INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Love the Process
By Marvin V. Acuna
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Last night, a friend and I stopped for a beer at Snake Pit, a local pub. The name suits the bar. It's a very narrow, very dark space with about 15 or 20 beers on tap. I can say this, "It's not Cheers."
My buddy and I decided on pints of Firestone,which we ordered from a very surly and sour female bartender.
As the night progressed, fresh pints were served and conversations continued. At one point in the night, my eyes fell on our bartender's wedding ring. My natural curiosity about people shifted into overdrive.
"May I ask you a personal question?" I said.
She replied, "You can ask, doesn't mean I'll answer it."
"How long have you been married?" I asked.
"Eighteen years," she quickly responded.
A series of other questions followed that concluded with my last: "18 years of marriage...what's the secret?"
What she said next truly surprised me. In fact, I told her that I was so taken by what she said that I was compelled to write about my encounter with her and share it with all of you.
She said, "He's my fishing partner."
She went on to explain that she and he love fishing. Their car is always packed with gear and ready to go at a moment's notice. That she could call her husband right then and there and by the time she got home, he'd be ready to go.
"What do you love about fishing?" I asked. The next words she uttered may be the most profound words a bartender has ever shared with me.
She said, "I feel people have fishing all wrong. Fishing is not solely about whether you catch fish or not. Sometimes you will and sometimes you won't. That part is not in our control. I love the process. The ritual. The silence. The surprise. The challenge. And knowing it's me and my husband doing what we love."
Call for Submissions: NBC's Writers on the Verge
NBC Entertainment Diversity Initiative is pleased to announce the 2010 submission dates for Writers on the Verge. It is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series.
The program will consist of two night classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBC in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry
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Submission Dates: May 26, 2010 - June 30, 2010
One-Year Effort to Seed Journo Innovation in Minority Communities
A one-year effort to reinvent journalism's role in the nation's underserved communities -- by seeding entrepreneurial media and technology ventures during a collaborative gathering -- will bring up to 100 people to a initial idea summit June 3-6 at Wayne State University.
"Journalism That Matters: Create or Die - Innovate, Incubate, Initiate," is a joint effort of Wayne State, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, Elon University in Elon, N.C., and a host of other sponsors, including Google Inc. and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Registration for the public event is open through May 31 at www.journalismthatmatters.org
"How can we reshape journalism so that it engages and serves all people and communities?" asks Andrew Humphrey, a co-convenor of JTM-Detroit and a meteorologist, reporter and producer at Detroit's WDIV-TV. "JTM-Detroit will foster ideas and seed invention around that question." Humphrey is also founder and co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalist's digital journalism task force.
The event is the first of two summits - the second will be in summer, 2011 in North Carolina. Throughout the intervening year, the host institutions and sponsors will work with entrepreneurs to research, conceive, test and start implementing new approaches to journalism from and for diverse communities.
"We're seeking participants nationwide to be part of a pitch, plan, design, build collaboration that continues after this first summit," says Michelle Ferrier, an Elon University professor who conceived the year-long effort. "We're making space for participants to bring ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm, a place to find partners and coaches and take their work to the next level."
The focused event will begin with an agenda-setting session, then will focus on identifying entrepreneurial ideas among participants, putting in place advisors, services - and possibly funding - that will allow experiments and testing over the next year. Reports on successes and failures - and fresh ideas - will be the focus of a follow-up JTM event in the summer of 2011 hosted by Elon University near Greensboro, N.C.
"For half a century, the news has been funded by mass-market advertising," says Bill Densmore, a research fellow at the Reynolds Institute and JTM co-organizer. "The Internet and mobile technologies are making it possible to identify and serve large niche audiences. Our task is to figure out how to do so sustainably."
Besides circle-round discussions and focused breakouts - hosted this year by the Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State -- participants will join partners and collaborators for a reception on Friday, June 4 at the Museum of Afro American History, the nation's largest such museum.
Journalism That Matters is a collaborative of journalists, technologists, academic researchers and citizens that has been meeting since 2001 in places like Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Seattle, Memphis, Milwaukee, Amherst, Mass., St. Petersburg, Fla., and Kalamazoo, Mich., to help define and chart the new media ecosystem as part of healthier communities. There are more than 1,000 alumni of JTM events worldwide.
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism opened in 2008. Its mission is to bring together citizens and journalists to foster ideas, conduct research and seed experiments that advance the values, principles and purposes of journalism. JTM events typically develop new and unexpected cross-sector collaborations, broaden a community of practice among people who care about journalism innovation, learn from stories of successful projects and discover and engage financial/funding sources to seed new projects.
The Detroit convening's specific focus is to nurture and develop journalism entrepreneurship especially for underserved communities and people of color. Besides those listed, other sponsors of JTM-Detroit include the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, and the US Census Bureau.
Because of the support of all these groups, JTM is able to provide a limited number of registration stipends. To apply, choose the "request stipend" option when registering at:
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Entries: BET's Lens on Talent
BET is looking for the best and brightest filmmakers for the new season of Lens on Talent: A Johnson & Johnson Filmmaker's Challenge.
Lens on Talent is a short film showcase hosted by noted film, television actor Blair Underwood featuring the best short films from emerging African American talent. Short films that are 8 minutes in length or less are eligible.
Lens on Talent takes its search for new filmmakers to the next level. Only the best of the best will be showcased in Lens on Talent with the grand prize winner having the opportunity to produce a Short Film to be aired on BET.
A short film contest from BET where the winning short filmmaker gets $100,000.00 to produce a short film to be aired on the BET Networks and program services
Postmark deadline: June 30, 2010
For complete rules and application information visit the Lens on Talent website.
Study of Mexican American Women in Couple Relationships
To the Members of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers,
My name is Serena Galloway. I'm an advanced graduate student at Alliant International University's California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. I'm conducting an online survey comparing Mexican American women in couple relationships where their significant other is either a Mexican American OR Caucasian (non-Hispanic) man, and in need of participants.
Participation is voluntary, anonymous, completed online, and should take less than one hour to complete. With your help, this research may increase scientific knowledge of acculturation (balancing Mexican and American cultures) and social support issues, support research of Mexican American women in relationships and interethnic couples, while giving participants time to spend thinking about their relationship.
If you, a friend, a relative, co-worker, or anyone you know are eligible to participate in the study, please forward this email or go to: http://MexicanAmericanWomenCoupleStudy.blogspot.com
Mexican American women who are between the ages of 18 and 40, live in the U.S. with their partner for at least 6 months, and have a male partner who is either Mexican American OR Caucasian (non-Hispanic) are invited to participate.
This study has been approved by the Alliant International University Institutional Review Board.
Thank you very much for your time. Feel free to forward this email to others who may want to participate.
If you have any questions, you can contact me at the study's email: MexicanWomenCoupleStudy@gmail.com
Thank you again for your help,
Serena C. Galloway, M.S.
Clinical Psychology PhD Student
Alliant International University
California School of Professional Psychology