Besides its own storytelling pursuits, Fonografia Collective has been helping numerous individuals, media, cultural, and human rights organizations tell their own stories and spread them wide since 2008. If you or your organization would like to discuss a collaboration or editorial and project assistance, please contact us.
Below are a few examples of our consulting work:
When Human Rights Watch issued a report detailing human rights abuses against transgender people in Honduras, Ruxandra wrote and produced a companion bilingual audio piece.
Ruxandra provided editorial guidance to fellow radio producer Anayansi Diaz-Cortes as an editor for her Sonic Trace project on immigration in Los Angeles.
Ruxandra has given editorial support to numerous podcasts, magazines and newsletters, including Mongabay Latin America, Afar Magazine, High Country News, McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP), Mercy Corps, Wisconsin Public Radio, Round Earth Media, and KUT News in Austin, among others.
Teaching & Guest Speaking
In 2009, Ruxandra taught a semester-long undergraduate course at the University of Texas - Austin, called “Creative Storytelling with Sound”, which focused on public radio documentary production.
In a collaboration with the Austin-based cultural organization, Texas Folklife, Ruxandra and Bear led the inaugural "Deep in the Heart" multimedia storytelling workshops for high school teachers interested in using documentary practices in the classroom.
We have given guest lectures and workshops about our craft at the University of Texas-Austin, University of Colorado-Boulder, San Diego State University, University of Southern California, University of San Diego, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Tijuana, Mexico), and Universidad de las Américas (Quito, Ecuador), among others.
Bear was a panelist for a 2013 forum on "Concerned Photography Today" at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, in Denver, CO; and presented his project, La Carretera, at Blue Earth Alliance's 2013 "Collaborations 4 Cause" conference.
Ruxandra was a panelist at the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2013 Excellence in Journalism conference, speaking about international freelancing.
Social Media Consulting
Ruxandra has advised the Institute for Justice & Journalism (IJJ) on social media strategy and outreach; and has handled social media outreach for IJJ’s hackathon project on immigration issues, Migrahack.
Ruxandra was the social media outreach coordinator for Living in the Shadows, a bilingual storytelling project of the University of Southern California’s Reporting on Health initiative. She’s also in charge of social media for Homelands Productions, the 25 year-old independent journalism cooperative Fonografia Collective is a part of.
Ruxandra translated into Spanish Ben Dangl's nonfiction book, The Price of Fire, about social movements in Bolivia.
Ruxandra provided translation for a campaign designed to help Latinos navigate the Affordable Care Act, as well as numerous other public service announcements for the Spanish-speaking community in the U.S.
Ruxandra also translated a series of award-winning stories by Philadelphia-based journalist Emma Jacobs, about wrongful arrests of immigrants, and assisted Gimlet's StartUp with field translation for a series in Los Angeles.
Public Installations & Talks
Bear was creative director and photographer for the (In)Visible Project -- a large-scale, mobile public installation that addressed the stigmatization of homeless individuals and families in San Diego, CA.
Bear also produced a large-scale, walk-through photographic installation for San Diego's Convention Center Corporation that highlighted various attractions in the city.
Ruxandra performed her story, "Code 915" in front of a live audience as part of the "Radio Ambulante Live, Moving" event at the Los Angeles Central Library.
Ruxandra and Bear collaborated with public radio station KCRW to create a mobile pop-exhibit based on the stories featured in "Going Gray in LA," a year-long project on aging in Los Angeles. They also helped organized two public events in Los Angeles around aging: A workshop and screening with Little Tokyo Service Center's Takachizu, meant for senior residents of Chinatown and Little Tokyo, and an exhibit and conversation hosted by KCRW and supported by The Eisner Foundation.