Thursday roundup: Snap Judgment aims for Hollywood; WNYC’s Rookies offer radio pointers

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Snap Judgment, the hourlong themed storytelling show distributed by NPR and Public Radio Exchange, has signed a first-look TV development deal with Kapital Entertainment. Kapital, headed by Aaron Kaplan, has produced numerous TV programs, including Friends with Better Lives on CBS and The Neighbors on ABC. “We are thrilled to join forces with Aaron Kaplan, one of the savviest minds in Hollywood, to bring Snap Judgment storytelling to the small screen,” said host Glynn Washington in an announcement Wednesday.

• WNYC’s Radio Rookies youth-reporting initiative has released “DIY Radio Rookies Toolkit,” a series of guidelines, comics and cartoons to help teens produce public radio. It includes a comic charting the making of a story and a series of animated videos with tips about reporting, telling personal stories and creating scenes on radio.

• First Look Media, the nonprofit online journalism network founded by Pierre Omidyar, is awarding $550,000 in grants to three press-freedom organizations. First Look will grant $100,000 each to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation and up to $350,000 over two years to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an organization that uses crowdfunding to support public-interest journalism.


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