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THREAD at Yale Program for Media Specialists, 11-14 June 2017, Yale University, USA

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ARE YOU A WRITER? RADIO JOURNALIST? PODCASTER? MULTIMEDIA ADVENTURER?

THEY ALL SOUND GOOD TO US.

THREAD at Yale is a gathering of professional journalists and storytellers that does not care whether you work in print, video, audio, photography, or some form we haven’t even thought of yet. At this program, a small group of storytellers will gather for three days and nights to learn from masters in the field. And from each other.

Storytelling today moves from one platform to another. The best magazines, like The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, have print editions but also offer podcasts, photography slideshows, and other multimedia content. Meanwhile, a live, spoken-word experience like The Moth has become a radio show — and now a book, a print collection of its greatest hits.

It’s time that storytellers had a gathering that respected the new reality, by disrespecting the old boundaries.

THREAD at Yale, which is taking place June 11 - 14, 2017, is a gathering of professional journalists and storytellers that does not care whether you work in print, video, audio, photography, or some form we haven’t even thought of yet.

At this program, a small group of storytellers will gather for three days and nights to learn from masters in the field. And from each other. It’s not a conference, and it’s not a workshop.

It’s both. Maybe it’s neither.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

THREAD at Yale seeks storytellers who work in print and other media, including video, audio, photography, and hybrid forms. Unlike some other journalists’ gatherings, there is no preference for “mid-career” applicants. We care about your enthusiasm. This program is limited to those ages 21 and up (though exceptions may be made for talented storytellers between the ages of 18 and 21). Past participants are welcomed and encouraged to apply again! Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential for participation. 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit a completed online application with:

  • A statement of up to 350 words detailing what you hope to experience at THREAD. In the document, please also include a link to at least one work that you are proud of, from any medium. If you have no published work online, you can submit your sample as a separate file with your application.
  • A résumé

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

We will inform applicants of their acceptance within two weeks of receiving their completed application. Once the program reaches capacity, we will not accept additional participants, but will add names to a wait list.

INVESTMENT

The tuition fee of $1,895 includes program materials, welcome reception, drink vouchers for nightly gatherings, and all-day refreshments. A $500 deposit must be made by May 15th in order to secure your place in the class. Full payment is required no later than May 22nd. Payment is accepted by company check, bank wire transfer, or credit card (American Express, MasterCard, and Visa).

HOUSING

Participants have the option to stay in a Yale dormitory for the duration of the program (check in: June 11, check out: June 14). Housing is an additional $250 and includes sheets, towels, and daily breakfast in one of Yale's dining halls. If you need extra nights, please email the organizers. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available. Please email us at thread@yale.edu for more information. We will select one applicant who seems most likely to benefit the most from and contribute the most to THREAD at Yale for a full tuition scholarship. 

WORK REQUIREMENT

If you are accepted, you will be asked to submit, by May 15th, a completed work or a work in progress that can be circulated to the other members of your small-group workshop, to be discussed when you meet at THREAD.

CANCELLATION POLICY

A full tuition fee refund will be issued if you withdraw from the forum before May 29th. After that date, no refund will be issued. However, you may defer your participation until the following year (any fee increase will apply) or send a qualified substitute in your place (separate application is required).

MENTORS

  • MARK OPPENHEIMER, Director, Yale Journalism Initiative and THREAD at Yale

  • JILL ABRAMSON, Former Executive Editor, The New York Times, and Lecturer, Harvard University

  • STEVE BRODNER, Editorial Cartoonist and Illustrator

  • CATHERINE BURNS, Artistic Director, The Moth

  • MATTHEW DICKS, Author, Columnist, Storyteller

  • STEPHANIE FOO, Producer, This American Life

  • GLYNN WASHINGTON, Host and Executive Producer, Snap Judgment

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