A Community Radio Workshop. Apply Today!

August 31, 2009

Native Radio Theater

Presents

A Community Radio Workshop

Healing Circle: A Native Soap Opera

October 10-13, 2009

Nativo Lodge, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Learn how to use the unique and entertaining format of a story filled radio drama to inspire healthy lifestyles in your Native community.

Contribute to the development of an innovative health promotion radio drama, Healing Circle (working title), being created for national distribution on Native radio stations across the country. Following the principles of Entertainment Education, Healing Circle blends important health messages into an entertaining format.

Work with acclaimed professionals to learn more about the principles of entertainment education, learn the skills to develop a radio show and discuss your community’s health priorities. The workshop will also feature the Healing Circle head writer, Arigon Starr, Kickapoo musician and writer. Starr has created scripts that address Native issues—across the generations—in a light-hearted, but serious way. Guest appearances by some of NV1’s radio hosts are also scheduled!

Partners. The Koahnic Broadcast Company/NV1, Native American Public Telecommunications, The National Society for American Indian Elderly, Native Voices at the Autry, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Media for Health and PCI-Media Impact.

Participants are responsible for transportation and lodging. Group lodging rates of $99 a room/per night are available.

If you and/or your colleagues are interested in attending the workshop, please fill out and submit the following interest form: https://nsaie.wufoo.com/forms/workshop-interest-form/

People with backgrounds in American Indian health, community development, media, radio or an interest in Entertainment Education are all invited! All ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to apply: September 25th, 2009.

For more information, please contact:

workshop@mediaforhealth.org, 205-870-9422

The flyer can also be found at:
http://www.nativetelecom.org/healing_circle_community_radio_workshop_deadline_sept_25

AmeriCorps VISTA Position Available- Do you want to coordinate Healing Circle?

August 21, 2009

The National Society for American Indian Elderly AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Position Description:

Healing Circle, a national health promotion radio drama for American Indian communities, is being developed in partnership with the National Society for American Indian Elderly, Media for Health, Native American Public Telecommunication, Native Voices at the Autry, the Koahnic Broadcast Corporation and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.   Dedicated to the further development of this radio drama, this NSAIE AmeriCorps VISTA position is located at Media for Health in Birmingham, Alabama.   The position is with the National Society for American Indian Elderly and is one of their many AmeriCorps VISTA positions around the country serving in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

The primary focus of this position is the coordination and development of the radio drama.   The AmeriCorps VISTA position is for a year and is full time service.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Maintain partnerships with established Healing Circle partner organizations and individuals
  • Communicate frequently with partner organizations
  • Coordinate the Healing Circle Training Workshops
  • Research and apply for funding and additional resources
  • Research American Indian health information
  • Organize Healing Circle Steering Committee meetings
  • Provide capacity building organizational support as needed

Requirements:

  • College Degree
  • Experience working with media, Native American communities and/or public health
  • Ability to work as a part of a national partnership team
  • Excellent verbal  and written communication skills
  • Experience leading a project
  • Superior capacity to be self starting and self directed

Work Environment Description:

Media for Health is a small non-profit organization located in Birmingham, Alabama. The offices are located in the Boutwell Studios building in Homewood, AL.

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits:

  • Monthly Living Allowance of approx. $858
  • Choice of a $5,350 education award OR a $1,200 cash stipend upon completion
  • Health Care Benefits
  • Deferment of eligible student loans and  payment of accrued interest on deferred loans
  • Childcare assistance
  • One year non-competitive eligibility for federal employment after completion of term of service
  • Personal and professional development opportunities and training.
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible)

Application Instructions:

Log onto www.americorps.gov, click on “Join AmeriCorps”, create a profile, complete an application and choose the NSAIE as your desired project site. We will receive your application through the AmeriCorps system.

If you would like to find out more please contact us at:

Media for Health

Betsy Hunter

205-870-9422

Betsy@mediaforhealth.org, www.mediaforhealth.org

The National Society for American Indian Elderly

Sophine Thompson

602-424-0542, ext 2,

info@nsaie.org, www.nsaie.org

And the submissions are in!

March 12, 2009

Thank you to everyone who submitted scripts to the Healing Circle Call for Scripts!  You should have received either a post card or email notification that we received your script submission, along with your submission number.  Please save this information for future reference.

The Script Review Panel, made up of very talented and generous members who are donating their time, is reading the script submissions as I type this!

We will be notifying the participants once the selection is made, most likely in early April.

Thanks again for participating in the Healing Circle project!

-Robin

Call for Scripts-Questions Answered

January 27, 2009

We have received a few questions regarding the Call for Scripts and feel that other people might also have similar questions. If you have any other questions you would like answered, please leave a comment or email Robin Perenchio at Robin@mediaforhealth.org

Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Question 1: The application states that there should be “3 to 4, five minute scripts.” In addition, the application calls for “six copies of the script.” Do I submit six copies of one script, or six copies of 3 to 4 scripts?

Answer: Because the radio soap opera program will eventually become a serialized show, with as many as 20 episodes per season, we wanted the writers participating in the Call for Scripts to demonstrate how they would write in a serialized form. We are asking for 3 to 4 scripts, that are each five minutes long, to see how writers progress their storyline, characters, etc. A good way to think of it is that we are asking for 3 to 4 “episodes” that are each five minutes long. Then, we are asking you to make 6 copies of all that you have written. These copies will go to each member of the reviewing panel, so they must include the scripts for each of the “episodes” you have written.

 

Question 2: One of the parameters is that it has to be based on the principles of Entertainment-Education. What exactly are the principles of Entertainment-Education?

Answer: Great question! We can start with the academic definition: Entertainment education includes any kind of entertainment that is meant to convey an educational message. Because of its unique power to entertain while educate, it has the ability to convey a specific health message, evoke a powerful emotional response and create a lasting impression that can change a listener’s behavior. Historically, stories and storytelling have been used around the world in communities to teach people important messages and information (i.e. parables, myths, etc); entertainment-education is just a modern day word to describe this way of educating people.

What this means for Healing Circle: The Healing Circle radio show plans to utilize the principles of entertainment-education by informing listeners about healthier living while entertaining them. In the other entertainment-education radio shows we have produced, the writers weave in important messages about healthier living while also maintaining highly dramatic storylines about other issues that would typically be in a soap opera: relationships, love, family, etc. Listeners learn from hearing the characters in the show deal, both successfully and unsuccessfully, with their different health issues. For example, when a character with diabetes eats too many sugary foods and they don’t feel well as a result, the audience learns information about the consequences of not eating healthy when a person has diabetes. Some excellent examples of this type of entertainment-education radio show can be found on the website for Media for Health’s other show, Bodylove, which is located at http://www.bodylove.org.

To hear an entire BodyLove episode visit the following link. Please keep in mind that we don’t necessarily want the radio project for American Indian radio to sound like BodyLove–so don’t let it limit your creativity. This example should only be used as a guide in terms of how to integrate health messages into a soap opera story. http://www.m-mc.org/mmc_search.php?sp=&ref_crmb=Resources&ref_id=resources&step=results&view=detail&detail_id=CD_USA_160&adv=mat

(You can download the show under the box with the BodyLove logo)

Thanks again for reading more about Healing Circle. We are looking forward to reading everyone’s submissions!

Official Call for Scripts

December 29, 2008

Media for Health, the National Society for American Indian Elderly and Native Radio Theater announce: 

Special Call for Scripts

Deadline: February 13, 2009  
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Life is a soap opera…or it could be.
 Media for Health and the National Society for American Indian Elderly are teaming up with Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) in a Call for Scripts to be considered for production through the Native Radio Theater Project. Our goal is to produce a series of short audio dramas that would be entertaining and educational. The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2009.

NAPT’s Native Radio Theater project is a partnership with Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles, CA.
 
As a public health drama, this radio program will revolve around common health concerns such as diabetes, diet and nutrition, mental health, substance abuse and other issues that are currently impacting Native communities across the country.  In an entertainment-education radio drama serial, these health issues are interwoven with the personal stories of the characters who model for the audience new behaviors that can improve their lives and their communities.  However, while this is a drama, in drama there is always room for humor. 
 
 
This health promotion radio drama is a partnership between the
 Native American Public Telecommunications, the National Society for American Indian Elderly (NSAIE), Media for Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The project’s current working title is Healing Circle. We aim to create pilot episodes for a serial (that is an ongoing story like TV “soap operas.”)  This call for scripts is announced with the intention of finding writers who have a serious interest in participating in an exciting and innovative radio drama while also positively impacting American Indian communities across the country.  
 
Media for Health, a Birmingham, Alabama based non-profit dedicated to improving the public’s health through entertainment-education principals, is contributing their extensive expertise in creating radio dramas “that are good for you” to this project.  Media for Health has had proven success with its radio drama serials BodyLove and Keeping Up With the Walkers.
 
NAPT shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media with offices in Lincoln, Neb., and Albuquerque, N.M.  NAPT is one of five members of the National Minority Consortia funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide diverse programming to PBS and other public broadcasting systems.
 

For more information on NAPT, go to www.nativetelecom.org. Email native@unl.edu.  
For more information about Media for Health, go to
 www.mediaforhealth.org. You can hear past segments of BodyLove on their website. 

To keep updated about the project, please visit: www.healingcirclemfh.wordpress.com 
 
Call for Script Parameters:
– 3-4 five minute long scripts
-Three main characters
-One character should be an elder
-Should include a character dealing with diabetes or mental health problems
-Based on the principles of Entertainment-Education
-Include a title of your radio drama

Application Process:
 
- Complete and sign application form. By entering this contest, writers and theater companies affirm that scripts are their own work and are not under contract for pay by other theater groups.
 
– Submit
 six copies of the script using 8.5 x 11-paper with 1-inch margins and a 12-point standard typeface. The script cover page should include the title, names of all authors, name and address, phone and fax numbers, and email address of the corresponding author. Subsequent pages should include only the manuscript title and page numbers. 
 
– Include a self-addressed stamped postcard for receipt notification.
 
 
Mail to:
 
Robin Perenchio
Media For Health, Inc.
 
2917 Central Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35209
 
Questions? Email
Robin@mediaforhealth.org

Or call Robin Perenchio at 205-870-9422

Call for Scripts

December 5, 2008

Life is a soap opera…or it could be. Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) is teaming up with Media for Health and the National Society for American Indian Elderly in a Call for Scripts to be considered for production through the Native Radio Theater Project. Our goal is to produce a series of short audio dramas that would be entertaining and educational. The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2009.

As a public health drama, this radio program will revolve around common health concerns such as diabetes, diet and nutrition, mental health, substance abuse and other issues that are currently impacting Native communities across the country.  In an entertainment-education radio drama serial, these health issues are interwoven with the personal stories of the characters who model for the audience new behaviors that can improve their lives and their communities.  However, while this is a drama, in drama there is always room for humor. 

This health promotion radio drama is a partnership between the Native American Public Telecommunications, the National Society for American Indian Elderly (NSAIE), Media for Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The project’s current working title is Healing Circle. We aim to create pilot episodes for a serial (that is an ongoing story like TV “soap operas.”)  This call for scripts is announced with the intention of finding writers who have a serious interest in participating in an exciting and innovative radio drama while also positively impacting American Indian communities across the country. 

Media for Health, a Birmingham, Alabama based non-profit dedicated to improving the public’s health through entertainment-education principals, is contributing their extensive expertise in creating radio dramas “that are good for you” to this project.  Media for Health has had proven success with its radio drama serials BodyLove and Keeping Up With the Walkers.

NAPT shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media with offices in Lincoln, Neb., and Albuquerque, N.M.  NAPT is one of five members of the National Minority Consortia funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide diverse programming to PBS and other public broadcasting systems.

For more information on NAPT, go to www.nativetelecom.org.

For more information about Media for Health, go to www.mediaforhealth.org. You can hear past segments of BodyLove on their website.

Call for Script Parameters:

- 3-4 five minute long scripts

-Three characters

-One character should be an elder

-Should include a character dealing with diabetes or mental health problems

-Based on the principles of Entertainment-Education

-Include a title of your radio drama

Keep visiting this Healing Circle blog for more information about Entertainment-Education, American Indian health, radio drama script writing, and more!  

 


What is Healing Circle?

December 3, 2008

Healing Circle

A Health Promotion Radio Drama

Healing Circle is a partnership between the National Society for American Indian Elderly (NSAIE), Media for Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Native American Public Telecommunications and Corporation for National and Community Service.

Aiming to combine an entertaining and meaningful story with valuable information about healthy living, Healing Circle is being developed for distribution on American Indian radio stations across the country. NSAIE has provided an AmeriCorps VISTA Member to Media for Health for the development of this series. Media For Health, a Birmingham, Alabama based non-profit dedicated to improving the public’s health through entertainment-education principals, is contributing their extensive expertise in creating radio dramas “that are good for you” to the Healing Circle project. Media for Health has had proven success with its radio dramas BodyLove and Keeping Up With the Walkers.

Healing Circle is currently in the process of creating a national advisory committee with members involved in American Indian radio, health, tribal government and other national organizations. Advisory committee members will have the opportunity to contribute to a unique and entertaining program that uses stories to inspire healthier living.

For more information, please contact:

Robin Perenchio

AmeriCorps VISTA Member/National Society for American Indian Elderly

Program Development/Media for Health

Office: 205.870.9422

Email: Robin@mediaforhealth.org

www.mediaforhealth.org

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