(Fausto Sanchez/Courtesy David Bacon)
Tomorrow night, writer, photographer, and labor organizer David Bacon will receive the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Humanitarian Award at the organization’s scholarship dinner and celebration. The event’s theme is “Continuing the Legacy: Immigrant Rights, Worker Rights and Economic Rights.”
Bacon, a member of the Guild freelance unit, uses his reporting skills as an instrument for social change. He has shed the illusion of journalistic objectivity and uses his pen and camera to give voice to migrant workers who are the hidden victims of an indifferent global economy.
Read more about David Bacon in a profile by Freelancer John Geluardi.
by Rebecca Rosen Lum
Sometimes the most important thing a radio journalist can do is not to talk at all.
Ken Kobré led a packed session. (Sara Steffens)
Shooting video with an iPhone? Record interviews in the car — or better still, the closet.
As for magazine writing, a quick trip to New York to bond with editors over lunch (your treat) can pay off handsomely in assignments.
Participants gathered these and many more tips at the 2013 Spring Training for Journalists Saturday, held for the first time at San Francisco State University in partnership with the SFSU Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism.
A record 133 people turned out for the annual event, and many presenters stuck around to sit in on breakout sessions and listen to a keynote address by noted Bay Area journalist Carol Pogash.
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And why not, with presenters like Raul Ramirez, executive director of news and public affairs at KQED, investigative reporter and author Seth Rosenfeld, multi-award-winning health reporter Laurie Udesky and visual journalist (and Emmy nominee) Carrie Ching.
“Brilliant event from beginning to end,” participant Diane Harrigan said in an online post. “As a visual storyteller, I was especially interested in Mike Kepka‘s ‘Digital Storytelling on Deadline.’ Attendees received a rare look into the world of this award-winning genius . . . Solid advice and tips and tricks from the master.”
Davia Nelson of NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters demonstrates her technique at the 2010 Spring Training.
Be there Saturday, May 4 when Guild Freelancers throws its annual Spring Training for Journalists — an upbeat, daylong event that provides independent media workers with a rich palette of ideas and skills (You’ll find a detailed schedule at the end of this post).
Breakout sessions will hold a special appeal to freelancers, but also offer much of value to newsroom staffers and students, including:
- Breaking into radio with Ben Trefny (KALW), Raul Ramirez (KQED) and Queena Kim (Marketplace)
- Cell phone videojournalism with Ken Kobré
- Advanced FOIA and public records, with Seth Rosenfeld (“Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power“)
- Creating great visuals, with Carrie Ching, formerly senior producer of multi-media for the Center for Investigative Reporting
- Getting work into magazines, with editors of California, Afar, San Francisco, and California Lawyer
- Multimedia on the cheap with Pulitzer Prize winner Kim Komenich
- and much more.
Journalist and master of many media Carol Pogash will keynote with “The Unscripted Life,” or how a longtime Examiner staffer surprised herself and became a successful freelancer.
This year, we have a new partner — San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism — and a new location: the SFSU main campus (Humanities Building, 3rd floor) at 1600 Holloway Ave.