FYI, US-MX BORDER TALK (panel) by Bear Guerra

Via USC Annenberg:

“Exclusionary and violent — from the hard-handed policing tactics in Arizona to protestors screaming at asylum-seeking children, the popular image of the U.S. West is rooted in an age-old vision of confrontation. Meanwhile, ongoing national conversations about race have largely operated on a north/south black/white axis.

The current moment calls for a redrawing of frontiers.

Panelists will discuss their work in the reframing of the narrative of the U.S. West by scrutinizing evolving concepts of citizenship, white supremacy, the meaning of “minority” in “minority-majority” and who occupies the central definition of American.

In this discussion, borders refer to the well-entrenched and often inaccurate narratives about the West, the U.S. and the definition of “us.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Doheny Library 240

PODCASTMAKERS IN BOSTON (gathering) by Bear Guerra

Via PRX Podcast Garage:

“It's the first Maker Mingle of the new year! Join PRX and AIR for a monthly Maker Mingle at the PRX Podcast Garage. Meet other people interested in audio, get advice, and learn about the vibrant podcasting community here in Boston.

We provide snacks + drinks. Everyone is welcome and admission is always free.

Happening Thursday, January 24.”


Via USA Today:

“USA Today is seeking a full-time producer to join its investigative team working on The City podcast.

The City is a long-form investigative podcast that tells true stories of how power works in urban America. Each season we explore a different American city using a riveting news story as a vehicle to explore the city’s power structure and power brokers, its broken institutions, its henchmen, its heroes, and all the morally complicated characters in between. Season 1 of The City was set in Chicago. Apple Podcasts and the New York Times called it one of the best podcasts of 2018.

The ideal candidate for this position will be an obsessive podcast listener; a lover of long-form journalism in any medium; a skilled producer with an ear for great tape; a highly organized and detail-oriented worker; a strong, clear communicator; and a kind individual able to function well on a small, tight knit, collaborative team.

Position reports to The City’s Host and Executive Producer. Based in Chicago, IL.



Via ArtPlace America:

“Interested in coming together with other rural thought leaders to express the rural dimensions of equity and social justice in arts and culture? Join us at the #RuralGen Summit in Mississippi 5/22-5/24! @NextGenRural.

The 2019 Rural Generation Summit is designed as a unique blend of immersive local engagement with our Mississippi Delta host partners, regional development impact for the host communities, and a distinct rural thought leadership applied to expressing the rural dimensions of equity and social justice in the arts and culture landscape. To achieve this trifecta for the rural field, we are aligning research, practice, and policy towards the cohesion and innovation of the rural creative field.

A Summit of this nature in this cultural moment presents a historic opportunity to consider the practices, projects, institutions, and funding priorities that build equity for communities that have been historically disadvantaged. Given the current social climate in our country, we feel that Rural Generation’s direct engagement with rural communities can embody the value, diversity, and nuance of contemporary rural culture and inspire lasting connections to rural people and places. To join the movement and lend a hand, contact us at” 


Via UC Berkeley Journalism School:

“The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is offering ten $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The fellowship is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation. Aimed at early and mid career journalists, the Fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form print and audio stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.”

DEADLINE: March 15.


EMERGING PODCAST PRODUCERS (fellowship) by Bear Guerra

Via Maximum Fun:

“We’re seeking candidates who are starting out in (or transitioning to) a career in audio production. The Production Fellow will work full-time out of our office near downtown Los Angeles.

Our Production Fellowship program will be a full-time position, and will focus on all aspects of production of our in-house programming, including assisting with writing scripts, research, booking, engineering recordings, editing audio, getting material broadcast and podcast-ready, writing content for our blog, and managing and curating social media for our shows. The Fellow will also assist with occasional live shows and events.

The ideal candidate is a podcast enthusiast who is deeply immersed in culture (pop or otherwise) and/or comedy. You should have an enthusiasm for audio and a curiosity about the world. Our job will be to train you in the skills needed for audio production.”

DEADLINE: February 1.


REPORTERS (webinar) by Bear Guerra

Via Institute for Nonprofit News:

“In this climate of tension between democratic mandates for openness and official preference for secrecy, reporters must understand their rights and how to respond if they’re challenged. Attorneys from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will join INN members for a training on RCFP’s newly updated media law guides for reporters.

The training will cover the latest versions of RCFP’s Open Government Guide, a state-by-state resource of the rights of reporters and the public to see information and attend meetings of state and local governments, and the Reporter’s Privilege Compendium, which details each state’s policies around the right not to be compelled to testify or disclose sources and information in court.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions, and to learn about other resources RCFP has available to INN members.

Wed, January 23, 2019

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST”



Via Solitary Watch:

“Through the generosity of the Vital Projects Fund, Solitary Watch is accepting proposals for small grants to journalists working in all media, with the goal of expanding public awareness and understanding of solitary confinement in U.S. federal and state prisons, local and tribal jails, immigration detention centers, and juvenile justice facilities. Grants amounts will range from $1,000 to $5,000.

DEADLINE: February 7.

PODCASTMAKERS (call for projects) by Bear Guerra

Via American Public Media:

“Got a podcast idea? We're launching an open call for pitches, starting today!

We’re looking for storytellers, producers and new talent to join us in entertaining, educating and connecting with people in new ways.

We’re ultimately looking for two to three new show ideas to develop into pilots and potentially full seasons of at least six episodes. If selected for a full season, APM will also provide marketing and PR support, underwriting/sales and membership opportunities, and the opportunity to collaborate, cross-promote and learn from other APM Podcast teams.

APM’s current slate of shows include a range of critically acclaimed content, from the kids’ science podcast Brains On and the U.S. Poet Laureate’s podcast The Slowdown, to the laughing-through-your tears Terrible, Thanks for Asking. At APM, we take on criminal justice, the economy, history, comedy, mental health and more. You can find a full list of our shows here.

For this open call, it’s not required that you have professional audio or media production experience (although that doesn’t hurt, either). It IS important that you have a stand-out, timely idea that will resonate deeply with listeners.”

DEADLINE: February 15.




Via Atlas Obscura:

Atlas Obscura seeks a talented digital editor to join our growing team, with a particular focus on helping us expand our international coverage.

As a lifestyle publication geared toward off-beat travel and exploration, Atlas Obscura's editorial work is defined by our pursuit of stories with deep connections to specific places. Our journalism often touches on history, science, geography—really any subject that’s filled with wonder and surprise, plus that strong sense of place. This senior editor will be tasked with helping to improve the geographic diversity of our coverage. Do you have a wealth of experience working with freelance writers all over the globe—whether in traditional travel, foreign affairs, business, or science—but long to try something different, even unusual? This might be the job for you. 

You’ll edit everything from short daily articles to deeply reported long-form feature stories, and collaborate on a wide range of current and upcoming initiatives, including special packages, video series, trips and events, and more. This role will be based in our offices in Brooklyn, New York.”


Via Docs in Progress:

“Now in its sixth year, the Docs In Progress Fellowship provides 10 selected filmmakers from across the DC/Baltimore Metro area monthly facilitated meetings where they come together to share progress with their projects and get feedback and advice on issues related to the documentary landscape, work/life balance, and the creative process.  

Benefits to Fellows include: 

  • Accountability: By setting realistic goals for progress and having monthly check-in sessions with the facilitator and other participants, Fellows are more likely to make significant progress with their films than going it alone. 

  • Expertise from seasoned documentary industry professionals who come as guest presenters on topics ranging from work/life balance to time management to getting control of your story. 

  • A professional development voucher which can be applied to a one-day or one-evening Docs In Progress program during the course of their Fellowship.  This could be used towards registration for a one day or one night workshop or Peer Pitch. 

  • A 60-minute consultation with Executive Director Erica Ginsberg about their work-in-progress.  This may focus on mentoring to help get a project ready to apply for a work-in-progress screening, Fiscal Sponsorship, or on questions related to structural development, fundraising, or outreach. 

  • Featured as a Fellow on the Docs In Progress website, including a photo and information about the work-in-progress. 

  • Exclusive networking opportunities with past Fellows as part of our larger Fellowship network.”

DEADLINE: January 18.



Via ArtPlace America:

“Want to learn how the arts are transforming the Southwest & Rocky Mountain states through #creativeplacemaking? Join us for #CPLSummitWest as we discover pathways towards more resilient, impactful, & authentic communities.

The Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit program helps grow and professionalize the field.  It teaches and promotes high standards of practice; models inclusiveness, collaboration, and mutual respect; and provides a gateway that is accessible for creative placemakers who don’t yet know they are creative placemakers. Our approach to knowledge building is iterative. Leadership Summits provide a node for people of all levels of knowledge to share what they know.”



YOUNG U.S., GERMAN & CANADIAN JOURNALISTS (fellowship) by Bear Guerra


“The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) seeks applications for the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, an exchange program that gives media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries.

The purpose of the program is to increase public knowledge and understanding about the two countries through mass media. Successful applicants will report for their home and host news organizations from across the Atlantic. The next fellowship will run from July 24 to Sept. 30.

Applicants must be print, online or broadcast journalists between 21 and 40 years old. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged. Selected fellows not fluent in German will spend the first two weeks of the fellowship in intensive German language classes.

Each fellow will receive a US$4,000 living stipend and an additional US$1,200 for airfare. The program also covers lodging in Washington for a joint one-week group orientation session in July.”

DEADLINE: January 31 (German applicants): March 1 (US & Canadian applicants).



Via Hearken:

We’re looking for a versatile manager and integrator who can be a thought-partner to our CEO and a collaborative leader of our tremendous team.

Hearken is an audience-driven framework and platform enabling content creators to partner with the public during the reporting process, resulting in relevant and high performing content. We help media outlets cultivate, validate and measure audience interest in stories *before* they're reported.”

DEADLINE: February 8.




Via BAU Institute:

“The BAU Institute residency welcomes multicultural and multidisciplinary artists who have been working independently for over five years to its 2019 summer residency. Hosted at the Camargo Foundation and located in the Mediterranean village of Cassis, France, it offers fellowship awards in visual arts, writing, performance and film. Travel subsidies available

Residency Dates: July 24 - August 21, 2019.”

DEADLINE: February 28.


Via Blue Mountain Center:

“Blue Mountain Center accepts applications from writers, artists of all media types, activists, and composers who create original work.

Blue Mountain Center values racial, economic and environmental justice and gender equality. We encourage applications from people of color, women and LGBTQ artists and activists. Contact us if you have concerns about or barriers to participating in a BMC residency,

Session 1: Friday, June 14—Friday, July 12
Session 2: Friday, July 20—Friday, August 17
Session 3: Friday, August 30—Friday, September 27”

DEADLINE: February 1.



Via The Banff Centre:

“The Banff Center is organizing its literary journalism residency July 1 to 27 at its Leighton Artists' studios

The program enables writers to work on their essay, memoir or feature piece, receive individual consultations with faculty and participate in roundtable discussions. 

Fellows will be selected on the basis of writing skills, literary merit and the relevance and originality of their project idea. 

Participants receive full tuition scholarships, in addition to a CAD2,000 (US$1,505) commission award for work produced and a travel allowance.

Date: July 01 - July 27, 2019”

DEADLINE: February 27.



Via One World Media:

“The One World Media Awards honor underreported stories on social, political or cultural life in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and former Soviet republics.

Established in 1988, the One World Media Awards recognise the best media coverage of the developing world, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people around the globe. The Awards highlight the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in bridging the divide between cultures worldwide and raising awareness of underreported issues and stories.”

DEADLINE: February 14.


ARTISTS & STORYTELLERS (conference) by Bear Guerra

Via Kennedy Center:

“The Kennedy Center Arts Summit is an annual one-day convening to investigate the power and potential of the arts. Bringing together thought leaders for conversation and connection, the Arts Summit engages experts from across numerous fields, aiming to challenge old ideas, spark new ones, and catalyze potent partnerships across disciplines.

The 2019 Arts Summit, “The Human Journey: Creating the Story of US”, will explore how we define and shape our world through the stories we tell (and the ones we don't). How can storytelling reframe our world view — shift/expand what we think is possible? How do more inclusive and diverse stories — stories beyond the dominant narrative — help build a more equitable society? How can radical listening foster empathy and “stitch” together the tears in our social fabric? Through a series of long conversations, performances, discussions, breakout sessions, and presentations, we will broadly explore story as an art, a tool, and a strategy for moving us forward.

Questions on registration? Email

DEADLINE: Register by April 23.