) – Alexey Maykov (Facebook) – Jason Shen (Stanford Daily) – Siobhan Quinn (Blogger / Google) – Michele Gates (SFGate.com / Examiner.com) – Drake Martinet (AllThingsD / Stanford) – Yury Lifshits (Yahoo!) – Edward Ortiz (Sacramento Bee) – Maxim Grinev / Maria Grineva (TwitterTim.es) // skype-in talk – Mark Albertson (Tech Closeup TV / Examiner.com) – Nicholas Aster (TriplePundit.com) – Alex Gronke (OakBook.com) – Anu (Anirag) Nigam (Buzzbox.com) – Mia Lobel (B-Side Radio, Freelance Cafe) // skyp-in talk – Andrew Stelzer (National Radio Project) – Mark Burdett (Indybay.org) – Jeff Pester (SocialMedia411 / Uniquevisitor) – Xavier Damman (Publitweet) – Anna Hennings (Bitchbuzz.com) – Devin Banerjee (Stanford Daily) – Josh Sprague (Mediactive.com) – Brian Pobuda (Brian Pobuda Photography) – Paul Biggar (NewsLabs/NewsTilt) // skype-in talk – Matt Baume (SF Appeal, Stop8.org) – Chia Hwu (TheSubtleInfluence.com) – Crystal C. Yan (Torque Media Group) – Victor Grishchenko (TU Delft) – Your name here 🙂

Grassroots Radio Conference – workshops, scholarships, May 13th-16th

Details below on the 2010 Grassroots Radio Conference happening in Arcata, CA 5/13-16. There may be an opportunity to carpool with some folks from Making Contact and Freedom Archives. Contact Claude Marks < claude@freedomarchives.org> -mia


OPPORTUNITY! Each year the *Grassroots Radio Conference* is held in different cities across the U.S. In May it’ll be just up the road from the bay area in Arcata, California (4 hrs by car from Oakland)

Reg is $125 and includes 3 days of meals — single day reg avail too and Special registration for under 21 is $50

Financial assistance requests still being accepted. There is the Solidarity Fund for People of Color and the scholarship Fund for low-income folks.

Lot’s of hands on skills to learn and housing/crashing with friends of community radio there’s camping and the motels are $60 per night

Special Media Bus will be rolling through and Prometheus LP-FM micro radio building on site, plus more more more…. * SEE THE LINK FOR MORE DETAILS AND WORKSHOPS *(workshps soon to be posted) http://kmud.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=459&Itemid=184


KMUD’s Grassroots Radio Conference 2010, May 13th-16th in the Redwoods, is taking shape!

Laura Flanders has agreed to be a keynote speaker on Friday evening, May 14.

We’ll be showing on Friday evening the film: Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (A Little Bit of So Much Truth) by Jill Freidberg. This documentary film highlights the key role of media in the Oaxaca uprising.

An initial list of workshops and events has just been posted to grc.kmud.org and includes a basic news training course.

Financial assistance requests received by April 1 receive maximum consideration. Donations are so welcome!

Workshop proposals are still very welcome.

Please register early if you’re coming! It would really help us.

Also, please help us spread the word.

Info on the conference is at grc.kmud.org

thanks, behr KMUD GRC Committee

Pop-Up Magazine tickets on sale this week

Very cool event from one of our members coming up soon. Check out the details below and help spread the word! -mia



Big week!

Tickets to the third installment of Pop-Up Magazine will go on sale *THIS THURSDAY, AT NOON*. As always, the show will be one night only: Friday, April 16th, at Herbst Theater, with the party after in their Green Room.

Tickets will be available through our web site: www.popupmagazine.com

It’s going to be a great night. Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, author and Harper’s contributor Rebecca Solnit, chef and food activist Bryant Terry, Radio Diaries creator Joe Richman, legendary music photographer Jim Marshall, and much, much more.

But I need your help.

The first two issues of Pop-Up Magazine sold out really fast. (Last time, 90 minutes!) So for this one, we’re trying out a much bigger theater. That means we need to work extra hard to spread the word. There are two things you could do that would make us really happy.

1) I just created a Facebook event for the show. If you think of Bay Area friends who might enjoy Pop-Up Magazine, you can click “Invite Other People to Come,” underneath the Pop-Up Magazine logo, and pass along the invite. This would be huge, huge help.


2) If you like Pop-Up Magazine, tell your friends know about the next show. This could mean tweeting (we’re @popupmag), or forwarding the “On Sale Now!” e-mail we send out on Thursday, or passing along the link to our web site, or mentioning the next show on Facebook. Or best of all: making plans to go together! I promise fun for all.

Thank you! We’re so grateful for our amazing friends and contributors and fans!

Hope to see you at the show.

Cheers, Doug

CPA workshop 1/12, 6:30pm PLUS January FC gathering 1/28

Hey folks. First, a reminder that the CPA workshop is coming up this Tuesday, 1/12. Details below. I went to this last year and I promise you don’t want to miss it.

Second, the first FC gathering of 2010 is coming up on Thursday, 1/28 at 7:30pm, Pacific Coast Brewing Company in Oakland. This meeting will mark the 3rd anniversary of the beginning of Freelance Cafe. In January 2007, some fellow freelancing jschool grads and I met at Pacific Coast for a beer. Three years later, FC has 250 members from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa and the group continues to grow. I’m so proud of what we’ve all accomplished together and I look forward to more FC happening both in person and online over the next year. I’m working on making freelancecafe.org a true resource for freelancers, and Rori and Molly have some great events planned for 2010. I’m also starting a Freelance Cafe East branch here in the Hudson Valley, NY, so if you know any freelancers in these parts, please have them drop me a line!

Finally, as always, please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for how I can better serve the freelance community, and send over any relevant info that I can post to the group!

All the best, Mia 415-902-0224

CPA WORKSHOP Please Join us for a workshop with Jason Stallcup, CPA. Jason specializes in tax help for small businesses and freelancers. In fact, he’s known as the “freelance CPA”. Jason was a big hit last year, and has generously agreed to answer all our tax questions once again this year!

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12th Time: 6:30 PM Location: Sandbox Suites, 124 10th Street, San Francisco, CA

If you have any questions please contact Rori at 415-730-7380.