Vocalo Storytelling Workshop
Stories of Philanthropy
Oct - Dec 2015
Stay tuned on vocalo.org for upcoming dates to apply!
Vocalo connects with younger, culturally diverse audiences through music & stories. But here's the thing, we not only want to connect with you, we want to inspire you to make big things happen.
Many have come to know Vocalo because of the awesome music we play, but we also talk about news and issues that affect us all. We are, after all: Real Music. Real Talk. Real Chicago.
Keeping it real means that we aren't talking heads, we use a cadre of on-air contributors and community experts to deconstruct headlines, debate, and challenge us all to respect and appreciate different points of view. This means that community participation is crucial. And this year, we are teaming up with The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, to amplify the stories of Chicago’s philanthropists. What do we mean by that?
We want to help you produce stories about people who are making a difference in their communities through their “time, talent or treasure”. In other words, we want to put the spotlight on people who are making a difference in their communities and inspiring others to do the same.
While most people don’t use the word “philanthropy,” every culture and community has a tradition of giving. In most cases, the most impactful giving happens at a community level— the giving by everyday people.* Who are the people that through volunteerism, creative ideas & activism are impacting your community? We want you to help us find those stories.
As part of this workshop, each participant will pitch and produce his or her own radio segment, which may air on Vocalo & WBEZ. All stories will be distributed through Vocalo’s social media networks & will be shared as part of the Trust’s Centennial celebrations with the hashtag #trust100.
So, check it out: We're recruiting 8-10 community-minded folks to participate in this free production workshop. The classes will be taught by multimedia professionals from Chicago Public Media (Vocalo/WBEZ). Workshops will take place at 848 E Grand Ave at Navy Pier and our new Little Village bureau at 2710 W. Cermak Ave, every Saturday from 12-4pm.
Do you think you have what it takes?
We're looking for applicants that:
• Can demonstrate potential in utilizing our training to give voice to underrepresented communities.
• Can complete assignments outside of the workshop time.
• Can participate in ALL 6 Saturday classes from 12-4pm and the final On The Table listening session.
Upcoming Workshop dates:
Oct - Dec 2015 TBA
Classes are free but selected participants will be provided with a suggested list of basic gear that can be useful such as headphones, and possibly, a digital recorder.
If you have any additional questions, please contact: email@example.com
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How did you hear about the Vocalo Storytelling workshop?
Are you able to attend all 6 classes and listening party? (Dates Listed Above)
Tell us about yourself. Who are you? Why do you want to be a part of this training?
What are some news stories that you have been following lately around which there has been misinformation or confusion? How do you feel about the current state of the media?
How do you keep up with news and information? (TV, Radio, Twitter, FB, Blogs?)
Pitch us three stories.
The more concise your pitch, the better. Include what, if any, sources you would use in your story. Give us an idea about what you imagine your piece would sound like. Why do you want to tell it?
Remember that we are looking for stories of everyday residents, grassroots organizations and regional civic initiatives that bring together passionate people who support others and make our communities strong.
Pitch Examples from hearingvoices.com:
Story Pitch- audio (by Meredith Johnson)
Two guys walked into a bar in a Mexican border town. One of them was there to play in a Love and Rockets tribute band, the other was the bassist from the actual band. This is the story of how that chance encounter changed their lives.
Story Pitch- audio slideshow or video (by Kim Fox)
The summer of 2013 saw a lot of politics and protests in Cairo… and several of my female students and colleagues removed their veil. But why? I’ll profile three women — one who unveiled last year, one who unveiled this summer, and one who’s considering unveiling — about their reasons for shedding a religious symbol in an Islamic country.
Story Pitch- audio (by Anna Miller)
I met a woman whose told me she had the best job in the world as a hospice nurse. I want to know how hospice staff view life and death, and how each day they face what most people spend their entire lives avoiding.
Stories must be factual and accessible.
One pitch will be selected and become the story you complete throughout the workshop, be sure to pitch ideas you are passionate/curious about.
Please discuss your journalism/news literacy background, and if you have worked with any organizations or school/university programs.
Do you have experience in any of the following? Check All That Apply
Film & Video
Performance Arts (spoken word, theater, etc.)
Please indicate which social media tools you use and your level of experience with each.
Do you currently use a smart phone?
If you've used any of these tools, please indicate your level of experience with any that apply.
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