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October 4, 2012 at 3:37pm
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extras needed for “Hypebeasts” shooting nights in NYC, Oct 13-21

Any NYC folks want to be an extra in a
Details below. -mia

> A few good extras (over 18 years old) are needed to be sneakerheads in
> our film “Hypebeasts,” a short film by Jessica dela Merced who is being
> advised by Spike Lee. The movie is being described as a sneakerhead “Do
> the Right Thing.” All ethnicities are welcome. Asian American, Latino and
> African American extras are highly encouraged!
> Dates are October 13-21 with Wednesday off. All NIGHT shoots.
> Please fill out this Google form with your exact availability:
> The movie: The night before a big sneaker drop, things get out of hand
> for sneakerhead Ronny and his sister Justine when the fast food cashier who
> wrote a racist remark on their receipt cuts in front of them in line.
> The Low-Down:
> 25/per day. Food and snacks provided, you’ll get lots of screen time, and
> you’ll be in a fake riot- should be very exciting. We also have some star
> names attached to the cast which will be announced hopefully next week.
> Shoot times will range from 6pm-5am, but you won’t have to be there the
> entire time. As it gets closer we will have a better idea of times you’ll
> need to be there. We are shooting at REED SPACE in the LES on 151 Orchard
> Street and and a fast food restaurant. We will contact you with more
> details on what to wear, but, please avoid wearing sports team logos
> because of copyright issues. Please bring chairs to sit in if you have
> them.
> And feel free to like us on Facebook:
> And follow us on Twitter:
> Our website:
> Thanks and hope to see you there!
> Marissa Aroy

October 2, 2012 at 1:15am
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New RFP from CPB for in-depth educational reporting projects →

Funding from the CPB for in-depth reporting on education. Details below.


CPB seeks to enhance the capacity of public radio stations and national
radio production organizations to create high quality multimedia journalism
on important topics in education. CPB is seeking grant proposals for
innovative original reporting that highlights challenges and solutions in
American communities as they provide education in the 21st century. In
particular, CPB seeks to support public radio stations and national
producers in the creation of content that aligns with the American
Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which addresses the high school
dropout crisis in our country.

Public radio’s capacity to create in-depth reporting on dropout and other
topics can raise awareness of important issues and help communities and the
nation better understand and address the challenges of providing education
in a diverse society where technology and resources are not evenly
distributed. Public radio journalism can use broadcast, online, mobile and
social media as well as community engagement to explore the people, places
and policies that influence America’s classrooms. CPB anticipates awarding
up to $1 million in grants to support stations and national producers in
providing this type of coverage.

The Projects CPB will support must clearly demonstrate their ability to:
Build public media capacity for original education reporting;
Increase citizen understanding of education challenges and solutions and
encourage community dialogue; and,
Position public media as a primary source of trusted and reliable
information on topics critical to local communities, particularly in
education related topics.

Application and more at

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40 Scholarships for Journalists to Change the World, deadline Nov 18

Well this looks interesting…


40 Scholarships for Journalists to Change the World - Applications for the
April 2013 School of Authentic Journalism Are Due
November 18, 2012

By Al Giordano
Founder, School of Authentic Journalism
September 26, 2012

The next School of Authentic Journalism, April 17 to 27, 2013, in
Mexico, will mark ten years since we held the first one in 2003. More than
300 journalists, independent media makers, community organizers and
social movement leaders have passed through these doors since we began.
This will be the sixth session of the school but it also might (or
might not) be the last one for some time to come, for reasons I’ll explain
before this invitation is done. My point is that if you have ever thought
about attending but never got around to actually applying: don’t lose
this opportunity. It might (or might not) be the last for a while. At the
2013 school we will hear from a leader of South Africa’s anti-apartheid
boycott and general strike, a union organizer who strategized Bolivia’s
“water war” that stopped the privatization of that resource, an organizer
who helped – this year – stop the deportation of 800,000 undocumented
immigrants from the United States, a strategist who launched the global
movement to end nuclear power, a writer and journalist who became a
movement leader when her town was threatened by a nuclear waste dump, a
young organizer whose creativity and humor helped topple his
country of Serbia’s dictator, and two legendary theorists and
organizers who worked alongside Martin Luther King to end racial

This ten-day intensive program is for the following kinds of
people: Journalists and communicators who report on and alongside social
movements, community organizing and civil resistance campaigns, and also
for those participants in those movements who write, blog, photograph,
create and manage websites, make video, radio, graphic design or political
cartoons about them. In previous schools we have accepted some applicants
with little experience but whose raw talent and urgent desire to make
change in their communities and in the world impressed us, and a good
number of them have gone on to do great works. Some are even professors of
the School of
Authentic Journalism today. More information at

Creative-Radio yahoo Group is an independent forum for people active in or
interested in the use of radio in development, in particular promoting
public health, improved education, protection of the environment, improved
livelihoods, good governance and conflict mitigation. Since it started in
1996, Creative-Radio has been in the forefront of radio’s resurgence as a
tool for social change and peace-building, and it helps promote best
practice in these areas.

September 25, 2012 at 12:57am
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From PRX - New funds for global stories →

If you’re not already familiar with PRX , you should be.
Below is another reason why.

September 17, 2012 at 9:47pm
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Pitches for the Believer Magazine Podcast →

A cool new project distributed by KCRW. Details and contact info below.
(Note, I’m not sure what “mellow, indie publishing rates” are but KCRW has
a dedicated listenership and the mag itself looks
great FWIW.) -mia


The Organist is a monthly experimental arts-and-culture program hosted and
distributed by KCRW. The editors of the award-winning monthly magazine the
Believer, published in San Francisco by McSweeney’s, will produce ten
annual episodes of the podcast, which includes richly sound designed,
eccentric audio documentaries, comic radio drama, un-fusty reviews,
narrative field recordings, more. The scope of the podcast will reflect
that of the print edition: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to
pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From
philosophy to daytime TV, from poetry to martial arts, the show scrutinizes
and interrogates the world with an affectionate and rigorous intelligence.
Pieces from the podcast will grow out of stories in the magazine, and vice
versa. Far from functioning as a supplementary appendage of the magazine,
the show aims to become a cultural institution in its own right,
discovering and developing a new generation of artists and musicians,
writers and comedians. Weaving together the voices of its contributors,
which include the brightest talents in literature and the arts, the
Organist is an elegant, impressionistic, funny, and sharp cultural magazine
that itself becomes an object of inquiry, discussion, and wonder.

We’re looking for contributions of between zero and twenty minutes,
preferably closer to four. Four minutes is the sweet spot. Any format will
be considered, but the best thing you could send would be a radio
documentary that doesn’t have a twee or self-serious narration that uses
sound in an intelligent way that introduces us to a new corner or aspect of
the world, whether that world be cultural, political, literary,
sociological, artistic, scientific, musical, anthropological, cinematic, or
all ten. Send a brief bio, a handful of clips, and a pitch (or link to
audio) to

The podcast will launch December 1 at and and
iTunes and &c &c. We will pay our contributors mellow independent
publishing rates TBD.

September 14, 2012 at 12:29pm
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The Idiocratic Life

— a stylishly shot look at

September 12, 2012 at 5:54pm
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Call Out for AIR’s Live Interactive Collaboration/Residency, Deadline Nov 14

Two of my favorite orgs working together to provide a residency program for
YOU! Deadline November 14. Details below. -Mia

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*Call Out for AIR’s “Live Interactive” Collaboration/Residency —>
Transmedia *

AIR and free103point9,
a 15-year old media arts non-profit operating WGXC 90.7FM, join forces to
offer, for the first time, a ten-week residency to support producers
developing new collaborative work.

We’re looking for adventurous media-makers, artists, and documentarians
interested in teaming up in Spring 2013 to explore/exploit media that spans
the broadcast/transmission, digital, and “street” platforms. Our selected
team will receive a $10K stipend to work on-site for eight of the ten weeks
in upstate New York. Two weeks will be devoted to planning and advance

Applicants may be involved as collaborative partners already, or may be
coming together for the first time. We’ll also accept applications from
individuals interested in finding a partner/open to a match-up by AIR.

In addition to the stipend, our Live Interactive Residents will have
resources and additional support including:

• Housing for eight weeks in Acra, NY (near Hudson and Catskill)
• Live broadcast studios
• A research library
• A dynamic community of media-makers associated with the station

Are you who we’re looking for? This is a great opportunity for those with
bold ideas who need a supportive space to experiment with
broadcast/transmission media. We want gifted makers who have an appetite
for risk, and who are bringing ideas that have potential to expand and
broaden our understanding of a converged, multiplatform spectrum. Among
the hundreds of makers who have worked with free103point9 are Gregory
Whitehead, Brenda Hutchinson, Anna Friz, and Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler
who, with Jason Cady, created a continent-spanning project called Chorus of

Interested producers will be asked to complete an on-line application
detailing their experience and their proposed project. The strongest
applicants will be those who are recognized for having high standards in
work ethics and quality, and able to work both independently and as part of
a team. The strongest proposals will put forward ideas that show the most
promise of:

1. transcending traditional or familiar uses of media;
2. dissolving the barriers between broadcast, digital and/or street media
(including installation work); and
3. extending out in an on-going way, either in a direct way as a
“work-in-progress,” or as part of the producers’ continuum of artistic or
professional development.

Those applying as a team must select a lead producer/representative.

Key dates:

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 14, 2012, noon PT

Apply here:

We will notify our winning Live Interactive Residents by mid December.

The dates for the residency will be negotiated with the selected producers
for a 10-week period between February 1 – May 31, 2013.

ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 31, 2013. If you are not able to
complete the 10-week term by that date, do not apply.

If you have questions, please contact AIR’s Membership Director Erin
Mishkin at


Financial support for Live Interactive comes from the National Endowment
for the Arts which believes a great nation deserves great art.

Funding for AIR comes from our members and the generous support of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the
Wyncote Foundation,, and the National Endowment for the Arts
(NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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P.O. Box 220400
Boston, MA 02122
Phone: 617-825-4400

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September 11, 2012 at 10:48pm
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Call for pitches - Facebook Stories →

Hey folks. An interesting opportunity from Facebook(?!). Details
HEREand below. Note the phrase “we
pay well.” -Mia

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Media Ideation Fellowship Applications open TODAY

Cool fellowship opportunity - details here
below. -Mia

Applications open! How to apply for the Media Ideation Fellowship.
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And we’re off! The time has finally come: Applications are *now
the inaugural class of Media Ideation Fellows.

We’re connecting *5 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

Applications close at midnight on October 8, so get started

Learn more at an in-person event We’re hosting three informational napkin
sketch events in San
and Washington,
We’ll provide the food and drinks, you bring your questions and big ideas!
Space is limited, however, so RSVP *right now*:

- *San Francisco*,
7-9 p.m. on Monday, September 17. RSVP
- *Boulder*,
5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 27. RSVP
- *Washington,
6-8 p.m. on Monday, October 1. RSVP

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America Abroad Seeks entrepreneurship stories →

America Abroad is looking for stories
about entrepreneurs and startups. Details and contact info below. -Mia