Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for March, 2009

Apply Now: ’09-’10 VISTA Position with PCF

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

americorps_logoIn addition to our summer PCF internship, we’re excited to announce an AmeriCorps*VISTA based position, which is centered around working with our Miro Local TV partners (namely, public broadcasting affiliates and community TV centers from around the US).

What: VISTA Position @ PCF
When: Mid-July 2009 to July 2010
Where: Boston or NYC
Wage: Living Stipend/Educational Award/Health Care
See eligibility requirements below.

This is a very unique opportunity to work as part of the PCF team for a full year. Read on to find out more about how a VISTA position works, and details on what you would be doing.

About the Miro Local TV Project

Due to media consolidation and disintegrating business models, traditional local journalism is on the decline. As a result, mainstream media is failing the needs of American towns and cities for a local discourse that articulates common identities and informs the democratic process. Citizen journalism could fill this void, but citizen journalists constantly struggle for audience, reach, and relevance.

Miro Local TV (MLTV) will create a series of community-based video hubs to connect local creators, public access stations, and the community of viewers. With these new hubs and the relationships that they form, vibrant local communities of video can flourish. Quite simply, we can create an active, citizen-driven, online television world for individual cities and towns.

MLTV will focus on five communities in the first year. Each hub will be a local website (e.g. worcestervideo.org) where people can watch and submit video. A partnership with the local public access station will ground an outreach effort to connect creators and creative organizations to residents that are eager to engage with local news and information. MLTV will provide tools for syndication (in and out), ways to geographically code and gather local content from across the internet, and custom local versions of the open source video player, Miro.

Your Responsibilities, as a VISTA Member

a. Aiding in the development of outreach guidelines with our Outreach Director.

b. Managing relationships with partner community access and public television stations.

c. Co-developing and publishing training materials for partner organizations to use to learn to use the Miro Local TV web software.

d. Assisting organizations in the initial setup and customization of their Community Video Hub.

e. Outreach to potential community partners for the larger, second year of the project which will begin in fall 2009.

Your Skills

We would be able to make efficient use of a range of skills for this position, and to some extent will adapt the position based on the degree of technical proficiency of the candidate. By far, the most important criteria for us are demonstrated intelligence, professionalism, and responsibility. More specifically, we will look for the following:

a. Proficiency with use of modern internet tools and services (eg. email, word processing, etc).

b. Ability to write clearly and simply, including the ability to explain technical concepts and software instructions in plain english.

c. Strong and positive communication skills both for internal communication with our team and communication and support for partner organizations.

d. Ability to listen and synthesize diverse demands.

What Unique Benefits and Experiences do you Gain?

PCF is one of the leading software development non-profits in the world. Our hiring process is strict, our positions are very desirable, and the resulting team that we have assembled is world-class.

Above all, being a member of our team offers access to this wealth of human resources— professionals that are leaders in their field, that are well connected to other organizations and companies, and who are happy to offer their knowledge and experience to each other.

The VISTA member will have full access to our staff and our technical resources. In addition, the member will be invited to technical and media conferences that staff participate in at various times during the year.

The Specifics of Being a VISTA Member

The VISTA position is available in both Boston and New York City — you will technically be a volunteer, but will receive a living stipend, educational award, and health care coverage. More information on the CTC VISTA program.

VISTA Member Benefits

In return for your service, AmeriCorps*VISTA and the CTC VISTA Project has many benefits, some more valuable than others:

* ~$11,000/year living allowance. This amount varies based upon the community in which you serve.
* $4,725 Education Award or $1,200 stipend paid at the successful completion of your year of service
* Student loan deferment or forbearance on qualified loans
* Health benefits and prescription drug coverage
* Serve as part of a national team, facilitated by the CTC VISTA Project, to share resources, experience and advice
* The opportunity to gain high-level experience, skills and access within the nonprofit sector. Many of our alumni have gone on to full-time employment within their organization or another as a result of their service within the CTC VISTA Project


AmeriCorps*VISTA candidates must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident, be team-oriented, and be willing to take on a wide range of challenges. Some listings may require college degrees or previous work experience. You must be at least 17 years old. There is no upper age limit, and many AmeriCorps*VISTA members bring significant work and life experiences to their assignment. Self-initiative, flexibility and organizational skills are a must.

How to Apply

Send your application directly to jobs [at] pculture.org with “VISTA Position” somewhere in the subject line. Please include: brief bio, statement of interest, and a resume. We’ll be interviewing candidates over the coming weeks.

Summer @ PCF: Seeking Miro Content/Conference Intern

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Great opportunity: summer PCF internship in New York City. You’ll be focusing primarily on content discovery, promotion, and outreach for Miro Guide. Also, we’ll need a lot of help coordinating the Open Video Conference, which is slated for June 19-20. This internship is guaranteed to be dynamic, fast paced, challenging, and exciting.

You must be: sharp, tech savvy, highly articulate, and self-motivated. Also, please have good taste in online and independent media. Finally, be ready to work hard.

firefox009Badass secret workbase: we’ve got some amazing space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s not all ours, in fact I’m the only PCF’er working from the space, but it IS pure awesome. It used to be an auto-shop, but it has been converted with a loft, woodshop, lounge, and other essential goodies. Everyone there is working on something cool: startups, tech non-profits (Fred from Creative Commons is there), freelance design, and so on. A guaranteed highlight of your summer.

Your commitment: We’d like you to commit 40 hours per week, some of which would be from the Brooklyn workspace. This position is unpaid, but I know a lot of schools offer credit for this type of thing — some schools even offer stipends to students working unpaid internships (ask your nearest guidance counselor).

What You’ll be Doing

Wrangling for the Open Video Conference: This is going to mean working with Elizabeth Stark, Ben Moskowitz, and me on pretty much every aspect of the conference. Projects may include: interfacing with speakers and participants to help them coordinate their travel, blogging announcements, working with conference partners/sponsors, helping us wrangle a volunteer crew for the conference itself, and lots more. It’ll be a super dynamic fast paced thing — should be a lot of fun.

Content/marketing work with Miro: You’ll be doing some serious content curation in the Miro Guide. So finding and promoting really awesome internet video, establishing relationships with creators, and so on. Ultimately, we’d like to refactor our curatorial process —leveraging user opinion, 3rd party tastemakers, and other sources of content discovery— Ideally, you’re capable of helping us with that refactoring. This is the position of a lifetime for a serious video junkie (the guide has over a million unique users a month).

Lemme at it!

If this sounds like you, please send me (dean at pculture.org) an email with: super brief bio, statement of interest, and a resume. It’ll really help if you have specific examples of projects you’ve been involved with, so also include URL’s (just make sure you mention what your role was).

Note: the start date is flexible — let us know when you’re available.

Hidden Egg

Sita Sings the Blues, a Fantastic Free Film.

Monday, March 16th, 2009

For those of you who haven’t seen Sita Sings the Blues yet, the film combines a modern breakup story with a fantastic musical retelling of the Ramayana, the ancient Hindu text. My favorite moments involved three shadow puppets, voiced by modern Indians, who retell the story based on their sometimes shaky memories of it. Watch Sita Sings the Blues, here.

Sita Sings the Blues

Sita Sings the Blues

Open Video Conference (June 19-20): Website Launch

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

The Open Video Conference website just launched!


Open Video Conference
June 19-20, 2009
New York City
40 Washington Square South @ NYU Law School

We’re busy lining up amazing speakers, video and remix art, technical workshops, video workshops, film screenings, and more (we’ll be announcing the lineup on an ongoing basis, stay tuned). We’ll make sure it’s engaging and exciting for a very broad-based audience, not just technical folks. Ultimately, the focus is on freedom of expression, decentralization, transparency, and how we can pave the way for open innovation in the online video space.

Things to do on the site:

Who is organizing this thing?

The conference is a production of Participatory Culture Foundation, Yale Internet Society Project, Kaltura, iCommons, and the Open Video Alliance.

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