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Mrs. Hamer Echoes
Oct04

Mrs. Hamer Echoes

Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, spoke words that are all too relevant today. Mrs. Hamer would have turned 100 years old on October 6th 2017. Today on Making Contact, you’ll hear archival recordings, and excerpts from a powerful new film featuring Fannie Lou Hamer’s contemporaries– themselves now elders. You’ll hear about the context of her life, and the lives of other sharecroppers in Mississippi from a seldom heard film produced for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC. Special thanks for music to our listener, Lisa E. Williams, for lending us her tune “Julia”.  TRANSCRIPT available below –thanks to volunteers! Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Amzie Moore, SNCC, The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Dorie Ladner and Heather Booth, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Reverend Leslie McLemore, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Sharecroppers Fannie Lou Hamer Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Editing Assistant: Emily Harris Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   Robin Hamilton’s This Little Light of Mine: the Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, soon-to-be released film Paul Richards at Estuary Press and the film Dream Deferred and produced by his late father Harvey Richards Claude Marks and Freedom Archives Colin Edwards and his widow Mary Edwards Shawn Dellis at Pacifica Archives Keith McMillan at Jackson State University, Fannie Lou Hamer Institute at COFO Dr. Guha Shankar at the Library of Congress Folklife Center, discussion with Robin Hamilton about her new film Dr. Sade Turnipseed and her Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Interpretive Center Music: Original Music  – Lisa E. Williams Music from Robin Hamilton’s film –  Mathew Prins, Josh Kramer, Fred Capo, Cinquequarti, ArtTune Tech, Pond 5 Music Fannie Lou Hamer – Sweet Honey in the Rock Prelude 1  – Chris Zabriskie Caravan – Blue Dot Session Ergo Phizmiz Cory Gray More Information: Fannie Lou Hamer and see all the sources above TRANSCRIPT Collage of bites with simple ambient music under. I think a man should be impeached when they are not really dealing with the people My soul is tired white folks, of what you have done to us If this society of yours is a Great Society, God knows I would hate to live in a bad one.” applause… We are SICK and TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED. And we are tired of people saying that we’re satisfied because we are everything but satisfied.   I’ve heard lots about “with the people for the people by the people but it’s by a Handful with a handful For an Handful! A House divided cannot stand, a nation divided cannot...

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Radio Producer   Part-Time based in the Bay Area
Apr09

Radio Producer Part-Time based in the Bay Area

NOTE: We are not accepting applications at this time. We currently have 4 awesome core producers. Please pitch us as a freelance contributor. See https://www.radioproject.org/desk/pitches/  and https://www.radioproject.org/production/submission-guidelines/   Are you an energetic, organized creative producer with strong radio-writing, audio editing and sound mixing skills? Able to work on your own features and edit freelancers’ work while juggling both? Making Contact seeks an interim Part Time radio producer with excellent mixing skills and a passion for public-interest media. This is an interim position while we continue our process for hiring a Full Time Managing Producer. Making Contact produces a nationally broadcast, progressive weekly radio series and podcast. Our high quality public-affairs and documentary radio programs are broadcast on 120 radio stations in the U.S., Canada, and Australia and thousands more listen via our website and podcasts. Year after year, our award-winning work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, among others. Please take some time to listen to our shows and familiarize yourself with our work before applying. The interim producer will work together with producers Jasmin Lopez, Monica Lopez, and Marie Choi as well as our freelance reporters and producers. This contractor gig will run May 2 (or soonest thereafter) through Oct 31, and is budgeted at $2,500 per month. Required deliverables per month: Head-up one 29-minute edition of Making Contact; pitched, produced, mixed and uploaded. Plan on approx. 60 hrs per episode. Co-producer work on programs headed up by the other producers: Script edits, meetings, mixing freelancer’s acts and tracks, show listen-throughs. Plan on approx. 40 hrs per month for this facet. Required Skills/Experience Demonstrated writing and script editing skills Demonstrated audio editing and multitrack sound-mixing skills Track record of delivering pieces on deadline Strong voice-craft skills Track record of journalistic work –dedicated to fairness, accuracy and fact-checking Ability to read and synthesize research Familiarity with key issues of our times and timeless issues Highly organized and communicative Commitment to building Making Contact as a whole, and to participating in a team process Enthusiastic about audience engagement Level-headed with a sense of humor Making Contact is an affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate against any applicants and we actively recruit applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, and disabled people. Position starts May 16. Downtown Oakland, CA is job location. Please email resume, cover letter, writing sample (radio script preferred) and links to radio work samples to jobs@radioproject.org   Use subject line, “INTERIM PRODUCER + First name Last...

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Katha Pollitt explains how to Reclaim Abortion
Apr24

Katha Pollitt explains how to Reclaim Abortion

In these short excerpts taken from an interview with Rose Aguillar, noted writer Katha Pollitt talks about reclaiming the word “PRO,”using a Reproductive Justice framework, distorted media coverage and how lack of access to abortion healthcare in Texas is forcing women to cross boarder for dangerous alternatives. Pollitt is a columnist for The Nation magazine and a feminist essayist, poet, critic and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Her new book is titled “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.”...

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Loretta Ross on Trust Black Women and the fight for Reproductive Justice
Apr09

Loretta Ross on Trust Black Women and the fight for Reproductive Justice

When such a racialized strategy is used to weaken the prochoice movement, as an African American women I felt the best people to respond would be the black women who were under attack. For over 20 years Loretta J. Ross has been fighting for the rights of women of color. As a co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective she organized women of color in the reproductive justice movement and was one of the creators of the term “Reproductive Justice” in 1994. In this 4-min interview exceprt, Ross talks about starting the Trust Black Women campaign in response to anti-abortion billboards and legislation meant to shame Black and Asian women and make abortions...

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We’re Hiring! Managing Producer

NOTE: We are not accepting applications at this time. We currently have 4 awesome core producers. Please pitch us as a freelance contributor. See https://www.radioproject.org/desk/pitches/  and https://www.radioproject.org/production/submission-guidelines/ We’re looking for a Managing Producer to join our team. Please take some time to listen to our shows and familiarize yourself with our work before applying. Managing Producer Full Time based in Oakland/Bay Area Making Contact, www.radioproject.org seeks a managing producer with a passion for non-commercial public media. We amplify the voices of community members who are seeking solutions to issues of economic, environmental and social justice. Salary rate DOE. We seek an energetic, passionate, well-organized team-player with leadership experience. The candidate should understand the craft of long-format feature radio production and the art of a good in-depth interview. Strong audio editing and sound mixing skills preferred. The role of the managing producer is to produce and mix editions of Making Contact, and be responsible for supervising and coaching producers. The managing producer delegates to others and is the point-person for scheduling the productions and managing changes. Approx. 65% of their time is spent producing episodes of Making Contact, 15% guiding and supervising producers and production processes and  20% of their time is dedicated to communicating and strategizing with organizational staff regarding online distribution/audience engagement, marketing, and fundraising/development. This position reports to and is in partnership with Making Contact’s executive director. We are looking for someone who is highly productive and enjoys contributing to many facets of new journalism including fostering collaborations with other media outlets and community groups, helping experiment with our digital delivery methods and podcasts, and engaging our broadcast and digital audiences to create impact.  Great post for someone who’s as adept at managing others as they are self-managing their own time and projects. This new hire will join our small yet effective organization consisting of three part-time producers and our pool of freelancers; our marketing, fundraising and administrative staff and contractors. Duties and Responsibilities: The same as other producers: produce original radio content and adapt others’ work edit and mix segments and shows apply journalistic standards of fairness, accuracy, due diligence in reporting and fact-checking apply a journalistic approach including inviting input from community members to help identify topics and conceptualize pieces that inform, inspire, and move people to take action. review pitches, commission and edit freelancers’ work participate in show review/evaluation, and work-in-progress listening sessions at staff meetings Duties distinct from other producers: supervise and coordinate the producers’ work and ensure production calendar and program descriptions are updated In semi-monthly meetings with Executive Director and in thrice-monthly all-staff meetings, discuss editorial plans and strategize about organizational initiatives. Plan...

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