Posted in Awards, Conferences & Conventions

Entries Now Open For The 2013 Online Journalism Awards

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Among my myriad journalism activities, I serve on the board of the Online News Association.  And ONA has just released the call for its 2013 Online Journalism Awards.

It is ONA’s 12th year recognizing excellence in digital journalism.  And this year, ONA is awarding $37,500 in prize money, more than in any previous year.  But there have been some changes in the program this year, including:

  • The non-English awards have merged with the English-language awards, giving international outlets a chance to compete in all categories, including the prestigious General Excellence Award. This update is a part of ONA’s commitment to being a global organization; and
  • ONA has added a new award this year — the Gannett Foundation Award for Watchdog Journalism. This category honors news coverage in the public interest that keeps tabs on authority through objective, neutral, fair and impartial coverage. The winner will receive $5,000.

I know that journalists of color have done some great work in the digital space, so I hope you’ll consider entering your stories in this great awards program.  The awards are open to work published between June 16, 2012, and June 15, 2013, and you don’t have to be an ONA member to submit (although we’d love it if you joined).

The finalists and the winners are selected through a two-step process. A group of 24 industry-leading journalists and new media professionals team up in pairs of two to rank finalists in each category. In September, 12 of those judges meet to select winners.

Nine of the 29 awards come with a total of $37,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, including the new Watchdog Journalism award.

Submissions are due by  June 21, 2013, and will announce the winners on the closing evening of the 2013 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet in Atlanta, Oct. 19.  I’ll be sitting in the front row cheering all the winners on!

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Posted in Awards, Conferences & Conventions, Education, Entrepreneur, Innovation, journalism, multimedia journalist

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force Intern

Editor’s note: the Digital Journalism Task Force is working on programming that will take us right to the annual convention. To that end, we’d appreciate it if you could take this quick 5-question survey to let us know what you want. Thanks!!

Webbmedia Group has a great mega calendar of events that catches things not covered below. If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click here. You can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box). The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has its training calendar posted for courses through July 2013.

JUNE

  • Join Poynter’s online on June 24 for Reporters Boot Camp 2013: A Poynter Broadcast through NewsU. You can watch the broadcasts of the live sessions for the day, ask questions and join text chats with other online participants. The broadcast is just $69 if you register by June 3.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free two-part online webinar, “The Business of Me,” June 4-6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. In this three-day webinar with Mark Luckie of Twitter, learn how to brand and market yourself and to pitch your ideas, plus understand the basics of financial and time management. Identify five next steps to advance your career as an entrepreneur.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center is taking applications for its two-week “Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2013,” June 10-21 at UC-Berkeley. This intensive two-week program provides seminar style and hands-on training in essential skills for digital media production. The institute is ideal for journalists, educators and communication professionals interested in a rapid-paced immersible experience in multimedia content creation through delivery. The cost is $5,400; there’s a 10% discount if you register before May 10.
  • The Online News Association is partnering with the Global Editors Network to present several sessions at the Global News Summit 2013: Hack the Newsroom! (#GEN2013) conference on June 19-21 in Paris, France at Hotel de Ville, 5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris. The conference will feature industry experts giving you the tools and strategies you need to help seed, encourage and implement experimentation and start-up culture in your digital newsroom. Registration is open to all ONA members and you can save 30 percent on registration if you purchase your tickets by Feb. 18. Early bird tickets are € 839 ($1,119.95) for GEN and ONA members and € 1,199 ($1,600.31).
  • The Journalism & Women Symposium invites early-career, female journalists to apply for the 2013 CAMP Fellowship. Fellowships will cover registration for the 2013 JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Essex, Vermont, from Oct. 25 – 27. Fellows will also receive a one-year JAWS membership and a stipend for travel and lodging. JAWS CAMP is for female journalists of all ages and focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in today’s rapidly evolving media landscape, and improving the status of women in journalism. Participants at this year’s CAMP will enjoy a dynamic experience filled with inspiring speakers (including NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson), motivating career development sessions, and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities.
    Fellowship applicants are asked to submit a one-page résumé, two published clips, a personal statement (300 words or less) on why she wants to attend CAMP and what she hopes to contribute, and one letter of recommendation. Please send all application materials via Email to jawsfellows@gmail.com. For more information on fellowships, please visit the JAWS website (http://www.jaws.org/jaws-events/fellowships/) or contact Fellowship Chair Jessica Rettig at jessicarettig87@gmail.com. For CAMP updates, visit www.jaws.org or follow JAWS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/womenjournos. The deadline is June 1.
  • Top industry leaders will generate headline news as they address scores of real estate journalists from across the nation in Atlanta June 5-8 at the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 47th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference. NAREE University sessions at the conference will offer journalism workshops focusing on topics ranging from digital and social media to radio broadcasting. Economists, architects, builders, developers and mortgage experts will come together under NAREE’s roof. More than 20 company presidents, chief executive officers and partners from leading real estate-related firms will appear. Three chief economists lead the NAREE forecast panel: Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors; Jed Kolko, Trulia and Mark Fleming, Core Logic. The Boom in Luxury Housing panel presents: Kofi Nartey, Agency of Beverly Hills; Martha Turner, Martha Turner Properties and Jack Cotton, Sotheby’s International. Mark Woodworth, PKF Hospitality Research, will deliver a hotel market forecast and author and architect Marianne Cusato, designer of the famed Katrina Cottages, will speak on “The Best Places to Live.”NAREE’s 17th Annual Meet the Press will match journalists with publicists and freelancers during three-minute interviews. Winners of the 63rd Annual NAREE Real Estate Journalism Competition and the Bruss Book Awards will be unveiled. The NAREE Conference, headquartered at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, begins Wednesday morning, June 5 and ends Saturday afternoon. Registration: www.NAREE.org
  • Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, is hosting its 25th annual investment conference for financial advisors.More information about the Morningstar Investment Conference, including the full agenda, hotel accommodations, attendee registration, and continuing-education credits, is available athttp://global.morningstar.com/MIC2013. Conference updates are also available on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MStarAdvisoror through the conference hashtag: #MIC25. Press Registration Information: Full-time members of the news media may receive complimentary registration to the Morningstar Investment Conference. If you are a member of the media and want to register for the conference, visit:http://global.morningstar.com/mediaregistration or call Shawn Malayter at 312-696-6050.

JULY

  • The National Association of Black Journalists welcomes you to join us from July 31-August 4, 2013 as we gather in Orlando for the 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair! Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.

If you have items you wish to include, please email them to me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT COM. Thanks!!

Posted in Education, Innovation, journalism, multimedia journalist, Social Media

Friday Fast Five – Your Guide To New Media

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force intern

1. Mashable – 5 Easy-to-Use Animation Tools for Beginners

2. ProBlogger Do You Know these Time Saving Blogging Tips

3. Poynter – How some news orgs use Tumblr

4. Nieman Lab The newsonomics of value exchange and Google Surveys

5. Social TimesHow to Start A Twitter Chat

Editor’s note: the Digital Journalism Task Force is working on programming that will take us right to the annual convention. To that end, we’d appreciate it if you could take this quick 5-question survey to let us know what you want. Thanks!!

Posted in Education, journalism, multimedia journalist, Social Media

Four Interesting Kickstarter Journalism Projects

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force intern

Project: Opening this Summer The Malibu Beaches! by Escape Apps

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Jenny Price is a writer, artist and environmental historian. For years, she’s been covering all the obstacles to finding and using to these incredible beaches. But even with courts ruling over and over and over and over to allow public access, finding and using these beaches is still really tough. Until now. Jenny partnered with Escape Apps, builders of the Know What network. The campaign’s goal is to make the app free for everyone to download all summer long and work to get an Android version out this summer.

Project: Belt: Cleveland’s new online magazine by Anne Trubek

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Where culture and economic development meet. Long-form journalism and commentary. For Cleveland and around the rust belt. “Belt” will build on the astonishing success of Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, which proved there is a need for thoughtful, in-depth reporting and commentary on culture and economic development in Cleveland and other industrial cities. The book was produced, start to finish, in three months. It drew volunteer submissions from more than 80 writers, was profitable within weeks of publication and is onto its second printing.  “Belt” will continue the momentum.

Project: How Jamaica Conquered the World by Roifield Brown

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Everyone likes to think that the places they love are worthy of a bit of praise – but you might think that claiming Jamaica conquered the world is taking things a bit far. The founder, Roifield Brown, wants to go out into the world and interview people who have played a part in the global outreach of Jamaica. He’s managed to do a lot with Skype in season 1, but not everyone he wants to speak to has access to a computer. Visits to Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand will help uncover other great stories of “How Jamaica has Conquered the World.”

Project: Discover hidden gems on the side streets of Manhattan by ManhattanSideways.com

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What began as a whimsical idea, crisscrossing the side streets of Manhattan, quickly developed into ManhattanSideways.com. The creator, Betsy, intrepidly began to walk this walk, revisiting each street via bicycle, car, or once again walking, as she realized how much a block can change hour-by-hour. ManhattanSideways.com was launched in the summer of 2012.  While ManhattanSideways.com is the story of one woman’s journey, it provides a venue for writers, photographers and filmmakers. The Kickstarter funds would enable them to grow their team, therefore completing the project of walking and reaching more businesses at an accelerated pace.

Posted in Entrepreneur, Innovation, journalism, News

What Journalists Can Learn From the Yahoo-Tumblr Alliance: Build It or Buy It

By Tracie Powell, DJTF VP of Policy

yahoo tumblrYahoo’s $1 billion purchase of the blogging site, Tumblr, is being heralded as a cool move by media watchers everywhere. It’s cool because the alliance brings in younger users to an aging Internet giant, a demographic advertisers crave, which translates into growing revenue—something legacy news media companies need.

Angel Investor and entrepreneur Jason Calacanis wrote for LinkedIn over the weekend that the then-pending deal had journalists livid. “Journalists are one of the first groups to lash out. Why? Because they have no chance of making big money in their jobs, and they have to fight for $5,000 raises while their pensions are replaced with 401ks. Also, they tend to have covered startups like Tumblr from year one and they can’t reconcile how something that didn’t exists five years ago is now worth $1 billion — and that they don’t have to balls to create something.”

I agree with Calacanis that the big-media purchase has many journalists more than a little bit jealous. But not because of our dwindling paychecks, which (for most of us) have always been rather paltry. But because journalists know – but aren’t saying out loud – that this purchase is just the latest right-left hook to our dying business model. We, along with everyone else, are waiting for the dreaded knockout punch while marveling ringside at such a gargantuan media buy.

We also know that our parent companies — be they newspaper giants, cable or broadcast stations – don’t exactly have a billion dollars laying around that executives or stockholders are willing to risk on a blogging site filled with porn, copyright infringing material and racist bullcrap—content advertisers don’t typically like.

That said, not all is bleak for journalists. The one thing we have going for ourselves is that Yahoo’s purchase shows, once again, that content is still king. We, content creators, just have a hard time  believing it. Both “Facebook and Google have demonstrated that a vast audience for free content can bring in significant advertising revenue,” reports The Wall Street Journal, a fact news executives surely take into consideration as they mount more pay walls. What the Yahoo-Tumblr purchase also represents is an opportunity for individual journalists (and some companies that can be cool enough for the younger crowd) to build their own brands while reaching a new, more coveted, audience.

For news organizations this purchase should not just be viewed as yet another opportunity to use somebody else’s platform to build a brand and distribute product. That’s alright for individual journalists, but for legacy media companies this purchase underscores the fact that they should be investing or creating their own innovative platforms that combine social networking with content to reach a critical mass of people. Sort of like The Atlantic Media Company did when it created Quartz, a mobile-first business news site, last September. Quartz exceeded its own expectations by receiving nearly a million unique visitors in its first month.

Not all of us can be like The Atlantic, which is navigating the digital age better than most of its contemporaries. But if we can’t build it, buy it. You know, like Yahoo just did. 

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Calendar of Multimedia of Training and Events

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force Intern

Editor’s note: the Digital Journalism Task Force is working on programming that will take us right to the annual convention. To that end, we’d appreciate it if you could take this quick 5-question survey to let us know what you want. Thanks!!

Webbmedia Group has a great mega calendar of events that catches things not covered below. If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click here. You can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box). The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has its training calendar posted for courses through July 2013.

MAY

  • Free Immigration briefing for journalists. Immigration reform touches every American. Journalists who want a better handle on how it will unfold are invited to this Capitol Hill Issues Briefing on Immigration Issues. Experts will explain details of the developing bills as they are debated. A reporter panel will help sort out the best resources and talk about the art and politics of covering immigration. Confirmed speakers include:Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute Office at NYU School of Law; Carrie Budoff Brown, POLITICO; Franco Ordonez, McClatchy. For more information and to register, click here.

  • Free Immigration briefing for journalists. Immigration reform touches every American. Journalists who want a better handle on how it will unfold are invited to this Capitol Hill Issues Briefing on Immigration Issues. Experts will explain details of the developing bills as they are debated. A reporter panel will help sort out the best resources and talk about the art and politics of covering immigration. Confirmed speakers include:Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute Office at NYU School of Law; Carrie Budoff Brown, POLITICO; Franco Ordonez, McClatchy. For more information and to register, click here.

  •  The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free webinar, “Shell Companies and Fraud: An Investigative Primer,” with Loeb Award winner and freelance investigative journalist Kelly Carr. This one-hour training offers an introduction shell companies and best practices for identifying corrupt businesses in your community. Attend either one-hour session at noon or 4 p.m. ET. For more information please visit the main webinar page here.
  • The National Press Club Journalism Institute is hosting a get{smart}: Advanced Web Analytics event from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on May 24. If you’ve mastered pageviews and bounce rates and feel there is nothing left to learn, dive in deeper to web analytics. Adfero’s team of experts will demonstrate the value of advanced analytics techniques such as goal-funneling, A/B testing and heat map research. $35 for NPC members; $45 for non-members. Registration is required at http://bit.ly/YewyGt.

JUNE

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free two-part online webinar, “The Business of Me,” June 4-6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. In this three-day webinar with Mark Luckie of Twitter, learn how to brand and market yourself and to pitch your ideas, plus understand the basics of financial and time management. Identify five next steps to advance your career as an entrepreneur.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center is taking applications for its two-week “Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2013,” June 10-21 at UC-Berkeley. This intensive two-week program provides seminar style and hands-on training in essential skills for digital media production. The institute is ideal for journalists, educators and communication professionals interested in a rapid-paced immersible experience in multimedia content creation through delivery. The cost is $5,400; there’s a 10% discount if you register before May 10.
  • The Online News Association is partnering with the Global Editors Network to present several sessions at the Global News Summit 2013: Hack the Newsroom! (#GEN2013) conference on June 19-21 in Paris, France at Hotel de Ville, 5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris. The conference will feature industry experts giving you the tools and strategies you need to help seed, encourage and implement experimentation and start-up culture in your digital newsroom. Registration is open to all ONA members and you can save 30 percent on registration if you purchase your tickets by Feb. 18. Early bird tickets are € 839 ($1,119.95) for GEN and ONA members and € 1,199 ($1,600.31).
  • The Journalism & Women Symposium invites early-career, female journalists to apply for the 2013 CAMP Fellowship. Fellowships will cover registration for the 2013 JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Essex, Vermont, from Oct. 25 – 27. Fellows will also receive a one-year JAWS membership and a stipend for travel and lodging. JAWS CAMP is for female journalists of all ages and focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in today’s rapidly evolving media landscape, and improving the status of women in journalism. Participants at this year’s CAMP will enjoy a dynamic experience filled with inspiring speakers (including NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson), motivating career development sessions, and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities.
    Fellowship applicants are asked to submit a one-page résumé, two published clips, a personal statement (300 words or less) on why she wants to attend CAMP and what she hopes to contribute, and one letter of recommendation. Please send all application materials via Email to jawsfellows@gmail.com. For more information on fellowships, please visit the JAWS website (http://www.jaws.org/jaws-events/fellowships/) or contact Fellowship Chair Jessica Rettig at jessicarettig87@gmail.com. For CAMP updates, visit www.jaws.org or follow JAWS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/womenjournos. The deadline is June 1.
  • Top industry leaders will generate headline news as they address scores of real estate journalists from across the nation in Atlanta June 5-8 at the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 47th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference. NAREE University sessions at the conference will offer journalism workshops focusing on topics ranging from digital and social media to radio broadcasting. Economists, architects, builders, developers and mortgage experts will come together under NAREE’s roof. More than 20 company presidents, chief executive officers and partners from leading real estate-related firms will appear. Three chief economists lead the NAREE forecast panel: Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors; Jed Kolko, Trulia and Mark Fleming, Core Logic. The Boom in Luxury Housing panel presents: Kofi Nartey, Agency of Beverly Hills; Martha Turner, Martha Turner Properties and Jack Cotton, Sotheby’s International. Mark Woodworth, PKF Hospitality Research, will deliver a hotel market forecast and author and architect Marianne Cusato, designer of the famed Katrina Cottages, will speak on “The Best Places to Live.”NAREE’s 17th Annual Meet the Press will match journalists with publicists and freelancers during three-minute interviews. Winners of the 63rd Annual NAREE Real Estate Journalism Competition and the Bruss Book Awards will be unveiled. The NAREE Conference, headquartered at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, begins Wednesday morning, June 5 and ends Saturday afternoon. Registration: www.NAREE.org
  • Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, is hosting its 25th annual investment conference for financial advisors. This year’s keynote speakers are Michael Mauboussin, managing director, global investment strategies for Credit Suisse; Erik Wahl, artist, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist; and Ronald O’Hanley, president of asset management and corporate services, Fidelity Investments. Other scheduled general session speakers include John Bogle, founder, Vanguard; Curtis Mewbourne, managing director and head of portfolio management, PIMCO; Bill Nygren, portfolio manager, Oakmark Funds; Carl Richards, author of The Behavior Gap and director of investor education, The BAM Alliance; Tad Rivelle, chief investment officer, fixed income, TCW; Stephen Smith, managing director and portfolio comanager, Brandywine Funds; and Steve Wymer, portfolio manager, Fidelity Investments.
    The Morningstar Investment Conference costs $795 per person, which includes two breakfasts, lunches, and receptions. To register for the conference, call toll free at 866-839-9729. More information about the Morningstar Investment Conference, including the full agenda, hotel accommodations, attendee registration, and continuing-education credits, is available athttp://global.morningstar.com/MIC2013. Conference updates are also available on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MStarAdvisoror through the conference hashtag: #MIC25.
    Press Registration Information: Full-time members of the news media may receive complimentary registration to the Morningstar Investment Conference. If you are a member of the media and want to register for the conference, visit:http://global.morningstar.com/mediaregistration or call Shawn Malayter at 312-696-6050.

JULY

  • The National Association of Black Journalists welcomes you to join us from July 31-August 4, 2013 as we gather in Orlando for the 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair! Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.

If you have items you wish to include, please email them to me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT COM. Thanks!!

Posted in Education, Innovation, journalism, multimedia journalist

Friday Fast Five – Your Guide To New Media

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force intern

1. 435digital – SEO Tools for Beginners

2. Poynter How journalists can develop mobile video skills 

3. Poynter – How news can compete with cat videos: 6 lessons for multimedia journalists

4. ProBlogger 11 Ways to Prepare for Your Blog Theme Upgrade

5. PR Daily 30 ways to promote your next blog post

Editor’s note: the Digital Journalism Task Force is working on programming that will take us right to the annual convention. To that end, we’d appreciate it if you could take this quick 5-question survey to let us know what you want. Thanks!!