Monday, March 11, 2013

Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme: Call for Applicants.

Just received this from the TIFF Higher Learning dept. C&P from the original:

TIFF, a vibrant not-for-profit arts organization, is accepting applications for the

Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme 
The Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme was established in memory of Toronto Star’s veteran entertainment journalist Sid Adilman. This programme will develop the journalistic skills of one emerging journalist who demonstrates a strong interest in film and the arts. The Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme is made possible through philanthropic donations to the Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme endowment fund.

The recipient will have the opportunity to cover the 38th Toronto International Film Festival (September 5-15, 2013), the largest public film festival in the world, with support from the Festival’s Press Office. The recipient will receive a press pass (which allows access to Press and Industry screenings, press conferences and industry events) and will have the opportunity to: write reviews and articles; blog on the Festival website; network with accredited local, national and international journalists; attend Festival events as assigned; and produce a post-Festival report.
To be eligible for the Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme. You must:

  • Be over the age of 19.
  • Be currently enrolled in either a journalism or film studies program, or a student graduating from either a journalism or film studies program.
  • Demonstrate strong writing ability, a passion for cinema and the arts, and a sound knowledge of film.
  • Be available to cover the entire Festival in Toronto (September 5-15, 2013), including evenings and weekends. Ideally, applicants will also be available for pre-Festival events and activities in July and August. 
Please submit the following:

  • Answer the following questions (maximum 250 words/response): 
    • Who was Sid Adilman and what was his contribution to journalism in Canada? 
    • How do you think the Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme will help you achieve your career goals?
  • Either one review of a Canadian film or one article on the Canadian film industry (500 words maximum). The review or article does not need to have been published.
  • One additional writing sample (maximum 500 words), preferably written in journalistic style. This sample does not need to have been published.
  • Your résumé. 
Please submit your application package as a PDF or Word document (we do not accept Cloud hosting or File Sharing programs), by 5pm on Friday, March 15 BY EMAIL ONLY to the attention of: Selection Committee: Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme  TIFF Email: *Please note the position in the subject line*

Please note in your cover letter where you saw this posting. We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview are contacted. No telephone or walk-in inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential. TIFF is an equal opportunity employer. TIFF is a charitable, not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

Monday, February 11, 2013

This Week: Guest Lecture by Benjamin Woo

©??? via Benjamin Woo's G+ page 

Good News Everyone: This week, SMC300 will be playing host to Dr. Benjamin Woo (****no relation to Jaime Woo, it's just a total coincidence that they have the same last name). Ben researches fandom, subcultures and networks of participatory culture, and will present us with a guest lecture on his fascinating research in these areas....focusing on the ways in which digital/social technologies function within certain fan communities. I will start the class off with an overview of this week's lecture themes and readings, including a brief review of Bourdieu's definitions of social and cultural capital, and then hand things over to Ben for the second half of lecture, with time for Q&A at the end. You can find out more about Ben's work here:

 Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday!!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Week 4 Guest Speaker Jaime Woo!

Good news everyone!! In keeping with this week's focus on Geo-Locative Technologies and Resituating the Network, our class be playing host to local author/journalist/game designer Jaime Woo. I'll go over key themes and the readings during the first half, and then Jaime will give a guest lecture and participate in a class discussion about geolocative dating (and hook up) apps, drawing on themes and findings he explores in his new book, Gaming Grindr. Here's more info on the book from Jaime's initial Indiegogo campaign:

what is gaming grindr about? from Jaime Woo on Vimeo.

This is a great and very unique opportunity to talk to someone who has spent a lot of time studying and thinking about a very cutting-edge topic/phenomenon, so be sure to bring your questions!