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Paid DC Internship --Alliance for Nuclear Accountability--Deadline November 2nd !

Posted on November 1, 2007 4:17 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

[Please forward this job posting to potential candidates and note the Friday, November 2 nd application deadline. Thanks]

Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
Washington, DC Intern Job Description

The full-time intern will be hired for a six month term, beginning in November and ending in April, and based in the Washington, DC office of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA). ANA is a progressive network of 35 organizations working in the shadows of the nuclear weapons complex to protect public health and the environment by addressing nuclear weapons and waste issues. The Intern's primary responsibility will be to support ANA in the organizing of its annual DC Days advocacy program, making arrangements for congressional visits, organizational meetings and receptions. Additionally, the intern's responsibilities will be to support the work of ANA and its member organizations and assist the Program Director in the daily and program operations of the DC office. The Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Program Director, and will make periodic reports to the Director.

Key Responsibilities

DC Days (65-70%). Working with the DC Days planning committee, the Intern will be given extensive responsibilities for organizing ANA's annual DC Days, including:

* All logistical arrangements for this five day event
* Facilitate grassroots activists' participation
* Arrange congressional and administrative meetings
* Organize Congressional reception
* Organize educational training event

Issue Work (15-20%)

* Attend DC meetings and hearings for informational, coordination, and research purposes
* Assist in tracking legislation and reporting to ANA members
* Assist with maintenance of ANA website
* Conduct research and write reports, as needed

Administrative Work (10-15%)

* General office administration tasks, including: answering phones, copying, filing
* Help maintain office supplies
* Backup of computer files

Salary

$1,600 per month stipend.

Contact

Alfred Meyer, Program Director
202-544-0217 x 180
ameyerananuclear.org

To apply:
Please email: cover letter, resume, a 3 to 5 page writing sample and 3 references.

Deadline, November 2, 2007

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY

Posted on November 15, 2007 2:18 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Communications Associate
Believe In Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation

The Communications Associate will be responsible for overseeing all forms of written communication in order to promote the mission of the Believe In Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation and specifically, the Pediatric Housing programs. This responsibility will include media relations as well as all printed publications, creative marketing materials and website development.

Our Mission
Believe In Tomorrow provides exceptional hospital and retreat housing services to critically ill children and their families. We believe in keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis, and that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process.

Responsible to: VP/COO

Media:
o Create a comprehensive media plan that is inclusive of Believe In Tomorrow (BIT) and the Believe In Tomorrow House at Johns Hopkins/Housing Program
o Write, pitch and place stories about BIT and Housing, our programs and events, with national, regional, state and local media on an ongoing basis
o Develop longer term relationships with media outlets for the purposes of ongoing promotion.
o Produce PSA’s and advertisements for those outlets as opportunities arise.
o Maintain a media directory within Bacon’s On-line for continued use.
o Create and maintain media and informational kits for distribution to various media as well as the general public.

Internal and External Communications:
o Write stories and oversee the development and execution of the Believe In Tomorrow newsletters (issued 2x a year).
o Oversee all communications of Believe In Tomorrow and it’s program areas.
o Develop an on-line newsletter and maintain subscriber list
o Develop and on-line family newsletter
o Assist with other internal communication needs

Marketing:
o With the VP/COO and CEO, develop brand development and management strategy.
o Ensure web page content is accurate and up-to-date. Add news stories, communications materials, and information on new marketing initiatives.
o Develop marketing materials for presentations/proposals in support of our housing expansion.
o Assist with the coordination of meetings and presentations.
o With Director of Advancement and Graphic Designer, develop the Annual Report, materials for the Appeal and any other advancement materials.

Other Duties and Projects as Assigned

Qualifications:
o The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, yet grounded in a “get-it-done” attitude.
o Education: Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism or equivalent
o Experience: Minimum 2 years work experience in the communications field. Charitable non-profit experience is a bonus.
o Must: be a self-starter with exceptional writing and editing skills, be able to gain a substantive understanding of our organization quickly and posses strong computer, organizational and oral communication skills.


Hours/Benefits

o Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with 30 minute unpaid lunch.
o 80 hours vacation leave per year.
o 56 hours accruable personal leave.
o Seven major holidays.
o Long-term disability.
o Health and Dental Benefits.
o 403(b) Retirement Plan
o YMCA Membership discount

**NEW COURSE IN SPRING 08--FACEBOOK CULTURE**

Posted on November 16, 2007 5:05 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Facebook Culture: New Media, Surveillance, and Democracy
This course will examine the technology, social practices, and
discourse of new media. Topics will include electoral politics, social networking,
surveillance and civil liberties, the political economy of media
convergence.

Three Songs at the End of Summer, by Jane Kenyon

Posted on November 21, 2007 10:05 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Three Songs at the End of Summer
by Jane Kenyon

A second crop of hay lies cut
and turned. Five gleaming crows
search and peck between the rows.
They make a low, companionable squawk,
and like midwives and undertakers
possess a weird authority.

Crickets leap from the stubble,
parting before me like the Red Sea.
The garden sprawls and spoils.

Across the lake the campers have learned
to water ski. They have, or they haven't.
Sounds of the instructor's megaphone
suffuse the hazy air."Relax! Relax!"

Cloud shadows rush over drying hay,
fences, dusty lane, and railroad ravine.
The first yellowing fronds of goldenrod
brighten the margins of the woods.

Schoolbooks, carpools, pleated skirts;
water, silver-still, and a vee of geese.

*

The cicada's dry monotony breaks
over me. The days are bright
and free, bright and free.

Then why did I cry today
for an hour, with my whole
body, the way babies cry?

*

A white, indifferent morning sky,
and a crow, hectoring from its nest
high in the hemlock, a nest as big
as a laundry basket ...
In my childhood
I stood under a dripping oak,
while autumnal fog eddied around my feet,
waiting for the school bus
with a dread that took my breath away.

The damp dirt road gave off
this same complex organic scent.

I had the new books--words, numbers,
and operations with numbers I did not
comprehend--and crayons, unspoiled
by use, in a blue canvas satchel
with red leather straps.

Spruce, inadequate, and alien
I stood at the side of the road.
It was the only life I had.

Jane Kenyon, "Three Songs at the End of Summer" from Collected Poems. Copyright �© 2005 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon. Reprinted with the permission of Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota, www.graywolfpress.org.

Source: Poetry (September 1988).

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Low-Power FM in the news

Posted on November 22, 2007 10:37 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Contact: Pete Tridish, Prometheus Radio Project Founder
215-727-9620 x 501, 215-605-9297, petri@prometheusradio.org

On Tuesday, November 20th, the Federal Communications Commission
announced that it was ready to pass a set of provisions amending the
rules that govern the low power FM radio (LPFM) service -- a
noncommercial radio service that hundreds of schools, churches,
municipalities, and community groups use to connect with their local
communities. Below is the press statement of Pete Tridish, founder of
the Prometheus Radio Project, on the announcement.

"In recent weeks, the Federal Communications Commission, and FCC
Chairman Kevin Martin, have made strong public statements about
supporting the low power FM radio service, and the vital work that it
does nationwide. As the commission works at its November 27th meeting
to make decisions about the future of LPFM, they must lay the groundwork
to ensure that LPFM will not only be available in rural areas in the
future. They must also protect the low power stations from losing their
frequencies to full power stations that encroach upon their signals, and
threaten to knock them off the air.

As a diverse set of groups, including Prometheus, have proposed over
recent years, the FCC must prioritize local low power FM radio stations
over translator chains fed by distant signals. The FCC has frozen the
granting of translator licenses for the time being, to investigate the
practices of these chains and to balance the priority of distant
translator use with the needs of local radio. The FCC cannot move to
lift the current freeze on the granting of licenses to these translator
chains without prioritizing local radio over these distant-fed
translators. Without remedying this problem, the Commission is telling
the American public that they are prioritizing these distant voices,
once and for all, and informing local groups that would like one single,
local, hundred-watt-or-less radio station that there is no room on the
dial left for them.

When Congress temporarily limited LPFM in 2000, they mandated that the
FCC study whether or not there would be room for these vital stations in
America's cities and smaller communities. During the exact moment when
this study and its technical field tests were being completed in 2003,
the FCC made the mistake of allowing a handful of speculators to apply
for translator licenses on thousands of the very same channels that had
been promised for LPFM use. When it comes to translators and low power
FM radio stations, the FCC allocates spectrum based simply upon who
filed their application first. If the FCC chooses to prioritize these
translator applicants, all of the frequencies that the FCC designed for
LPFM use back in 2000 will have been given away.

In that 2003 window, a single translator applicant applied for 2500
licenses to broadcast, nationwide. One radio station currently has 792
translator applications repeating its signal.

In 2005, the FCC wisely froze translator applications like those listed
above in order to find an intelligent resolution. In recent statements,
Chairman Martin announced a limited proposal to reject some of these
applicants, but if the FCC wants to support low power FM radio, they
have a lot of work to do.

No matter what happens in Congress, LPFM will only be available in
America's cities if the FCC acts to make room for it. The Commission
needs to revise the spectrum priority relationship between LPFMs and
these distant translator chains. There are a number of ways that this
can be done without affecting the legitimate use of repeating stations
by local networks.

In terms of low power FM stations being encroached upon by full power
stations that want their signals -- while dozens of stations are under
threat of this happening in the next weeks or months, the Commission and
its staff should be commended for the work they've done, case by case,
to make room for both these threatened stations and the full power
stations moving into their path.

We encourage the Commission to continue to address the simplest
displacement cases now and relieve the hold up on some of these less
problematic encroachments. The few, tougher cases should remain on hold
for settlement until, through further comment, more innovative solutions
are found. Also, hasty judgment should not be made on the fate of low
power stations suffering dramatically increased interference through
encroachments -- more solutions can be found in these cases after
further comment. Another excellent option for frequency availability
for LPFMs at the disposal of the Commission is to use more detailed
engineering methods -- methods which can open up a limited number of new
options for communities. This could be exciting if the order of
application problem (between the chains that got an opportunity to apply
before communities got their chance) were resolved.

The statements that the FCC and Chairman Martin have made on the small
ameliorative measures they might take for LPFM are helpful and well
intentioned, and we'd like to give credit where credit is due -- but all
of these measures pale in contrast to the prospect of America's cities
never getting a fair chance at low power radio, and the importance of
keeping low power FM radio stations serving their full communities.

Prometheus would heartily congratulate the hard work of the Chairman
Martin and the FCC staff on this new low power notice, so long as the
Commission does not:

1) foreclose the LPFM opportunity in the cities by ignoring the
translator/LPFM priority problem, and

2) make hasty judgment on the hardest encroachment cases, and cases that
do not involve displacement but do involve significant interference.
These should be resolved after another round of comment and creative
problem solving."

To be removed from this mailing list, please email Hannah Sassaman with
"remove" in the subject line.

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hannah sassaman
prometheusradioproject

building radio stations = awesome
http://www.prometheusradio.org
215-727-9620

Women and Media in US and Turkey ---online essay competition

Posted on November 30, 2007 5:14 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

WOMEN AND MEDIA IN THE U.S.A. &
TURKEY
JOIN AN ONLINE COMPETITION
(December 14, 2007- January 18, 2008)
• Chat with college students in Turkey!!
• Compete to earn PRIZES!! (1st place: $300)
• Learn about women’s issues, Turkish culture and
language!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION E-MAIL WSIJEC@I-E-INSTITUTE.ORG
OR
VISIT FACEBOOK.COM
GROUP NAME:
WOMEN STUDIES INTERNATIONAL JOINT EXCHANGE COMPETITION
An International Exchange Institute IJEC Project ( www.i-e-institute.org/ijec)

This is Just To Say

Posted on November 30, 2007 5:18 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox

and which

you were probably

saving

for breakfast

Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold


Copyright © 1962 by William Carlos Williams.

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