Vocalo Storytelling Workshop
Vocalo.org 89.5 & 90.7 FM is a next generation public media service that 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 (we have great taste), but we also talk about news and issues that affect us all. We are, after all: Real. Life. Radio.
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.
So, check it out: We're recruiting 10 community-minded folks to participate in Vocalo's free storytelling workshops. The classes will be taught by multimedia professionals from Chicago Public Media (Vocalo/WBEZ) and 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.
Selected participants will come together to identify current events/community issues that impact our communities-at-large. In this season of the workshop, we are asking participants to produce stories around Vocalo's daily themes:
Miscellaneous Monday – A catch all for any topic, but we often cover: Politics, Religion, Spirituality, & Sports
Cash Money Tuesday-Economy/Jobs/Personal Finance
Feminist Wednesday - All topics through a feminist lens
Peace Prize Thursday - Race/Social Justice/Civil Liberties
Critic for a Minute Friday - Pop Culture/Media/Entertainment
We'll work with this group to craft unique stories for radio and/or digital platforms.
In addition to learning about principles in journalism, audio production, and digital distribution-participants will have the opportunity to have their work featured on Vocalo.org 89.5 & 90.7 FM.
Do you think you have what it takes?
We're looking for applicants that:
Are 18-34 years old. *
*Because of the overwhelming demand for our training workshops, we've decided to categorize our trainings into age cohorts. Please fill out the application, but we will put applicants outside of the current target age-group on a waiting list for another training cycle that we hope to launch soon.
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 5 Saturday classes from 12-4pm. *This session will include one Monday evening (12/2) class to replace meeting on Thanksgiving weekend.
Upcoming Workshop dates:
December 2nd (Monday evening)
Listening Party- December 14th
Additional Program Details:
Applications are due by October 21st
Selected participants will be notified by October 26th.
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.
Wednesdays drop in work sessions will be offered after week 3,(11/16) at our Little Village bureau 6-9 PM. These will not be mandatory.
If you have any additional questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Visit our Storytellers page: http://vocalo.org/storytellers
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What ethnicity/race do you identify as?
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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? How do you feel about the current state of the media?
How do you keep up with news and information about your community? (TV, Radio, Twitter, FB, Blogs?)
Provide us with 3 pitches of the stories that you would like to tell. We will select pitches that can air under the umbrella themes on Vocalo: Miscellaneous Monday, Cash Money Tuesday, Feminist Wednesday, Peace Prize Thursday, or Critic for a Minute Fridays. *See above application description for stories that fall under each day.
A pitch is a short rationale about your story idea to pique the interest of an editor, in this case the producers of Vocalo. It should be succinct and answer questions such as:
What is its specific significance and context? Who does it affect? What’s new about the story, and why do you want to tell it now? How can you use audio and digital media to tell this story? What sources will you need to consult? Will Vocalo listeners care about the story?
Stories must be factual but can take the shape of personal narratives, investigative work, traditional journalism or experimental in the use of sound to narrate.
One pitch will be selected and become the story you complete throughout the workshop, be sure to pitch ideas you are passionate/curious about.
Are you a volunteer or member of a community based organization or non-profit? If so, which one(s)?
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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