By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group
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The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University has updated its calendar of free workshops and webinars from now through May 2011. And Media Bistro has its current course list available through the end of June.
- The NABJ Reinvention Committee and Digital Journalism Task Force will host a BlogTalkRadio show, In the Thick of My Career: Searching for the ‘New Me, April 29 at noon EDT. Neil Foote of Foote Communications and the University of North Texas, will show mid-career professionals how to revamp their skills and become more tech savvy. Panelists will discuss what a journalist in the digital age must do to improve their skills, offer advice on creating a blog or website, outline how to use the most popular digital media tools and use the power of your network and personal relationships. He’ll also offer tips on how to create a personal business plan as part of launching a start-up company.
- Social Media Club’s Social Media Camp: San Diego will be held April 30. Social Media Camp is a one day education and networking event for the local community of social media professionals and those seeking to learn social media in a high energy, collaborative environment. The main focus of Social Media Camp is to provide a low cost opportunity for the unemployed and underemployed to learn core social media job skills that will help them find a new job, or get ahead in the job they have.
- The third annual BarCamp NewsInnovation unconference will be held April 30 in Philadelphia at Temple University’s Alter Hall. This free event is an annual, one-day national unconference on journalism innovation and the future of news as explored by practitioners and friends. In 2011, BCNI will run concurrently with an Open Gov Hackathon presented by Tropo.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free Webinar, “15 tips on time management for business journalists,” May 3. Participants will learn simple things they can immediately incorporate into their daily work and personal lives that will allow them to juggle more efficiently. You can attend the hour-long, interactive session at either noon or 4 p.m. EDT on May 3.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free Webinar, “Beyond Google: Mining the Web for company intelligence: Online,” May 17-18 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EST. Here’s a chance to learn the tools and techniques that competitive intelligence experts use every day — and that you can use to keep tabs on the companies on your beat.
- The NABJ Reinvention Committee and Digital Journalism Task Force will host a BlogTalkRadio show, “Laid Off, Bought Out & Scared: Managing My Life and Finances,” at noon on Friday, May 20, with Past NABJ President Sidmel Estes of BreakThrough Inc.. This session targets journalists who may have recently lost their jobs or fear they may lose them. We’ll discuss what you can do now to prepare for the worst, how you adjust to life without the office and offer Budgeting 101 tips. An attorney also will discuss what you need to know before you sign any exit paperwork.
- Webb Media Group is holding an online Tech Trends Micro-Conference May 21. You’ll get a thorough look into the web, mobile and tablet technologies that are changing our media landscape. We’ll also preview the new products and tools that are set to debut later in the year. The cost is $59.95.
- The Online News Association has opened applications for its new MJ Bear Fellowships, which identify and celebrate young digital journalists, working independently or for a company or organization, who have demonstrated — through professional experimentation, research or other projects — that they deserve support for their efforts and/or vision. Three fellows will be selected, two in the United States or Canada and one internationally. Fellows will earn: assignment of a personal ONA mentor for six months; registration, travel and accommodations for the 2011 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet (ONA11) in Boston, Sept. 22-24; recognition at the ONA11 conference; and membership in ONA, with one year’s dues paid in full. Any working, digital journalist age 23-30 (as of Sept. 22, 2011), fluent in English, excluding full-time students, is eligible to apply. The application and all materials must be received by Monday, May 30, 2011, 11:59 p.m. ET.
- The International Press Institute (IPI) contest is offering grants to advancing the future of news by funding new ways to digitally inform communities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. IPI is supporting projects from profit or non-profit organizations and individuals that revolve around online news that advances press freedom, the development of more sustainable business models and the training of journalists. The application deadline is June 1.
- Internet Week New York City is being held June 6-13. Internet Week is a week-long festival of events celebrating New York’s thriving internet industry and community.
- Applications for this year’s Knight-Batten Awards is now open. The contest is open to all news efforts originating between May 1, 2010, and June 6, 2011. Entries need not be specific stories, but rather demonstrative of innovation and could consist of networked journalism projects, new social networking ideas, innovative citizen media initiatives, news games, creative use of mobile devices, data mining ideas, new online applications, augmented reality experiences, or other advances in interactive and participatory journalism or out-of-the-box thinking. Entries may also employ simple efforts that notably connect in new ways with a community. Applications cost $50, and are due June 6.
- The National Press Foundation’s 7th Retirement Issues Program, June 12-15 in Washington, D.C., will help journalists keep up with the changes. Fellows will have on-the-record access to leading retirement experts from the federal government, think tanks and interest groups. Fifteen fellowships will be awarded to qualified print, broadcast and online journalists. To apply, fill out our new, simplified online application form. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST April 18, 2011. Selected journalists will be notified 2 to 4 weeks after the application deadline.
- The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley has opened applications for its Web 2.0 workshop June 13-17. This training takes participants through the progression of reporting news for multiple digital platforms, starting with quick text posts and moving through photos and video and finally ending with a full multimedia presentation. The workshop provides hands-on training using Twitter and Facebook for reporting and driving web traffic, creating data-driven map mashups, dynamically updating a blog for breaking news, publishing photo galleries and audio slideshows, producing videos and editing videos using Final Cut Pro. The deadline to apply is April 25.
- The #140conf: NYC – Exploring “The State of NOW” will be held June 15-16 at the 92nd Street Y.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free Webinar, “10 Tips for Turning National Stories into Great Local Ones,” June 21 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EDT. Listeners will learn how to localize hot national stories.
- Media Bistro is holding an online Entrepreneurial Journalism Boot Camp July 12-Aug. 30. The camp features online entrepreneurs Rafat Ali (paidContent), Michelle Madhok (SheFinds Media), Laurel Touby (mediabistro.com), and many more. Learn what to consider when launching your start-up. Draft your business plan over eight weeks with the help of your peers. Participants will vote on the most viable business plans in the group and the winner will have the chance to hear feedback from entrepreneur and venture capitalist Larry Kramer (Polaris Ventures), who will also answer questions from the group. The cost is $399 if you register by June 14; after that, it’s $499.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free Webinar, “Unlocking Financial Statements,” July 18-22. The weeklong online seminar covers income statements, balance sheets, cash flows and writing about numbers.
- The University of Southern California’s Reporting on Health is taking applications for its National Health Journalism Fellowship, being held July 24-29. This Fellowship is open to professional journalists from print, broadcast, and online media around the country, including freelancers. Applicants need not be fulltime health reporters, but they need to have a passion for health news (broadly defined). Applications from ethnic media journalists are strongly encouraged, as are applications proposing collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets. Applications are due May 2.
- The National Association of Black Journalists is holding its annual convention and career fair Aug. 3-7, 2011, in Philadelphia. Professional journalists, students and educators will take part in full- and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills. Workshops throughout the five-day convention will highlight journalism ethics, entrepreneurship, specialized journalism and transitioning journalism skills to book publishing, screen writing and media relations.
- The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) will host a Student Mentorship and Training Program at its annual LGBT Media Summit & Convention Aug. 25 to 28 in Philadelphia. Each year, NLGJA chooses students from across the country to participate in its student project — providing real-world experience to undergraduate and graduate students who are considering a career in journalism. To apply, students simply fill out an application, attaching the requested items found on the NLGJA website, and return them to NLGJA by June 10. If chosen, NLGJA will pay for the selected student’s convention attendance, airfare, food and hotel at the convention site.
- The Online News Association will hold its annual Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet Sept. 22-24, 2011 in Boston.
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