Job Opportunities with ScribeMedia.org

We have freelance business reporting positions, as well as a few internships available, here at ScribeMedia.org. Pass it along.

We have a few opportunities here at ScribeMedia.org.

For recent journalism grads looking to work on documentaries and Web-based video projects, take a look at the first listing below.

For business reporters with proven track records covering either online Advertising or Internet / Mobile Technology and Startups, we have freelance opportunities. Both are also listed below.

To apply any of these positions, please email us with links to your work, links to online personas that further tells us about you (eg., a blog, Twitter, Delicious/Digg/etc account) and for business reporters, the type of stories you’d like to pursue.

EDITORIAL AND VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERNS

ScribeLabs has openings for two summer interns to work on documentary projects through its publication ScribeMedia.org.

One such documentary is the Future Journalism Project. Information about it can be found here

The second will be announced shortly, and focuses on technology and culture.

Interns will focus on subject matter research, writing articles, interviewee outreach, and various stages of the film pre-production and production process.

The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and research capabilities, and be tenaciously organized, team oriented, excited to learn new skills and a general joy to work with.

Video shooting and editing abilities are preferred but not required.

To apply, use the email link above with “Interns” written in the subject field.

BUSINESS REPORTER – BRAND & ADVERTISING

ScribeLabs is looking for a few good freelance business reporters to contribute to ScribeMedia.org, a multimedia publication focusing on the business, technology and culture of digital media.

Contributors would write about online advertising in general, and video advertising and online publishing specifically. Weekly articles would be a mix of original reporting and media analysis.

Questions and themes we wish to explore include the business goals, results (brand lift, ROI, awareness), the technology used, the creative process and consumer feedback and response, that advertising and brand campaigns strive for and are — or are not — achieving.

If interested, please write to the email address above with “Business Reporter” in the subject field. Include a brief bio with links to your clips, resume and online persona (eg., blog, Twitter, etc.)

The ideal candidate has written for publications such as Ad Age, MediaPost, AdWeek, Brandweek, etc., or reported on the topic elsewhere, is enthusiastic about using audio and video in their reporting, and won’t shy away from appearing on camera for interviews with key opinion makers.

Openings are available immediately.

BUSINESS REPORTER: TECHNOLOGY & STARTUPS

ScribeLabs is looking for a few good freelance business reporters to contribute to ScribeMedia.org, its multimedia publication focusing on the business,technology and culture of digital media.

Contributors would write about technology startups and the disruptions and opportunities throughout the digital media landscape. Weekly articles would be a mix of original reporting and analysis.

If interested, please write to the email address above with “Business Reporter” in the subject field. Include a brief bio with links to your clips and online persona (eg., blog, Twitter, etc.)

The ideal candidate has a proven track record writing about business, companies and technology, is enthusiastic about using audio and video in their reporting, and won’t shy away from appearing on camera for interviews with key opinion makers.

Openings are available immediately.

ICF – 2010 Intelligent Community of the Year Award

Suwon, South Korea wins 2010 Intelligent Community of the Year.

Press assets (right click a link below to download video and images):

Press Release

Suwon, Korea Named Intelligent Community of the Year

Second Korean Community in three years receives ICF’s Top Honor in New York during NYU/Polytechnic Event

New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham named Visionary of the Year; Educational initiatives of China’s Tianjin Binhai New Area; America’s Pew Internet & American Life Project; and Besancon’s “Digital Schoolbag” initiative presented with annual Founders Awards during Luncheon Ceremony

(New York City, 21 May 2010) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named Suwon, South Korea, the nation’s second largest city, as the Intelligent Community of the Year for 2010 at an awards ceremony this afternoon at Steiner Film Studios in Brooklyn, New York. Suwon, which made ICF’s list of the Top Seven finalists for the first time, was represented by a delegation led by Heung Soo Park, the Director of Suwon’s International Trade Division, who represented the city’s leadership. ICF Co-Founder Louis Zacharilla presented the award to Suwon, which succeeded Stockholm, Sweden, the 2009 recipient. Representatives from Stockholm were also on hand to see the succession, as were officials from former recipients from around the world, including Gangnam, the high-tech district in Seoul, which received the honor in 2008, Glasgow (2004), Waterloo, Canada (2007) and Taipei (2006).

Also honored were the recipients of ICF’s Visionary of the Year Award and ICF’s three Founders Awards. The awards are presented by the independent think tank as part of its annual summit, Building the Broadband Economy, produced in association with the Institute for Technology & Enterprise at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute. The goal of the awards is to increase awareness of the role that broadband communications and information technologies play in shaping the economic and social development of communities worldwide. Mayors, city managers, CIOs and executives of leading technology companies from around the world are part of the Intelligent Community movement and were on hand throughout the three day, invitation-only Summit and awards program.

Intelligent Community of the Year 2010: Suwon, Korea
Suwon, which is not well known outside of Asia, has created an economy whose growth is based on small-to-midsize enterprises specializing in IT, biotech and nanotechnology. The government has not been shy about backing that goal with public investment. Today, two-thirds of Suwon companies specialize in one of its targeted industries and companies with 50 or fewer employees make up 94% of all employers in the city.

Suwon’s efforts to develop a 21st Century information infrastructure and quality of life have been no less bold. In 2005, city government established the Ubiquitous Suwon Master Plan, branded as U-Happy. The goal was to make Suwon’s government more transparent, more responsive to citizens and more cost-effective. The city decided to develop its own governmental network despite South Korea’s impressive broadband infrastructure, currently ranked number one in the world. It was able to trim operating costs by eliminating leased lines, and the use of conduit already installed for the transportation management system kept construction costs low. Control of its own network allowed Suwon to boost connection speeds from 32 Mbps to a blazing 1 Gbps.

In naming Suwon its Intelligent Community of the Year, ICF focused less on technology than on Suwon’s development of the “human software” within this highly-educated community.

“Investment in education,” said Suwon’s mayor Yong Seo Kim, “is one of the most sound and rational outlays of capital that a government can ever make.” Between 2002 and 2009, the city backed his words by investing more than USD$360m in upgrading school facilities, opening new schools and expanding staff. A further $186m is funding the 2010 Suwon Education Development Support Plan, which includes 74 individual projects focusing on education for a global economy and workforce. In addition, as the city replaces computers in its offices, the old units are refurbished and distributed to children’s centers, libraries and social welfare facilities. Suwon is also a leader in providing education in multiple languages to equip students for work in a global economy.

More information is available on the Intelligent Community Profiles pages of the ICF Web site.

ICF Co-Founder Louis Zacharilla congratulated the new Intelligent Community of the Year, saying, “We had a very strong group of seven this year, and while this could have been a seven-way tie, Suwon demonstrated to our jurists and proved in the quantitative review what can be achieved when government sets its sights and commits itself to resources that ensure that technology enhances economic and social development.” He added, “The levels of educational investment in Suwon, which is not a large city, sends a signal that, as we emerge from the global economic crisis, it is the investment made in people that produce the truly impressive financial return. Suwon, which is named ‘Happy Suwon’ by its citizens, offers many best practices that we are proud to share with the world today.”

ICF also recognized the previously announced recipients of the Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year award and the Founders Awards during the awards ceremony:

Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, Canada: ICF honored Premier Graham as its Visionary of the Year for his dedication to making New Brunswick the first complete broadband province in Canada and transforming its educational system to prepare students for success in a knowledge-based economy. During his term in office, two of New Brunswick’s communities – Fredericton and Moncton – were named Top Seven Intelligent Communities.

Digital Schoolbag, Besançon, France: ICF honored Besançon for its “Digital Schoolbag” project, which provides all 3rd grade students with a multimedia computer package and includes workshops for the parents in order to enable them to participate in their children’s learning at school.

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project: ICF honored the Pew Research Center’s project for conducting pioneering original research that explores the impact of the Internet on American children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care, and civic/political life.

Tianjin Binhai New Area, China: ICF honored Tianjin Binhai New Area for creating what may be the world’s most comprehensive effort to equip vast numbers of students with skills to compete in the broadband economy and integrate graduates into employment or entrepreneurship in the local economy.

About ICF
The Intelligent Community Forum is a New York-based think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community and helps their leaders create inclusive, sustainable prosperity using the fundamental infrastructure of information and communications technology. Whether in industrial or developing nations, communities are challenged to create prosperity, stability and cultural meaning in a world where jobs, investment and progress increasingly depend on broadband communications and access technologies. The Intelligent Community Forum shares best practices and offers research and insights into the success of the world’s Intelligent Communities. ICF develops criteria, conducts research, hosts events, publishes reports and newsletters and produces an international awards program. In May 2010, ICF will announce the establishment of the Intelligent Communities Association, a non-profit trade association and working group for the world’s nearly 90 Intelligent Communities. ICF has partnered with the Polytechnic Institute of New York University since 2005. The Intelligent Community Forum was founded by Robert A. Bell, John G. Jung and Louis A. Zacharilla. In 2009 ICF published Future Cities and in 2008 authored Broadband Economies.

For more information, contact:
Orly Konig Lopez
240-425-3283 (mobile) or +1 917-715-0711
646-291-6166 x104
orly@intelligentcommunity.org

Introducing the Future Journalism Project

ScribeLabs and ScribeMedia.org are happy to announce the launch of The Future Journalism Project.

This Web-based video series will explore the present state, current disruption and future possibilities of American journalism from a variety of perspectives.

ScribeLabs and ScribeMedia.org are happy to announce the launch of The Future Journalism Project.

Following the FJP

Project Background

This Web-based video series will explore the present state, current disruption and future possibilities of American journalism from a variety of perspectives.

These include four major investigatory themes described below.

Journalism Education

Traditional Journalism schools teach broadcast, print and radio. Over the last decade they’ve included concentrations around the lines of “New” or “Digital” Media. Continued segmentation appears inadequate when compared to the cross platform demands of practicing journalists. So how should current and future journalists be educated? Apart from traditional study (ie, reporting, ethics, etc.), what skills should they acquire, and how are — or can — other disciplines, such as computer science, augment their education.

Journalism Practice

It’s no longer enough to be a print, TV, radio or Internet reporter. Instead, these disciplines are merging and practitioners must be skilled in each. Newsrooms themselves are evolving in both the technologies they employ and the speed with which they need to produce new content. If cable brought in the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet brought about the minute-to-minute cycle.

Markets are changing as well. While major news organizations attempt to cover local, national and international news, a number of new initiatives are focusing on the hyper-local.

How are these changes, and the fact that journalists and newsrooms are being asked to do more with less, affecting journalism? How many news organizations are prepared?

Journalism Business Models

If our current digital age can be seen as one of immense disruption and opportunity, journalism — and especially print journalism — has taken a major hit. Countless newspapers have closed in the past few years and those that remain struggle to stay afloat.

Many attempts to come up with new business models have been discussed. Some hope updated subscription models or charged delivery through new platforms can pull the industry out of its doldrums. Others believe that traditional revenue models must be revisited in their entirety. Still others think there is no way out except to flip to non-profit models endowed by foundations and grants.

The questions are many, but what are the answers? And is there light at the end of this very dark tunnel?

Journalism and Democracy

It’s long been a cornerstone belief that a strong democracy needs a strong, independent and free press, but where did this idea come from and how was it formed?

Will American democracy and politics change in the face of weakened journalism institutions? And with an already low public opinion about its nation’s media, does the American public really care? Should they? If so, how are the stakes made known to them?


The Documentary

ScribeMedia.org plans to explore these topics through interviews with journalists, educators, publishers, advertisers and civic leaders in order to outline the stakes and provide a wide perspective on the current and future state of journalism in the Unites States.

Filming for the Future Journalism Project begins during Summer 2010, and the series will be released online as independent, yet interrelated, segments beginning in the Fall.

A traditional documentary will also be created, pitched to major television outlets and played to film festivals across the country in 2011.

About the Producer

Michael Cervieri is an Emmy Award winning producer, Co-Founder of the digital media collective ScribeLabs, and Executive Producer of the organization’s publications. These include ScribeMedia.org which focuses on the business, technology and culture of digital media and SMAC.us, a contemporary arts, architecture and design publication that was selected as an Official Honoree of the 2009 Webby Awards.

Michael taught as an an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism from 2006-2009 before transferring to the university’s School of International and Public Affairs where he created and now teaches a course on Internet and Mobile communication technologies and strategies for NGOs, non-profits, governmental agencies and citizen journalists.

Follow Our Progress

You can keep up to date with our progress by following either Michael’s Twitter account, or the ScribeMedia Twitter account.

Finance For Media Professionals Video Course

Module One of Finance for Media Professionals, which focuses on understanding the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows, is now available to purchase.

Module One of Finance for Media Professionals, which focuses on understanding the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows, is now available.

This course includes almost 3 hours of video instruction, related financials of Time Warner (the company we use as a case study to illustrate concepts), and access to a course social media site where students can ask questions and discuss topics.

Future modules will cover:

  • Financial Ratios
  • Evaluating Product and Business Profitability
  • Return on Investment Analysis
  • Analysis of Customers and Competitors

Interested students can purchase just the first module, or access to all modules.

Learn more.