Media Production Fellow

Business Type:   NONPROFIT
Location:   Birmingham, Alabama
Required Major:  
Required Education:   Senior
Required GPA:   3.0
Citizenship:   US Citizen
Employment Type:   Full-Time    
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Job Description

Organization Description: Impact America - Alabama engages students and recent college graduates to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve. This generation of college students and recent graduates is among the most charitable in American history, with many yearning for an opportunity to make a real difference in communities of need. Impact provides that opportunity through four distinct initiatives that promote change while cultivating leadership: FocusFirst, a vision care program for preschoolers; SaveFirst, a free tax preparation program for low-income families; CollegeFirst, an Advanced Placement mentoring initiative; and SpeakFirst, an academic debate and college preparatory program for Birminghams middle- and high-school students; and Stories from the Line, a documentary-focused which navigates the complexities of poverty through a series of short films that chronicle the lives of individuals and families living in poverty. Background: The story of the Deep South is a rich heritage of struggle and progress. Our region has confronted history's most pressing social and political conflicts and cultivated some of its most distinguished leaders. Emerging economic development and rich intellectual resources confirm the Souths potential, yet great inequity remains. Southern states continue to be some of the poorest states in the country. However, building upon and deeply influenced by the legacies of our rich past, the story of the Deep South can and will be one of hope and progress for each of its children. Help us tell this story. Summary of Position: The Media Production Fellowship at Impact America is available to creative and self-motivated individuals with training in documentary/nonfiction filmmaking who are looking for an opportunity to gain experience in visual storytelling and media production for a regional nonprofit. The Fellowship is currently offered to recent college graduates for a year-long position based in Birmingham, Alabama, with the opportunity to travel and work on projects across Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Florida, Arkansas, and Mississippi. The Fellowship offers the opportunity to build a portfolio of short-format nonfiction and documentary style films and to develop storytelling skills both to educate and promote social causes. Working with hard deadlines, at a fast pace, on multiple simultaneous projects, the Media Fellow will help develop and fulfill Impact Americas yearly media production strategy. If you are graduating film school or plan to attend film school in the future, are passionate about social causes and the power of documentary filmmaking, and looking for engaging creative work, the Media Production Fellowship might be perfect for you. Responsibilities: Work one on one with the Media Production Coordinator and in a collaborative team to fulfill Impact Americas media strategy Produce short films that highlight Impact Americas initiatives as well as the individuals served by the organizations programs Produce short films that combat negative stereotypes of poverty by telling complex transformational narratives of community, dignity, and hope (in the style of our Stories from the Line initiative) Travel across Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, northern Florida, Arkansas, and Mississippi to shoot video interviews and b-roll footage Work with DSLR cameras and professional lighting and sound equipment Assist with teaching filmmaking skills to beginners Utilize Adobe Premiere to edit videos Photograph the work and service activities of Impact Americas volunteers Edit camera raw images in Adobe Bridge/Photoshop Help oversee media management of video footage Benefits: Monthly living stipend $5,815 educational award for graduate studies or student loans (to be received at the end of the year) Health insurance Mileage reimbursement at the federal rate Meals when traveling out of town

Work Hours:  40


Eligibility Requirements: Completion of a college degree (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis with prior approval) Submit to criminal background check, including an FBI check, NSOPW check, a statewide check in the applicants state of residence at the time of application, a statewide check in applicants state of service (if different than state of residence) At least 18 years of age Skills Required: Successful candidates will possess training and experience in documentary/nonfiction storytelling, the ability to use professional film/photography equipment and editing software (Adobe Premiere, Bridge, and Photoshop), attention to detail, a desire to tell positive stories of families living near the poverty line, leadership skills, flexibility in a fast-paced environment, creativity, and a positive attitude. Additional information: The fellowship begins July 23, 2018, and ends July 19, 2019, and is based in Birmingham, Alabama (some flexibility can be provided with the end date as long as all projects have been completed and a minimum number of hours has been earned). This a full-time (40 hours per week) position. You will receive ten vacation days plus holiday breaks (including a 3-day holiday break at Thanksgiving, 2-week winter holiday at the end of December, and a 2-day spring holiday in April). For questions, contact Jessica Chriesman , Media Production Coordinator, at

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Deadline:   November,16, 2017

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