Blue Chalk Media

Blue Chalk Media Blue Chalk Media is a digital media company founded by people who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling. Blue Chalk Media is an award-winning digital media company founded by people who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling.
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With roots in photojournalism, documentary film, cable television and digital communications, the Blue Chalk team is equipped to serve third-party clients and partners as well as to publish independently. Apart from our work helping brands tell stories, a separate division of Blue Chalk produces content for journalism organizations and knowledge brands. These assignments may take the form of short-form or full-length documentary films, photographic essays, e-books, web content or interactive media. Blue Chalk is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, with an office in Portland, OR.

Operating as usual

04/23/2021
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Join us and Oregon FIRST: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for a special free virtual screening of our film, "Big Dreams in Umatilla," next Thursday, April 29.

The event will also feature a panel discussion between Blue Chalk senior producer Natalie Taylor, Umatilla educators, and former students who appeared in the documentary. The screening starts at 9:00 PM EST. Register at the link below!

Happy Earth Day! If you're looking for a way to celebrate, why not spend your evening watching one of these eight new en...
04/22/2021
Eight new environmental documentaries to watch for Earth Day 2021

Happy Earth Day! If you're looking for a way to celebrate, why not spend your evening watching one of these eight new environmental documentaries as recommended by National Geographic.

To mark the international day for climate and environmental awareness on April 22, we list eight new critically-acclaimed documentaries well worth getting stuck into, from the eye-opening to the whistleblowing.

"After so many previous instances in which police officers were acquitted of what looked to many people like murder, thi...
04/21/2021
Perspective | By bearing witness — and hitting ‘record’ — 17-year-old Darnella Frazier may have changed the world

"After so many previous instances in which police officers were acquitted of what looked to many people like murder, this time was different. And it was different, in some significant portion, because of a teenager’s sense of right and wrong."

The Washington Post reflects on how 17-year-old Darnella Frazier's decision to press record during the murder of George Floyd may have changed the world.

“The world needed to see what I was seeing,” she said later. We did, Darnella. Thank you.

"Treating police sources with necessary and appropriate skepticism could provide news audiences with a more complete pic...
04/19/2021
Being skeptical of sources is a journalist’s job — but it doesn’t always happen when those sources are the police

"Treating police sources with necessary and appropriate skepticism could provide news audiences with a more complete picture of incidents."

Scholar Danielle Kilgo writes in Nieman Lab the tendency for journalists to go with the “police said” narrative without outwardly questioning if it is right.

As a scholar who researches media coverage of police and protests, I believe Toledo’s death exposes a blind spot in journalism: a tendency to go with the “police said” narrative without outwardly questioning if it is right.

As deaths among America's homeless population rise during the pandemic, documentary photographer Rebecca Kiger captures ...
04/18/2021
Deaths Among America's Homeless Are Soaring in the Pandemic

As deaths among America's homeless population rise during the pandemic, documentary photographer Rebecca Kiger captures a community in crisis. See her work on TIME.

In one West Virginia city, they rose sevenfold. See how Wheeling is coping

For many living in the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Times newspaper is their only way to keep up with life on their land. W...
04/17/2021
How One Paper Is Covering COVID-19 in the Most Under-Connected Part of the U.S.

For many living in the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Times newspaper is their only way to keep up with life on their land. We worked in partnership with Pulitzer Center to embed with the paper's journalists to see how they do their essential work.

Watch our short documentary, "The People's Newspaper," now the New Yorker.

The Navajo Nation, which sprawls across close to eighteen million acres, has been hit hard by the pandemic. Watch as we follow the work of local journalists covering the crisis.

There is just one month left to apply for the Women Photograph project grants and scholarships. Get the details and find...
04/17/2021
Women Photograph Grants 2021 — Women Photograph

There is just one month left to apply for the Women Photograph project grants and scholarships. Get the details and find out how to submit your applications at the link.

Announcing Women Photograph's 2021 grants!

Our doc "Big Dreams in Umatilla" tells the story of a high school robotics team that united a town and taught its kids t...
04/15/2021
Big Dreams in Umatilla — What’s Changed Since we Wrapped Our Doc?

Our doc "Big Dreams in Umatilla" tells the story of a high school robotics team that united a town and taught its kids to reach for the stars.

In this interview, we catch up with the team's coach, and superintendent of the Umatilla School District, Heidi Sipe, to find out what's changed since we wrapped filming.

Heidi Sipe is the superintendent of Umatilla High School and, alongside her husband, Kyle, coach of the Umatilla High School Robotics team…

What does love look like in a time of hate? Asian and Asian-American photographers respond through images in this beauti...
04/14/2021
Keeping Love Close

What does love look like in a time of hate? Asian and Asian-American photographers respond through images in this beautiful New York Times feature.

What does love look like in a time of anti-Asian hate? Asian and Asian-American photographers respond. With an essay by Celeste Ng.

Founded by Sonia Weiser in May 2020, the Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund provides assistance for Black journalists...
04/13/2021
Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund

Founded by Sonia Weiser in May 2020, the Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund provides assistance for Black journalists facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for the mental health support they need.

In the wake of Daunte Wright's murder, anyone in need of help should visit the link below to apply for support.

The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund (BJTRF) provides assistance for Black journalists facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for the mental health support they need during this time.

A year after creating its COVID-19 Relief Fund, the National Press Photographers Association has reopened applications! ...
04/12/2021
Second round of relief funds available for NPPA photojournalists financially impacted by COVID-19

A year after creating its COVID-19 Relief Fund, the National Press Photographers Association has reopened applications!

If you're a photojournalist impacted financially by COVID-19, you can apply until 12 pm EST on April 17th. Get more info at the link below.

Athens, GA. - One year after the creation of our COVID-19 Relief Fund, applications are officially open again for journalists in need who could benefit from additional funds.

04/11/2021
Medium

We had the pleasure of chatting with the directors of "Last Days of Paradise High," Emily Thomas and Derek Knowles, about why they wanted to tell this story and what they hope viewers take away from it.

The film is now screening as part of the virtual SFFILM Festival. Get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3mw3pqi

At the height of the pandemic's winter surge in LA, ProPublica reporter Ava Kofman shadowed EMTs who were forced to take...
04/10/2021
The Broken Front Line

At the height of the pandemic's winter surge in LA, ProPublica reporter Ava Kofman shadowed EMTs who were forced to take previously unthinkable measures. Read about the lasting impact the pandemic has had on these first responders in her report.

As the winter’s surge of coronavirus cases overwhelmed Los Angeles hospitals, EMTs like Michael Diaz were forced to take previously unthinkable measures. What lasting impact will the pandemic have on America’s first responders?

What is the future for remote production? We spoke to Storyhunter about how we've adapted our production approach over t...
04/09/2021
Is Remote Video Production Here to Stay? We Asked Top Production Companies

What is the future for remote production? We spoke to Storyhunter about how we've adapted our production approach over the last year & how it'll impact how we work going forward.

The pandemic has changed the way we all work. For those of us in the video production industry, we have witnessed the rapid rise of…

"As African artists create and decolonize today, we must nurture our understanding of the legacy of hidden figures: wome...
04/08/2021
Where are the Women Image-Makers in African History?

"As African artists create and decolonize today, we must nurture our understanding of the legacy of hidden figures: women pioneers who defied the odds and shaped an ever-evolving African female gaze."

Multidisciplinary artist Ethel Ruth Tawe writes on the pioneering women image-makers in African history.

The photographic record in Africa began around 1863, yet women image-makers have largely been left out of the canon. When access to the camera expanded, postcolonial pioneers like Malick Sidibe, Seydou Keita, and Ousmane Sembene became highly regarded within a “golden age” of African photography...

Documentary “Last Days at Paradise High,” directed by Emily Thomas and Derek Knowles and post-produced by Blue Chalk, is...
04/07/2021
Shorts 4 - SFFILM

Documentary “Last Days at Paradise High,” directed by Emily Thomas and Derek Knowles and post-produced by Blue Chalk, is set to screen at the virtual SFFILM Festival from this Friday, April 9, to Sunday, Apr 18. Get your tickets at the link below!

This selection of documentary shorts features flocks of wildfire-fighting sheep, the pursuit of happiness on behalf of a pet turtle, and a prison art activation from a renowned artist. Together, the films explore the effect of people and animals on their immediate environments, and their environment...

Did you miss SXSW this year? Cure your FOMO and check out this year's shorts selection online for free thanks to Mailchi...
04/06/2021
Mailchimp Presents: Support the Shorts 2021

Did you miss SXSW this year? Cure your FOMO and check out this year's shorts selection online for free thanks to Mailchimp!

#SupportTheShorts is back for 2021. Enjoy over 25 short films featured at SXSW for free on our digital platform, Mailchimp Presents. Watch now.

"There still is so much to write about, so many angles to cover, so many things to possibly dig into. Picking those batt...
04/05/2021
A Q&A with The Atlantic’s Ed Yong on journalism that matters in moments of crisis - Poynter

"There still is so much to write about, so many angles to cover, so many things to possibly dig into. Picking those battles was a challenge right from the start."

The Atlantic's Ed Yong speaks to Poynter about covering the pandemic.

The prolific science writer talks about the ‘stumble toward certainty’ in news and science, how not to break yourself while doing good work, and more.

After NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars, videos were uploaded to social media that claimed to show the first audi...
04/04/2021
No, this video does not contain audio from Mars - Poynter

After NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars, videos were uploaded to social media that claimed to show the first audio and video from Mars. But were they real? Here's how Poynter fact-checked the videos.

NASA’s Perseverance rover has landed safely on Mars. But we’ve got some misinformation to debunk back down here on Earth.

The 2021 Women Photograph grants are now open for submissions! There is $35,000 in project grants and a $10,000 scholars...
04/03/2021
Women Photograph Grants 2021 — Women Photograph

The 2021 Women Photograph grants are now open for submissions! There is $35,000 in project grants and a $10,000 scholarship available. You have until May 15th to get your application in. Learn more at the link below.

Announcing Women Photograph's 2021 grants!

A film we created with Edelman for Special Olympics New York is a finalist in the Shorty Awards for Best Use of LinkedIn...
04/02/2021
Best use of LinkedIn in Social Media - Shorty Awards

A film we created with Edelman for Special Olympics New York is a finalist in the Shorty Awards for Best Use of LinkedIn!

The "Your Brand Here" campaign calls out brands that are quick to sponsor elite athletes, but fail to support accomplished Special Olympics New York champions. You can watch here: https://bit.ly/39DfyEC

The nominees for the Best Best use of LinkedIn in Social Media Shorty Award

Documentary “Last Days at Paradise High,” directed by Emily Thomas and Derek Knowles and post-produced by Blue Chalk, is...
04/01/2021
Shorts 4 - SFFILM

Documentary “Last Days at Paradise High,” directed by Emily Thomas and Derek Knowles and post-produced by Blue Chalk, is set to screen at the virtual SFFILM Festival from Friday, April 9, to Sunday, Apr 18.

The film highlights the stories of students from Paradise High School and reveals what it's been like for them to live through the destruction of their town following the 2018 California wildfires.

This selection of documentary shorts features flocks of wildfire-fighting sheep, the pursuit of happiness on behalf of a pet turtle, and a prison art activation from a renowned artist. Together, the films explore the effect of people and animals on their immediate environments, and their environment...

We're hiring!! We're looking for an Editor and an Assistant Edit Intern to join our Portland, Oregon team for 3-6 months...
03/28/2021

We're hiring!!

We're looking for an Editor and an Assistant Edit Intern to join our Portland, Oregon team for 3-6 months based on project needs. Learn more at these links!

Editor: http://bluech.lk/Editor21Assistant
Assistant Edit Intern: http://bluech.lk/EditIntern21

We're hiring!!

We're looking for an Editor and an Assistant Edit Intern to join our Portland, Oregon team for 3-6 months based on project needs. Learn more at these links!

Editor: http://bluech.lk/Editor21Assistant
Assistant Edit Intern: http://bluech.lk/EditIntern21

This weekend is your final chance to catch our film, "Quiet No More," at the virtual Fargo Film Festival. Get your ticke...
03/27/2021
Catalog | 2021 Fargo Film Festival

This weekend is your final chance to catch our film, "Quiet No More," at the virtual Fargo Film Festival. Get your tickets here!

"I have never seen the Asian American community galvanized like this"—Photojournalist Yunghi Kim captures a turning poin...
03/26/2021
‘I Have Never Seen the Asian American Community Galvanized Like This’

"I have never seen the Asian American community galvanized like this"—

Photojournalist Yunghi Kim captures a turning point for Asian Americans through powerful black and white photography. See her images on Politico.

In striking black-and-white images, veteran photojournalist Yunghi Kim captures a turning point for Asian Americans.

With a new month fast approaching, the International Journalists' Network has put together a list of seven worldwide jou...
03/25/2021
7 worldwide journalism opportunities to apply to in April

With a new month fast approaching, the International Journalists' Network has put together a list of seven worldwide journalism opportunities to apply to in April. Check them out below!

Looking to expand your journalism toolkit, take on a new beat or receive recognition for your work? Check out these fellowships, grants and competitions with deadlines in April. Each opportunity is open to journalists worldwide. Business journalism program in China Deadline: April 1, 2021

In case you missed our monthly newsletter today, we shared our brand new film for The Commonwealth Fund which tells the ...
03/24/2021
Stranded: Rural Hospitals in Crisis

In case you missed our monthly newsletter today, we shared our brand new film for The Commonwealth Fund which tells the story of a rural hospital in crisis and the importance of the Affordable Care Act.

https://bit.ly/39dl7cv

For more than 50 years, Medicaid has been our nation’s health care safety net — paying health care costs for people with very low incomes, people with disabi...

If you consume one piece of journalism today, make it this article from National Geographic which tells the stories of t...
03/23/2021
Sentenced to death, but innocent: These are stories of justice gone wrong.

If you consume one piece of journalism today, make it this article from National Geographic which tells the stories of those who were sentenced to death after being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.

Since 1973, more than 8,700 people in the U.S. have been sent to death row. At least 182 weren’t guilty—their lives upended by a system that nearly killed them.

“One thing is clear: The old narratives in environmental journalism have failed us.”A group of climate journalists are l...
03/22/2021
A group of climate journalists are launching The Uproot Project to support environmental journalists of color

“One thing is clear: The old narratives in environmental journalism have failed us.”

A group of climate journalists are launching The Uproot Project to support environmental journalists of color. Learn more about it on Nieman Lab.

"Those of us who cover the environment know that there are very many of us who are Black or Indigenous, or people of color, but the folks who get the byline at the big magazines, who get the cover stories on climate change are often white older dudes."

Did you know that we're hiring? We're looking for an Editor and an Assistant Edit Intern to join us for three to six mon...
03/20/2021

Did you know that we're hiring? We're looking for an Editor and an Assistant Edit Intern to join us for three to six months based on project needs.

These roles would be based out of our Portland, OR office, but are largely remote/work from home, dependent upon post-production needs.

Learn more about the positions and how to apply at these links:

Editor: bluech.lk/Editor21
Assistant Editor (Intern): bluech.lk/EditIntern21

Did you know that we're hiring? We're looking for an Editor and an Assistant Edit Intern to join us for three to six months based on project needs.

These roles would be based out of our Portland, OR office, but are largely remote/work from home, dependent upon post-production needs.

Learn more about the positions and how to apply at these links:

Editor: bluech.lk/Editor21
Assistant Editor (Intern): bluech.lk/EditIntern21

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