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2019 CatchLight Fellowship Now Open

The 2019 CatchLight Fellowship is now open. This year includes a fourth $30,000 grant open to all innovative leaders in visual storytelling: long-form storytellers with impactful projects as well as leaders committed to advancing and growing the field of visual storytelling. The grant applications are due before midnight PST on February 18, 2019.

In addition to financial grants, the CatchLight Fellowship offers support for project development and amplification, as well as mentorship opportunities through its vibrant community of creative thought leaders across media, art, and entrepreneurship.

Applications can be submitted here. The selected Fellows will be announced during the CatchLight Spring Symposium at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco April 7, 2019. 

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Northern Exposure: A Gathering of Visual Storytellers

Welcome to Northern Exposure–an anything-but-the-same-old conference  about photography, video and storytelling at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, taking place February 8-10.

Northern Exposure is a workshop and get-together designed to bring professional visual journalists, students and others interested in photography together to learn, network and explore, hosted at the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. And during the weekend, VisualMN will have open judging for the college photojournalism contest and the award ceremony for the professional and college contests. Entry information soon!

Northern Exposure is a revival of the former Minnesota Photojournalism Symposium, inspired by R. Smith and Pat Schuneman. Smitty was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 1960–1977 and was instrumental in creating the School’s photojournalism programs. Smitty and his wife Pat gave the University of Minnesota an endowment to help sponsor this event designed for the 21st century.

Click here for more information.

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Job Alert: Stanford Storytelling Project

Stanford University is seeking a full-time Lecturer for the Stanford Storytelling Project. This will be a two year fixed-term appointment beginning August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2021, with the possibility of re-appointment.

The Stanford Storytelling Project (SSP) is an arts program that teaches students how to use story craft and practices to create personal and social change. The program sponsors courses, workshops, grants, and a live event series that give students an opportunity to appreciate the way stories work, work on us, and can work for us. SSP explores all forms of stories, from myth to memoir, in all kinds of media, from print to performance, and produces two podcasts that feature the research and creative work of the Stanford community.

The SSP Lecturer will offer instruction in oral, audio, and/or multimedia storytelling craft in a variety of settings across the university and will support the activities and initiatives of SSP. There are three areas of responsibility: (1) teaching, (2) mentoring, and (3) managing podcast production and undergraduate grant program. The SSP Lecturer will develop and teach 2-3 courses per year in oral, audio, and multimedia forms of storytelling in nonfiction genres such as memoir, documentary, and the essay, and as well as design and deliver stand-alone workshops in courses across the curriculum. They will closely mentor grant recipients, SSP student staff, and other students in narrative craft, practices, and media production. Finally, the SSP Lecturer will act as Managing Editor of SSP’s student-produced podcasts, overseeing all aspects of the production process, from initial show development through distribution, and supervise the small, undergraduate grant program.

Though these duties largely correspond to the academic year, there are also some program and planning duties in the summer months. The SSP Lecturer reports to the Stanford Storytelling Project Manager.

Qualifications:

Applicants should hold an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a field focused on narrative craft such as Documentary Studies, Oral History, Journalism, Creative Nonfiction, or English. They should have at least two years of experience teaching university-level courses in producing nonfiction stories in print or non-print media; these might be courses in documentary production, creative nonfiction, or in other fields that concentrate on narrative theory, craft, and practices to produce creative work. Applicants should also have at least two years of experience making long-form, nonfiction audio or mixed media stories for radio, podcast, or the web. Finally, they should have demonstrated knowledge of oral and audio storytelling forms, trends, and programs, an understanding of pedagogy in teaching narrative craft, and the organizational and leadership skills to manage the production of podcasts such as SSP’s State of the Human.

Application Instructions:

To learn more about the Stanford Storytelling Project, visit the website at http://storytelling.stanford.edu. If you have questions about the Storytelling Project or the position, write to Jonah Willihnganz, jonahw@stanford.eduTo apply and to view a more detailed job description, please follow the instructions found at: http://apply.interfolio.com/58826

Please submit a letter of application outlining your experience and interests in teaching and practicing the craft of storytelling (especially in nonprint, nonfiction forms), curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a teaching philosophy statement to Jonah Willihnganz, Director, Stanford Storytelling Project. For full consideration of an application, all required materials must be uploaded to Interfolio. Deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. PST, February 1, 2019.

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MediaStorm Premieres 9 Films for WSJ. Magazine’s 2018 Innovators Award at the Museum of Modern Art

Crafting a better future from a world in flux. This is the hallmark of WSJ. Magazine’s 2018 Innovators—a group of visionary, foundation-shaking luminaries working across nine fields. This year’s talents were honored at the annual Innovator Awards on November 7 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Selected by WSJ. Magazine editors, the honorees were: Ruth E. Carter (Design); David Chang (Food); Nonny de la Peña (Technology); Agnes Gund (Philanthropy); Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (Architecture); Jonah Hill (Film); Ralph Lauren (Fashion); John Legend (Entertainment); and Pheobe Waller-Bridge (TV).

For the fourth year in a row, MediaStorm has used its multidisciplinary approach to create films that shine a light on the legacies and innovations of each individual. These films showcase some of MediaStorm’s greatest strengths: an ability to develop a captivating story under tight constraints; combining beautiful cinematography and motion graphics to add unparalleled finesse; and working in close partnership with a client to get results.

These videos have been a critical part of WSJ. Magazine’s strategy to drive its audience to its site and to assert itself as the place of significance for the informed citizen.

In keeping with our mission to develop stories that matter, we are thrilled to play a role in recognizing the WSJ. Magazine 2018 Innovators.

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Now Hiring: Operations & Social Media Manager and Developers @ MediaStorm

We’re Hiring! Check out our open positions in Operations and Social Media; and Design and Development:

We’re looking for a talented, digitally-savvy Operations and Social Media Manager to keep us current and organized.  The ideal candidate will be an adept writer, have experience with online video, design, social media, and be eager and interested in taking ownership of projects and supporting a growing production studio. Details and how to apply, here

Our Design and Development team provides opportunities to work on the intersection of storytelling and technology. We’re looking for a full stack; front-end; and back-end developers to work on the MediaStorm Platform. The MediaStorm Platform is the toolset for content creators who want to control how their work is created, viewed, and monetized.

Deadline to apply for all opportunities is November 16.

Come join our growing team. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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