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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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Reading the Pictures Salon: The Border Wall

We’re writing to tell you about an awesome project, which just won the Howard Chapnick Award, The Reading the Pictures Salon. The Reading the Pictures Salon focuses on how the US/Mexico border wall is depicted, and how photographers and the media are using imagery to depict the politics, to editorialize on it, or to outright challenge the politics from a human rights and social justice perspective. 

The Salon brings together the eyes and voices of the world’s leading photojournalists, photo editors, visual scholars and other highly-informed observers to analyze select edits of still images in a unique two hour on-line discussion format. Offered free via the web, each program garners hundreds of viewers immediately, and thousands of viewers over weeks and months, attracting a targeted audience of concerned citizens, students, scholars, and media professionals. 

The salon will take place on December 6, at 7:30 pm EST (join here).

An expert panel will examine the visual depiction of the wall, and how photographers and the news media are using imagery to frame the politics and the human rights issues surrounding the wall. Special attention will be paid to images published since the White House implementation of the “zero tolerance” policy, the family separation crisis and “the caravan.” This salon is co-produced with the Magnum Foundation with the support of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. 

Experts include: Anne Demo, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University (Moderator). Teddy Cruz, Architect, Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism, Visual Arts, UCSD;  Fonna Forman, Associate Professor of Political Science / Co-Director, UCSD Center on Global Justice;  Erin Siegal McIntyre, Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; Nick Oza, Staff Photographer, Arizona Republic; Griselda San Martindocumentary photographer focusing on issues of immigration and identity; and Michael Shaw, Publisher, Reading The Pictures

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MediaStorm 2019 Masterclass Dates

MediaStorm staff and participants at a recent masterclass

2019 marks our twelfth training year at MediaStorm. Each year our masterclasses attract leading industry professionals looking to advance their multimedia and storytelling skills. Over 250 participants have come through our doors and we continue to be humbled by how much they take away from the experience.

Meredith Hogan, previously a Senior Multimedia Editor at NBCNews.com, told us that our Methodology Masterclass was “a creativity adrenaline shot for doing storytelling at the highest level and for the right reasons.”

In 2019 we’ll be offering two Methodology masterclasses as well as two One-Day masterclasses in Brooklyn, NY. We are looking forward to another exciting, innovative and challenging training year. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

MediaStorm Masterclass Dates 2019

March 31 One-day Masterclass
May 25 One-day Masterclass
June 18-21 Methodology Masterclass
Dec. 17-20 Methodology Masterclass

All classes will take place in Brooklyn, at POV Headquarters at 20 Jay St.

Applications are now open. Apply now.

About Our Masterclasses

MediaStorm offers an array of in-person masterclasses and online training opportunities to meet your learning needs.

MediaStorm One-day Masterclass
One-day overview session focused on the art of digital storytelling.

MediaStorm Methodology Masterclass
This masterclass is tailored to professionals who want to integrate MediaStorm methods into their curriculum or approach to storytelling.

Online Training
If you’re not able to join us in Brooklyn this year, consider signing up for a one-year subscription to our Online Training. Pay just one fee for more than six hours of video tutorials with MediaStorm staff on reporting and post-production.

We hope you can join us for another great year of masterclasses!

Application deadlines are approaching. Apply now.

Learn more about our upcoming classes at mediastorm.com/train.

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