On Thursday, 14 March, 6-8:30pm, at: Gaia's Garden, Santa Rosa: <http://www.gaiasgardenonline.com> Gaia’s Garden will host a community speaking event for Project Censored authors (of the newly released Censored 2013), along with students and interested community activists. All are invited to share in the fun and insights and speak about your piece of the PC effort.
Anyone from SF state interested?
Schedule of the evening:
5:30pm - Meet up
6pm - Dinner
6:45pm - Program
Presentations will be brief--5 mins of talk followed by 5 mins of Q&A for each speaker. We will have a maximum of 10 speakers so that we do not go too late.
Contact Kenn Burrows <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you are interested.
***This is an example taken from Lisa Carmack from SF State's Golden gate Xpress***
How to write a Pitch:
SLUG: The title of your document will be a slug (main gist of the story) with your first initial and full last name.
PITCH: Your pitch should be an explanation or summary of what you'd like to write along with perhaps an article that drew your attention to the issue or event. This should be the longest and most detailed part of your pitch. You really have to sell it here. Write it as if it were your nut graph.
SOURCES: [Internet links and book references are fine for Project Censored. If you have direct sources that means you're AWESOME] Any sources you can get in touch with along with their contact information. For an Xpress story you'll need a MINIMUM of three direct sources. Sometimes it's just a jumping off point, or an email. But you should have a pretty good idea how you're going to get the information you need.
VISUALS (NOT APPLICABLE for BOOK): If there's an event with some fun aesthetics or if you need a portrait for a feature, you need to make it clear here that a photographer should be assigned. If you think an infographic would be better, you can give a few ideas for that as well.
TIME ESTIMATE (NOT APPLICABLE for BOOK): This is where you say whether you think the story is a quick turnaround or a more in depth long-form piece.
CONTACT INFO: Your cell phone number goes here. This is mostly for your photographer, but also just quick access if an editor needs to contact you.
Below is an example of one of my pitches from last semester.
SLUG: BART_L CARMACK
PITCH: ***Please do NOT use "I" statements and do NOT use questions.*** The BART protests have and will continue to effect rush hour commuter traffic.Are commuters informed about the protests and support the cause that 'Anonymous' has been rallying? How many are disgruntled and bewildered by Anonymous' message? How do these protests affect commuters? Have BART officials received complaints about delays? What they're doing to combat the issues?
***Please do NOT use "I" statements and do NOT use questions.***
CONTACTS: BART Officials, BART Riders, BART Police?
Comments and Complaints: 510 464-7134
BART Police Non-Emergency: 877 679-7000
Justin Beck: @pixpls
VISUALS (NOT APPLICABLE): Disgruntled BART riders.
TIME ESTIMATE (NOT APPLICABLE): This would be a follow-up story for the "Marching in the Streets: BART Protests Story" I could probably finish it in a week, but I'd like to be more in depth so it could take a little longer. I'll do some preliminary question-asking and get back to you.
ANY OTHER RESOURCES:
CONTACT INFO: the best way to get in contact with you.
Hello PC members,
Now that we have our blogs ready and active we can start on our next step which is to cover topics that interest us. Marisa Soski brought up a great topic on how SF State's impacted majors will double for the 2014 semester (Read: Impacted majors nearly double at SF State). What topics are you interested in?
Start your own blog. Email me the web address and lets get started on talking about issues that we are passionate about while educating our readers. This semester Project Censored's SF State Affiliate begins its journey on creating a community. Let's come together and not just talk about news that effects us but let's actively inspire people to create change.
Deadlines coming up:
March 4 - story pitch (which will become the nut paragraph for your abstract) *** include at least 3 sources ready***
March 11 - rough draft
March 18 - Final draft
***Please show up on time for these meetings so we can each have equal attention to our stories***
Last night listening to Oliver Stone and history professor, Peter Kuznick, I was very touched, hearing about an inspiring leader and very good man I did not know of (Henry Wallace) who in the last minute was pushed out of the likely nomination for vice presidency — by special interests and replaced with Harry Truman. And how this change has deeply impacted all our lives and shaped politics and wars from that time forward. How one good person (or the lack of him/her) in the right place can change so much — for generations. It was a great reminder of what a few good people can do, and that we have to be aware and active to make a real difference. So, a few ideas for the Project Censored — SF State effort. See what you think and add your thoughts as well:
Nominations for student awards are being kicked around, and I would like to nominate PC- SF State for an Outstanding Student Organization award (see below) -- if you as past and current leaders are willing to brainstorm with me and help pull thoughts and details together. Why us? Fall semester we were less energetic, yet we have been and are a major force shaping PC thinking and activism and an acknowledged national leader in sourcing top independent news stories for the last two years. To be doing what we are doing on the front lines of change is most challenging, and somehow we have been playing this edge well, despite small numbers and confusion at times about what we are doing or could be doing — which is quite natural, given what we are facing with the challenge of this effort.
With Von’s leadership and Nick (Lenoil) and Marisa (Soski) as well... we hope to gather a new vision of finding and revealing progressive changes in the world -- perhaps holding our own Top 10 Best News Stories at the end of the year — about empowering truths and changes going in the world — that people can get behind. And we invite current news stories in this direction. And Von is creating a website that can be a platform for these discoveries — as well as the Fair Share of he Common Heritage site: which Mickey and Peter have asked me/us to take leadership for — inn this positive direction — of developing a “Commons” movement and giving it legs. A past student of mine, now a filmmaker: Ken Walden, has offered help in this — if we wish.
We also spoke of (last two PC meetings and in private conversations) wanting to create a community that gathers and co-leads itself by what we are most interested in. and hat these discussions will be a great reward in and of themselves. Part of this is looking at articulating a new vision for education — and help plan the “Rethinking Education and Activism” events. We have two coming up on: April 8th and April 10th. And other faculty and student groups have expressed interest in working with us — more in the meeting on Monday.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Monday, 3-4pm, (or let me/us how to include you) that we can find our way into the next steps of these emerging possibilities.
In love and faith...
Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards The Dean of Students is proud to recognize the outstanding leadership at SF State. The annual Leadership Awards Ceremony highlights the outstanding service that student leaders, student organizations and faculty/staff advisors provide to SF State and to larger communities. Four awards have been established to thank and recognize the outstanding talent in the campus community: Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Award, Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor Award and Social Justice Award.
Campus community members may nominate individuals and student organizations; all eligible nominees will be submitted to the Awards Committee for review, which is based solely on the content of nominations received from SF State faculty, staff and students via the online form. After review, the committee will make a recommendation to the Dean of Students who will determine the award recipient(s). Students and faculty/staff advisors may not nominate themselves for the individual awards, however they may nominate their own organization for the Outstanding Student Organization Award and/or the Social Justice Award.
Online nomination forms for each category are available as follows:
1. Nomination for Outstanding Student Leader:
2. Nomination for Outstanding Student Organization:
3. Nomination for Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor:
4. Nomination for Social Justice Award: