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The NEW NABJ Print Task Force Needs YOU!

The rapid changes in our industry present both challenge and opportunity for the print membership of NABJ. We invite you to become engaged in the conversation and to assist with action plans to make a difference.

Do your part. JOIN the Print Task Force list serv HERE. This will be our space to discuss what’s going on in our industry and our organization and advocate for change. The activities will include: print job postings, new hires, training opportunities, freelance positions, town hall meetings, webinars, advocacy opportunities and local, regional and national program planning outreach. We want to hear from you and inform our leadership to better serve you.

Share your views. Please take a few moments to RESPOND to the Print Member Survey TODAY! Your input is crucial as NABJ works to better address your concerns and establish your priorities.

The deadline to submit your feedback is THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013.

Let’s chart a course together into the future of print journalism!

Posted in Education, journalism, multimedia journalist

Friday Fast Five (Plus Five) – Your Guide to New Media

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

The long weekend is an ideal time to check out new tools to help do journalism smarter and better. So try some of these tools, below. Enjoy!

  1. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — Guide to Taping Conversations in All 50 States
  2. Journalism.co.uk – 10 social media engagement tips from the Financial Times 
  3. Mindjumpers4 Ways to Create Always-On Content
  4. MakeUseOf — Speed Up Social Time With These Social Media Shortcuts
  5. 10000 Words4 Musts for Doing Quality Online Local News
  6. Mashable — 10 Tips and Tricks for Powerful Twitter Search
  7. ReadWrite The Best Photo-Sharing Services The Web Has To Offer
  8. Lifehacker — Customize Gmail’s Priority Inbox View with Chrome’s Developer Tools
  9. AppPicker — Create and test your own app and start earning money with Orbose
  10. Gramfeed — Search Instagram Photos, People and Places
Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

SEPTEMBER

  • WBUR and Boston University are accepting entries for the 12th annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, recognizing a rising public radio journalist. Reporters 35 years of age or younger can apply for the award of $5,000. Participants must submit an audio or multimedia news story or segment published between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. The deadline to apply is Sept. 6.

  • The Associated Press Sports Editors is now accepting applications for its Diversity Fellowship Program. The program is an in-depth, nine-month course of study for working, mid-career professionals who are interested in pursuing a path as a manager (typically a sports editor, assistant sports editor or sports reporter) in sports journalism. This training program, which prepares Fellows to be candidates for such positions, is underwritten by APSE and its partners, and there is no cost to the Fellows. The deadline to apply is Sept. 12.

  • Compathos & Global Citizens Network has announced a call for entries to apply for a media arts full travel scholarship to Brazil for photojournalists, journalists, musicians, filmmakers, and transmedia artists, aged 17 to 25. Participants will receive an amazing hands-on experience participating in media workshops revolving around social and environmental action, and working together with their peers and instructor to create a digital narrative of their experience. Students will gain an incredible cross-cultural awareness, as well as strengthen their professional development and creative portfolio. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2013.

  • In the McGraw-Hill Data Journalism Program, the International Center For Journalists will help journalists master this new set of tools and produce data-driven stories that raise financial literacy in underserved communities. The program will give journalists reporting for minority and other underserved populations a variety of data journalism tools and techniques, including how to mine economic and financial databases. The online courses will take place from Oct. 7, 2013 through Dec. 1, 2013. All applicants will be asked to propose a project that they will develop throughout the length of the course. A mentoring period to help participants finalize their projects will then take place from Dec. 2, 2013 until Jan. 26, 2014. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2013.

  • The Abe Fellowship for Journalists is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects.  For information on eligibility criteria or to apply, please click here.  The deadline to apply is Sept. 15.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Finding Your Best Investigative Business Story,” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 28. Award-winning professors Alec Klein of Northwestern University and Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina lead this day-long training, which focuses on identifying and developing local investigative business stories.

  • The National Association of Black Journalists Region I will hold its regional conference and the  Media Institute for PR professionals Sept. 26-27, 2013, in New York City.  More details to come.

OCTOBER

  • If you have the skills, passion and determination to be a journalist of the future – a trained professional who knows a good story when they see it and who has the confidence to tell it in a way that best imparts its relevance and importance to news consumers – a Hearst Fellowship may be right for you. The fellowship is a biennial, 18-month program focusing on multimedia journalism. The Fellowship program consists of two nine-month rotations at our top metro papers. Applications will be accepted from October 2013 through January 2014.

  • The Online News Association will hold its 2013 Conference & Awards Banquet Oct. 17-19, 2013 in Atlanta.  The Online News Association 2013 Conference & Awards Banquet is the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists shaping media now. Learn about new tools and technologies, network with peers from around the world and celebrate excellence at the Online Journalism Awards. Registration rates rise on Aug. 30.

  • The 92nd annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention will be Oct. 23-27 in New Orleans. The convention is the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world. Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association partner to prepare nearly 400 practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups.

  • The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will be hosting its fall camp in Essex, Vt., Oct. 25-27.  JAWS supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

NOVEMBER

  • The 35th Annual SND Workshop and Exhibition will be held Nov. 7-9, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. The event is hosted by Gannett Louisville Design Studio. The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators – specifically those who create print/web/mobile publications and products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, make photos and video, visualize data – and write code.

  • The National Association of Science Writers will be held Nov. 1-5, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. NASW members have crafted a slate of professional development workshops, and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing has recruited scientists from all over the country for the 51st New Horizons in Science briefings on emerging research.

DECEMBER

  • The CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship Program is an intensive hands-on workshop led by professionals at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. and the University of North Carolina journalism faculty in Chapel Hill, N.C. The program, scheduled for March 12-16, 2014,  is geared toward college seniors pursuing broadcast careers as producers, reporters, photojournalists and web editors. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

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Top (Free) Tools For Digital Journalists

 

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

Yesterday, I had the honor of doing a presentation on free tools with my fellow Online News Association board member Robert Hernandez at the Asian American Journalists Association convention. For two hours, Robert and I offered up our favorite tools and talked about how we used them in our journalism lives.

And it was a conversation, with attendees asking some great questions and sharing some of their own favorite tools.  You can see our presentation, including links, here.  You can also follow some of the conversation using the #AAJAGeeks hashtag.

On another note, it was great to see so many folks from NABJ at the AAJA convention. I have to give a big shout out to NYABJ President Michael Feeney for coordinating his members to volunteer, allowing them to attend this great convention — complete with career fair — for free.  I also managed to catch up with new NABJ President Bob Butler, Dori Maynard of the Maynard Institute, Richard Prince, Twitter’s Mark Luckie, journalism entrepreneur Kelly Virella and DJTF founder Andrew Humphrey.

And finally, I was thrilled to be able to spend time with my New York City-based stars (they are too accomplished to call mentees anymore): Natalie McNeal, new DJTF co-chair Kiratiana Freelon, AAJA program committee member Emma CarewMeena Thiruvengadam and Christopher Nelson. I’m really proud of them all, and they remind me of what can be accomplished in journalism and new media. 

Posted in multimedia journalist, Social Media

Friday Fast Five – Your Guide to New Media

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

This week. we’re doing an all-Mashable version of Fast Five. Enjoy!

  1. 4 TED Talks Every Journalist Should Watch
  2. 11 Chrome Extensions to Improve Your Social Media Experience
  3. 14 Google Tools You Didn’t Know Existed
  4. 5 Design Tips to Boost Blog Conversions
  5. 10 Must-Try Mobile @IFTTT Recipes
Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

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

AUGUST

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the business journalism workshop, “Covering Your Local Economy,” on Aug. 21, preceeding the Asian American Journalists Association Convention in New York. Presented by NPR’s Marilyn Geewax and freelancer Meena Thiruvengadam, this half-day training will equip you with the story ideas and skills you need to tackle economic stories on any beat. Details: http://bit.ly/19l55de

  • The Asian American Journalists Association  will hold its 23rd annual Convention at the Hilton New York, August 21-24, 2013. The three-day convention includes plenary sessions, panel workshops, seminars, and other activities with interactive discussions about industry and community issues.

  • The Asian American Journalists Association and CUNY Journalism School is hosting a daylong workshop on freelance writing on Aug. 21 from 9:00am to 5:00pm, CUNY Journalism School, 219 W 40th St  New York, NY. For more information, click here: http://www.aaja.org/buildfree/

  • The Asian American Journalists Association and New York University will host a Digital Business Bootcamp on Aug. 21 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. This all-day workshop will help journalists understand the business side of journalism in order to be better managers, innovators and entrepreneurs. For information on the course outline, moderators and speakers and more, visit www.aaja.org/bootcamp. The workshop costs $55/person, students get a $10 discount and anyone can attend, not just AAJA members.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the business journalism workshop, “The Business of Me,” Aug. 24, which precedes the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim. Presented by Twitter’s Mark S. Luckie, this half-day training will help you identify and pitch your business idea, as well as brand and market yourself.

  • The Society of Professional Journalists, Radio Television News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists  present the Excellence in Journalism conference this year in Anaheim Aug. 24-26.

  • More than 350 journalists and communication professionals from across the United States will meet in Boston from Aug. 22 – 25, 2013 for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association National Convention and 9th LGBT Media Summit.

SEPTEMBER

  • The McCormick Tribune Specialized Reporting Institute will be held at the University of Texas at El Paso campus Sept. 26-29. There are 15 all-expenses paid scholarships for professional and independent journalists to attend. The application deadline is Aug. 5.

  • The Abe Fellowship for Journalists is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects.  For information on eligibility criteria or to apply, please click here.  The deadline to apply is Sept. 15.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Finding Your Best Investigative Business Story,” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 28. Award-winning professors Alec Klein of Northwestern University and Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina lead this day-long training, which focuses on identifying and developing local investigative business stories.

  • The National Association of Black Journalists Region I will hold its regional conference and the  Media Institute for PR professionals on Sept. 27, 2013, in New York City.  More details to come.

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

  • The 35th Annual SND Workshop and Exhibition will be held November 7-9, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is hosted by Gannett Louisville Design Studio. Click here for more information.

  • The National Association of Science Writers will be held November 1-5 in Gainesville, Florida. Click here for more information.

DECEMBER

  • The CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship Program is an intensive hands-on workshop led by professionals at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. and the University of North Carolina journalism faculty in Chapel Hill, N.C. The program, scheduled for March 12-16, 2014,  is geared toward college seniors pursuing broadcast careers as producers, reporters, photojournalists and web editors. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

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

Posted in multimedia journalist, Social Media

Friday Fast Five – Your Guide to New Media

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

  1. TechCrunch – Pop. Co Is A Fast, Simple Way To Launch Businesses Online
  2. Mashable – Kickstart Your Career With Muse University’s Free Online Classes
  3. Read WriteYouTube Co-Founders Unleash New Video App MixBit
  4. Lifehacker – How Can I Make LinkedIn More Useful in Landing a Job?
  5. The Next Web – The 15 best blogging and publishing platforms